Wazoku’s “idea management” software allows organisations to crowdsource ideas from internal or external communities. Wazoku provides structure for ideas, somewhere for employees, partners, customers or the general public to submit, discuss and develop them, a central place where ideas are stored and can then be evaluated and analysed.Wazoku founder Simon Hill previously worked at PwC and played a key role in the emergence of UK collaborative working star, Huddle. Innovation in business has never been so important, with more value than ever attached to ideas and innovation. A recent report by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) – the UK’s innovation agency – reckons that investment in new products and ideas has fallen by £24bn since the recession. Wazoku’s aim is to democratise the workplace, making it simple for anyone to contribute an idea, safe in the knowledge it will find its way to the right person. Working with more than 100 organisations all over the world, including customers such as the NHS, Diageo and the Department for Education, Wazoku is forecasting revenues of £1m for the next year. In the last 12 months alone Wazoku has been used by the Met Police to canvass public opinion on aspects of its policing; the BBC has used it to generate future programming ideas from its staff; and Hackney Council has used Wazoku to find ways to build on the legacy of the 2012 Olympics and keep young people engaged.
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