Open Innovation Software

Open Innovation Software

Open up your innovation

Co-create solutions with customers, partners or suppliers with Ideanote's collaborative Open Innovation platform.

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Future ready companies use Ideanote for Open Innovation

Being out of touch means being left behind.

What if the next big idea isn't in your team but from a customer?

A hands-off approach of just waiting for ideas left at your doorstep won't work. If your companies remains closed to external innovation it will grow slower and will be overtaken by competitors.

Closed Culture

Closed Culture

No connection.

Today's consumers are smart and creative and they expect you to listen to their opinions - instead of being left behind.

Failed Innovation

Failed Innovation

Wrong solutions.

If your company is not listening to the needs of the market you end up building products and service that aren't needed.

Slow Change

Slow Change

Aging product line.

Without outside influence your teams focus on just one product line for too long without reimagining what's possible.

"Ideanote enables us to actively engage with our members in real time, while contributing to a better understanding of their wants and needs"

Mads Buhl
Consultant, DI Consulting
Mads Buhl

Get a competitive edge.

Go from creativity from the few towards towards systematic creativity from the many and give your company a culture of openness.

Involving external audiences helps your company stay ahead of competitors, survive new threats and ride the wave of emerging trends.

Open Innovation Software

Unlock talent and expertise.

Go from succeeding together towards succeeding more together with more people. Build a bridge between people who are not domain experts but have radical and creative ideas and the experts that can turn them into a reality.

Idea Collections
Mobile Device Innovation
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Custom Branding

Reduce risk and time to market.

Use your crowd to react faster and launch better and longer lasting solutions.

Product life cycles are getting shorter and competition is right around the corner. Open Innovation with Ideanote lets you speed up your innovation by involving partners and end-users while making sure you are building towards actual customer needs.

Custom Phases
Custom Ratings
Open Innovation Software
Open Innovation Software

Create new revenue streams.

Create value through innovation instead of squeezing costs harder than the competition.

Open Innovation with Ideanote empowers you to identify and design the solutions your customers need the most.

ROI Analytics
API Access


Forget switching between tons of different apps just to get your work done - use Ideanote's fully integrated Open Innovation software.

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Get the leading Open Innovation Software

Co-create with customers and become more customer centric with a platform that lets you build your own thriving Open Innovation community.


Get results in weeks.

Ideanote's Open Innovation solution lets you get a fast turnaround from launching challenge to identifying winning solutions.


Build value over time.

Create an innovation community and an innovation brain with a network of resources inside and outside your company.


Build a pipeline for growth.

Get a full cycle platform from launching challenges to managing submission, evaluation, feedback and KPI tracking.

How Danish Industry transformed their services and customer experiences by listening to the ideas of its members.

Idea Collections
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Open Innovation Software

We believe that things that are created with, for, and by a community are more successful – they’re loved more. And it’s just a better way of working.

Roland Harwood
Managing Director of 100% Open
Roland Harwood

Best Open Innovation Software

When it comes to customer experience, companies are stuck in the past. Customers expect to be part of creating their own experiences around your brand. Delivering on those expectations is a constant challenge but every step closer is worth a lot both on the bottom-line and in goodwill. Ideanote represents a whole new approach to making open innovation more simple, fun and efficient for everyone. So you have the freedom to build the best customer experiences.

Open innovation is a cornerstone in any sound innovation strategy, yet getting started can be a daunting task. Ideanote is rated the easiest innovation platform to implement and helps you drive your open innovation with ease. With Ideanote your department can set up idea collections on demand and the crowd helps you develop and prioritize ideas. It gives you the agility to innovate and the power to scale.

Ideanote is easy-to-use and engaging and lets you adopt an Open Innovation culture capable of reimagining markets, technologies and more with ease.

Reach out to an audience, build your community and find solutions to internal and external challenges fast. With Ideanote your department can set up idea collections on demand and the crowd helps you develop and prioritize ideas. It gives you the agility to innovate and the power to scale.

Power your Open Innovation with a platform that is flexible and fully customizable and that offers a transparent process that leads to results and keeps people engaged.

People don’t have to work for you to work with you.

  • Go from a closed culture to an open culture.
  • Involve your crowd quickly and seamlessly.
  • Get a robust open innovation process.
  • Crowdsource winning ideas.
  • Build a valuable community.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Open Innovation?

Open innovation is the paradigm that businesses should connect with outside sources of creativity to benefit from a mix of external and internal ideas, technologies or paths to market.

Open innovation brings the best of the internal and external resources together. It allows for mutually beneficial connections of diverse groups that stimulate new ways thinking, create more effective collaborations, and disrupt markets.

Open Innovation benefits companies by harnessing the innovation of others and having more clarity on where their company, consumers nd the market is going. Collaborating together with other stakeholders creates better, faster outcomes.

With Open Innovation an idea that is created to improve a company’s product and service can come from anywhere. The ideas that a company collects and evaluates can help reduce costs and risk and time to markets as the ideas come straight from the source - partners, consumers or customers.

Does Open Innovation result in quality ideas?

Often, employees may have negative attitudes around open innovation because they don’t understand the positive impact it can have on their company. While not all ideas will be high quality, utilizing the ideas of others can legitimately expose your company to new solutions that work better and represent market trends better than anything you could have created internally. It only needs one good idea among a hundred to make it worth the effort.

If your organization feels skeptical of open innovation, try sharing stories of other companies that have found successful solutions or developed new products with the help of Open Innovation. If other bigger companies are successfully implementing these processes, why would you have a hard time in your own company? Spread the good things that Open Innovation can bring, as well as the pitfalls.

What are legal challenges to open innovation?

Regardless of which aspect of new open innovation project you are working on, you need to be mindful of your participants' legal rights and obligations. Having a legal best practice like terms and conditions for participations set in place before beginning an open innovation effort is vital.

Intellectual property law intends to ensure an inventor is credited while also allowing them to profit from their ideas. With open innovation, however, it is possible that the innovator will need to rescind their rights to an idea.

Companies or individuals submitting solutions must be sure that the process is fair and transparent and that the legal bases and ownership terms are covered.

Should I offer rewards for winning solutions?

If you want to change your audience’s behavior, incentivize them for innovation. Consider whether your rewards reflect the customer experience you are trying to instill in your team and the values of your customers.

Rewards can entice engagement, increase productivity and encourage participation in the program. For example, a company might reward their ideators with holidays and cash to help improve participation rates. However, this can create less cohesion as people only saw value in submitting ideas, instead of crafting them or collaborating with others.

As with rewards, sometimes incentives can be a double edged sword. When motivating people to sustain a project, avoid the use of extrinsic rewards and focus instead on favoring intrinsic motivations such as an idea collection driven by a higher purpose or the chance of self development. Sometimes it is enough to simply just recognize contributors with light praise and appreciation as well as celebrating successes.

Often, the person submitting the idea will already have some valuable opinions and knowledge about how to proceed. They are most likely eager to discuss their ideas, as they have made time to research it. This can be highly rewarding for you and the participant.

In summary extrinsic monetary rewards are best for menial tasks (e.g. rating ideas) not creative tasks (formulating ideas). Introducing extrinsic rewards can spike activity but undermine long-term motivation and engagement.

What makes an idea important or good?

There are many things that can make a good idea. A good idea is one that solves a problem, creates something new or improves an existing solution. They are often unique and can in the best cases be expressed in simple understandable terms. A good idea is not just original but also simple and practical to implement. It should be well researched so the implementation process goes smoothly. A good idea often has a clear goal which makes it easier for others to understand what's being suggested. Ideas that are important can make a significant positive impact on society and can improve the lives of people. When trying to come up with good ideas, think about how it will impact people and our nature.

What separates a bad idea from a great idea is also it context and timing. Inventions such as the car, computer, and television were considered radical ideas when they first appeared because they were new but that did not make them bad ideas. Suggesting to invent the TV now would be be a little late - just as it would be hopeless to suggest drinking more water to solve thirst, if there is no water around.

In the end, the power of a good idea is dependent on the execution. A great idea in your head or on paper means much less if it is never carried out in the real world.

Can I trial Ideanote before paying?

Sure! Start your trial here. You can test out our paid plans for free for up to 5 days, no credit card required. After that you can continue to use the free plan or contact us to extend your trial.

Are there any additional fees?

Our pricing aims to be as transparent and straight-forward as possible. Apart from the monthly subscription fee, there are no additional costs. All prices and fees are excluding VAT. You can find out more here in our terms.

Can I customize the phases?

Ideanote offers the ability to build your own idea funnel - a set of phases that an idea travels through on its journey to completion. You might have your own process for handling ideas in mind and so Ideanote offers full customizability when it comes to these phases. No matter if you are starting out with a complex stage-gate system that requires multiple review steps and idea evaluations or just a simple 3 step process of "To Do", "In Progress" and "Done"; if you can think it you can build it in Ideanote.

From custom comment labels like "Why did you rate like this?" to weighted rating criteria, custom phase names and descriptions as well as hidden ideas and activates per phase - just add a phase, customize it and share it with the right team or set of people and start moving ideas forward.

How to formulate a good question for an innovation challenge?

With a good challenge question, you shouldn't be too focused on a specific solution to the problem. You want your statement to be as broad as possible, not focusing on a specific method or approach. It helps to center the question around the goal or the people benefiting from the solution you are looking for. Make the question specific enough to keep people focused on the problem at hand while keeping it open enough to allow for creative solutions that you wouldn't even expect. For example How might we [help homeowners] by using [new technologies] to [reduce their energy use]?

It is also a good idea to follow up your innovation challenge question with some context to tell the necessary stakeholders why it is important and what can happen if nothing is done.

Do you have any use-cases or customer cases you can share?

Yes, you can get inspiration from our customers as well as different use-cases. Ideanote is versatile and has helped teams and enterprises alike accelerate their innovation; from company wide innovation management to innovation challenges or improved brainstorming sessions.

Does Ideanote have an API?

Ideanote has a REST-based API built on GraphQL. You can use it to list ideas and missions as well as more advanced custom use cases. Contact us for more info.

Are anonymous idea submissions really anonymous?

Ideanote believes anonymity should be clear and consistent for users. Ideanote offers three levels of anonymity on the platform.

  • Visible Ownership - where the full name is visible to everyone who can see the idea.
  • Partly Anonymous Ownership - where the full name is visible for people with editing rights to the idea collection, including admins.
  • Fully Anonymous Ownership - where not even admins can see that you submitted an idea.

Fully Anonymous Ownership hides your name for other people from anywhere in the user interface including lists, statistics, integrations, notifications and exports. While anonymous ideas are also not counted in statistics and not shown on your profile, it might still be possible to identify or approximate an idea submitter identity via metadata like the location of a user, custom JavaScript code added to the platform by the administrator or process loopholes like only letting one person submit an idea at a time while knowing who a link was sent to.

Ideanote is also forced to provide a "data dump" export of all data on a workspace on request by the Workspace Owner for compliance reasons. While these requests are rate, the data might contain ways to uncover anonymity. Ideanote does not reveal the identity of anonymous ideas on request. In cases of suspected gross negligence Ideanote reserves the right to send notifications to users suspected to be victims of a breach of their anonymity.

What language is Ideanote available in?

Ideanote is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, Hungarian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Croatian, Finnish, Dutch and Polish. Are we missing a language that is important to you? Let us know.