About Our Consulting Services

Kim Garretson, Realizing Innovation Director, helped lead startup discovery for Best Buy’s Strategy & Innovation function. He is the founder of three digital agencies, with two sold to global marketing leaders. See more on Garretson and his partners here.

Garretson and Realizing Innovation offer the following at this site:

1. Brief Tool

In our research for Realizing Innovation, we found that many corporate teams have not taken time to define the high-level criteria they can use to filter prospective startups. Our simple tool is merely one way to begin defining and collaborating on the criteria. Optionally, you can share you briefs with other organizations, anonymously if you prefer.

2. Review Startup Databases and Services

We have identified the premier companies who have aggregated databases of startups. Initially, we have selected three of these companies as business partners. They offer unique approaches to startup search and other services.

3. Q&A

At the bottom of this page and at the top, Q&A is where you can leave us questions as you are exploring Startup Discovery options. We will respond within 48 hours.

Start with our simple Brief tool by registering

Choose your company type below and create a quick Brief to help you and your team get on the same page for starting to consider how to do Startup Discovery. You can download your Brief as a PDF and use it to share with startups who contact you as a way to inform them of your criteria versus having to respond to every contact.







A snapshot of our business partners for your startup discovery




Realizing Innovation tailored consulting services usually include one or more business partners who have aggregated databases of startups. Working with the $75 research arm of the Missouri Journalism School, where the majority of students are in marketing and advertising, we developed these business partnerships. Our partners offer different access to startups discovery. Watch for more partner profiles here.

INSIDER Q&A: Crowd-sourced answers to your questions about startups

Tap the power of the crowd. Ask Mizzou alum and others working in media, brand marketing and at agencies about their work with startups. What is their experience and feedback on types of technology or specific specific startups?

Q&A’s can be anonymous on both ends. Also, please reply to questions to add additional related information, and of course, we’re looking for your answers to others’ questions. Also, our advisors (found via Feedback) have agreed to privately answer questions you have for any of them.


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