NineSigma Partners with LAUNCH to Drive Innovations for a Sustainable Future

NineSigma, the leading innovation partner to organizations worldwide, today announced that it recently helped LAUNCH to identify and select ten entrepreneurial organizations whose breakthrough technologies will potentially transform how energy is delivered to developed and developing countries around the globe.

LAUNCH, a joint initiative of NASA, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State, and NIKE, works to address large, sustainability-related challenges that no single government or commercial entity can solve alone. NineSigma has a unique approach to Open Innovation (OI) that enables solution seekers, like LAUNCH, to find solutions and partners beyond their industry, technical discipline and existing networks.

LAUNCH chose NineSigma to help with its LAUNCH: Energy Challenge, entitled Innovative Energy Technologies and Deployment Models for Sustainable Development, focused on finding solutions for transforming the generation and delivery of electricity. NineSigma’s proprietary process helps organizations define and focus complex problems and connect them with innovative solution providers through its open, global network. Using its core expertise, NineSigma helped NASA, USAID, the US Department of State, and NIKE draft an effective Need Statement, and distributed a Technology Brief to a broad spectrum of energy innovators, including companies, inventors and nonprofit organizations. Within just three months, NineSigma helped LAUNCH identify and review over 160 game-changing solutions.

“As the world’s population reaches record levels, and demands on the environment increase, the need for sustainable energy sources has never been more urgent. NineSigma shares this sense of urgency, and has the scientific acumen and large global network to streamline the process of finding solutions. NineSigma was integral to our process of identifying transformative technologies, and we are now beginning the important work of accelerating them forward into the world,” said Victor Friedberg, LAUNCH’s Executive Director.

“As citizens of the world, we are committed to using open innovation to tackle the problems that affect us all. The transformation of the world’s energy system is a challenge that is close to our hearts. We were pleased to work with LAUNCH to find many new technologically based solutions that hold tremendous promise,” said Andy Zynga, CEO of NineSigma.

NineSigma engages organizations with external innovation resources and enables them to share knowledge to accelerate the innovation cycle, whether they are in the private, public, or social sectors. Their proprietary and collaborative process has produced billions of dollars in tangible value. Companies such as Kraft, Philips, L’Oreal, Unilever, Denso and Suntory utilize NineSigma’s Open Innovation services to solve immediate challenges, fill product pipelines, integrate new knowledge into their organizations, close development gaps, and improve financial performance. NineSigma has the largest open global network of solution providers and an extensive database of existing solutions that spans all industries and technical disciplines. Our team integrates professionals from a variety of fields, including business leaders, innovation consultants and Ph.D.-level scientists.

LAUNCH is a global initiative to identify and support the innovative work poised to contribute to a sustainable future and accelerate solutions to meet urgent challenges facing our society. NASA, USAID, Department of State, and NIKE joined together to form LAUNCH in an effort to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to global challenges through a series of forums. LAUNCH searches for visionaries, whose world-class ideas, technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts on society.

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