Today open innovation has become a gold standard for successful new product and service development. Its core idea to engage an open, undefined network of people in form of an open call or open direct search is transferrable to a large variety of innovation tasks and industries. For the third time, this study explores that market of open innovation accelerators (OIA), organizations that help their clients to include external experts in all stages of an innovation project. We surveyed 106 intermediaries, investigating their open innovation services offered, project specifics, business model, productivity, and characteristics of their participant pool. In total, this study is the largest inquiry of the global market of open innovation. This white paper summarizes the main results of our findings.
Dr. Kathleen Diener is an assistant professor at the Institute of Technology and Innovation Management at RWTH Aachen University (RWTH TIM), Germany
Anja Leckel is a research associate and PhD student at the Institute of Technology and Innovation Management at RWTH Aachen University (RWTH TIM), Germany
Frank Piller is a Co-Director of the Institute of Technology and Innovation Management at RWTH Aachen University (RWTH-TIM), Germany and a professor of management at RWTH Business School.