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Catalign Innovation Consulting is a leading consultancy on innovation management from India. It was established in 2006 to catalyze innovation in organizations and even today it is very much focused on that single goal.

Catalign's specialty is helping customers accelerate on the innovation maturity curve. We have defined innovation maturity on a scale of 1 (Jugaad) to 5 (Excellence) based on the book 8-steps to innovation. We partner with our clients and depending upon the level of maturity, we co-design and co-execute interventions that takes the organization into next level of maturity. We also conduct innovation workshops primarily for managers on how to innovate effectively and how to enable innovation. Our engagement with our customer lasts from one day (workshop) to two years (long-term interventions).

Catalign is paranoid about two things: (1) systematic approach (2) sustainability of the results. To achieve this, we focus on culture-sensitive and strategy-` interventions.


Vinay Dabholkar, Ph.D.




Vinay is the founder of Catalign Innovation Consulting and a co-author of the book "8 steps to innovation". Since 2006, Vinay has facilitated 100+ workshops related to innovation covering topics such as innovation strategy, customer insighting, idea generation, prototyping, design thinking, systems thinking, idea pitching, business model exploration etc. His clients include Airbus, Cognizant, MindTree, Nokia, Oracle, Siemens, Titan etc. He has also been working with Govt and social sector.


Vinay is an Adjunct faculty at IIM Bangalore, a visiting faculty at TISS Mumbai and a faculty at Institute of Product Leadership. He has been an invited speaker at industry forums such as CII Innovation Summit, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), CIO Leadership Summit. Since 2007 he has been sharing his insights related to innovation on his blog.

Before starting independent consulting career, he worked with Sasken and Motorola for 10 years in various roles in engineering, marketing and research functions. Vinay did his Ph.D. in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo and B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay.