Arthur D. Little agrees partnership with Spinverse

18 March 2015

Global consulting firm Arthur D. Little has entered into a partnership with Spinverse, a Finland-based consultancy firm specialised in innovation advisory. With the agreement, Arthur D. Little boosts its footprint in Scandinavia, as well as the depth of its global innovation portfolio through the bundling with Spinverse’s main offerings.

With over 1,000 consultants in 20 countries, Arthur D. Little is one of the largest management consulting firms of the globe. The firm, renowned for being the globe’s first modern era consultancy*, provides clients with a range of consulting services, including strategy, operations, technology, innovation and finance & risk.

Arthur D Little - Nordics Partner Team

For over two decades now, Arthur D. Little has an on-the-ground presence in Scandinavia (first established in 1993), serving the market through its Swedish hubs in Stockholm and Gothenburg. The team consists of approximately 60 consultants, led by a management team of seven partners**, headed by Petter Kilefors, who earlier this year succeeded Bo Lenerius as CEO of the Nordics.

Alliance with Spinverse
In line with the firm’s growth agenda in key markets, Arthur D. Little has agreed a strategic alliance with Spinverse, a Finnish consultancy headquartered in Tekniikantie, an area just outside of the Helsinki. Founded in 2004, Spinverse currently employs 30+ professionals, with further operations in Russia and China. The firm focuses predominantly on innovation consulting, and specialises in developing driving open innovation ecosystems and supporting clients with commercialising emerging technologies.

With the partnership, Arthur D. Little fulfils two key objectives. Firstly, it provides the consultancy with a local presence in Finland in Russia, and complements its existing presence in Greater China. The move to work together with a local partner is not new for Arthur D. Little – since its management buyout early 2012 the firm has struck a number of alliances to grow its footprint, including with Solidiance in Asia (December 2012) and Strategy Partners Group in Russia (November 2013). Secondly, both Spinverse and Arthur D. Little focus on the innovation advisory segment, and by bundling their offerings the firms bolster both the breadth and depth of their portfolio.


Jointly, the firms expect to hit a sweet spot in the market. “Together with Spinverse we can increase our presence in Finland and offer outstanding, innovative solutions to CTOs, governments and investors”, comments Kilefors. Pekka Koponen, CEO of Spinverse, adds: “The combination of Arthur D. Little’s expertise working with investors and industry-leading companies, and our experience in open innovation with commercializing innovations, together we will help clients to the next level, towards global success.”

* Arthur D. Little was founded by Arthur Dehon Little in 1886 in Boston, United States.

** The seven partners of the Nordics are Petter Kilefors, Bo Lenerius, Klas Anderlind, Nils Bohlin, Martin Glaumann, Anders Johansson and Ulrica Sehlstedt.


Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”