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Spigit Powers Unilever Foundry IDEAS Innovation Platform

Unilever Foundry Uses Award-Winning Spigit Crowdsourcing Software to Enable Global Innovation Efforts

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Dec 3, 2015) – Spigit, the leading SaaS solution for crowdsourcing innovation, today announced that Unilever uses Spigit to drive their innovation efforts and engage with innovators from around the world to co-create ideas for a more sustainable future, as part of the Unilever Foundry initiative. Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home, and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day.

Crowdsourcing Innovation at Unilever Foundry
The Unilever Foundry was created as part of an ambitious, long-term strategy to transform Unilever’s growth model to reduce environmental impact and make sustainable living commonplace, by collaborating with individuals, startups and corporates from across the globe. It aims to inspire the development of ideas from the world, for the world, and provide a single entry-point for innovators seeking to partner with Unilever. Spigit powers the Unilever Foundry IDEAS, the crowdsourcing platform used to engage and connect these innovators.

Challenges that Unilever has launched through the platform include:

  • Improving Global Nutrition
  • Imagining the shower of the future
  • Increasing access to toilet and sanitation┬ásolutions
  • Reinventing Laundry to be less water intensive

“Being able to bring our employees, customers and the general public into the innovation process allows us to harness the very best ideas and make sustainable living a reality,” says Jeremy Basset, Head of Unilever Foundry. “Spigit gives us a platform to scale innovation and allows us to leverage that collective knowledge that leads to great ideas being surfaced and implemented for a #BrightFuture

“Unilever is one of the most recognized companies in the world, and we’re thrilled they have chosen the Spigit platform for collaborative innovation and the crowdsourcing of ideas for their global Foundry initiatives,” says Scott Raskin, Spigit CEO. “We are honored to have been chosen as a partner to help bring the best ideas and solutions to the forefront and make sustainable living a reality.”

Since its launch in June 2015, Unilever Foundry IDEAS has seen the submission of over 300 ideas from entrepreneurs around the world, and is a testament to the passion and ambition around creating solutions to make sustainable living mainstream.

About Spigit Innovation Management Software
Spigit is the #1 innovation management software for crowdsourcing innovation. Spigit helps users unleash the skills and expertise of employees, customers, and partners to drive innovation to scale, and achieve business results beyond what is typically found by individuals or small teams. Available in 11 languages and backed by six global data centers, Spigit helps enterprises:

  • Invent new products
  • Identify new markets
  • Improve customer experience
  • Streamline processes
  • Increase employee engagement

To learn more about how leading companies are using Spigit innovation management software to grow, and stay competitive, visit http://www.spigit.com.

About Spigit
Spigit was founded to help companies unleash the power of their employees, partners, and customers to drive innovation. Spigit is the leading software for crowdsourced innovation, and is used by leading companies in systems integration, financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, healthcare, technology, and more, including IBM, Capgemini, Citibank, and Pfizer. Spigit’s 4.5M users from 150+ countries have generated over $1B in increased revenue from their enterprise innovation programs. Spigit is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mindjet, and is headquartered in San Francisco with offices throughout the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Australia.

About UNILEVER FOUNDRY
The Unilever Foundry (http://foundry.unilever.com/) provides a single entry-point for innovative startups seeking to partner with Unilever, enabling the company’s global brands to experiment with and pilot new technologies more efficiently, effectively and speedily. It provides startups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop and work on global projects, access mentoring from marketing professionals and tap into funding through Unilever Ventures. Innovators are invited to submit their ideas, collaborate on the ideas of others, and vote for their favorite ideas through visiting https://www.ideas.unilever.com. More details on Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan can be found at http://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living-2014.

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