Learn about current and past Economic Development Fellows (EDF) Consulting Program projects.
Industry: Analytical Chemistry Services
Project Type: Business Development, New Markets and Customers
Project Lead: Mariya Shapovalova, email@example.com
ChRi Laboratories provides a comprehensive portfolio of analytical development and testing services in pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, drug device/medical device, clinical research, nutrition research, and functional food ingredients companies. This project will focus on business growth.
Industry: Shipping and Logistics
Project Type: Scenario Modeling
Project Lead: Amy Molan, firstname.lastname@example.org
CH Robinson is a Minnesota based Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest third party logistic providers—delivering innovative supply chain solutions to more than 113,000 customers across the world. This project is focused on what the trucking industry will look like in the future as self-driving vehicles become reality.
City of Ramsey
Project Type: Business Retention and Attraction
Project Lead: Angelo Yuan, email@example.com
The City of Ramsey, through the U of M’s Resilient Communities Project, is considering the business incubator model to attract and retain businesses in the city. This project will work to develop concepts for the different physical incubator models for different users (office, industrial, restaurant/retail). Each concept would include a space needs analysis, building layout, projected/forecasted costs, anticipated benefits/challenges, and which user subgroups could be served. Preferred deliverable would be a written report with recommendations and possibly a presentation to a city advisory board.
Green Paws Pet Company
Industry: Companion Animal Product Startup
Project Type: Startup
Project Lead: Amber St. Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Paws Pet Company is a startup focused on developing products that are healthier for cats, people, and the environment through the use of sustainable materials. The project focuses on market entry strategies, branding strategies, financial projection analysis, development of a website, and development and implementation of a Kickstarter campaign.
Project Type: Market Analysis
Project Lead: Kathleen Kane, email@example.com
Laser Classroom develops tools for STEM education. They are developing a new product that has potential outside of their niche (K-12 science education). This project will deliver an assessment of market potential/market analysis in the broader consumer market with recommendations for a target market focus.
Project Type: New Product Market Entry
Project Lead: Jennifer Nhieu, firstname.lastname@example.org
Minco provides quality engineering solutions for thermal, temperature sensing and control, and flex circuit technologies for a variety of industry sectors. This project will focus on development of a market entry plan for a patented vapor envelope, a completely new product platform that was the result of a DARPA Thermal Ground Plane program. The identified market for this product is outside of Minco’s current domain, and the company is trying to develop a plan and identify key technical aspects it would need for this market.
Renewable Energy Partners
Industry: Solar Energy
Project Type: Community Development
Project Lead: Trent West, email@example.com
Renewable Energy Partners is a Minnesota for-profit company based in North Minneapolis. This project will: inventory current and planned initiatives along the Plymouth Avenue Corridor and in North Minneapolis; align and integrate these interests and resources into a unified vision and plan of action; set clear goals, metrics, and benchmarks shared by all stakeholders; and, define roles and responsibilities and set preliminary budget, targets, and timelines.
Chromatic 3D Materials
Industry: 3D Printing Products
Project Type: Market Research and Analysis
Project Lead: Amy Molan
Chromatic 3D Materials develops flexible, durable materials for 3D printing. The company is exploring its capability to manufacture custom parts using 3D printing. The project will analyze the custom seal and gasket market at various points in the supply chain and will supplement other market research currently underway by the company.
Industry: Software Engineering
Project Type: Business Development
Project Lead: Jennifer Nhieu
ClarityTek is a software engineering company with expertise in a wide range of web-based technologies. The company is currently developing virtual reality immersive applications that address cognitive behavior interventions for Alzheimer's patients. The project involves working with medical staff, IT analysts and others to produce the user interface (UI) design requirements for this user group.
Industry: Property Management
Project Type: Market and Data Analysis
Project Lead: Kathleen Kane
Renters Warehouse is a property management company specializing in tenant placement and property management. Faced with clients who cancel services frequently, the company is seeking an analysis of service cancellations to better understand why clients are cancelling and market conditions that may impact decisions during the cancellation period.
Industry: Medical Devices
Project Type: Business Development and Competitor Analysis
Project Lead: Mariya Shapovalova
Thrivors is a mobile technology platform for cancer patients and their loved ones that supports the cancer journey with cancer-specific modules for recovery. The project focuses on market analysis and development of an implantable medical device to exchange data with the Thrivors platform. Outcome goals include development road map, market validation, financial modeling, investor proposal, and commercialization plan.
Industry: Waste Management
Project Type: Business Development
Project Lead: Harrison Trent West
Transcend Waste uses a patented, modular technology to convert food waste into animal feed. The company is considering expanding into fish waste. The project will research sources of fish waste to determine volume and availability in US metro areas and states.