Top innovation consulting firms

Compare innovation consultancies: Here's a list of the top innovation consulting firms and business design agencies around the world.

Innovation agencies compared

Overview of innovation consulting services.

Some aspects to take into account when deciding which innovation agency you want to work with are:

  • the expertise of the innovation consultants;
  • the innovation methodology they use;
  • client portfolio & sector focus;
  • strings attached – after setting up an innovation program for you, some agencies may encourage you to source technical capabilities from their affiliates regardless of whether they are the best choice. Keep an eye out for these biases.

Firms focused on design thinking

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These types of innovation agencies have a strong background in design thinking methodologies. In their innovation teams, you can often encounter service designers, human-centered designers or business innovation consultants with hands-on design skills.

Design and innovation consultancy firms like this can be found more & more. The success of design driven startups like AirBnB & Tesla has pushed this category to new heights! More examples in this cluster would be Jump Associates, Lunar, Frog, or Claro.

Firms focused on business model innovation

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The best business innovation consultancy firms are not specialized in just one discipline but cover a wide range of capabilities.

Consultancies in this category are often more focused on business model innovation, new branding, or marketing concepts.  Compared to the previous group, more innovation consultants in this category have a background in innovation management, marketing or economics. Other related agencies are Happen, The Doblin Group or Continuum.

Mixed innovation strategy & business design focus

Our approach at Board of Innovation

At Board of Innovation, we aim to combine the best of both worlds. Our innovation consultancy firm consists of experts in business model innovation, lean startup, and design thinking. Our experience in a broad range of industries, both B2B as B2C, puts us in a unique position to encourage non-obvious solutions. And we’re an independent business design and innovation strategy firm, so rather than link our services to in-house technical capabilities, we’ll only recommend the best collaborators for your organization’s unique needs.

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