We Solve Problems Podcast Hosted by James Bennett, II

How Disruptive Innovation Can Solve Big Problems and Create Real Change with Christy Garcia

In this episode of We Solve Problems with James D. Bennett, II, we welcome guest Christy Garcia,  Director of Entrepreneur Innovation Center and Adjunct Professor at Framingham State University.

Tune in to this episode as Christy talks about:

  • The difference between disruptive innovation and disruptive technology
  • The three types of innovation: disruptive, sustaining, efficiency
  • Identifying unsolved problems and non-consumers as opportunities for disruption
  • Traditional markets like mining being disrupted when new solutions come along
  • Disruption as relative; incumbents like Uber and Amazon are already established
  • Why emerging markets like Brazil are ripe for disruption


Christy Garcia is a business executive with more than 20 years of experience, including 15 years dedicated to Innovation Management. She is the Director of the Entrepreneur Innovation Center at the Framingham State University, where she oversees the development of many entrepreneurship programs for MetroWestBoston local entrepreneurs and students. Previously, she was the founder of the Catalyze Innovations Initiative, where she spearheaded the launch of several Innovation Bootcamp programs, including a BIPOC entrepreneurship program, training and mentoring more than 100 entrepreneurs in applying disruptive innovation to achieve business prosperity, social-economic growth and inclusion.

Garcia is also the founder of ABGI Brasil, one of South America’s most recognized innovation consulting firms. From 2007 to 2018, she supported the growth and expansion of more than 200 companies in Brazil and around the world, providing services such as innovation and ESG projects fundraising, legal structuring, business set-up, project management, and innovation labs structuring, officials said.

She earned her MBA from Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Brazil and has a graduate certificate from Babson College. In 2020 she attended a Fellowship Program at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation.

Learn more about Christy Garcia:

Visit her business website: https://www.abgi-group.com/
Connect with Christy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christimaragarcia/
Framingham State University Entrepreneur Innovation Center LinkedIn Company Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovate-fsu

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