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The Aspen Group is dedicated to surfacing and facilitating the integration of new innovations for private and government sector organizations. Identifying new trends and opportunities, through a Voice-of-the-Customer survey, can provide candid feedback from clients, prospects, and suppliers relative to strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for an organization or product line. This early stage feedback is frequently a component in the idea generating phase of a new product development process. An external search for innovations or solutions, aligning with an organization’s interests, complements internal core competencies. The Aspen service offerings can stimulate economic development and job creation by opening doors, which might not normally be accessible to inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs.
Aspen’s Open Innovation “pull” model is driven by first identifying organizational needs and/or interests. This is followed by the search and filter stages to verify a valid alignment exists between the technology user and technology owners. The Aspen process searches for innovations and technologies from academic, government and private sector sources. Bringing together technology users with technology owners accelerates the commercialization of revolutionary new breakthroughs or evolutionary product improvements of value to technology users.