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

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Board of Innovation

Description: Board of Innovation is a business design and innovation strategy firm. Our consultants help the world's largest organizations navigate fundamental shifts. We do this by developing growth strategies, innovation capabilities, and new businesses using our clients’ assets and core strengths.

Thanks to our years in the field, we know that innovation doesn’t need to be sexy to work. Our strategists & business designers are fully committed to delivering return on innovation. We focus on programs that produce results.

Office: We operate from offices in New York, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Singapore. Our diverse team is made up of more than 15 nationalities with a variety of unique perspectives and expertise.


Contact:  Email

Twitter: @boardofinno

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Clients:  We have clients in health/life sciences (Roche, Novartis), banking/finance (ING, NN), heavy industry (GE, Lafarge Holcim), fast-moving consumer goods/retail (Danone, Estée Lauder), telco (Liberty Global, Telnor), mobility/aviation (KLM, Volkswagen), and more. For more info, you can check out our client cases here:


We provide 2 main consultancy services:

Innovation strategy:

Together, we’ll look at how you organize your innovation activities, where you want to go (into new markets, for instance?), review your current innovation portfolio, and help you set the right priorities. During condensed innovation strategy sprints, we’ll turn all of this into a realistic action plan for growth.

Business Design:

Of course, a solid strategy and internal capabilities only matter if they enable you to bring new products and services to market. Our business design programs will help you tackle your most urgent business problems. Check out some of the tools and methodologies we use in our business design playbook:

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Captains of Innovation

Description: Captains of Innovation is a full spectrum corporate innovation program designed to help large organizations find new products, services, and technologies in today’s hyper-competitive global environment. Captains of Innovation provides bespoke, white-glove service to help clients design and build innovative business models through innovation exploration, ecosystem engagement and mindset change while learning best practices and connecting with thought leaders.

Office: CIC Cambridge, One Broadway, 14th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142


Phone: 617-417-4151

Contact:  Email

Twitter: @ciccaptains

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Clients:  EY, Daikin, JT, P&G, SOMPO, ABinBev


Leveraging our global innovation presence across the CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center) and Venture Café networks, Captains of Innovation is designed to help corporations and large organizations with the full spectrum of innovation. From the start, Captains of Innovation works to develop a customized implementation plan specifically for each company or division. We offer innovation coaching and scenario planning; help conceive and develop ideas, products, and services; find new technologies and business models; connect to startups, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders; produce strategic innovation events; connect partners to the CIC innovation hubs and more.

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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

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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.

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Essential Design

Description: Essential Design is a design and innovation consultancy based in Boston. We work across consumer, healthcare, industrial and technology sectors, helping our clients create complete digital, physical, brand and service experiences. Our team of engineers, designers, strategists and researchers became part of PA Consulting in late 2018.

Office(s): 143 South Street - 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02111


Phone: (617) 338-6057

Contact: Email Essential

Twitter: @_essential

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Clients:  Our clients are agents of change at Hydrow, Brown-Forman, Staples, iRobot, Owens-Corning, GE, Crown Industrial, Philips Healthcare, Bose, WiTricity, SC Johnson, Sanofi-Genzyme, Shure, Dell EMC, Medtronic, P&G, SoClean, Coravin and many others.

Expertise:  Industrial design, UX design, mechanical engineering, design research, service design, innovation strategy and brand design

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Description: At Hackworks, we believe in the power of the crowd. Our consultants use crowdsourcing, co-creation, and challenge-based learning techniques to produce innovation programs and events where perspectives, inspiration and ideas are shared, minds are expanded and changed, new connections are made, and more resonant solutions are found than any of us could create individually.

We deliver real impact for Innovation, R&D, Talent Brand, HR, Corporate Venture, Product Development, Marketing and Customer Engagement teams.

Office(s): Headquartered in Toronto, Canada


Phone: +1 (416) 907-4869

Contact: Contact Hackworks

Twitter: @HackworksInc

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Clients:  We have clients in health/life sciences (New York Life), banking/finance (Capital One, TD), professional services (Randstad, Stantec), Government (Government of Canada, City of Vancouver), real estate (Oxford Properties), non-profits (Aqua Forum) and more.

Expertise:  We leverage the framework of hackathons to design and execute custom events and programs that use crowdsourcing and co-creation techniques as well as a challenge-based learning approach to deliver on real business objectives related to R&D, technology exploration, corporate venture, digital transformation, innovation culture, skill building, talent brand, brand positioning and client engagement or onboarding.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Description: KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 154 countries and territories and have 200,000 people working in member firms around the world.


Contact: Connect with KPMG

Twitter: @KPMG_US

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Description: Newry Corp is dedicated to helping companies grow. Our clients are innovation powerhouses with exceptional capabilities in R&D and product development, seeking a partner who will roll up their sleeves and work shoulder-to-shoulder to identify and pursue exciting new opportunities. We believe that addressing unmet needs is a powerful vector for success, and we are committed to helping our clients find and solve the world’s most important problems.

Office(s): 14725 Detroit Ave., Suite 210 Lakewood, OH 44107


Phone: (440) 808-3839

Email:  Contact Newry

Twitter: @NewryCorp

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Clients: Our clients are leaders in specialty chemicals, advanced materials, industrial products, CPG, medical devices, and other industries.

Expertise : Portfolio development, strategic marketing, innovation process

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Lux Research

Description: Lux Research is a leading provider of tech-enabled research and advisory services. Lux combines technical expertise and business insights with a proprietary intelligence platform to help clients innovate smarter and grow faster.

Boston (HQ): Lux Research Inc., 100 Franklin Street, Boston, MA, 02110
New York: Lux Research Inc., 135 E 57th Street, New York, NY, 10022
Amsterdam: Lux Research EMEA, De Boelelaan 32, 1083 HJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Singapore: Lux Research Asia-Pacific PTE, LTD, 28 Emerald Hill, Singapore, 229308
Tokyo: Lux Research, Kanda Park Plaza, 5th Floor, 2-2-2 Kaji-chou, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 101-0044, Japan


Phone: 617-502-5300

Email:  Contact Lux Research

Twitter: @LuxResearch

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Clients: Lux partners with Global Fortune 500 companies across the CPG, energy, utilities, diversified industrial, electronics, and automotive industries to stay up-to-speed on competitive landscapes, key players, and technology developments.

Expertise : Our experts have advanced degrees in science or engineering, and specialize in research on innovations across energy, materials, mobility, agrifood, and digital technologies. We conduct primary and secondary research to evaluate potential partners and investments, and advise clients on innovation strategy and business models.

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PA Consulting Group

Description: We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world. As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 2,800 specialists in consumer, defense and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, and transport, travel and logistics. We operate globally from offices across the Americas, Europe, the Nordics and the Gulf.

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

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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.

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Description: PreScouter provides research support services to help business leaders make better R&D, product development and corporate development decisions. PreScouter’s custom-selected teams of Advanced Degree Researchers and Subject Matter Experts connect business leaders with new markets, commercializable technologies, industry-impacting startups, and other actionable data. PreScouter’s growing list of 500+ clients includes GE Healthcare, Coca-Cola, BAE Systems, Whirlpool, and Volvo.

Office(s): 29 E Madison St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60602


Phone: (872) 222-9225

Twitter: @prescouter

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Clients: Coca-Cola, Airbus, Abbvie, Dow, Volvo, Whirlpool, Rio Tinto, Toshiba

Expertise : Technology landscaping and roadmapping, trends mapping, market analysis, patent commercialization strategy, IP landscaping, data analysis and recommendations, partner identification, research support, consulting with industrial subject matter experts, interviewing startups, reviewing best practices

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Description: yet2 operates at the hub of the global technology market. For 20 years, yet2 has been an Open Innovation services company working for an international corporate client base. yet2 provides hands-on technology transfer services in the areas of targeted technology scouting, strategic dealflow, Open Innovation portal management, innovation tours and anonymous deals - bringing our Open Innovation clients hundreds of millions of dollars in value.

Office(s): HQ – 230 2nd Ave, Suite 140, Waltham, MA 02451

Nottingham, UK – University of Nottingham Innovation Park, Ingenuity Centre, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU, United Kingdom

Liverpool, UK – 301 The Tea Factory, St. Peter’s Square, Fleet Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ, United Kingdom

Tokyo – 2F HK Park Bldg.I, 3-15-5 Kandanishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0052


Phone: +1-781-373-1119

Twitter: @yet2com

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Clients: Colgate-Palmolive, Ford, GSK, Kobayashi Pharmaceuticals, Mondelez, NASA, PepsiCo, Sanofi, SnackFutures, Unilever

Expertise : Technology scouting, Open Innovation Consulting, Technology Licensing, Open Innovation Portal Management

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Innovation Software & Tools

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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

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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.

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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

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Clients: Toyota, Boeing, Airbus, Nokia, ConocoPhillips, NASA, Mattel, NBA, Staples, UC San Diego, Harley-Davidson, Bayer, Fujitsu, PwC, UNICEF, United Way, BMW, Daimler, Liberty Global, Merck, Technicolor, BASF, Roche, Siemens, Continental, UC Irvine, Saint-Gobain

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

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Description: IdeaScale is innovation management software that links organizations to people with ideas. Those ideas can change the world - not just your business. Find ideas to aid in digital transformation, to face the age of automation, to fight climate change, inequality and beyond. Connect to the ideas that matter and start co-creating the future by learning more at

Office(s): Berkeley, CA, Washington, DC, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Phone: 800.549.9198

Contact:  Email

Twitter: @ideascale

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Clients: Cleveland Cavaliers, Doctors Without Borders, FDA, Freddie Mac, Georgetown University, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, NASA, New York University, the United Way, the US Air Force, Vestas, and many others.

Expertise : IdeaScale provides unmatched excellence in secure idea management throughout the innovation lifecycle and also includes access to our growing community of practice, which includes self-paced learning programs and comprehensive services. IdeaScale is also the only 100% carbon neutral idea management platform available.

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Description: Ideawake's idea management software empowers innovation teams with an easy to use, highly configurable platform to action the 5% of ideas that drive 95% of results. Instead of solely focusing on the front-end of innovation, Ideawake combines (1) Challenge management to crowdsource, surface, and select high potential ideas; (2) A self-driven program that takes idea submitters and selected ideas from concept to pilot, and; (3) A network of connections to execute market testing, prototyping, and branding.

Office(s): 1245 North Water St. Floor 2, Milwaukee WI 53202


Phone: (414)316-6916

Contact:  Email Coby Skonord, Co-Founder and CEO

Twitter: @IdeawakeHQ

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Clients: Ideawake is powering innovation programs in 12 verticals across 39 countries and 185 cities with major clients including HP, Advocate Aurora, OSF HealthCare, UnityPoint, and Sanford Health.

Expertise : Our expertise centers around creating an intrapreneur movement inside of organizations by expanding their capacity to experiment, validate, and pilot new ideas. We do this by providing front-line employees with an approachable, self-driven testing program which combines the curriculum, process, and connections to transform employees into intrapreneurs and their ideas into measurable impact.

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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

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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...

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

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Innovation Minds

Description: The Innovation Minds Innovation Management Solution gives you a holistic approach to accelerate your innovation by fast-tracking collaboration with a bold, easy to use, super inviting Idea Management Platform.

A socially engaging space for ideators and a best friend to the ones responsible for running their organization's innovation programs. Clean, crisp Integrated Project Management, Visual Collaboration Workspaces, and 360° Assessment joins many tools into one and lets seamless integrations happen with others. AI/ML-powered Innovator Profiles to form like-minded powerful teams to get ideas to the finish line. Survey & Feedback Management, Live Events following the exclusive 6Thons© Framework with onboard RSVP Management, and Master Facilitators & Ideapreneurs at the ready where and when you need it most.

A turn-key solution and joined-at-the hip guidance to get you off and running, engaging your internal and external community and moving through the stages of your Innovation Cycles without a big learning curve. Fast to stand up and the capability to administer on your own without reliance on your vendor for a lower total cost of ownership when you want that flexibility and independence.

Office(s): 358 S Redwood Ave, San Jose CA 94538


Phone: 408-605-8471

Contact:  Email Innovation Minds

Twitter: @InnovationMind1

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Clients: Red Bull, VMWare, Comcast, eBay, PayPal

Expertise Innovation Minds was born out of executive innovation leaders from top well-known Silicon Valley companies - With a unique understanding of what was needed to make innovation programs effective, engaging, enjoyable and powerful too. An understanding of what’s needed to avoid the common pitfalls, fill the gaps, and go far beyond creating a glorified “suggestion box” that excites participants and then loses them shortly after when things don’t go anywhere. An understanding of how a better solution can be created to help companies move ideas through stages of an Innovation Cycle faster or more methodically and do so repeatedly so the ultimate wins are a shift to a creator culture, a culture of innovation, an engaged and creative workforce, and most importantly ideas and solutions that get all the way to the finish line.

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Description: We’re the global leaders in connected innovation intelligence made up of more than 800 PatSnappers across three continents, helping 8,000+ customers in 40+ different countries make better innovation decisions every single day. We do that by combining millions of R&D and IP datasets so our customers can connect the dots, increase productivity, and innovate more effectively.

Office(s): London, Toronto, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing and Suzhou


Phone: Europe: +44 (0) 203 880 6999 / North America: +1 (437) 266 7465

Contact:  Email PatSnap

Twitter: @PatSnap

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Clients: NCH Corporation, City University London, Invenntik, Tecnovaxion

Expertise : Our leading innovation intelligence platform is designed to help you identify technological opportunities that could affect the future growth and survival of your business. From ideation to commercialization, we separate the signal from the noise so you can learn everything you need to know about a company’s technology and innovation.

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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

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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.

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Description: There’s a bold new way of working. Planview makes it possible. Planview empowers you with a single line of sight across your entire organization and help every team collaborate to create value. Planview Spigit enables industry leaders to activate the collective intelligence of employees, partners, and customers to find the most valuable ideas and make the right decisions. Harness collective intelligence. Uncover remarkable ideas for every part of your business. Create a culture of innovation.

Office(s): Austin, TX (US Headquarters); Ontario, CA; Stockholm, Sweden (European Headquarters); Bangalore, India; Sydney, Australia


Phone: (512) 346-8600

Contact:  Email Planview

Twitter: @planview

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Clients: Starbucks, Highmark Health, Johnson & Johnson, EDF Energy, Cambia Health Solutions, Pfizer, AT&T, IBM, Siemens, Polaris, Nasdaq, TIAA, LI & Fung, Premera Blue Cross, Southern Company, CGI, Tremco, Fidelity

Expertise : With Planview Spigit, identify, prioritize and track all ideas in your pipeline, from original conception to implementation--in new products and services, improved processes, and enhanced customer experience. With our team of former innovation practitioners, we provide our customers with insights, best practices and support to help them maximize success on their innovation journey.

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Description: Wazoku is a leading SaaS provider of AI enabled Idea Management and Open Innovation software and services. Our highly flexible platform is recognised by Forrester as a disrupter with a differentiating strategy and our enterprise grade idea and innovation management platform enables global organisations to run challenge driven innovation campaigns at a team and company level internally and/or externally. We have a global crowd of over 400k expert solvers who our clients can also access and a proven framework for driving success, high levels of engagement and a significant ROI.

Office(s): UK: London (HQ) & Bristol, Copenhagen, Boston


Phone: +44 2087 435724

Contact:  Email

Twitter: @WazokuHQ

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Clients: Bloomberg, HSBC, Fidelity, Prudential, Ministry of Defence, Bristol Myers Squibb, Novartis.

Expertise :Idea Management, Open Innovation, Crowdsourcing, Community

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Innovation Training & Education

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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

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

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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.

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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): Notre Dame, IN

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.

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Accelerators & Ecosystem Development

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Description: MassChallenge strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world for zero-equity taken.

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


Phone: (888) 782-7820

Contact:  Email

Twitter: @masschallenge

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

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

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Startup Scouting & Evaluation

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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

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Twitter: @startgridco

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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 .

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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

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Clients: Pfizer, Amazon, Chick-fil-A, and many others.

Expertise : managing startup relationships, scouting startups, innovation alignment, pilot management.

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Description: Techstars is the global platform for investment and innovation. Founded in 2006, Techstars began with three simple ideas—entrepreneurs create the future, collaboration drives innovation, and great ideas can come from anywhere. Today our mission is to make innovation accessible to everyone, everywhere. We do this by connecting corporations, startups, investors and cities to create a more sustainable and inclusive world. Since 2006, Techstars has invested in more than 2,200 startups and today has a market cap of more than $26 Billion. To learn about how to become a member of the Techstars Global Network and to connect with the world's most promising startups visit

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

Website Techstars Pathfinder Membership

Phone: (303) 593-1826

Contact:  Email Techstars

Twitter: @techstars

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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.

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Description: Wellspring provides innovation management software and solutions for both corporations and universities. They help corporate clients run world-class R&D- and technology-driven innovation pipelines, enhancing core activities such as scouting technology trends, finding technology partners, and commercializing inventions. Wellspring currently works with over 500 organizations worldwide to support the continued development of the global Knowledge Supply Chain.

Office(s): Chicago, IL


Contact: Contact

Twitter: @WellspringWW

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Clients:  Johnson & Johnson, Westinghouse, Softbank, EMBL,Daikin, Samsung

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Cooper Perkins

Description: Cooper Perkins is a technology development practice that solves business problems with rigorous engineering. As pathfinders, we lift the fog, identify the obstacles, and clear a path to the destination.

Bringing world-class experience, expertise, and methodologies to product development, our approach is anchored in a deep understanding of the first principles of physical sciences and mathematics, cutting through opinions and biases to understand the challenge at a fundamental level. We collaborate with our partners to reliably convert inventive ideas into innovative products—together, we will find a way.

Office(s): Boston; San Francisco


Contact: Lisa Somogyi, Director of Business Development,

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Clients:  Our partners range from inspired startups to large enterprise companies across industries including medical devices, robotics, industrial applications, life sciences, and consumer products.

Expertise:  We make a crisp distinction between technology development and product engineering to design highly integrated electromechanical systems that strike the balance between technical, user, and business factors.

Resources:  Fact Sheet

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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

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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

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Description: INNOCENTIVE is the global leader in Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing, solving problems that matter around the world. Our existing on-demand talent of nearly 500,000 people come from 195 countries producing solutions in over 75% of the challenges we design and host.

INNOCENTIVE’s staff has designed and posted nearly 5,500 challenges for our global clients.

INNOCENTIVE is the first complete internal/external idea/solution management firm with a common design methodology whose Clients experienced ROI’s of up to 182% in under 2 months

Office(s): Waltham, MA (HQ) and London


Phone: +1-855-276-9366

Contact: Email

Twitter: @InnoCentive

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Clients:  Ford, Volkswagen, Porsche, Enel, General Fusion, Merck, Astra Zeneca, Lilly, Roche, Allergan, UBS, Syngenta, P&G, Dow, Essity, the US Government – Department of Defense, ODNI, DARPA, NASA, IARPA, NIH, EPA, USAID, DFID, World Vision, Rockefeller Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, American Heart Association, SUDEP, Botnar Foundation, Prize4Life Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Harvard, Stanford, Thomson Reuters

Expertise:  Challenge Driven Innovation methodology, problem identification and abstraction for challenge design, global sourcing of talent for the Internet of Prepared Minds (IoPM) marketplace at , global IP transfer and brokering, providing anonymity for clients wishing to hide their brand/problems/needs

Resources:  Blog

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Highline Beta

Description: Highline Beta is a hybrid corporate venture studio and VC fund that discovers growth opportunities for large companies, and helps them realize those opportunities through internal and external innovation. We believe the most ambitious companies need to build a portfolio of new ventures to win with a venture capital mindset. Whether you’re looking to build new businesses in-house, spin-out new startups, or partner with startups through a corporate accelerator, we can help.

Office(s): Toronto (HQ), New York, Chicago, LA, Vancouver, Montreal


Phone: 416-587-7623

Contact: Email

Twitter: @highlinebeta

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Clients:  RBC, AB InBev, Kraft, Aviva, American Family

Expertise:  Corporate venture development, venture capital, pilot program accelerators

Resources:  Blog

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Description: Mach49 helps teams create, disrupt and own new markets by Disrupting InsideOut and Disrupting OutsideIn, while Developing More Disruptors inside your organization. Their teams have the people and passion to help maximize new venture success rate, accelerate time to market, and inspire and unleash your internal talent.


Phone: (650) 549-4903

Contact: Email

Twitter: @InnoCentive

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Resources:  Blog