About Us

Fueling Workforce Engagement and Innovation

We’re a Milwaukee-based firm partnering with brands to accelerate software-based innovation in 39 countries and 185 cities.

Our Vision

To create a world where employees don’t just execute corporate strategy, but become an integral part in shaping it.

Our Mission

To empower brands with the tools, processes, and connections they need to transform employees into innovators and their ideas into measurable impact.

Our Values

Putting the success of our customers first, building products that are delightful and easy to use, and exploring the future to provide solutions our customers haven’t thought of yet.

What We Do & How Clients Use Ideawake

Ideawake provides an easy to use innovation platform combined with programs, services, and expertise that supports your innovation program from idea collection to measured results.

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    Open & External Innovation
  • Engage customers or vendors at scale to come up with new and fresh ideas to improve experience.

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    Hackathons & Shark Tanks
  • Manage idea collection, collaboration, team pitches, and judging all in one place to streamline your next hackathon or shark tank.

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    Innovation Labs
  • Enable your employees to think differently at scale. Capture, surface, and test new ideas to transform your organization.

Who Do We Work With?

Ideawake is trusted by 100 employee startups to leading Fortune 500 companies to enable a culture of innovation, drive financial results, and increase employee engagement at scale. Learn more about our customers.

  • Sara Jane Vomhof

    Six Sigma Black Belt at Quest Diagnostics

  • “We used to manage ideas via email threads. Now, our employees can quickly submit ideas on Ideawake via their phone or computer and employees can track their ideas progress as it is implemented.”

  • Benjamin DeBoer

    Director of Innovation at Jewelers Mutual

  • “Ideawake combines all of the most desirable features the competitors miss in one way or another. What I like best is Ideawake is set to scale with your company – NOT built to be a one-size / one price / consulting required solution.”

Our Team

Meet the rockstar team that makes Ideawake happen.

 

    • Partner and Head of Strategy

      Coby Skonord

  • Coby Skonord is a crowdsourcing expert, public speaker, and partner at Milwaukee-based Ideawake. He is a contrarian thinker who believes that the power of online collaboration is the only way to solve the biggest problems facing the world today and overcome the greatest obstacles facing the businesses of tomorrow. Coby is an Eagle Scout, Ernst and Young alumni, and is passionate about growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the Greater Milwaukee Area and the State of Wisconsin.

 

    • Director of Operations and Client Experience

      Amanda Handlos

Amanda is Director of Operations and Client Experience at Ideawake, where she helps onboard and implement strategies for Ideawake’s clients. She has a background in hospitality management, where she focused on starting and growing new brands and brings a diverse experience in operations management, business development, and communications to the Ideawake team. When Amanda isn’t innovating, she’s passionate about connecting people within the Milwaukee community.

 

    • Partner and Head of Technology

      Tim Elfelt

Tim is passionate about innovation and analytics, so much so that he moved up from St. Louis to Milwaukee to join the Ideawake team full-time back in November 2016. He’s an interactive marketer with experience in all aspects of digital marketing including interactive web development, SEO/SEM, email marketing, and web analytics – all with a focus on ROI. He prides himself on being a creative problem solver willing to tackle any challenge.

 

    • Platform and Accelerator Program Director

      Shounak Mukherjee

Shounak is the platform and accelerator program director for Ideawake, leading innovation workshops and leading the expansion of our acceleration program. He has eight years of professional experience across technology consulting and development, and holds a master’s degree in International Business from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University). His interests include IoT business models, identity-based transactions, agile institutions and data governance.

 

    • Marketing and Business Development Manager

      Carroll Elger

Carroll serves as Marketing and Business Development Manager for Ideawake, handling a variety of the marketing and sales responsibilities including campaign strategy and execution, content creation, and brand curation. He believes that there is no greater pursuit than bringing an innovative idea into the world, ideas being the tools that we use to shape society to our collective vision. In his free time, Carroll enjoys drumming for his band and spending too much time on his bike.

 

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    • Growth Analyst, Copywriter

      Carter Liebscher

Carter is a Growth Analyst and Copywriter for Ideawake, where he creates and promotes content within a data-driven framework. He has a knack or eye-catching writing helped by his education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned a BA in Professional and Technical Communications. When he isn’t reporting on the latest innovation trends, you can catch him browsing the local bookstore or at the local skatepark.

 

    • Innovation Engineer

      Farhan Muhammed

Farhan is a full-stack engineer at Ideawake and brings over 5 years of experience in working with a variety of web technologies. He has a knack for thinking through problems, has a great eye for detail, and graduated with the highest distinction in information technology. In his free time, Farhan loves to spend time with family and has a 3-month old daughter who is often a topic of conversation in the office.

 

    • Quality Assurance Engineer

      Soma Asad

Soma has more than 3 years of experience in Software Quality Assurance. She is passionate about maintaining and improving the quality of Ideawake using a variety of testing methodologies. Her main focuses are functional and UI/UX testing of the product. She is most interested in the potential for the right learning experiences. When she’s not tracking down bugs, she’s tracking down enemies in PUBG.

How Clients Leverage Ideawake

An easy to use innovation platform combined with programs, services, and expertise that supports your innovation program from idea collection to measured results. Request a Demo.

  •  
    Open & External Innovation
  • Engage customers or vendors at scale to come up with new and fresh ideas to improve experience.

  •  
    Hackathons & Shark Tanks
  • Manage idea collection, collaboration, team pitches, and judging all in one place to streamline your next hackathon or shark tank.

  •  
    Innovation Labs
  • Enable your employees to think differently at scale. Capture, surface, and test new ideas to transform your organization.

Idea Management Software that Transforms Ideas into Impact

Collect, evaluate, and implement the best ideas from your workforce. Discover $100,000 in financial impact in 30 days or get your money back.

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