The National Innovation Marketplace (NIM) is a collection of databases that contain information to facilitate connections between technology requestors (OEMs) and potential suppliers to encourage technology translation and adoption, and to estimate business growth potential. The NIM, in conjunction with the human network of manufacturing specialists at DVIRC and other MEPs is building technology-based supplier networks that include innovative manufacturers.
Using the NIM, MEP translates emerging technologies nto business applications, market opportunities, and new products and processes. What makes the NIM unique is that – instead of listing patents – emerging technologies are translated into easy-to-understand product concepts complete with independent sales forecasts. Businesses can then use this input to respond to buying requests.