Cultivate Labs Blog

Discussing how prediction markets, internal crowdfunding, and other new workplace trends can be used to improve the #futureofwork

By Vanessa Pineda on Oct 22, 2018

Canadian Nuclear Labs’ scientists crowdfund $1.4M in seed-stage ideas

The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), the nation’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, just ran its inaugural “Seed Program” committing $1.4 Million for employees to propose – and (using company funds) directly invest in – new projects for the research pipeline.

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By Adam Siegel on Aug 14, 2018

Can you crowdfund your way to a better culture at your company?

We recently did a project with a private company doing quite well in the marketplace. Its products are widely used and its growth over the past few years has been spectacular. Financially, the company is on really solid footing. But culturally, there were storm clouds. Growth has meant employing a few hundred people to a few thousand in only a few years. The CEO recognized this and lamented at the company's loss of its original hacker/builder culture...

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By Vanessa Pineda on May 07, 2018

NFL's Cleveland Browns launch crowdfunding pilot to improve recruitment and retention 

Could the 2018 NFL season finally be a turning point for the Cleveland Browns? For a team that’s had enough rocky starts on the gridiron these past few seasons, the front office rank and file is turning to a Kickstarter-like approach to give a jolt to innovation.

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By Cultivate Labs on Mar 22, 2018

Let Employees Run With Change, It’s Not a Health Risk

When an organization is undergoing dramatic change, much of the focus is rightfully placed on how leaders communicate to employees. But what's often forgotten is getting signals back from employees about how they're dealing with change. Are they supportive? What do they think should be prioritized? An internal idea crowdfunding campaign can be a powerful motivator to make employees part of the solution and give purpose when it's most needed.

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By Jess Price on Jul 11, 2017

Product Design and Redesign - an Evolving Process for Cultivate Ignite

Product design is a constantly evolving process as practices, trends, and expectations change. Cultivate Labs Director of Design, Jessica Price, explains her process for the redesign of Cultivate Ignite, a crowdfunding platform for use inside organizations.

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By Cultivate Labs on May 11, 2017

Introducing Enterprise Crowdfunding for Established Companies

Crowdfunding, the practice of financing a project by sourcing small investments from a large number of people, has exploded in the past decade as an alternative funding source. Established companies looking to adopt the agile principles of startups have begun to use external enterprise crowdfunding to gain indicators from their consumers, but with Cultivate Ignite, companies can now gain critical business indicators and insights from employees using internal crowdfunding.

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By Cultivate Labs on Apr 20, 2017

Cultivate Ignite: Announcing Internal Crowdfunding Solution for Teams

Cultivate Labs is expanding Cultivate Ignite, an internal crowdfunding platform for enterprises, to include a self-service package for small and medium sized businesses to find and fund the best ideas in their companies.

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By Cultivate Labs on Apr 18, 2017

Brainstorming doesn't work. To cultivate better ideas, try internal crowdfunding instead.

We've all participated in group brainstorming sessions in both academic and business settings at some point complete with whiteboards, Post-it notes, and afternoons around a conference table. Though it has been proven that brainstorming, especially in group settings, doesn't work, people continue to look to it as the go-to technique for stimulating creativity. When the afternoon session is over, someone takes a picture of the whiteboard and promises to follow up with the team. And that's as fa

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By Adam Siegel on Nov 17, 2016

Radical Budgeting: Introduce a Crowdsourced VC Model for Inside Your Organization

What if you tried to supplant the entire funding model inside organizations to not only mimic VC rounds, but use crowdfunding to decide what ideas/projects/initiatives should get resources?

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By Jess Price on Nov 17, 2015

Logo is a four letter word: Branding Cultivate Labs

Creating a logo for a company can be a daunting task. In this post our Creative Director, Jessica Price explains how we landed on the final logo for Cultivate Labs.

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