Overview of Technology Search

NineSigma's Technology Search can help clients identify the technology or the experts needed to resolve their project needs. This scalable process incorporates NineSigma’s unique approach to needs articulation by defining the need in a way that makes it relevant to innovators in other industries and technical areas, resulting in a well-defined RFP document. This document is then broadcast to specific targets globally that have been identified through NineSigma’s research. Finally, the NineSigma Program Manager manages all inquiries and responses, provides guidance on evaluating proposals and can provide initial introductions.

We have introduced a variety people who have the technology that may be a possible avenue to pursue a solution.

Overview of Technology Search
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Profile of Solution Providers

Profile of Solution Providers

NineSigma’s strengths

Consultant-guided proposal of the best search method

Consultant-guided proposal of the best search method

Our experienced consultants write a concise, appealing brief, which is essential in solution seeking, to make it clear to potential partners what the client is looking for. This enables the collection of detailed technology information and solutions that meet the client’s needs while maintaining anonymity.

Access to a global network of 2 million researchers and other professionals

NineSigma has targeted over 2 million potential partners globally to help our clients address and solve technical challenges, and our community continues to grow

Through NineSigma’s proprietary search system to identify potential partners around the world, clients have access to a global network of researchers and other professionals from different areas and sectors, including SMEs and startup companies.

Proposals that address the client’s problems

Proposals that address the client’s problems

We provide clients with our views on the current characteristics, performance, applicability, and potential of the sought technology, analyze the customer needs from different angles, and offer useful, customized information.

Anonymous Reach

Anonymous Reach

We can perform an anonymous custom search for strategic needs, to enable big ideas from our global network.

Project flow: approximately two to three months in total

STEP_1
Prepare an open request and identify potential researchers and other professionals (three to four weeks)
We prepare a concise open request that can attract potential solution providers based on the client’s technology issues. We also identify potential researchers and other professionals from around the world that meet the client’s needs, using NineSigma’s proprietary database.
STEP_2
Release an open request for proposal, and communicate with respondents (about five weeks)
We inform selected researchers and other professionals, as well as their hub organizations, of an open request for proposal, and seek their responses. Communication with respondents is conducted by NineSigma, on behalf of the client.
STEP_3
Submit proposals and a summary, propose additional questions (four to six weeks)
All of the received proposals and a summary prepared by NineSigma are handed to the client. If the client wishes to ask respondents additional questions, NineSigma will communicate with them on the client’s behalf.
STEP_4
Complete the project
If the client wishes to contact the potential partner directly, we can introduce the client to the potential partner to complete the project. We also provide support for future collaboration and negotiation via e-mail and phone.

Client comments

  • We received various technological proposals for unexpected business areas. The proposals included one from an overseas pioneer researcher. We highly evaluate NineSigma’s program.
  • This program enabled us to successfully identify potential partners and broaden the range of R&D options.
  • We were able to obtain much more information much faster with NineSigma than by ourselves. This program not only allowed us to reduce search time, but also gave us output that we could have never produced even if we had spent a lot of time.
  • A variety of proposals collected from around the world helped us learn about current technology trends and benchmarks in the relevant field.

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