Chart: Top Recommended Innovation Software Providers

By Steven Melendez |  April 30, 2016

Below are some of the companies that provide software used to collect, rate, assign, track, evaluate, approve, and pursue new business ideas and opportunities. This is not a complete list, and is not affected by firms’ sponsorship or support of InnoLead, but rather includes firms recommended by our subscribers and evaluated as relevant by our researchers. If your company uses a tool not listed, please contact Andy Donovan at

Source: The companies themselves. Click on a column heading to sort by that column.

Name Website HQ Description Categories Sample Clients Pricing
Batterii Cincinnati, Ohio Collaborate on design-centric thinking and human-centered design, from sharing customer research and inspirations to product design and testing. Idea Collection, Idea Execution Procter and Gamble, Pfizer, Adidas, State Farm, Georgia Pacific 10-seat plan at $6,000 per year; 25-seat plan at $10,000 per year; 50-seat plan at $17,000 per year; 100-seat plan at $28,000 per year; 250-seat plan at $50,000 per year; higher volumes negotiable
Betterific Washington, D.C. Run internal and external crowdsourcing campaigns and develop and validate ideas through Web platform. Idea Collection, Portfolio Management Target, General Mills, Coca-Cola, Entenmann’s $3,000 per month to license software, or $6,000-$10,000 for managed ideation campaign and $6,000-$8,000 for managed idea validation
Brightidea San Francisco, Calif. Manage and track innovation campaigns, including hackathons, 20% time initiatives, design thinking initiatives and crowdsourcing experiments, through Web-based interface. Idea Collection, Portfolio Management Accenture, BT, Cisco, GE, Roche $999 per administrative account with unlimited internal users. Additional charges for external users.
Corso Birmingham, U.K. Gather, discuss and track ideas through a customizable platform. Idea Collection, Portfolio Management Shell, Lowe’s, National Grid, IBM, Christie’s $260 per full user per month; $100 per idea contributor per month; $2 per idea reviewer per month
edison365 Marlow, U.K.; Bellevue, WA Built on Office365, edison365 allows you to crowdsource ideas, rapidly justify business cases, and turn your great ideas into actionable plans. Idea Collection, Idea Execution, Portfolio Management Johns Hopkins, Orica, Kier, Exxaro, British Heart Foundation, State of MA Like Office365, edison365 is priced per user per month. Support for open innovation is also available. edison365 is deployed in customers O365 tenant.;
eZassi Fernandina Beach, Fla. Find ideas and partners for open innovation, with support for analytics and intellectual property management. Idea Collection, Portfolio Management The Campbell’s Soup Co., Kaz, Halyard Health, WD-40, Waterton $1,000 to $15,000 per month depending on modules used;
Hype Innovation Boston, Mass. Solicit and discuss ideas and track their evolution and requirements to project stage through Web portal. Idea Collection, Idea Execution, Portfolio Management Bosch, GE, Nokia, Mattel, Deutsche Post DHL One-year rental at $35,000; Purchase at $50,000 plus annual maintenance; with other arrangements available based on needs
IdeaConnection Victoria, B.C. Run internal and external crowdsourcing events and idea challenges. Also provides ideation and R&D consulting services. Idea Collection, Idea Execution Not available due to confidentiality agreements Open innovation portal at $10,000 per year; IdeaRally expert crowdsourcing at $20,000 plus customizations; IdeaFlow internal crowdsourcing from $10,000 to $60,000; prices may vary with support and consulting arrangements
IdeaScale Berkeley, Calif Crowdsourcing engine to solicit, track and develop ideas from employees or external communities. Idea Collection, Idea Execution, Portfolio Management Citrix, Princess Cruises, NASA, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, U.S. Navy Free for up to 25 users and five campaigns; $2,500 per year for up to 100 members; larger plans priced upon request
Imaginatik Boston, Mass. and London, U.K. Collect ideas, aggregate insights with virtual “sticky notes” and track concepts through the corporate innovation pipeline with Web-based tools. Idea Collection, Idea Execution, Portfolio Management ExxonMobil, Exelon, Caterpillar, Mayo Clinic, TD Bank Three-to-six month pilot engagements from $40,000 to $75,000; Annual or multiyear agreements typically starting at $100,000 and averaging $250,000 to $300,000 per year
Induct Software Oslo, Norway Track and measure the success of innovations from the initial idea through deployment. Idea Collection, Portfolio Management Packbridge, Algar Telecom, National Health Service England, Copenhagen Municipality, Sigma Systems $25,000 per year for hospitals and nonprofits; varies based on size and other factors for for-profit companies, about $6,000 per month for a 10,000-employee company
InnoCentive Waltham, Mass. Gather ideas from inside and outside an organization through structured campaigns and crowdsourced challenges. Idea Collection GlaxoSmithKline, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, EMC, U.S. Department of State Not Available
Kindling New York, N.Y. Solicit, discuss and analyze ideas within an organization through a Web portal. Idea Collection, Portfolio Management Comcast NBCUniversal, Etsy, Michelman, Cemex, HCA MidAmerica, St. Lawrence Seaway $200 per user month for up to 50 users; $9 per user per month for 100 users; $3.25 per user per month for 500 users; $2.50 per user per month for 1,000 users; $1.33 per user per month for 5,000 users
MindMatters Carnegie, Penn. Track ideas, product development and intellectual property from idea conception. Idea Collection, Idea Execution, Portfolio Management Johnson Controls, 3M, Respironics, Utah Poison Control Center, PPG Industries Not available
Planbox (formerly Brainbank) Montreal, Quebec Solicit ideas, run campaigns and voting, and track and reward participation through online dashboards. Idea Collection, Portfolio Management Bridgestone, Sempra Energy, Panama Canal, Towers Watson, Verizon $6 per user per month for up to 250 users with discounts available for higher volumes.
Qmarkets Rosh Haayin, Israel Idea management tool that enables you to run campaigns to solicit and analyze ideas from across an organization. Idea Collection, Portfolio Management Lufthansa, Nestle, Ford, Phillip Morris, Bank of America, Total, Unicredit, Swarovski Qstart software-as-a-service edition from $13,000 to $30,000; Qflex software-as-a-service edition from $16,000 to $41,000 or on-premises edition from $40,000 to $105,000; Qmax software-as-a-service edition from $25,000 to $130,000 or on-premises edition from $70,000-$320,000
Signals Group Netanya, Israel Harness and analyze a variety of data sources to guide innovation and business decisions. Idea Collection, Idea Execution, Portfolio Management Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Nestle, Pfizer “Portfolio” subscriptions covering a range of products and topics; “Professional” subscriptions cover a single topic, product or brand
Sopheon Bloomington, Minn. Manage innovation planning, idea development and product portfolio development with single software tool. Idea Collection, Idea Execution, Portfolio Management Land O’ Lakes, Philips, Pepsico, NASA, Corning Per-named-user licensing
Spigit San Francisco, Calif. Run internal and external crowdsourcing campaigns and analyze results and options for further exploration with a cloud-based platform. Idea Collection, Portfolio Management Pfizer, IBM, Deloitte, Intel, AT&T Not Available
Viima Espoo, Finland Run idea campaigns and manage the entire innovation process from the initial idea to implementation through unique and visual idea boards. Idea Collection, Idea Execution, Portfolio Management L’Oréal, Bureau Veritas, Munich Re, If P&C Insurance Free plan available. Premium plan 3€/user/month (~ $3,50/user/month). Enterprise plan with priority support and enterprise features also available, with scalable pricing.
Vocoli Boston, Mass. Crowdsource ideas, conduct surveys and administer challenges to promote innovation and communication within an organization. Idea Collection City of Washington, D.C.; Terex; Libbey Glassware; Partners Healthcare $350 per month for 50 users; $750 per month for 250 users; $1,150 per month for 500 users; enterprise pricing by arrangement; freemium model coming in second quarter
Wazoku London, U.K. Build communities to solicit, discuss and evaluate ideas from inside or outside an organization. Idea Collection, Portfolio Management Microsoft, University of Oxford, BBC, Capita, Aviva Not Available
Launchpad Central San Francisco, Calif. Track innovation portfolio, identify high-impact projects, and prioritize investment decisions. Portfolio Management Genentech, Mayo Clinic, JLL, Roche $1,000 per user per year for enterprises; volume discounts available. Different pricing for Government, Accelerator and Academic accounts.
Prinnovo   Cloud-based technology platform for connecting companies with startups and innovators. Portfolio Management VF Corp. Not available