The opportunity

As a global Fortune 500 manufacturing leader, Cummins faced increasing pressure to create new value for customers while maintaining safety for employees. In response to changing preferences and needs, Cummins formed the Digital Accelerator, an internal business focused on creating products of value for Cummins customers and the manufacturing industry as a whole. The Digital Accelerator had identified several ideas with potential, and quickly realized the solutions they sought were outside of the enterprise’s core capabilities. They looked for partners who could provide speed and agility to help expedite research, development, testing and go-to-market protocols - which traditionally required longer innovation timelines at Cummins.

The solution

Cummins approached High Alpha Innovation to take advantage of our proven process for innovation, as well as our operational expertise around rapidly scaling software companies. The Digital Accelerator team participated in Sprint Week, an intensive, week-long business ideation and validation session, and gained conviction around starting a new business outside of the Cummins core. The end result? Anvl, a software company focused on coaching field technicians to improve workplace safety. High Alpha’s partnership with Cummins resulted in a software tool that not only heightened workplace safety for Cummins employees, but also for workers at companies across the country. Today, Anvl’s technology is used both internally at Cummins and by other manufacturing and construction leaders. 


The origin of Anvl came from High Alpha. Cummins had an idea about how they could improve safety within their organization. So after sprint week we’ve had a fantastic relationship with Cummins. We’ve had access to their front-line workers, which we leveraged them in the design process to make sure that we were building a product that would engage with those users.
Robin Fleming, Anvl CEO

The results

ideas in the concept funnel
weeks from project kickoff to business launch
months from initial concept to signed customer