The path to innovation
begins here

Originally founded as a dynamic startup enabling companies to launch innovation competitions, calls for ideas, and hackathons, Agorize is now recognized as one of the only truly global SaaS players in the field of innovation and idea management.

Agorize has a pool of ten million innovative thinkers composed of students, developers, and startups. 

Additionally, its products enable clients to build their own community of innovators, whether external or internal. Our platform is designed to help corporations and governments evaluate and deploy ideas, scout talent, and partner with the most promising startups and students.

We also enable clients to fully customize our platform with their unique brand. This ensures an immersive brand experience for both organizations and the innovators they are targeting.

Helping organizations get ahead of the competition

Here’s how we help corporations and governments get to the next level with our platform, your one-stop innovation space.

Our mission

We aim to support organizational transformations and accelerate growth.


Agorize was founded by passionate entrepreneurs who aspire to make a meaningful impact on their ecosystem. We maintain this vision by continuously striving to create new synergies between businesses, governments, and innovators from all over the world. In doing so, we hope to help all of society to progress.

Meet our team

At Agorize, we believe that innovation can be created anywhere, and our team is proof of this. Spread across the world in France, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and North America, we are committed to moving our project forward. The diversity of our team, through its mix of cultures and backgrounds, is our strength and helps us in our work.

Our team consists of more than 100 people around the world, all passionate about human encounters and working together. This spirit is precisely what connects us in the Agorize adventure, which combines innovation, humanity, and a focus on the future.

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Our offices

Introducing our leadership team

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Yohann Melamed

Yohann is the CEO and co-founder of Agorize. He started Agorize in Paris in 2010 while still a student at Télécom Paris.The company has now seven offices, empowering clients worldwide to accelerate their innovation at scale. He is an avid chess player who once engaged in a game against Garry Kasparov, which lasted over an hour!

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Timea Edwards

Timea Edwards, CFO at Agorize since 2021, leads with 15 year of expertise, uniting strategy, sustainability, and a firm belief in teamwork, transparency, and positive culture to keep Agorize thriving and ahead of the curve. Outside of work, Timea is a devoted dog lover - never a call goes by without her furry friend voicing an opinion!

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Quynh Hercberg

Quynh joined the company as a Senior Project Manager in our Paris office in 2017. Since 2020, heads our global PM team from Singapore ensuring precise, client-focused solutions and seamless project execution. Quynh, being a foodie, likes to drag the team to big cravings for lunch and delight the offices whenever she comes back from trips.

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Alexandre Barthel

Alex is Agorize's Marketing director since 2021. He brings a robust B2B background. He is fervently data-driven and performance-obsessed. With his team, he strives to improve marketing impact through innovative solutions. That's what he loves about Agorize: being able to experiment in new ways. Every year, he takes time off to watch Wrestlemania© whatever the agenda.

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Maxime Boiraud

Maxime Boiraud leads product & R&D as the CPO with an unmatched blend of data-driven insights and user-focused innovation. His obsession is to turn ambitious ideas into reality. He is an aspiring chess player and whises he could last one hour against Yohann.

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Johannes Jaeger

Johannes joined the company in 2017 as the first hire in Asia. Today as the VP of Enterprise he leads a global sales team, supporting corporates & governments to build and scale their innovation initiatives. Outside of work Johannes love to bikepack around the world.

Our values

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Passion

Igniting a deep passion for innovation to make a meaningful difference in the world

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Empowerment

Empowering individuals and organizations to unleash their full potential, enabling them to create positive change

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Fearlessness

Embracing a fearless growth mindset, daring to take bold risks and challenging conventions to push the boundaries of what’s possible

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We're just getting started

We are proud of how far we’ve come.

  • 2023

    Once again, Agorize operates major startup competitions as Viva Technology in France and Slingshot in Singapore.

  • 2022

    The company has organized about 1000 challenges involving a community of five million innovators through its dedicated platform. In addition, it has worked with over 300 key account clients.

  • 2021

    To anchor its transformation in the SaaS model, Agorize is organizing itself around a new, multi-faceted leadership team: long-standing employees and outside talent who have already led similar transformations in major groups.

  • 2019

    Agorize is an 80-person strong startup that specializes in organizing O2O (Online to Offline) open innovation challenges & hackathons.

    The company works with over 200 key account clients able to connect to the community of 5 million innovators through its dedicated platform.

  • 2018

    New round of financing to accelerate Agorize's growth in Europe, Asia and North America.

  • 2016

    Agorize was voted ‘Best Collaborative SaaS Platform’ by French Tech and is among the top 500 most dynamic tech companies as ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast500.

  • 2014

    First round of funding from renowned investors and BPI: Publicis, Orange, Bouygues Télécom (Iris Capital, Capnamic Ventures)

  • 2012

    In addition to students, they added three new communities: hackers (Hackateam), startups (UpWeStart), and employees.

    With the success of these new communities, Studyka became Agorize. This change better reflected the diversity of its communities of innovators.

  • 2011

     Yohann Melamed, Charles Thou and Yohan Attal met while studying for a Master’s degree at HEC/Télécom ParisTech in 2011.

    They worked on case studies, providing concrete responses to strategic issues encountered by major groups.

    In doing so, they realized the untapped potential of students and businesses working together.
    From this inspiration, Studyka was born. 

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