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Can’t find the right person in your field of expertise? Don’t waste time sifting through separate data silos looking for the perfect expert. Let our platform do the work for you.

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Browse our network of top researchers from around the world working within your key areas of interest.

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Stop Googling. Stop guessing. We’ll match you with the smartest experts in your field of interest to meet with. Just tell us what you need.

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Set up calls, send out NDA’s, and manage the stages of your engagement with experts. So you can focus on building the right thing, and building the thing right.

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Success Stories


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How Corporate Collaboration Helps Hospitals Save Lives Beyond Their Walls: MaineHealth

January 23, 2023
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system. It consists of nine local health systems, a…
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The Importance of Corporate and Academic Collaboration: Whirlpool Corporation

January 2, 2023
Whirlpool Corporation leads the world in home appliance manufacturing and marketing. The Fortune 500 company…
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How Academic Relationships Help Corporations Solve Pressing World Issues: Corgan

December 15, 2022
Corgan is a leading architecture and design firm with a user‑centered approach and deep technical…

What Our Customers Say

Identifying the right expertise when we can’t solve a problem internally is tough and slows our progress. Our academic expert conversations have been fruitful; a compliment to FirstIgnite for connecting us. We are now moving forward with formal partnerships for design and fabrication.

Chris HartnettAdvanced Development, Whirlpool