CoLab is IDEO's platform for collaborative impact.

We connect organizations to shape technology’s impact on the world. Together, we design the future.


From Research Briefs to Rapid Prototyping

CoLab membership focuses on our “Research & Design” activities. From 4-day sprints to multi-week projects, we start with your organization's hard problems and create experience prototypes that look 12+ months ahead of market.

A Venture Studio That Builds to Launch

Using IDEO's venture design sprints, CoLab builds with leading founders, early stage startups and corporate innovators to incubate, accelerate, and launch ventures.

An Investment and Design Partner

CoLab is building a design-driven investing program that partners with early-stage distributed web projects and founders through co-creation, capital, and community.

Our Portfolios

CoLab's portfolios work at the intersection of industries to create systemic change. They convene our network around key research themes and opportunities, and prototype tangible solutions with paths toward market.

CoLab Network

Work with Us

CoLab’s portfolios come to life through membership, prototyping sprints, venture acceleration, and investment.

We create change by identifying needs, prototyping emergent concepts, and bringing solutions toward market.


Collaborating for Impact

Join like-minded innovators to actively explore the future together—from discussing hard business problems to co-designing solutions in design sprints. Get training in CoLab’s collaborative innovation process, insights into emerging tech, and identify opportunities for future growth.

Venture Studio

Accelerating Ventures

Join us as an Entrepreneur or Startup in Residence. Together with a tight-knit network of founders, enterprises, and funds, we use design and emerging technology to accelerate ventures into market.

Venture Investment

A Design and Investment Partner

CoLab Ventures focuses on Distributed Web projects. We invest in early-stage, distributed web projects and founders through co-creation, capital, and community.

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Design, Prototype, and Learn

Hone your design, tech, and business skills along with a diverse group of academics, professional designers, and corporate innovators. Fellowships run multiple times per year for periods of 1-8 weeks. Sign up to get notified when applications open for our Spring 2020 Makeathon.

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