IdeaScale, the California-based innovation management solution, today announced its acquisition of (IM), the world’s leading platform for cutting-edge innovation management content, best practices and online training programs. This decision comes as part of IdeaScale’s mission to offer an end-to-end innovation solution for organizations of all sizes.

IM’s mission is to make it easy and affordable for businesses and individuals to increase their innovation capability. They have researched, published, and trained numerous high-level clients including Ernst & Young, UC Berkeley, IMD, NineSigma, and many others. IdeaScale’s mission is to offer an accessible innovation management platform for cities, brands, and organizations in order to foster meaningful and profitable change. Together the two companies represent the full suite of innovation capabilities.

As part of this acquisition, IdeaScale will now offer fully-featured IM training programs to their existing or future customers and partners. Rob Hoehn, CEO of IdeaScal commented:

“Innovation was once thought to be the purview of the elite, accessible only to a closed group of researchers. What we’re seeing is a trend towards openness everywhere and that means making it easy for anyone, anywhere to introduce significant, positive change – whether they’re an experienced innovation practitioner or not. clearly shares this goal.”

Lars Percy Andersson, Founding Partner at IM added:

“We’re thrilled to join IdeaScale – a long-time leader in the field of innovation. For quite some time, we’ve worked to develop content that serves customers across multiple verticals and we can continue that work with IdeaScale who has one of the most robust customer portfolios that we’ve encountered.”

This acquisition marks the beginning of an ongoing 2016 strategy for IdeaScale that will focus on developing innovation solutions that are applicable across industries, objectives, and serve innovators of all backgrounds.