As CAP (Consulting Abroad Project) Sweden participants, we had the opportunity to engage in projects that truly entail experiential learning. Team Envac was involved with the client right at the beginning, scoping-out the required work, until the end, presenting the results of the consulting engagement. While each team member had a set of professional skills different than the others, we had various opportunities to interact with industry experts both prior to and after our arrival to Sweden.
Connecting us with industry experts who possess hands-on experiences in clean technology and other relevant sectors was very essential to ensure that were heading in the right direction. Professor Anna Helm, invited panelists who demonstrated a variety of expertise including, but not limited to, renewable energy investment, consulting and financing and intellectual property rights and patents. They also represented various companies and organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy, Export-Import Bank, Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC). All speakers and panelists provided valuable insights on our projects based on their knowledge and experiences. For instance, we received feedback from a board member at SACC about some possible challenges that our Swedish clients could face when stepping into U.S. markets. We also received thoughts, from a consultant for clean tech companies, about some possible ways of obtaining loans and financial grants. In Sweden, we visited several companies and organizations that have similarities with and/or relevance to our clients. One organization, for example, was VafabMiljö, which processes waste further in an environmentally responsible manner. We factored all relevant thoughts into our research, which were very valuable to the comprehensiveness of our report.
After the inception of the project, we agreed with our client to have conference calls regularly. On a weekly basis, each team member sends any inquiries to the team’s communication officer, who compiles and forwards them to the client prior to the conference call. Our client in turn, provided responses that in some instances had us shift our direction to use another approach. This way we kept improving our market research and analysis towards recommending sound U.S. market expansion strategies.