Training nationwide in technology scouting
The NIST MEP program needed a partner to establish technology acceleration services that the MEP network would provide to these small and medium companies. We introduced two new services – technology scouting and technology-driven market intelligence – and deployed a nationwide training and mentoring program to build capacity within the 50+ MEP centers. Together with MEP staff trainees, we delivered these new services to SMEs.
As of 2017, our experts have trained more than 980 MEP staff and directly assisted hundreds of SMEs. Survey responses from MEP clients who received technology scouting or technology-driven market intelligence services between 2011-2017 show that, on average, each project generated:
- $ 848,572 in increased sales
- $ 75,108 in cost savings
- $ 382,586 in investments
- 5.3 jobs created or retained
Our work with MEP centers has led to other collaborative projects between local, state, and regional partners and MEP centers. As an example, we forged partnerships in five states between state-level MEPs, federal labs, SMEs, large companies, and government stakeholders to strengthen regional manufacturing industry clusters through technology and innovation.