Offering Web-Based Solutions to Meet the Needs of Technology Firms
A new service being offered by IA is a Web-based solution designed to meet the needs of technology enterprises and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The service helps firms identify critical service providers, potential partners, investors and customers in a targeted, efficient manner. This service is designed for organizations serving the SME and technology communities.
Developing Technology Communities and States
IA provides expert advice to communities and states on creating and enhancing initiatives that catalyze technology enterprises. Based on proven best practices, IA's services focus on: leveraging university and federal research to spin off technology start-ups; developing innovation centers; improving incubators and research parks; forming entrepreneurship programs and networks; and designing cluster-driven strategies. We have identified programs in U.S. cities that exhibit high-technology growth as well as specific initiatives used successfully by organizations, academic institutions and others worldwide in order to adapt these exemplary practices to your unique environment.
Promoting University Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship
IA has provided consulting in the U.S., Canada and Europe to improve programs and institute policy changes that promote university technology transfer and commercialization, entrepreneurial development and university-industry collaboration. These activities focus on the effective identification, collaboration and transfer of university R&D to license inventions and launch technology spin-offs. Projects have involved restructuring university-industry grants, improving technology transfer structure and processes, and developing internal and external linkages for entrepreneurial development.
Facilitating Corporate Linkages to University and Government Laboratories
IA assesses a corporation's organization and process, provides recommendations and oversees implementation to improve identification of and linkages to university and government laboratory R&D. We focus on identifying early-stage research, and effectively tapping and transferring research in new and emerging markets from top universities and federal laboratories to corporations.
Adapting International Best Practices
IA is well known for adapting best practices. Under multiple contracts, IA has assessed best practices throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia and Asia-Pacific and has applied these practices to varying environments. We have adapted best practices in: cluster-driven strategies, technology transfer and commercialization, incubators, research parks, angel and seed capital, SME development, manufacturing extension and technology employment creation.
Enhancing Technology Transfer Centers
IA has provided consulting to restructure and build management capacity in technology transfer centers. These centers offer business advice, market information, technology transfer and extension services to corporations and small enterprises. We have enhanced technology transfer centers in the U.S., Canada and Eastern Europe.
Developing Angel and Seed Capital
IA helped the Commission of the European Union design and implement seed capital programs for start-up enterprises. In another project, IA assessed a national revolving loan program operated by the U.S. Department of Commerce and recommended changes in the program. IA assisted another government agency design a Small Business Innovation Research program that provides grants to small technology firms.
Designing and Implementing Small Business Incubators
Through training and consulting services, IA has helped regions improve their small business incubators. We particularly focus on enhancing entrepreneurial services, networking and creating linkages to build business capacity and encourage investment in resident firms.
Conducting Benchmarking, Research and Evaluation
IA has provided expert advice and conducted benchmarking, research and evaluation— from performing informal assessments to applying formal evaluation methodology — on multiple economic and technology topics. These topics often involve economic and market positioning and demonstrating program "return-on-investment" for communities, states and organizations.
Meeting the Needs of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Under a U.S. government grant, IA conducted a national survey of small- and medium-sized firms (SMEs) to identify their technical, business and financial needs. Recommendations included improving linkages with business and financial resources, implementing mentoring programs, enhancing linkages with private investors and structuring better access to procurement opportunities. Based on these findings, IA developed Web services to address the needs of technology SMEs. (See "Offering Web-Based Solutions to Meet the Needs of Technology Firms".)
Improving Federal Laboratory Linkages to Corporations and Government
IA assesses federal laboratory structure and processes for working with corporations and universities, provides recommendations for improvements and oversees implementation. We create linkages to large and small corporations, including small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). IA has identified best practices in federal laboratories for working with community and state governments and intermediary organizations, and has conducted national projects that focused on improving corporate and SME access to federal laboratories.
Promoting Manufacturing Extension
IA has identified and assessed successful programs to upgrade manufacturers in the U.S. and several other countries. Based on these programs, IA provided input to develop a new state manufacturing extension program.
Coordinating Economic and Workforce Development
Under several contracts, IA examined models of economic development and workforce development coordination and provided recommendations to help local and state governments better coordinate services.
Designing Economic Adjustment Strategies
IA evaluated economic adjustment activities of a U.S. Department of Commerce program carried out in over 100 communities. The evaluation involved program activities in economic adjustment planning, infrastructure and technical assistance.