As an entrepreneur, you’re expected to be a tool which makes idea generation a piece of cake, but in real life, it doesn’t work like that. You have to claw, struggle, and beg to come up with ideas that stand the test of time. In order to make that process easier, I’ve compiled a list of 10 idea generation tools to make everything easier for you and your team.
This is part of the larger Entrepreneur Toolkit: 800+ Growth Hacking Resources
CrowdCity is a community that gives you a birdseye view of what’s going on in modern cities. It’s an amazing platform where creative come together and share what’s important to them. If you’re a discerning individual, you can read between the lines and glean your next idea from the conversations and imagery being posted on the site almost daily.
Spigit first off, is an enterprise solution. It allows you to leverage the power of crowds and employees to create products and services that people actually care about and are willing to part with their hard-earned money to buy.
Qmarkets is an end to end solution that provides a platform for you to stay at the forefront of innovation in your industry. They’ll guide you through the idea generation, validation, and approval. Even going as far as working with you to map out and execute the best marketing strategy.
Exago’s solution is built with the enterprise user in mind. You can create and manage initiatives that allow everyone in your organization to participate in creating amazing new ideas. It works by asking for vital input while gamifying everything for your team to create high engagement levels and a better quality result.
ErisSolver incorporates a system into the idea generation framework by breaking complex solutions into manageable parts. It uses the problem tree methodology adopted by the largest consulting firms in the world to understand and tackle problems while coming up with solutions.
I like OrganizedFeedback because when working with such an abstract concept like innovation, they enable you to see exactly how you can use their platform. They list out some interesting use cases for how innovation can shape your business. Leave the mentality behind that innovation is only for tech companies and embrace it all across your company.
The Idea Sandbox approach is a little different. Instead of guiding you by the hand and systemizing everything in the process, they let you do it yourself. Idea Sandbox will point you in the right direction to get your creative juices flowing. That way, you’ll be able to solve your problems of dream up new ideas in a way that works best for you. Download guides, use the tools, and visit other helpful resources under Idea Sandbox’s guidance
I put Ted here because I’ve been inspired more times than I can remember after watching one of their amazing speakers take the stage. Their library is free and extensive so you can find something on almost any topic you’re looking for from education to transforming the third world.
Mind42 is a mind mapping web app that lets you pour out your thoughts, arrange them, and get to work on them using a very simple and focused interface. Instead of using the mind map software to do everything under the sun, they instead encourage you to use it to solve problems or come up with innovative ideas. It’s a free tool definitely worth a look.
I loved Mindly from the very first moment I laid eyes on it. This is essential for you if your problem is not developing ideas and initiatives, but keeping track of them. Mindly allows you to get out ideas without in layers without much typing and even less formatting. Quickly get everything out of your head and into a permanent receptacle. The only problem is that it’s only available for Android and iOS devices.