Chapters

Members interested in forming a new chapter must complete and submit a chapter formation application.
Applications will be reviewed by Global Innovation Institute (GInI)® staff to assess the request against identified member needs, alignment to Global Innovation Institute (GInI)® strategy and potential impacts to other chapters.

Inquirers should be aware that submission of an application does not guarantee that Global Innovation Institute (GInI)® will form the requested chapter. Additionally, applications to form branches of existing Global Innovation Institute (GInI)® chapters must be submitted by the leadership of the existing chapter.

Before completing the formation application, Global Innovation Institute (GInI)® recommends that you review the following checklist and relevant application summary form to ensure that you have the information you need to begin this process:

  1. Conduct some basic research on the Innovation environment in the geographic area in which you are looking to form a new chapter. Who are the major stakeholders? Is this a new or growing area for Innovation management? Is the area underserved or un-served by existing Global Innovation Institute (GInI)® chapters?
  2. Identify other members that would support your efforts to form a new chapter. Chapters must have at least 3 Global Innovation Institute (GInI)® certificate holders in order to be chartered by Global Innovation Institute (GInI)®. There is no minimum membership requirement for branch formation.
  3. Prepare your business plan, what needs will the chapter address, and how will this chapter enhance Global Innovation Institute (GInI)'s abilities to meet these needs?


Chapter formation is a committed process, requiring a dedicated steering team of volunteers to create a multi-year business plan for Global Innovation Institute (GInI)® approval. The approval of a business plan ensures that the proposed chapter has a sustainable vision and the resources to support future growth and maturity.

Volunteers should be prepared to commit to periods of intense planning and execution over six to nine months; in the case of chapter formation, this process may take up to a year with the legal requirements of incorporation. Global Innovation Institute (GInI)® recommends that the steering team include members with previous experience as volunteer leaders in a Global Innovation Institute (GInI)® chapter.

Volunteers will be required to complete a conflict of interest questionnaire and a confidentiality agreement during formation, as the business planning process may include the sharing of proprietary information between the steering team and Global Innovation Institute (GInI)®.

Chapter formation additionally requires that the member leading the formation effort live or work in the area of the proposed chapter.