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 Alex Slawsby for more information.

Innovation Strategy & Consulting Services

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Description: Cantina is an innovation consultancy headquartered in Boston. For over 15 years, we’ve partnered with visionary business leaders to challenge the status quo, reimagine products & services for a customer-centric age, and drive new growth and efficiencies for our client’s organizations. What we’ve learned throughout our history is that innovation is not magic. It’s the result of disciplined craft and methodology that bridges the gap between design thinking and design doing. By applying a creative, multidisciplinary approach, Cantina helps our clients create and sustain innovation, transform business-as-usual, and improve the lives of customers and employees. For more information, visit

Office: 100 Summer Street - Boston, MA


Contact:  Email

Twitter: @cantinac

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Clients:  Cantina is a trusted partner for Fortune 500 companies and high-growth startups in all major industries, collaborating on projects in health & life science, financial services, insurance, retail, sports innovation, AR/VR, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Learn more about we design and build innovative solutions for our clients.


Experience Strategy: Define a human-centered strategy that sets you apart and creates a roadmap for success with your customers.

Service Design: Design and implement meaningful digital and physical touch points across your customer journey.

Experience Design: Craft an unforgettable user experience that delivers what your customers want and need.

Customer Research & Insights: Understand your customers through research and insights that empower a better experience.

Brand Strategy & Storytelling: Engage your audience with advanced storytelling, branding, and video production capabilities.

Idea Activation & Prototyping: Bring ideas to life and design what customers need through agile and rapid prototyping.

Innovation Strategy: See the future -- build the next big thing or rapidly evolve to stay ahead of the curve.

Software Engineering: Build your experience with clean code -- at Cantina, we do it all, full stack, front end, back end, you name it, we code it.

Technical Architecture: Design a rock solid technology stack that flexes and scales with your needs.

Mobile & Web: Create an engaging and user-friendly mobile and web experience for your customers.

Internet of Things (IoT): Develop an IoT strategy that makes sense; then build smart connected devices that deliver for your customers.

AR/VR & Mixed Reality: Take advantage of AR/VR and mixed reality to create a better experience and make your product or service stand out.

AI & Machine Learning: Use the power of AI &aamp; ML to revolutionize your business and augment the human experience.

Delivery & Enablement: Learn from our team of experts while delivering fast and effectively.

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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.

Resources Hackworks Introduction, Process, Programs & Platform Deck, book a free, no-strings-attached consultation session to explore how crowdsourcing, co-creation and challenge-based learning can help you reach your business goals



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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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: PARK is a world leading management consultancy in Design & Innovation Leadership. For over 23 years, we have been helping to maximize the value of design & innovation and deliver more value across the triple (social, environmental, economics) bottom line. We have a deep understanding and expertise in what it takes to navigate and transform organizational approaches/operations to truly innovate, from idea to commercialization. We have developed centers of excellence (Innovation Labs & programs, Design Organizations & programs, etc..) for many of the world biggest and best brands enabling them to break down silos and take a holistic approach in developing and launching leading market solutions. We deliver impact and measurable results. We do so by specializing (exclusively) in building Design & Innovation organizations and define set criteria/KPI’s to ensure success and ROI of the projects/programs we undertake. We are not an design agency or innovation house. We enable and empower organizations to generate continuous innovation, premium (holistic) user experiences of the product/service solutions, and elevated brand experinces across all touchpoints & ecosystems.

Office(s): Santa Monica CA | Hamburg Germany


Phone: +1 (773) 614 3469 USA | +31 (0)6 13582135 EU

Contact:  Email

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Clients: We have partnered with over 100 world leading brands to deliver exceptional design & innovation performance, client partners such as: LEGO, Glaxo Smith Kline, Unilever, Bose, Roche, Nestle, Airbus, Johnson & Johnson, Bang & Olufsen, BMW, Mars, Miele, Staples, Kimberley Clark, Johnson Controls, Philips, Novo Nordisk, HP, Sony, BASF, Reckitt Benckiser, Drager, Bosch, Beiersdorf, Roca and many more… We have been the key preferred partner for many of our clients, establishing long term value adding engagements for 10+ years.

Expertise :We enable and empower design and innovation to flourish by building internal capabilities and plugging in (via a best in class sourcing & selection process) external expertise/partners as needed. We focus specifically on building (design/innovation/creative) Culture, developing & implementing Strategy (visons & roadmaps, product roadmaps, etc.), Organization/Operations (organizational structures, job profiles, governance models, etc.) and establishing & continuously improving Ways of Working (process architecture, tools & systems, etc.). We work through a very collaborate, iterative hands on approach utilizing many leading (& some proprietary) design & innovation practices. We like to challenge our clients, and we like challenging projects.

Resources: Blog , Design Strategy , Design Value Canvas , Design Manifesto , External Partner Roster , Design Leadership Podcast

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Sense Worldwide

Description: Breakthrough innovation needs people with different minds to deliver different outcomes. We collaborate with creators: outliers, misfits, rebels and the crazy ones to understand the future and develop breakthrough strategies. We help innovators to see things differently and think differently. We are experts in harnessing cognitive diversity at scale. Our unique source of divergent perspective is channeled from The Sense Network. We are home to 5,000+ creators from over 1,000 cities worldwide. In collaboration with our clients and The Sense Network, we work as one team. We use agile workflows: to discover future needs, evaluate and derisk existing pipelines; ideate, iterate and design breakthrough innovation.

USA: 135 W 41st St 5th Floor, New York NY 10036
UK: 71-91 Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN


New York: +1(212) 518 3444
London: +44(0)20 7025 6040

Contact: Contact Anthony Chase, Head of Marketing

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Sample Clients:  Since 1999, Sense Worldwide has helped some of the world’s most innovative companies be more innovative. Nike, Sonos, PepsiCo, Barclays, Viacom, Diageo, BUPA, GE, SC Johnson, Blue Diamond and many other organisations collaborate with The Sense Network to shape their future.

Expertise:  We might not know the answer to your challenge right now, but we do know how to get you there. Our talent is to make an innovation challenge simple and fun.

How might we identify whitespace opportunities?
How might we talk about our category differently?
How might we define a future design strategy?
How might we understand the needs of our future consumers?
How might we co-create a new business proposition?
How might we target a new customer in a new market?
How might we develop a disruptive brand strategy?
How might we prioritise a five year innovation roadmap, fast?
How might we help you to innovate?

Propositions: To help innovators to see things differently and think differently, Sense Worldwide harnesses the cognitive diversity of The Sense Network, to deliver:

BREAKTHROUGH INNOVATION: Make a creative leap. Develop game-changing innovations. Co-create with people who see things differently and think differently to you. Elevate analytical thinking to breakthrough propositions. Design future brand experiences.

NEW LEADERSHIP VISION:Reframe the future. Explore unknown unknowns. Uncover the ideas in your organisation. Map strategic opportunities. Ask, what business are you really in? Design a future vision and roadmap with foresight. Mitigate risk.

MIND EXPANSION DAYS: Become more innovative. Expand your mind. Overcome groupthink. Develop the Creative Intelligence of your team. Seek inspiration from your future customers who live at the edge of culture. Design early stage concepts.

Services: Our workflows support various stages of the innovation and corporate venturing process:

1. Evaluation - Derisk current pipeline. Overcome cognitive bias. Mitigate false negatives. Invest in the breakthrough innovations that will drive future growth.

2. Discovery - Understand future needs, today. Identify breakthrough opportunities emerging at the edge of culture that will enter the consumer mainstream tomorrow.

3. Ideation - Develop breakthrough propositions. Collaborate with your future customers. Evaluate analytical thinking; elevate it to breakthrough ideas.

4. Feedback - Iterate: stretch, challenge and build on your ideas. Test breakthrough propositions and future plans. Harness the divergent perspectives of The Sense Network.

5. Validation - Identify potential disruptions; the unknown unknowns. Immunise ideas against external forces. Future proof your business strategy, with the people living in the future.

Resources : Thought Leadership: The Crazy Ones If you’re not using cognitive diversity to innovate, you’re doing it wrong.

The Sense Network: Meet people from worlds unlike your own. The outliers, misfits, rebels and the crazy ones.

Extreme Perspectives Podcast: Conversations with people from the edge of culture who see things differently and think differently.

Senser Stories: Job titles do not define us. Our stories make us unique. Meet The Sense Network.

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Silicon Foundry

Description: Silicon Foundry is an innovation advisory firm that catalyzes opportunities and accelerates change to push the frontier of what’s possible. We help our Members navigate new technologies and market shifts, discover and engage with key emerging leaders, and unlock high-impact customer, partnership, investment, co-creation, and acquisition opportunities.

Office(s): Our hub is in San Francisco. Our distributed team lives and works in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Vermont.


Phone: 415-366-7345

Contact: Email

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Expertise : Innovation, emerging technologies, business development, start-up + corporate connectivity, corporate venture capital, partnerships, investment, co-creation, M&A

Sample Clients:  BP, Capital Group, Estée Lauder, Ford Motor Company, Invesco, NatWest, UPS, SK hynix, Southwest Airlines

Resources:  Blog



Description: U+ builds, commercializes and scales innovative digital products and services for Fortune 1000 companies. To date, we have brought 100+ successful businesses to market, creating over $1 billion in new value.

Office(s): San Francisco: 44 Tehama St, San Francisco, California 94105, US
New York: 175 Varick St, New York, 10014, US
Toronto: 278 Gladstone Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6J 3L6, CA
Prague: Příčná 4, Prague, Prague 1 11000, CZ


Contact:  Email

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Clients: Porsche, RBC, Bridgestone, Cisco, Silicon Valley Bank, SwissRe, T-Mobile, Volkswagen Group, UDR, AXA Insurance

Expertise :Digital Innovation, Corporate Innovation, Venture Building, Ideation, IP Prioritization, Idea Validation, Market Testing, Software Development, App Development, Design, Business Scaling

Resources: Blog: Innovation Insights , U+ Guide Method

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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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.

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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.

Resources Innovation Resources 10 Benefits Idea Management Can Bring to Your Organization in 2020 Most Recent Webinar - Why You Need Front Line Innovation, Even in Crisis Advancing Strategic Priorities through Crowdsourcing

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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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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: In these times of dramatic change, enterprises can prioritize innovation and product development initiatives to enable a competitive advantage. By identifying, evaluating, and successfully executing against the right strategic priorities, Sopheon provides the ability to more effectively and efficiently control and manage innovation and new product development programs and pipelines. Sopheon solutions deliver an innovation decision command center that gives companies complete visibility, smarter decision-making, and better time to value.

Office(s): HQ: Sopheon Corporation, 7900 International Dr Suite 650, Bloomington, MN 55425, USA
Sopheon Corporation, 6870 West 52nd Avenue, #215, Arvada, CO 80002, USA
Sopheon UK Limited, Dorna House One, Guildford Road, West End, Surrey GU24 9PW, UK
Sopheon NV, Kantoorgebouw OFFICIA 1, De Boelelaan 7, 1083 HJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sopheon NV, MECC Office Building, Gaetano Martinolaan 95, 6229 GS Maastricht, The Netherlands
Sopheon GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 10, D-64293 Darmstadt, Germany

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Phone: 1 952-851-7500

Contact:  Email Sopheon

Twitter: @sopheon

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Clients: Mondelez, Smuckers, Clif Bar, Hershey, 3M, LG, POST, Benefit, PepsiCo, Honeywell, Philips, Rust-oleum, Gojo, Dupont, Ingredion

Expertise : Sopheon solutions deliver an innovation decision command center that gives companies complete visibility, smarter decision-making, and better time to value.

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Description: Aligning innovation and finance to drive profitable growth, with software and services for innovation and portfolio management. Make uncertainty your friend! SmartOrg’s methods for evaluating opportunities allows you to align on where and how much to invest and how to drive the upside. Whether your growth challenge is to innovate in an exciting new area, or to balance your portfolio across competing interests, we can help you get better results and build your capability.

Office(s): 99 Almaden Blvd., Suite 975, San Jose, CA 95113


Phone: (650) 470-0120

Contact:  Email SmartOrg

Twitter: @Smartorginc

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Clients: Corteva, DuPont, Applied Materials, Exxon Mobil

Expertise : Portfolio management, Innovation management, Decisionmaking, Evaluation, Strategy

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Description: We offer end-to-end solutions for employee engagement, idea management and idea execution. Our KICKBOX concept is based on a proven methodology used by +1000 companies globally. An online platform, a physical toolbox, an expert network and strategic support are the core elements of our KICKBOX program.

Office(s): HQ - Hardturmstrasse 3, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
US - 2125 Center Ave., Suite #507, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Uberlandia - MTI - Minas Tecnologia e Inovação, rready Team, Av. Floriano Peixoto, 1615 - Nossa Sra. Aparecida, Uberlândia - MG, 38400-702, Brasilien
Serbia - Interventure, rready Team, Zira, Cvijićeva 127, RS-11000 Belgrade
Rotterdam - 42workspace - Tech Coworking Space Rotterdam, rready Team, Schiedamse Vest 154, 3011 BH Rotterdam, Niederlande Compose


Phone: +41 44 273 52 11

Contact:  Email

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Expertise : Intrapreneurship and Innovation

Resources Corporate Entrepreneurship Success Stories | rready Case Studies, Innovation Solutions & Corporate Transformation Strategies, Corporate Innovation Video Hub, Innovation Ideas for Companies

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Swarm Vision

Description: Swarm Vision is the innovation system from Silicon Valley that drives transformational innovation in large organizations with the workforce you already have. The Swarm SAAS platform was developed specifically for large enterprises, based on our deep understanding of corporate innovation. Swarm provides a breakthrough new way for innovation, R&D and business leaders to achieve your innovation goals systematically and repeatably. Swarm brings deep science to the often-hazy field of innovation. The award-winning and intuitive Swarm platform enables you to identify the innovation talent already in your workforce, organize it into stronger teams, develop your latent talent, and drive a true culture of innovation.

Office(s): Los Altos, CA (Silicon Valley)


Phone: 415-290-2476

Contact:  Email Swarm Vision

Twitter: @swarmvision

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Clients: Campbells, Colgate, Johnson & Johnson, KBR, Mondelez, NASA, Omnicom, PepsiCo, Rheem, SAP, Shell, Total Energies

Expertise : Swarm is best known for conducting the largest research study in the world on serial, successful innovators. The award-winning Swarm Innovation System is built on this ground-breaking research. Swarm enables large organizations to: identify the innovation talent in their workforce and candidate pool, analyze and design stronger teams, upskill their innovation talent, and drive a culture of innovation, based on science.

Resources Swarm Published Research The Ultimate Guide to Innovation Talent Assessments, The Ultimate Guide to Driving an Innovation Culture, The Ultimate Gide to Innovation Training, The Ultimate Guide to Innovation Teams, The Ultimate Guide to a Stronger Innovation System

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

Resources Babson Insights, Entrepreneurship



Description: Grow is a world leading training & education provider in Design & Innovation Leadership. For over the past 12 years, we have been helping to build better understanding & awareness in the power of design & innovation across many world leading organizations, and have directly trained over 1000+ professional in improving their capabilities in better managing & leading design and innovation in their daily roles. Former participants have all reported a dramatic increase in their knowledge, skills and attitude, and have reported being able to deliver more value to the business through more efficient and effective ways of working, as well as more impact through their projects/programs. Grow is powered by PARK, a world leading pioneer in Design & innovation Leadership.

Grow was initially developed as the LEGO Design Academy in 2010 and has since been an instrumental (customized) training program in advancing design & innovation for 1000+ of professional from 100+ world leading companies.

We train and develop design & development professionals, those responsible for developing and delivering new products/service with roles ranging from Industrial Designer, Design Manager, Design Director, UX Designer, UX Manager, Design Engineer, Packaging Engineer, Researcher, R&D Manager, R&D Director, Data Scientist, Innovation Director, Brand Manager, Head of Operations and many more titles ranging in industries from Automotive, Aviation, Consumer Goods, Electronics, Financial Services, Toys, Technology, Healthcare, Pharma, Retail, Construction, Travel and many more…

Office(s): Santa Monica CA | Hamburg Germany


Phone: +1 (773) 614 3469 USA | +31 (0)6 13582135 EU

Contact:  Email

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Clients : We have partnered with over 20 world leading companies and agencies to develop & deliver internal design and innovation awareness/training programs, client partners include: LEGO, 3M, Unilever, Glaxo Smith Kline, Staples, Drager, Bosch, iRobot, Johnson & Johnson, Coty, Hilti, Permesteelisa, Van Berlo, Indeed, Brand pack and others… In addition to our Company programs, we have trained 100’s of professionals from 100’s of organizations ranging from small-large scale enterprises in our Cross-Company open enrollment programs, some of those participating companies include: Accenture, Hasbro, Honda, Cisco, Intuit, Informatica, Newell Brands, Electrolux, Mattel, Mars, NCR, Visma, Roche, Genentech, Crown, Human Scale, Samsonite, Sony, Reckitt Benckiser, Novo Nordisk, Dorel, Grundfos, Elan, and many others… Grow has proudly partnered with key Design Councils across to globe to help bring training and education to their community. Council partners include: IDSA - Industrial Design Society of America, DMI – Design Management Institute, DOGA - Norwegian Design and Architecture Centre, DBA – Design Business Association UK, VDID - Association of German Industrial Designers, BXP – Brand Experience, KCDM – Slovenian Competency Center for Design Management, Design Skillnet -Ireland, Design Platform Flanders- Belgium Design Association, and others…

Expertise : We have developed a best in class practice based learning program facilitated through an online learning “Livebook” platform that sets to inform, inspire and involve participants in a personalized amp; interactive way. All training material is derived from over 2 decades of thought leadership by leading practitioners in Design & Innovation Leadership. We offer a library of turnkey/customizable modules in: Design Management, Design Leadership, Design Quality, Design Process, Design Organization, Design Language, Design Tools, Design Research, Design in Customer Experience, Design Briefing, Design Value, Design Resources, Design Teams, Design Strategy, Design Thinking, Design Storytelling, Service Design, Design for Humanity, Design Excellence with more in the works… All modules comprise proprietary case studies and interactive tools. We also develop & deliver fully customizable training programs for advancing Design & Innovation inside organizations.

Resources Blog, Design Leadership Podcast,


MIT ILP and MIT Startup Exchange

Description: The MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) is industry’s most comprehensive portal to MIT, enabling companies worldwide to harness MIT resources to address current challenges and to anticipate future needs. MIT Startup Exchange actively promotes collaboration and partnerships between 2,000+ MIT-connected startups and industry, principally the 260+ members of the MIT ILP. MIT Startup Exchange and the ILP are integrated programs of MIT Corporate Relations.

Office(s): 1 Main Street 12th Floor, E90-1201 Cambridge, MA 02142

Website MIT ILP, Startup Exchange

Phone: 617-253-2691

Contact:  Email MIT LLP, Email MIT Startup Exchange

Twitter: @mit_ilp, @MITSTEX

LinkedIn MIT Industrial Liaison Program, MIT Startup Exchange


Current ILP Members: Amgen Inc., The Boeing Company, Citi, Colgate-Palmolive Company, COMCAST, ExxonMobil Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, The Proctor & Gamble Company, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Sample Startup Exchange companies, of current STEX25 cohort: Everactive, Realtime Robotics

Expertise : MIT ILP: Connecting industry to MIT resources and expertise
MIT Startup Exchange: Connecting industry to MIT startups

Resources Learn about MIT ILP upcoming webinars, Learn about MIT Startup Exchange upcoming workshops, Learn about the current STEX25 cohort, Read and watch MIT faculty profiles, Click here for more information on MIT ILP membership

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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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Innovation Academy at Notre Dame’s IDEA Center

Description: Innovation Academy at the University of Notre Dame’s IDEA Center delivers tailored learning experiences to help professionals build a lasting culture of innovation. We believe that the tools for creative problem-solving should be accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime. And in a business environment going through unprecedented change, leaders need those tools now more than ever. By participating in our unique Innovation Academy programs, you can link your innovation strategies to your overall organizational goals to be a force for good, understand and apply our Unifying Innovation Methodology™ to relevant business problems, and learn to communicate and drive innovation through smart storytelling.

Office(s): Notre Dame, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C.; Silicon Valley, California; and Global Gateways and Centers in China; Hong Kong; India; Isreal; United Kingdom; Italy; Mexico; Brazil; and Chile.


Phone: (574)631-8273

Contact:  Email

Expertise : Innovation tools and proven methodologies for creative problem-solving; building a sustainable and inclusive culture of innovation

Resources : A detailed program overview and Innovation Action Boot Camp learning journey framework.

Startup Scouting & Evaluation

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Description: Ezassi has the technologies and services to accelerate your innovation lifecycle. Our solutions will expedite Innovation Strategy, Ideation, Collaboration, Technology Discovery, and Scouting initiatives, enabling your key innovation objectives. Combine the power of a robust discovery engine tool with scouting services to build strategic connections, identify potential collaborators, and uncover opportunities for innovation across your company’s portfolio. Utilize Ezassi’s Innovation Resource Management software to organize and manage ideation and collaboration, enabling transformational improvements and driving profitability for your company’s greatest innovations.

Office(s): 822 A1A North, Suite 104. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082


Contact:  Email

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Sample Clients: avanos, Halyard, xignux, Sterling Pharm Solutions, Abbott, Fox Latin America, sourceability, sobi Expertise:

Expertise : Innovation Software Solutions; Technology Discovery- Technology Landscaping, Tech Scouting, Horizon Scans, Trend Scans; idea management software- ideation and collaboration, open innovation, crowdsourcing, Kanban project pipeline

Resources : Blog Case Studies

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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

Contact:  Send Mail

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.

Resources Blog

Other Innovation Firms

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Cooper Perkins

Description: Cooper Perkins, part of PA Consulting, 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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GIANT Innovation

Description: We transform organizations into innovation GIANTs by teaching the skills and mindsets they need to unleash their innovative potential.

Office(s): 132 East 43rd Street, #419 / New York, NY 10017


Phone: +1 805-836-0469

Contact: Email

Twitter: @GIANTInnovate

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Clients:  Walmart, Citibank, Columbia University, Allianz, Roche

Expertise:  Innovation skills and mindsets training and organizational transformation

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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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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