Employee led ideation

Unleash powerful ideas through bottom up innovation


Leveraging the knowledge within your employee-base to develop an effective solution to a challenge within can be a daunting process.

Companies spend an enormous amount of scarce senior management time using manual ideation processes – from suggestion boxes, to bulletin boards, to surveys – that are inefficient and leave many employees feeling vulnerable and exposed, resulting in low engagement overall.


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Swae provides an inclusive platform that automates this process, tapping into the wealth of knowledge cross-functionally in a transparent and meritocratic way, delivering well diligence and predictable innovations.

1. Drive powerful bottom up innovation using collective intelligence

Swae provides an inclusive platform that captures the knowledge and know-how of people across fragmented and complex systems and simplifies the ideation process. Swae’s tool is the only one that combines three complementary functions – anonymization, ai, and the crowd – to augment bottom-up expression, helping tap into the abundance of collective intelligence in a structured, manageable and efficient way, helping make decentralized input a productive complement to centralized decision-making.

2. Produce well-diligence innovations with the help of AI

Swae’s platform helps employees create well-written proposals with the support of AI language and evidence improvements. Swae guides users through a methodical discovery process to help articulate their solution efficiently by helping users improve their original ideas, suggesting more convincing language, underlining possible biases, and proposing evidence and examples from external or internal sources. Once ideas are collected, the platform then improves the quality of the initial solution using algorithms which act as a proposal editor to strengthen the quality of the original idea.

3. Empower free expression

Swae anonymizes users so they feel comfortable expressing unconventional ideas.

4. Reduce the costs of sourcing (R&D)

Swae saves money and time without adding work for management by improving speed, agility and efficiency of ideation by fostering ideation from within. By preserving scarce management time, allows for their effort to be placed on more strategic value-adding functions, improving speed, agility and efficiency of ideation overall.

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Soushiant Zanganehpour Founder & CEO

Soushiant is a social scientist, entrepreneur and Founder of, an AI-powered platform for smarter organizational decisions and 21st century governance. Swae helps companies, cities and organizations of all sizes benefit from the collective intelligence of their employees, stakeholders and citizens helping source innovative ideas, program and product feedback, and policy, budget, and strategy suggestions, at a fraction of the cost. Stakeholders and AI build compelling proposals together from the bottom-up that are crowd-vetted and the best move to a decision-round for implementation, creating a bi-directional pathway for governance. Soushiant is a recognized global practitioner in the fields of business innovation, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability having spoken at numerous international conferences and published in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Bloomberg Business Week, and Entrepreneur magazines. He is on Harvard Business Review's Advisory Council, and a board advisor of Biocarbon Engineering, a reforestation startup using drones to replant a billion trees per year.
Soushiant earned his BA (PoliSci & IR) from the University of British Columbia, a Diplôme in International Affairs from Sciences-po Paris, an MPP (Public Policy & Economics) from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and attended Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program as a Google Scholar. He was awarded a full scholarship by the UK's Foreign Office as one of four Canadian Chevening Scholars for his Masters. .