Directory of Innovation Firms
Looking for innovation solutions? These firms can help. Click on one of the categories below to explore firms, or see a full list of companies. Contact Andrew Donovan for more information.

Innovation Strategy & Consulting Services

Doblin Design and Innovation Consulting

Description: Doblin, a member of Deloitte Consulting LLP, helps companies anticipate and seize new business opportunities. Balancing strategy with exploration, discipline with creativity, and practicality with ambition, we help companies untangle gnarly problems and develop viable solutions with lasting impact.

Office(s): 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112


Phone: (312) 443-0800

Contact: Connect with Doblin

Twitter: @DoblinGlobal

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: List of Clients

Expertise: We tackle complex challenges by helping organizations set their innovation strategy, build new businesses, and spur ongoing growth within their company.

Resources: Thought Leadership


Description: Innosight, the strategy and innovation business of global professional services firm Huron, helps organizations design and create the future, instead of being disrupted by it. The leading authority on disruptive innovation and strategic transformation, the firm collaborates with clients across a range of industries to identify new growth opportunities, build new ventures and capabilities, and accelerate organizational change.

Office(s): HQ in Boston; Singapore, and Switzerland


Phone: (781) 652-7200

Contact: Email

Twitter: @InnosightTeam

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Turner Broadcasting, Walgreens, Aetna, Citi, Medtronic, and many others

Expertise: Future back growth strategy, dual transformation for navigating disruption, business model innovation, innovation capabilities, solutions design

Resources: See featured work in HBR, newsletters, and more.


Description: InnovationLabs is recognized worldwide as the leader in Enterprise Innovation Management and Innovation Training. We design and implement comprehensive innovation management systems and methods that reach across your entire enterprise in a rigorous and disciplined manner to achieve consistently outstanding results. Our clients are leading corporations, governments, and foundations worldwide. Our approaches, methods, and tools are dynamic, engaging, fully mature, extensively documented, widely studied, and globally respected.

Office(s): Boston and San Francisco, with partner firms in China, Thailand, and Europe


Phone: 1 (925) 980-6711

Contact: Email

Twitter: @InnovationLabs

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Airbus, Callaghan New Zealand, China Institute for Innovation, Covance Fashion Institute of Technology, Ingersoll Rand, Kaiser Permanente, Novotel, Singapore Productivity Centre, Stanford Health Care, Total Oil, UNICEF, US Coast Guard, US Navy

Expertise: Enterprise innovation management; design of innovation teams and departments; design of organizational innovation efforts, Innovation audits, and assessments; strategic thinking and scenario planning, design thinking and agile innovation High performance collaboration Innovation labs facilities design; and innovation training for all needs and levels

Resources: See InnovationLabs' Publications.

The Inovo Group

Description: The Inovo Group is an innovation consulting firm that helps technology-driven companies succeed at strategic innovation. We guide clients as they create surprising and potentially disruptive innovations that use technology for differentiation and competitive advantage. As we work together, clients use our proven innovation process to discover and pursue opportunities, gain new competencies and transform business models, organizations, and cultures.

Office(s): Ann Arbor, Michigan


Phone: (888) 464-6686

Contact: Connect with The Inovo Group

Twitter: @TheInovoGroup

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Our clients include Cargill, Dow, DuPont, ExxonMobil, IDEX, Lubrizol, Nestle Purina, Parker, UnitedHealth Group, St. Gobain, and many more

Expertise: Innovation strategy, opportunity creation, and knowledge discovery

Resources: Insights from The Inovo Group


Description: Kalypso is a professional services firm helping clients discover, create and make better products with digital. We provide consulting, digital, technology, business process management and managed services across the innovation value chain. As industry practitioners, our work is hands-on and our knowledge is based in experience - and results. We maintain trusted and strategic relationships with many companies as a key partner in driving their future growth. We are the leaders behind your leaders.

Office(s): Houston, Texas;Los Angeles; Chicago; Boston; Dallas; San Francisco; New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Amsterdam; London; Hamburg

Innovation Centers: Monterrey, Mexico; Hamburg, Germany; Portland, OR; Bucharest, Romania


Phone: 1 (216) 378-4290

Contact: Email

Twitter: @KalypsoLP

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: By request. We work with some of the largest and most innovative companies in CPG, retail, footwear and apparel, industrial, oil & gas, high tech, medical device and pharmaceutical

Expertise: Consulting: We work with clients to grow the business and improve efficiency with growth strategies and operational improvements.

Enterprise technology: We work with clients to build the infrastructure for digital and power innovation with core enterprise technologies.

Digital: We help companies build foundational digital capabilities that fundamentally transform the way they innovate and the products they bring to market.

Business Process Management & Managed Services: We help clients free up internal resources for more strategic work with a full range of outsources and managed services specialized in digital innovation

Resources: Viewpoints, A Kalypso Publication

Moves the Needle

Description: Our mission is to transform organizations to continuously innovate by empowering people to discover and create new value for their customers. Co-founded by Brant Cooper, author of "The Lean Entrepreneur," Moves the Needle helps ignite entrepreneurial action, empowering employees to discover and create new value.

Office(s): Encinitas, California


Phone: (619) 535-1579

Contact: Contact Moves the Needle

Twitter: @MovesTheNeedle

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: American Family Insurance, eBay, John Deere, ING, Transamerica, Sprint, City of Hayward, Humana, Providence Health and Services, Cisco, and more

Expertise: Teaching the capabilities, helping build the systems, and developing the leadership skills necessary to transform company culture toward continuous innovation

Resources: Lean Innovation Manifesto and Principles; 5 Ways to Spark Innovation at Your Organization; Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Enterprise Podcast; Innovation Tools

Nason Group

Description: The Nason Group provides consumer-centered innovation to help you meet people where they are. We help you think about consumer-centered innovation as a lifestyle vs. a job. Our approach contributes to the building of a culture supportive of keeping the consumer at the center of your business. The Nason Group lives by three principles: Know Me, Surprise Me, and Make It Easy! Whether it be a new product, service, solution, or technology – these principles do not change.

  • Know Me: We use tools, methods, and frameworks that help you get to know your consumer, such as ethnographic research, interviews, and focus group.
  • Surprise Me: Once you know your customer and identify ways to make it easy for them, it is time to surprise them! Find those opportunities and teach the ability to surprise everyone in your organization who interacts with your consumers.
  • Make It Easy: Unless you know how the consumer experiences your product or service, you’ll never know how to make it easy for them!
We have one of the best journey mappers with over 25+ years of experience to help you find the places where we can make it easy for your consumers to do business with you.We help you find opportunities to know, surprise, and make it easy for your consumer while building in measurement strategies to prove the value of impact.

Office(s): Cincinnati, Ohio


Phone: (513) 815-0555

Contact: Contact Nason Group

Twitter: @nasongroup

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Health Partners Plans (Philadelphia), University of Mississippi Center For Telehealth, State of Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy & Finance

Expertise: Consumer-centered innovation, human-centered design, innovation, business model innovation

Resources: Blog

PA Consulting Group

Description: PA Consulting Group is an independent firm of over 2,600 people. We operate globally from offices across the Americas, Europe, the Nordics, and the Gulf. PA is the only consultancy with over 70 years of experience across consulting, technology, and innovation. We define success as achieving exceptional results that have a lasting impact on businesses, communities, and individuals worldwide.

Office(s): Operating from 25 offices across the globe, we combine our in-depth sector insight with world-class capabilities to have a lasting impact. Find out more.


Phone: 1 (212) 973-5900

Twitter: @PA_Consulting

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: List of Clients

Expertise: We are experts in consumer and manufacturing, defense and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences and transport, travel and logistics. We have deep industry knowledge and skills in management consulting, technology and innovation. That allows us to challenge conventional thinking and deliver exceptional results that have a lasting impact on businesses, governments and communities worldwide.

RTI Innovation Advisors

Description: RTI Innovation Advisors provides strategic innovation consulting services, technology and market intelligence and research, and commercialization services to help our clients accelerate their ideas to market. With over 50 years of innovation experience, we have the expertise, global network and capabilities to help any private sector company or government entity improve innovation outcomes. We meet our clients on any step of their innovation journey and help them succeed.

Office(s): 3040 E. Cornwallis Road, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709


Phone: (919) 541-6000

Contact: Email

Twitter: @RTI_Innovation

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Clients industries including CPG, Food, Agriculture, Healthcare, Water and Sanitation, Advanced Materials, Chemicals, US government federal agencies (NASA, Department of State, Department of Defense, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as well as foreign governments (Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Philippines, Guatemala), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Expertise: We provide solutions in three areas across your innovation journey:

  1. Strategic innovation – we help our customers align innovation goals to corporate goals, assess strengths and gaps in an innovation culture and define front end processes. We offer consulting services focused on building front end processes and innovation teams, foresight conducting, trend spotting and scenario planning to identify emerging needs and opportunities, defining business model innovation opportunities and human centered design.
  2. Insights and Research – we help our customers find and acquire the best emerging technologies, through technology forecasting, technology landscaping and technology scouting. We offer training on technology intelligence based on our internal methodology and provide additional services around open innovation and partner identification.
  3. Go To Market / Ecosystem – we help our clients identify the best pathways to market for emerging ideas or technologies by connecting them with the innovation ecosystem. We offer R&D portfolio management, opportunity assessment, partner engagement and technology marketing for emerging products or technologies to speed new ideas to market.

Resources: Blog; Health Sector Thought Leadership; CPG Thought Leadership

Innovation Software & Tools


Description: At addapptation we've built turn-key, beautiful and intuitive SaaS tools and solutions on top of to enhance the experience of our users. Our customers love us for improving how they interact with their CRM by building technology to meet their unique needs and workflows.

Office(s): 163 Water St. B3, Exeter, New Hampshire 03833


Phone: 1 (800) 905-0776

Contact: Email Alex James from addapptation

Twitter: @addapptation

LinkedIn: Profile

Expertise: Innovation pipeline management solutions built on top of based on industry best-practices shared by our Fortune 500 partners


Description:With over 2 million users worldwide, and $6+ Billion in customer reported net benefits recorded to date, Brightidea is the #1 Idea Management platform on the market. Engage your employees at scale, collaborate on novel solutions, and foster a culture of innovation within your company. Wherever you're at in your innovation journey, our platform & people will help you get to the next level.

Office(s): Headquarters 25 Pacific Avenue San Francisco, CA 94111; New York Office 1040 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 18A New York, NY 10018


Phone: 1(415)692-1912

Contact: Email Brightidea

Twitter: @Brightidea

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: GM, GE, US Bank, Stanley Black and Decker, TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab, Warner Brothers, John Deer, Willis Towers Watson, Western Asset, Bechtel, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, BT, Balck and Veach, Mortensen, Nike, Dow Dupont, Lockheed Martin, Clorox

Expertise: Collect, share, route, screen, evaluate, experiment, incubate, develop, track, and report on the best ideas your organization has to offer, with the most advanced innovation platform available.

Resources: Resource Library


Description: The edison365 suite leverages Microsoft Office 365 to deliver the freedom to crowdsource ideas from employees, and the method to implement them. Combining innovative award-winning ideation and Portfolio Management modules, edison365 turns your good ideas into great business solutions. With edison365ideas, businesses can identify areas of focus, and crowdsource ideas from their employees to achieve specific, valuable problem-solving, while giving them a voice and platform to raise their ideas. Then, using edison365projects, the award-winning Microsoft PPM solution, businesses can seamlessly execute projects through an intuitive, sleek interface, to generate measurable results based on insight from every level of the organization.

Office(s): Jubilee House Third Avenue Marlow Bucks SL7 1EY United Kingdom; 11900 NE 1st St Suite 300, Bellevue, WA 98005


Phone: North America +1 (425) 526-3119; UK +44 (1) 628-3213 21

Contact: Email

Twitter: @edison_365

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: View Full Client List

Expertise: edison365 suite is built on Microsoft Office365 to deliver the freedom to crowdsource ideas from employees, and the method to implement them. Combining innovative award winning ideation and Portfolio Management modules, edison365 turns your good ideas into great business solutions. Use edison365ideas to crowdsource ideas and edison365projects to turn them into visible and actionable plans.

Resources: See All Resources

HYPE Innovation

Description: HYPE Innovation provides software and services for idea and innovation managers to use the collective intelligence of employees, customers, and partners. We help organizations to generate additional revenue, become more efficient, and empower and connect people. With HYPE, our clients spearhead the digital transformation of their company.

Office(s): Boulder, Colorado (US Headquarters); Cambridge, Mass.; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Bonn, Germany (European Headquarters); Lyon, France; London, UK


Phone: (303) 466-2766

Contact: Email

Twitter: @hypeinnovation

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Toyota, Boeing, Airbus, Nokia, ConocoPhillips, NASA, Mattel, Staples, UC Sand Diego, Harley Davidson, Bayer Fujitsu

Expertise: Innovation management, idea management, collaborative innovation management, idea generation, ideation, incubation, innovation culture, open innovation, trends and foresight, concepts and prototyping

Resources: Blog; Innovation through Design Thinking; Exploring the Three Horizons Framework; Advancing Strategic Priorities through Crowdsourcing; ConocoPhillips Case Study; Learn About Innovation Management; Innovation Management Webinars


Description: Imaginatik is the world’s first full-service innovation firm. We are an advisory, software, and analytics provider devoted to making innovation a sustainable practice within the modern enterprise. We’ve been named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and Forrester Research has cited our Innovation Central software platform as a Leader in Innovation Management Solutions in both 2013 and 2016. Imaginatik was founded in 1996, with dual headquarters in Boston, USA and Fareham, UK. We’ve spent 20 years helping the world’s largest and most respected companies innovate.

Office(s): Boston, Massachusetts; Fareham, United Kingdom


Phone: (866) 327-0904

Contact: Contact Imaginatik

Twitter: @imaginatik

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Cargill, Chubb, Dow Chemical, Exelon, ExxonMobil, Goodyear, John Deere, Mayo Clinic, TD Bank, The World Bank, and many others

Expertise: Consulting, advisory, hands-on, award-winning enterprise software

Resources: Blog


Description: If you are looking for assistance to create or re-imagine your innovation system, you can count on us.

Whether you are more focused on employee innovation or collaborating with external parties, we can help. We'll work together to quickly set up all the building blocks you need to make innovation happen: capturing, assessing, testing, developing and implementing ideas. All supported by our end-to-end, award-winning digital platform.

We also provide services to help you establish all the activities you need to perform technology scouting, trend detection and search for startups or other partners who can help fuel innovation at your company.

Office(s): Lisbon and Porto, Portugal


Phone: +1 (617) 418-4321

Contact: Email InnovationCast

Twitter: @innovationCast

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients:Vodafone, Barilla, Sanofi, VISA, ENI, HRDF, Mobily - Etihad Etisalat, Healthstream, Siemens, AICPA, Otto-Fuchs, Nextplora, Mota-Engil, A2A, Deltatre, HCA, Everis - NTT Data, VdA - Vieira de Almeida, SDL, ANA Airports, Delta

Expertise: In short, with InnovationCast you will...

  1. Get stronger ideas, faster (from employees / partners / customers)
  2. Decide on which ideas to invest in.
  3. Test the most promising ideas, without breaking the bank.
  4. Take the best ideas to the finish line, to create value.
  5. Monitor and analyze your business environment, to find trends, technologies, companies and insights which can trigger more innovation.
  6. Engage people and recognise valuable contributions that make a difference.
  7. Track progress in real time and always know where your attention is needed.

Resources: Read their brochure


Description: Founded in 1999, Planbox is a pioneering provider of AI-Powered Agile Innovation Management software and services. An AI engine mines your data for insights while your community collaborates to discover, develop and capitalize on the best ideas from employees, customers, partners and suppliers.

Office(s): Planbox Headquarters, 3090 Le Carrefour Blvd #750 Laval, Québec Canada H7T 2J7; Planbox Innovation Center 733 Cathcart Street #200 Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 1M6; Planbox Sales Department 111 North Market Street Suite 300 San Jose, California, USA 95113


Phone: North America 1-855-PLANBOX (855-752-6269); International 1-514-788-4703

Contact: Contact Planbox

Twitter: @planbox

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Honeywell, Great-West Life, Panama Canal Authority, Philips, Sealed Air, Sun Life Financial, Whirlpool, Willis Towers Watson, Verizon

Expertise: AI-Powered Agile Work Innovation Management Software and Services Solution Provider.

Resources: Resource Center


Description: Sopheon’s Accolade® software, services and best practices provide end-to-end decision support and process automation for the entire innovation management, new product development and strategic initiative lifecycles. The end result is business agility and increased performance of innovation investments required for long-term relevance in a fast-changing market. For the first time, businesses can access a single source of the truth across strategic innovation planning, roadmapping, idea and concept development, process and program management, portfolio optimization, resource capacity planning and in-market management.

Office(s): Minneapolis, Denver; Guildford, United Kingdom; Amsterdam, Maastricht; Darmstadt, Germany


Phone: (952) 851-7500

Contact: Email

Twitter: @Sopheon

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: PepsiCo, Honeywell, P&G, Electrolux, Solvay, Lockheed Martin, BASF, Parker Hannifin, Philips

Expertise: Sopheon partners with customers to provide Enterprise Innovation Performance solutions including software, expertise and best practices to achieve exceptional long-term revenue growth and profitability

Resources: Blog and Resource Center


Description: Wellspring is the world's leading provider of innovation management software and solutions for both corporations and universities. We help clients succeed in today's innovation economy by researching technology trends, finding innovation partners, identifying startups, commercializing inventions, and coordinating global R&D and innovation programs. Founded in 2003 as a spin-out of Carnegie Mellon University, Wellspring works with more than 500 organizations worldwide to support the continued development of the global Knowledge Supply Chain. For more information, please visit

Office(s): Chicago, Illinois


Phone: (312) 643-5100

Contact: Email

Twitter: @WellspringWW

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Westinghouse, J&J, Dow Dupont, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Eli Lilly, Owens Corning, Patagonia, Nike, Sherwin Williams

Expertise: R&D / Technology Management, Tech Scouting, Open Innovation, IP Management

Resources: Resource Library and Blog

Innovation Training and Education

Babson Executive Education

Description: Babson College’s mission is to teach entrepreneurial leaders everywhere how to make a real-world impact. Entrepreneurial leaders move teams through change and disruption, navigating through uncertainty and recognizing growth opportunities. Babson Executive Education helps organizations develop entrepreneurial leaders across industries to drive growth and innovation. Our custom programs are co-created learning journeys that offer interactive ways for groups, led by our world-renowned faculty, to develop forward-looking platforms and redesigned business strategies.

Office(s): Wellesley, MA


Phone: (781) 239-4354

Contact: Email

Twitter: @babson

LinkedIn: Profile

Expertise: Design and deliver custom learning and development programs in innovation, entrepreneurial leadership and disruption

Resources: Babson Insights, Entrepreneurship

Columbia Business School

Description: At Columbia Business School Executive Education, we understand that creativity breeds innovation. That’s why we offer programs that help you nurture your corporate entrepreneurship, execute your creative strategies, and create a culture of innovation within your organization. Join us at the very center of business for this upcoming program that helps you become the innovator you want to be.

Office(s): Columbia Business School Campus, New York City

Contact: Anthony Madonna, +1-212-854-6016, Email

Programs: Design Your Innovation Blueprint, Leveraging Systematic Inventive Thinking

Program Description: This class helps you learn how to plan, develop, and implement self-sustaining innovation for your organization. This is a handson three-day program that teaches you how to generate creative solutions to problems—solutions that are both novel as well as useful—and helps you develop an action plan for successful innovation planning and execution. Jointly taught by academics and practitioners, each session provides a short conceptual framework followed by an introduction of practical tools and a workshop where the tools can be applied. In addition, on-site coaches will guide you through the program.

Participant Profile: Design Your Innovation Blueprint is designed for mid to upper-level executives who have been charged–formally or informally–with creating a culture of innovation in their organizations and translating it into a sustainable practice that supports the business strategy and translates into quantifiable top-line and bottom-line results.

More Information:

Innovation Engineering by Eureka! Ranch

Description: Innovation Engineering is a new fi eld of academic study and leadership science developed by the Eureka! Ranch. It teaches you advanced methods and tools for creating big ideas, accelerating projects, and problem solving challenges.

Office(s): The Eureka! Ranch, Cincinnati, Ohio

Contact: Lydia Carson, (513) 509-6405, Email

Programs: Innovation Engineering Black Belt Certifi cation Program

Program Description: The Innovation Engineering Black Belt Certification Program transforms you into a genuine expert at system driven innovation. You’ll learn data-driven methods, designed to empower your team to create, succeed, and do amazing things that matter. Most practically, the course will teach you validated systems for taking ideas through development to implementation, with less risk, faster speed, and greater success.

Format: Each course is in three parts: 1) on-line, 2) in person, 3) 12-month personalized certification work plan to apply new skills to your real work, with the help of an experienced Innovation Engineering Black Belt Coach.

More Information:

Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

Description: Notre Dame’s innovation programs drive organizational growth, create differentiation in the marketplace, break through barriers that stifl e creativity, and build sustained momentum for an exciting future and a better world.

Office(s): The Eureka! Ranch, Cincinnati, Ohio

Contact: Donna Porter, (574) 631-8876, Email

Programs: Certified Innovation Mentor Program

Program Description: Our flagship innovation program provides rigorous, in-depth innovation education and application for innovation leaders charged with leading teams through innovation methodologies and tools.

Format: Three separate classroom modules, two intersessions including online content along with application of classroom learning via participation in a team innovation project, and completion of an individual innovation project implemented within the participant’s organization.

More Information:

Accelerators & Ecosystem Development


Description: The edison365 suite leverages Microsoft Office 365 to deliver the freedom to crowdsource ideas from employees, and the method to implement them. Combining innovative award-winning ideation and Portfolio Management modules, edison365 turns your good ideas into great business solutions. With edison365ideas, businesses can identify areas of focus, and crowdsource ideas from their employees to achieve specific, valuable problem-solving, while giving them a voice and platform to raise their ideas. Then, using edison365projects, the award-winning Microsoft PPM solution, businesses can seamlessly execute projects through an intuitive, sleek interface, to generate measurable results based on insight from every level of the organization.

Office(s): Boston, Massachusetts; Austin, Texas; United Kingdom; Switzerland; Israel; Mexico


Phone: (888) 782-7820

Contact: Email

Twitter: @masschallenge

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Fidelity, P&G, PepsiCo, GE, General Mills, L'Oreal

Expertise: Early-stage acceleration, corporate innovation, ecosystem activation, mentorship

Resources: Blog


Description: PlanetM is Michigan’s mobility brand and business development program driven by a partnership of mobility organizations, communities, educational institutions, research and development, and government agencies working together to develop and deploy the mobility technologies of the future. Michigan has always been the leader of the automotive industry, and as vehicle and transportation technologies continue to evolve in amazing ways, Michigan is continuing to lead the way.

Office(s): MEDC Lansing Office 300 N. Washington Sq., Lansing, MI 48913; MEDC, PlanetM Office 19 Clifford St. 4th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226


Phone: (888) 522-0103

Contact: Email

Twitter: @planetm

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Lyft, Ford City Solutions, Denso, Bosch, Mapbox, Derq, Karamba Security, Qumulo, Mighty Ai, SPLT, Zenuity, and other leading mobility startups and corporations globally

Expertise: Company and startup matchmaking and business development services; technology activation for testing and pilot programs and project grant funding; asset coordination of Michigan’s extensive automotive and mobility ecosystem; technology scouting, supply chain and partner identification support; co-working space in Detroit

Resources: YouTube

Startup Scouting & Evaluation


Description: The Proseeder platform empowers corporations with adaptive tools for managing deal flow, collaboration, diligence, and execution; quantifying strategic ROI of investments & partnerships that supercharge corporations efforts to innovate iteratively.

Office(s): 505 Howard St. Suite 201, San Francisco, CA 94105; 1204 Broadway, New York, NY. 10001


Phone: (516) 241-5154

Contact: Email Ramy from Proseeder

Twitter: @ProSeeder

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Microsoft, IBM, Walmart, Hyundai, Bayer, Ford, Boeing, DLA Piper, BP, Northwell Health, MunichRE, Schlumberger, Aflac, and Aviva

Expertise: Deal flow management, collaboration, market intelligence, reporting, and more

Resources: Blog


Description: Startgrid is an innovation platform helping companies make their external innovation efforts more successful. From tracking business needs to scouting startups to discovering the best solutions, Startgrid makes it easy for teams to solve problems, share intelligence and measure the impact of their efforts on the business.

Office(s): 700 Airport Boulevard, Suite 370, Burlingame, CA 94010


Phone: (650) 251-4686

Contact: Send Mail

Twitter: @startgridco

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: BNY Mellon, Mercer, Mitsubishi, and CenturyLink

Expertise: Scouting, network building, delivering external innovation into organizations, project tracking, pipeline management, reporting and analysis of innovation efforts

Resources: Check out Startgrid's blog, podcast, and datasheets.


Description: SwitchPitch is the leading Startup Relationship Management platform for innovation teams at Fortune 1000 companies. From identifying startups to relationship management, SwitchPitch gets innovation teams to ROI outcomes quickly and efficiently.

Office(s): Washington, D.C. 94010


Phone: (888)727-9482

Contact: Email Michael Goldstein from SwitchPitch

Twitter: @SwitchPitch

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: Amazon, Deutsche Telekom, United Technology Corporation

Expertise: Scouting startups, Aligning innovative startups to internal business needs, managing startup relationships. Proof-of-Concept management.

Resources: Blog


Description: Techstars is a worldwide network of 10,000+ corporate, government and academia partners, startups, and investors who accelerate innovation and transform industries. 1,600 + startups have gone through Techstars accelerator programs. 87.4% are active or have been acquired and have a market cap of more than $18 billion. In 2018, Techstars had 44 separate accelerator programs covering six continents and a wide swath of industry verticals. According to Harvard Business Review, Techstars is considered one of the top two accelerator programs in the world.

Headquarters: 1050 Walnut St. Boulder, Colo. 80502

Other Locations: Seattle; Los Angeles; Denver; Detroit; Munich; Tel Aviv; Minneapolis; Boston; Austin; New York City; Hartford, Conn.; Raleigh, N.C.; Atlanta; Indianapolis; Berlin; London; Paris; Lisbon; Brasil; Mexico; Singapore; Bangalore; Amsterdam; Dubai; Chicago; Kansas City; Montreal; Toronto


Phone: (303) 593-1826

Contact: Email Techstars

Twitter: @techstars

LinkedIn: Profile

Clients: US Airforce, Barclays, The Nature Conservancy, NCAA, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Colts, Target, Amazon (Alexa), Comcast, EPS Maritime, Cargill, EcoLabs, Equinor, SAP.iO,, Sony, Western Union, The Heritage Group, United Healthcare, Stanley Black & Decker, MetLife, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Warner Music Group, Colliers, Rakuten, Air Liquide, Accor Hotels

Expertise: Techstars works with corporate innovation partners to build lasting relationships with our worldwide network of entrepreneurs to help fuel business growth and achieve innovation goals. Learn how your company can innovate.

Resources: Blog

Other Innovation Firms

Bamboo Crowd

Description: Bamboo Crowd matches the best Thinkers, Makers & Leaders with the world’s most ambitious companies. We help clients bring innovation to life and are the global leader in Innovation recruitment helping to scale teams and hire executive leaders.

Office(s): New York: 85 Delancey St, New York, NY, 10002 London: 65 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3QQ


Phone: 1 (917) 213-1910

Contact: Email

Twitter: @bamboocrowd


Clients: Deloitte, Capgemini Invent, Fahrenheit 212, Idean, EY, Alibaba, Maersk, RGA, Plexal, RocketSpace

Expertise: Innovation Recruitment, Strategy Recruitment, Design Recruitment, Executive Search, Innovation Team/Lab Builds


Description: IDEO is a global design company known for its human-centered, interdisciplinary approach. As early leaders in the practice of design thinking, we create positive impact through design by applying our creative skills and mindsets, and by teaching others to do the same. We help clients and customers around the world build the capacity and outcomes required to navigate today’s complexity and lead their markets.

As problem solvers, we drive change, build new ventures, and design digital and tangible experiences for a broad range of business, social and governmental sectors through co-creation with our clients. As teachers, we help individuals, teams and organizations cultivate the confidence they need to step into the future with optimism and creativity.

Office(s): Cambridge, Massachusetts; Chicago; London; Munich; New York City; Palo Alto, California; San Francisco; Shanghai; Tokyo


Phone: (617) 844-2400

Contact: Email IDEO Partner Rebecca Hornbuckle

Twitter: @ideo


Clients: Ford, IKEA, PillPack, Pacific Life, Zalando, Samsung, Innova Schools, Walgreens, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Intercontinental Hotels Group, City of Boston, Eli Lilly and Company, American Family Insurance, GE Healthcare, University of California San Francisco

Resources: Blog


Description: Mastercard is a technology company in the global payments industry. Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities–such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances–easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.

Office(s): 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY 10577


Phone: (914) 249-2000

Twitter: @MastercardNews


Resources: Mastercard Newsroom