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Survey for Manufacturers
Thank You For Your Time.
1. What is your interest level in supplying start-up companies with the following services?
Not very interested
Somewhat interested
Fairly interested
Very interested
Extremely interested
Prototype creation
Short-run/beta production
Long-run production
2. If you make a prototype for a start-up, how important is it that it may result in production work?
Not very important
Somewhat important
Fairly important
Very important
Extremely important
3. How important are each of the following capabilities to your business?
Not offerred
Not very important
Somewhat important
Fairly important
Very important
Extremely important
Engineering services
Plastic injection molding
Plastic extruding
Machining
Sheet metal fabrication
Punching & stamping
Cut & sew
Finishing
Heat treating
Subassembly
Electronics
3D printing
Final assembly & testing
4. Which statement best represents the type of engineering support you find startups needing?
Please choose only 1
Required
5. At what stage of development would you like a start-up to approach you?
Please check your top 2 choices
Required
6. Please indicate the importance for a start-up to tell you about each of the following prior to an initial meeting.
Not very important
Somewhat important
Fairly important
Very important
Extremely important
Their manufacturing goals
Size of their company
Product specifications: materials & volume
Picture of past prototypes (minimal specifications)
Their timing needs
Their budget/ability to pay
All of the above
Nothing - Everything can be covered at first meeting
7. Please indicate the two most productive ways you currently use to identify start-ups to be potential customers.
Please check your top 2 choices
Required
8. Please indicate your interest in participating in each of the following ways to identify start-ups as potential customers.
Not very interested
Somewhat interested
Fairly interested
Very interested
Extremely interested
Database of start-ups with needs listed
Yelp type review with client reviews
Trade show or workshop
Networking event
Manufacturer-sponsored event
Personal match-up service
9. Which range best represents the number of occurrences per year for each?
0
1-5
6-10
11-15
15+
Over 100
Begin a new project discussion with start-ups
Quote on start-up project
Complete a start-up project and get paid
10. How important are each of the following factors in the ability of a manufacturer to attract business from start-ups?
Not very important
Somewhat important
Fairly important
Very important
Extremely important
Speed of delivery
Broad range of manufacturing capabilities
Quality
Price
Engineering
Advice on manufacturability
Prototyping and/or short-run
Long term high volume production
Assembly
Shipping and/or warehousing
11. Please rank how you determine the credit worthiness and/or working reputation of a start-up prior to accepting a project/order.
Not very important
Somewhat important
Fairly important
Very important
Extremely important
Referral
References
Credit check
Payment in advance
Internet search for articles on company
Impression from start-up's website
Internet search of owner's background
12. How often do you find that a startup desires a mentoring relationship?
Not very often
Somewhat often
Fairly often
Very often
Extremely often
13. Please indicate the importance of each item on your definition of a desirable client/project.
Not very important
Somewhat important
Fairly important
Very important
Extremely important
Design/engineering thoroughly complete
Number of prototypes needed
Dollar value of current order
Long-term potential of product and/or company
Company health: confidence in ability to pay
14. Please rank each item as it relates to your reasons for working with start-ups.
Not very interested
Somewhat interested
Fairly interested
Very interested
Extremely interested
Potential short-term revenue generation
Potential long-term revenue generation
Exposure to new markets
Exposure to talent that may be a good future contact
Challenge that keeps my company current
Fun to help others
15. Do you have any suggestions for ways to enhance your chance of success in working with start-ups?
Your answer
16. When was your company founded?
(Month / Year)
MM
/
DD
/
YYYY
17. Which range includes the approximate annual revenue of your company?
This includes all sources: i.e. grants, personal investments, etc.
18. Which range includes the approximate number of full-time employees at your company?
Including interns
Under 10 people
10-19
20-39
40-69
70-100
Over 100
19. Would you be interested in a discussion on ways to automate your business? If so, which appeals to you?
Not very interested
Somewhat interested
Fairly interested
Very interested
Extremely interested
1:1 consultation
Seminar on automation
Joining a newsletter list
20. Would you like to be considered for a beta test where you will be provided a service that will provide search and introduction to suppliers/resources targeted to satisfy your desired capability or technology request? If so, please include your company name, key contact, email, phone & website.
Your answer
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