Frequently Asked Questions
This section provides information about our submission and review process, including how to submit your idea, what happens to the information once you have submitted it and the type of response you can expect to receive.How do I submit my idea to Open Innovation Marketplace website?
This website is the place to submit ideas for collaboration, partnership, or license to Open Innovation Gateway and it’s registered users. You will need to create an account, which you can do here. Once you have created your account, you can complete the submission form by selecting a technology here.My idea is confidential. Can I still submit it?
All information submitted at the initial stage must be non-confidential. The information you provide should be enough for us to evaluate the idea and determine whether to progress to a more detailed evaluation without compromising your rights. At this stage we do not need to see and cannot consider any information marked confidential.Who can see my submission?
Your submission is examined by a dedicated team that helps locate the right people that may be available get some benefits to view your idea. If the idea fits a partnering area, then a team of specialists will be selected for a deeper consideration. In general your idea is only visible to a select team within Open Innovation Gateway and its affiliates and website operation, Idea Connection. While we do treat your information carefully, please remember that the information you provide is subject to the Agreement to Submit that you have to accept and that allows us to receive your idea. Note any information you submit to us will not be disclosed to third parties other than whom you approve.What should I include in my submission?
The best submissions include an explanation of how your idea relates to the areas in which Open Innovation Gateway and it’s Marketplace registered users may be particularly interested. We also ask for a brief, clear summary of your idea that demonstrates it’s potential. Key things that we are looking for are:
- what your offer is
- what it does
- some evidence that it works or will work
Our portal enables you to attach documents supporting your idea. Please note that all attached documents are also considered to be non-confidential.What if my idea relates to more than one area?
You can only select the area that best suits your idea. If your idea relates to more than one area, we encourage you to make suggestions of how it can be used in the abstract. Additionally, our team will be looking to see if your idea is positioned correctly or if it could be useful in other areas. Our team will make sure that your offer is reviewed by the right peopleWhat happens after I have submitted my idea?
You will receive an email within 24 business hours, indicating that your submission has been received. You will continue to receive emails every time the status of your submission changes or proceeds to the next level.Do I need to register a new account for each idea?
No. You only need one account, but each idea must be submitted separately.How will We decide if We or others are interested?
Our internal review process is divided into three robust levels:Find a sponsor
The Open Innovation - Marketplace team will make sure that your idea reaches the right people, no matter where in the world they might be. A evaluation leader will be assigned to identify an appropriate internal decision maker or team. The evaluation leader will ensure that you have submitted enough information to allow evaluation.
A sponsor or team will review your materials to see if your idea is a good match. Sometimes the Open Innovation -Marketplace team will reach out to you to better understand your offer and expectations during the Initial Evaluation phase.
During the Detailed Evaluation phase, Open Innovation- Marketplace will be working with you to better understand the offer and how We will interact with you. We are likely to request information or materials from you under a confidentiality agreement at this stage. If there is a good fit we will work with you to develop the next steps.
What sort of response can I expect?
You should receive an automated email within 24 business hours confirming your submission. Once we have identified a team to review your idea you will receive a second automated email indicating that your idea has reached the “initial evaluation” stage. These stages will also be reflected on your Open Innovation - Marketplace account. The better your idea fits with our team’s goals, or the more innovative it is, the more response you can expect to have. If your idea is a good fit then you will receive a personal email, or phone call with further questions from one of our evaluation teams to better understand the technology or to clarify technical issues and determine how we might work with you. We will also seek to understand your expectations. Further steps are always worked out with your input.What will happen if Open Innovation - Marketplace is interested in my idea?
We will work with you to define how we will interact during the detailed evaluation phase.