APS has recently created a strategic agreement with Fortnight Solutions, a company that matches engineering problems with leads for their solutions using its network of experts. The agreement allows the Society's members to use the Fortnight's services at a discount and join its network of experts free of charge.
Fortnight Solutions is a network of science and engineering experts that helps technology companies locate solutions, products, and services. Technology companies that have a manufacturing or development problem can hire Fortnight, which refers the problem to its network of experts. Clients may be looking for specific expertise, a product, process, or service.
Experts with a suggested solution submit a brief description of their proposal. Fortnight then presents the most promising of those leads to the client, who can then select the most suitable ones to pursue.
Fortnight's fee structure is incremental and tailored to the scope of the problem and individual client's needs. Due to the cooperative agreement between APS and Fortnight, APS members, and companies that have an APS member as an employee, can now receive a discount of $750 on each of their first two uses of Fortnight's services of at least $5,000.
“I'm very excited about this agreement because I think it will be a great benefit to industrial members, especially those in small companies,” says Judy Franz, APS Executive Officer. Companies often don't have the resources or time to develop a solution in house, and the Fortnight network can help them quickly find a solution.
APS members can now join the Fortnight expert network for free (normally a $25 fee applies). Experts are paid about $250 for each lead they send in that Fortnight submits to the client, and have the opportunity to earn more if the client decides to pursue the lead further. Submitting a lead often takes only a few minutes.
Fortnight limits the number of emails sent to experts, so they will not be overwhelmed with requests. The company operates with strict confidentiality and internet security protocols. Experts and clients are kept anonymous; an expert's contact information would only be provided to the client with explicit, specific permission.
More information about Fortnight Solutions can be found at its website, at www.fortnight-solutions.com
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