When your company wants to find a comprehensive answer on a particular topic, you often end up paying another company to create and handle a marketing survey or rely on Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Meet Agorize, a company that relies on open innovation and community crowdsourcing to let companies gather a lot of data on new ideas and ventures. It raised $2.6 million from Iris Capital and Capnamic Ventures with Ader Finance handling the fundraising effort (€2 million).

French startup Agorize has built a few communities that are willing to participate in innovation challenges. There is a student community, an engineer community and a startup community. Agorize will work with big companies, such as Google, Microsoft and Bank of America, to design and submit challenges to these communities.

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