Powering Imagination


Eric Bartsch at CCG is working with Powering Imagination as their COO. Powering Imagination was founded by Erik Lindbergh, grandson of aviation pioneers Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, to use advances in aviation to inspire sustainable solutions across the broader fields of Energy and Transportation.

Powering Imagination has a portfolio of programs including: global aviation adventures, regional events & air shows, and media projects to spur innovation in sustainable energy and transportation.



Open Innovation Training – March 12 & 13, 2014


Eric Bartsch at CCG will be teaching another session of Open Innovation training in March 2014 in Chicago, IL. This 2 day course covers strategies and tools for integrating external resources with your internal innovation capabilities, to increase your capability to produce breakthrough new products.

This course is being offered through Marcus Evans professional training. Formal marketing of the course will start in January 2014, and attendees wishing to pre-enroll can contact Eric at CCG directly.

Innovating in Electric Aviation

Eric Bartsch at Chanute Consulting Group recently completed a temporary executive leadership role with GreenWing International (GWI) / Yuneec to lead their manned electric aviation program in the US as it transformed from an R&D project into a refined aircraft design, ready to be displayed to the public. Eric had the privilege of working with and leading an outstanding team of aviation professionals around the world on this amazing project.

These innovative planes went through substantial modifications and improvements during the middle of 2013 to be ready for their appearance at AirVenture 2013, the largest airshow in the world. GWI’s eSpyder was the first electric aircraft in the world to be featured in a multi-plane formation demo team. The two planes at the show made a total of 12 flights in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators who saw the planes, but couldn’t hear them as they flew overhead silently. The development of the eSpyder is a major step forward in the development of electric flight and the future of the aerospace industry.

GWI is the leading program in manned electric flight, and Plane & Pilot magazine’s November 2013 issue covers the revolutionary experience of flying one of these innovative, clean, quiet electric planes.


CCG helps create the Electric Aviation industry

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Over the last 6 months, CCG has been working with Yuneec to form GreenWing International (GWI), a company dedicated to bringing Yuneec’s electric aviation projects to market. Acting as a temporary member of the executive team, and serving in roles spanning COO and GM responsibilities, Eric Bartsch of CCG has helped create the new business in this emerging and highly-innovative industry.

The recent AirVenture show provided a platform to announce the formation of the new company and to launch its first product, the single-seat eSpyder, into the market. The customer and media interest in the program has been overwhelming and CCG is excited to have played a role in the formation of the electric aviation industry.

GreenWing website: www.greenwing.aero

AOPA magazine: http://www.aopa.org/News-and-Video/All-News/2013/June/27/electric-aircraft-poised-to-reach-market.aspx

Wired magazine: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/08/electric-airplane-for-sale/

GizMag: http://www.gizmag.com/greenwing-espyder/28565/

Open Innovation Management – Training Opportunity – May 29 & 30 Chicago, IL

Eric Bartsch, President of Chanute Consulting Group, will be teaching a 2-day course on Managing and Optimizing Your Open Innovation Portfolio for Marcus Evans Professional Training. The course is offered May 29th & 30th in Chicago IL.

The course will give its attendees insight on how to:

  • Know when and how to use different types of OI partners
  • Understand how to manage a portfolio of initiatives and resources that are both internal and external
  • Understand and mitigate some of the most common pitfalls encountered when involving external resources
  • Evaluate their existing innovation strategy and identify what parts are best addressed internally, and where OI is best
  • Assess their internal innovation program to focus OI initiatives productively without duplicating efforts
  • Understand the cultural aspects of successfully integrating external organizations into your innovation strategy
  • Manage a portfolio of innovation initiatives that require internal and external resources
  • Ensure that the success of their innovation initiatives is not limited by the capabilities within their current organizational structure

A few spaces are still available but the class is filling quickly. Interested attendees should contact: Marcus Evans Professional Training



CCG is working with Yuneec to bring Electric Aviation to market

CCG is proud to be working with Yuneec, one of the pioneers in electric aviation, to bring electric powered flight to market. CCG will be working with Yuneec to help lead the transformation of its electric flight program as it’s five year research program now becomes a global business pioneering the sale of clean, affordable, quiet electric aircraft. Yuneec recently received the world’s first certification for an electric powered manned aircraft, the eSpyder, from the German DULV in February 2013.

Visitors to the Aero Friedrichshafen show in April 2013 were able to see the latest version of the eSpyder along with the progress on the larger 2-seat E430 electric aircraft.



(image courtesy of Craig Peyton)

Innovation Leadership & Customer Focused Open Innovation – March 7th & 8th Chicago

Eric Bartsch at Chanute Consulting Group will be teaching a course for Marcus Evans Professional Training on: “Leading and Implementing Customer -Focused Innovation” during March 7th and 8th 2013 in Chicago IL.

Benefits of attending this comprehensive course include:

  • Understand the most productive applications of Open Innovation (OI) processes for your business
  • Form more productive partnerships for external R&D
  • Avoid common pitfalls encountered when involving external resources
  • Integrate the needs of your customers into an innovation program
  • Understand when the voice of the customer may lead in the wrong direction if used inappropriately
  • Use Open Innovation (OI) to more efficiently find better solutions for customer needs
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities for external collaboration
  • Link innovation strategies directly to business results
  • Identify the right external partners for OI initiatives
  • Assess their internal innovation program to focus OI initiatives productively without duplicating efforts
  • Explore and discuss innovation trends outside the classroom in downtown Chicago while exploring breakthroughtrends in Consumer Electronics, Fashion, Architecture, Consumer Products, Financial Services, and Retailing

For more information on availability, course content and registration, please contact Emily Jones at:

emilyj@marcusevansch.com, 312 540 3000 ext. 6714.

Eric Bartsch – Keynote speaker for the University of Illinois Annual SWE Professional and Alumni Brunch – Dec 1st

Eric Bartsch at Chanute Consulting Group will be delivering the keynote presentation at the upcoming Society of Women Engineers Professional and Alumni Brunch on December 1st. The theme of the brunch is: “A Lifetime of Innovation” and the topic of Eric’s presentation is: “Innovation Leadership Principles – Why They Matter in a Career in Engineering”

November 18, 2012

Dear Professionals, Alumni, and Faculty,

On behalf of the SWE UIUC Professional Liaison Committee, I would like to invite you to attend the Annual SWE Professional and Alumni Brunch on December 1, 2012 from 11 am – 1 pm at the Illini Union, Room 314 (1401 W Green St Urbana, IL 61801).  This event is geared towards providing alumni and professionals with a platform to meet or reconnect with current students and to share their advice and knowledge.

The event will begin with a brunch reception which is free of charge to all professionals, followed by the keynote speaker, Eric Bartsch (‘95 MS Mechanical Engineering UIUC) short company co-sponsorship presentations, and recognition of professionals and alumni at the brunch. The focus of the conversation will be about innovation based on the brunch theme “A Lifetime of Innovation.”  Eric is both an innovator and a leader of innovation teams with a long track record of developing successful new products within mutiple industries. He is currently the Founder and President of Chanute Consulting LLC.  He will give his presentation “Innovation Leadership Principles – Why They Matter in a Career in Engineering,” where he will share what he’s learned about innovation in the marketplace in an interactive and thought-provoking discussion.

This brunch is a unique opportunity for you to discuss your experiences as a professional and the challenges that you have faced in your career. You will be seated at a table where you will be able to speak individually with students, all in a more personalized environment.  Our students benefit greatly from your experiences and value the opportunity to network with you. As a professional, your presence at the event is particularly meaningful and would be much appreciated.

If you have co-workers, friends or family who are alumni or engineering professionals within driving distance of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, please extend this invitation to them.  If you are able to attend this event on December 1, please RSVP by November 21st at the following link:


Please let me know if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you!


Kelly Samara, SWE UIUC Alumni Brunch Coordinator, ksamara2@illinois.edu
Molly Imgruet, SWE UIUC Alumni Brunch Coordinator, imgruet2@illinois.edu
Amelia Johnson, SWE UIUC Professional Liaison, anjohns2@illinois.edu

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