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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Description: Cantina crafts innovative experiences, products, and services for a connected world. We help organizations solve complex, and transformational initiatives making them indispensable to their customers.

We are a community of strategists, designers, and engineers who rise to the needs of our clients. No challenge is too small or too large - whether it be building a digital business for one of the country's largest retirement services companies, or making a connected dog collar which became one of Oprah's Favorite Things. We have also helped a major movie studio reopen after COVID-19 shut it down, and designed a new approach with AR/VR to train fighter pilots.

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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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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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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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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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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Description: Spyre group is a company that transforms organizations into innovation powerhouses one innovative venture at a time. We do this by recreating the conditions that are the basis of thriving innovation ecosystems at national and regional levels in organizations of many types and in different verticals.

The company was founded in Israel and its promise is to at least double an organization's innovation outcomes within months by applying tools and methods of entrepreneurship, risk mitigation and high rates of conversion adopted from the startup & VC world and adapted to organizational environments. We have offices in Israel, The US, Spain, Costa Rica and Brazil and happy clients and partners on five continents. Our motto is that "It is not about ideas. It is about making ideas happen”.

Office(s): Tel Aviv, Israel


Phone: +972 (54) 5676908

Contact: Email

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Clients:  Vodafone DE, Orbia, Orbotech, AstraZeneca, Port of Ashdod

Resources:  Blog

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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



Description: Ezassi’s Technology Scouting software drives cutting-edge innovation research worldwide, expediting access to solutions for unmet technical and business needs cost-effectively. The tool rapidly identifies emerging technologies and research, intellectual property, subject matter experts, and financial analytics. In addition, Ezassi technology includes a projects module to keep your scouting projects organized and accessible by the team and ideation for both internal and external collaboration. Access the Ezassi Innovation Technology all in one platform on a stand-alone subscription basis or in conjunction with full-service technology scouting projects.

Office(s): Ponte Vedra Beach, FL


Phone: 904.432.8315

Contact:  Email

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Sample Clients: Great Dane, Avanos, Helen of Troy, Xignux, Sterling Pharma, Abbott, Metalsa, Sobi

Expertise : Innovation Management including Technology Scouting & Ideation

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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: GenAIz is an innovation accelerator; providing insights, ideas and recommendations that advance existing projects and identify untapped opportunities. It is a revolutionary solution for the management of knowledge related to the multiple facets of innovation such as portfolio, regulatory and clinical, combined with cutting-edge AI/ML-based intelligent assistants. We empower organizations with access to the information they need to make better-informed decisions leading to increased profitability and success.

Office(s): Located in Montreal, Quebec


Contact:  Email

Twitter: @GenAIz

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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

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: 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.

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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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: KITE is the leading platform for Global 2000 enterprises to centralize, manage and share data on emerging-tech companies. Connect to ecosystem partners, internal teams, data sources, and research tools to create a comprehensive view of any company. Manage and sort companies with your custom taxonomy and tags. Share company data and dynamic reports with colleagues. With KITE, you’ll work more efficiently and accelerate smarter decisions.


Contact:  Email

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Sample Clients: Our Global 2000 enterprise clients include Amway, Citi, Comcast NBCUniversal, Gilead, Suntory, Visa and more. Consultants like EY and Silicon Foundry, accelerators like BrokerTech Ventures and Combient, and investors like Anthemis and Brown Venture Group also depend on KITE to centralize, collect, manage and share data on emerging-tech companies.

Expertise : In addition to the KITE platform for centralizing, managing and sharing data on emerging-tech companies, KITE offers

- Venture-quality research with KITE Analyst Support

- Open Innovation program recruitment and management

Resources Explore reports from the KITE Analyst team and other partners leveraging KITE to manage their company data and share insights.

Read Silicon Foundry’s Q&A with Mark Silva, Founder and CEO of KITE.

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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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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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Notre Dame Idea Center

Description: The IDEA Center at the University of Notre Dame partners with organizations to build end-to-end innovation ecosystems, from internal culture-building and infrastructure to external innovation and commercialization. Created and facilitated by corporate innovation leaders and practitioners, our educational offerings are deeply immersed in the latest methodologies and informed by real-world success. We also provide space, services, and expertise for idea development, derisking, business formation, and prototyping, leveraging ND’s wealth of student talent and world-class facilities. We are agile and able to work on compressed timelines to unlock discoveries, fuel genius, and advance the common good.

Office(s): IDEA Center, 1400 E Angela Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617

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

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.

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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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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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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