Primož Zupan

Primož Zupan

Primož Zupan has worked as an Idea Manager, Head of Halcom Studio, since October 2013. He was the first idea manager in Slovenia at that time. He is responsible for idea management in all areas: the selection of the best ideas, their development into the best prototypes and development of the best prototypes into the best products. As an idea manager, he supports and guides company innovators in the process of developing and prototyping their approved ideas, looks for the right project members to get the prototype ready and promotes the prototypes together with product managers in relation to future end customers. In 2014, he started the initiative Halcom = HIP! (House of Innovative People) that supports the internal development of innovation culture within Halcom. In 2014 and 2015, he led Money Talks / Bytes of Banking workshop that was recognised as AmCham Slovenia Best of the Best Business Practice. Until November 2015, he helped launch the product Hal mBills on the Slovenian market. MBills was developed within the Halcom Studio and is today part of the start-up called Halcom Plačila, d.o.o.
Previously he was employed as a sales manager, head of minister’s cabinet and sales representative. He is currently finishing his master degree in human resources management at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. Master thesis title: Idea Manager: key role for development of innovation culture in organization.

Every Organization Should Have an Idea Manager

The role of an idea manager is one of the key roles that the management of all types of organizations should recognize and embed in their environment. Through presentation of best practices and failures, the audience will be introduced to the role of an idea manager, his responsibilities, competencies required for successful performance of the job, and models and methods for harvesting and developing employees’ ideas.
An idea manager is a care-taker for the idea management process as well as a motivator and care-taker for the development of innovation culture. The presentation will give answers to how to introduce idea management in the company and how to develop innovation culture.