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Innovation Opportunities

Seeking innovative solutions for:

The brightest minds generating–and testing–the best ideas

The Xinova Request for Invention (RFI) has helped leading companies around the world and across many industries amplify their ability to innovate in order to grow their business and improve core processes. It comes down to the brightest minds generating–and testing–the best ideas. The RFI is designed to fill the innovation pipeline with viable solutions to hard problems. But it doesn’t stop there. Xinova absorbs innovation risk across the network by testing and prototyping them at fractional cost to a traditional R&D department. And, ultimately, we help companies co-develop and commercialize only those solutions that will deliver the greatest ROI. All of that, while providing patent protection for game-changing ideas. Our cutting-edge innovation and patent development process has produced over 5,000 inventions across more than 400 technical challenges.   

The RFI signifies a quantum leap beyond crowd-sourced open innovation. The Xinova RFI process skips the crowd and accesses the VIP suite of innovation, where the brightest minds generate the freshest, most disruptive solutions. And from there, the Xinova innovator network can propel and unblock the innovation project through critical phases such as prototyping, venture design and talent recruitment. 

Our Process 

Develop the critical technical advancements to support your business with patent protection. Working in close collaboration with our clients, Xinova’s team: 

  1. Defines, analyzes and frames the innovation challenge within its surrounding opportunity space 
  2. Identifies key technical challenges requiring solutions, and provides comprehensive specifications to focus invention 
  3. Engages our global network of inventors to develop a diverse set of possible technical solutions  and based on our Rapid Innovation Session process.
  4. Analyzes these possible solutions for technical and commercial feasibility and viability and recommends only inventions with the best potential for patenting, development, and possible commercialization  

Our clients participate throughout the process to guide the invention process to focus on practical solutions that drive their next generation of products, features and improvements.  The process typically takes four to six months with key milestones every two months.

The RFI is designed to help companies fill gaps in expertise and amplify their own ability to innovate. This is partly a question of focusing the brightest minds onto industry’s greatest challenges. But it’s also a matter of solid communication practices and project management skills that ensure project transitions are smooth and handoffs are not fumbled. 


Timeline and resources

Duration: ~12 weeks

Resources: 3 Innovators + Team Facilitator

Additional Options:

  • Up to 2 additional Innovators
  • Additional Solution Reports
  • Prototype development of one or more solutions 
    (+4-6 weeks additional time)

Outcome: 10 presented concepts, 3 selected solution reports

How can you generate brilliant ideas and launch commercially viable solutions?

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Our Worldwide Locations


PO Box #30873
Seattle, WA 98113


Xinova Japan GK
Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan


Xinova Korea
10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Seoul 06072, Korea
+82 2 6952 8840


Xinova Finland
Erottajankatu 5 A 4
FI-00130 Helsinki

Affiliate offices in Tel Aviv & Vienna