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What if your toughest problem could be solved in 30-90 days by tapping great minds from around the world? What if it were easier than you ever imagined possible? With an 80% success rate, InnoCentive Challenges can help bring you the knowledge and solutions you need.

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InnoCentive is the global pioneer in crowdsourcing innovative ideas and solutions from some of the world’s smartest people. Our Premium Challenge offering puts your organization’s pressing business, scientific and technical problems out as ‘Challenges’ to our network of over 380,000 problem Solvers. Our network then compete to provide the most innovative solution to your Challenge, all through our purpose-built platform.

Through our proven methodology, Challenges decompose and articulate problems into specific and detailed questions or tasks that are designed to deliver actionable outcomes. They can tackle a variety of problems and come in a variety of forms. Typically monetary awards are offered in exchange for the right solution. Throughout the entire process of identifying, formulating, running and evaluating Challenges, you are fully supported by our PhD-educated Challenge Experts and program managers. Discover more about Challenge types, the process of running a Challenge and the benefits for your organization below.

“It took me 18 months to develop my initial product from conception to functional prototype. With InnoCentive and my second product, the research to sketch to engineering drawings to prototype took two months.”
Mark Bent, CEO, SunNight Solar

Innovate Better

  • Access to InnoCentive’s premier network of over 380,000 diverse and creative thinkers and problem solvers from nearly 200 countries.
  • Access millions more through our partnerships.
  • Whether you are looking for new ideas, breakthrough approaches, or a new product design, we have a Challenge type to meet your needs.
  • Proven confidentiality and IP transfer options ensure your Open Innovation efforts with InnoCentive are both secure and reliable.

Innovate Faster

  • With hundreds or even thousands of problem solvers engaged in your problem, you could receive a novel and viable idea or solution that you can act on in as few as 30 days.
  • Accomplish more and deliver better innovation ROI by balancing project needs across existing teams and InnoCentive’s network.

Innovate More Cost Effectively

  • Don’t pay for failure. Except for Ideation Challenges, you only pay awards for solutions that fully meet your criteria and needs.
  • Access a vast virtual workforce without adding a penny to payroll and benefit from the efficiencies of a tried and tested process.
  • Never pay extra for IP transfer/ownership – it is included in the cost of the Challenge.

Start solving your pressing problems today. Contact us to discuss our Premium Challenges with a consultant.

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The InnoCentive Premium Challenge Process

Suggest Problems and Ideas

Formulate Ideas into Challenges

Specify IP Treatments (if applicable)

Post Challenges to and Partners

Evaluate Solution Submissions

Award Solver(s) and Transfer IP

Your Fully Facilitated Challenge Process

Our experienced team of Challenge experts – PhDs in a variety of fields, from biology to material sciences to computer sciences – and program managers are engaged in the Challenge process from beginning to end. Our experts work with you to formulate a well-crafted Challenge that clearly decomposes and articulates the problem you are trying to solve and the specific criteria against which solutions will be evaluated. A Challenge can be run publically or anonymously. Once the Challenge is drafted, it is posted to InnoCentive’s network of over 380,000 problem Solvers which includes creative, diverse and highly educated minds from around the world.

During the posting period, our experts respond to any Solver questions, and forward solutions to you as they are submitted. After the Challenge posting period ends, our experts will forward the remaining solutions for you to begin evaluation and winner selection. Once you have chosen the winner(s), we manage verification of the Solver’s identity, obtain their affidavit and necessary employer waiver, transfer the award to the Solver, and execute the appropriate IP treatment.

InnoCentive Premium Challenge Types


A global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea – these Challenges rapidly engage Solvers and accumulate novel submissions.


 A Challenge posting that requires more in-depth written proposals and often includes details on potential implementation options

Reduction-to-Practice (RTP)

Seeks a prototype that shows an idea in actual practice (though on a non-commercial scale) and requires an artifact (e.g., physical evidence).

Prodigy “Big Data”

A computational Challenge with an online scoring and feedback component, often used for statistical analysis, predictions, or optimization of computer programs.

Novel Molecule Challenge (NMC)

A request for various non-commercial chemical compounds, proteins, extracts, polymers, and DNA sequences.

Electronic Request for Partners (eRFP)

A request for a partner or supplier to provide technology, materials, or expertise.

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