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NineSigma, Inc.
Industry Open Innovation, Innovation Consulting, product development
Founded Cleveland, Ohio, US (2000)
Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio, US
Key people
John McIlwraith, Chairman
Andreas M. (Andy) Zynga, CEO
Paul S. Stupay, Chief Sales Officer
Bill Chorba, Chief Financial Officer
Rick WielensCEO, NineSigma Europe
Akihiko Suwa, President and CEO, NineSigma Japan
Products Open innovation, crowdsourcing, OI Readiness Process Development

NineSigma is an open innovation services provider that connects organizations with external innovation resources to accelerate innovation in private, public and social sectors.


Dr. Mehran Mehregany, Goodrich Professor of Engineering Innovation, Case Western Reserve University, founded NineSigma in 2000 on the premise that industry needed an effective means for broadcasting corporate needs to potential solution providers to stay ahead of the technology curve, similar to the methods employed by the U.S. Government research group, DARPA.


NineSigma global headquarters are in Cleveland, Ohio, with additional offices in Leuven, Belgium, Tokyo, Japan.,[1] Melbourne, Australia and Seoul, Korea.


Competitors offering similar services include IdeaConnection, Innocentive,, IXL Center, MillionBrains, Nottingham Spirk, SpecialChem, Presans, Tekcapital,, product council and YourEncore.

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  1. ^ The Open Road Mark Anthony, PhD May 2008. Retrieved February 5, 2009.

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