The FSA Research Project is an excellent opportunity to provide answers to your business questions. We deliver tailor made professional consultancy services and research reports for companies with international aspirations. As the FSA operates on a non-profit basis, company specific research can be conducted at a competitive price. The quality is guaranteed by years of experience, the careful selection of the researchers, seminars and language courses from knowledgeable experts, and guidance by the best professors the city of Amsterdam has to offer.
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The Financial Study Association of Amsterdam is one of the largest associations for financial and economic oriented students with over 4200 members. The FSA serves as intermediary between students and companies by organizing 17 different projects in the areas of Accounting, Banking & Finance, Consultancy and Investments. For more information please visit: www.fsa.nl
We worked with two students and implemented together an action plan, one meeting being organized in France and another one in Vietnam. The report they supplied gives us a vision of the economy itself, the way of making business with local actors. It gives us also an analysis of our sector of activity, with potential companies and partners we could start the discussions with. I already made one trip and shall make a second one in January based on those contacts. This is a very good base to start a prospection, I recommend it.
2015 Vietnam, Ludovic Desmarchelier: International Development Manager DIETAL
De Heus always keeps the customers’ needs or those of the sector in mind whilst constantly investing in knowledge, innovation and quality and by knowing what is important to them. In light of this philosophy we were happy to give young, intelligent and highly motivated students the opportunity to conduct a market research for De Heus Vietnam. Even though the De Heus environment (animal nutrition) is a complete different industry than they were familiar with, the two students were flexible, eager to learn and quickly managed to understand what the world of a farmer looks like in order to understand their needs. After five weeks of intensive field research they managed to deliver a profound structured and detailed report. Their research has confirmed some of our expectations, but also has given us new insights. New insights that will be of great value for the further development and implementation of De Heus’ digital strategy!
2015 Vietnam, Gabor Fluit: General Director De Heus
REDOX is a manufacturer of virtually all wastewater treatment equipment and systems. In 2009, REDOX asked students of the FSA Research Project to make stocktaking of the Argentine water market. Besides this, the students identified several potential partners for REDOX. Of which finally one was chosen, who still today functions as our agent for the Argentine water market. "The FSA approached the market research very thorough, in addition they made use of all the relevant resources. Through regular consultations the research was done efficiently and in a relatively short timespan. We experienced this collaboration as very pleasant and we would like to participate in a follow-up study and/or consider conveying research in another country for our Solid Waste Recycling business unit."
2009 Argentina, John Luppens: Area Manager REFOX Water & Recycling Technology
As a global bank that values sustainability very strongly, Rabobank emphases on financing renewable energy projects worldwide. The departments of Clean Tech Research and Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Finance Americas (New York) commissioned for the FSA researchers to explore the Chilean renewable energy market and map out the potential opportunities of this market and come with an advise. "Rabobank was very pleased with the extensive research that was done and the wellfounded advice the students came up with. We have experienced the collaboration with these students as very positive and approached the students at a later stage for a similar project in another country."
2009 Argentina, Marcel Veltrop: Vice President REIF New York; Rabobank International
In 2009 a research team of the FSA research project explored our opportunities regarding the market for: milking machines, electronics for milking machines and cooling equipment in Argentina. "We were very impressed by the degree professionalism of both the researchers and the end-report. In addition, the researchers picked up the specifics of our products and our industry very rapidly. Furthermore, it was also appreciated that the researchers maintained good contact during this period and sent regular updates of their progress. This was especially important in this case, due to the fact that besides our own company (Fusion Electronics) there were also parties involved in Belgium (Packo Inox) as well as England (Fullwood Ltd.)."
2009 Argentina, Fusion Electronics; Packo Inox; Fullwood Ltd., Fusion Electronics; Packo Inox; Fullwood Ltd.
In 2011 two students went to South Africa where we, at that time, just started a joint venture with a local stem cell bank. In 2012 two students went to India where we are in business since 2008, but with a performance behind expectations. I was very satisfied with the outcome of these projects. The students prepared themselves very well in the Netherlands (the desk research phase), and showed that they were mature and professional enough to do their field work locally, not always under easy circumstances in India and South Africa as you will understand. Also confidentiality was fully understood by them. I managed these projects from my office in the Netherlands, but they frequently informed me on progress. They presented their findings to local management and me verbally and in writing. This FSA project is set up in such a professional way, run by very motivated and capable students, I really recommend everybody to give these students the chance to do research for any other company.
2012 India & 2011 South Africa, Arnoud van Tulder: Chief Executive Officer Cryo-Save Group N.V.
The research conducted by the student consultants elaborated on market potential for ready-to-eat soy based meals in the Indian retail- and quick service restaurant sectors. The vast majority of the Indian population consists of strict vegetarians. Bearing this in mind the students discovered opportunities and bottlenecks for or my products. Moreover they paved a way for a entrance strategy by gaining fruitful contacts in the top-segment of these sectors. I am pleased with the result that the FSA students have achieved. Their end conclusions and advice were very helpful, they lowered the entrance barrier for me and helped me to start first negotiations with Indian partners.
2012 India, Schouten Europe B.V.
To make sure a highly motivated and well differentiated team is formed, both the committee and project participants are carefully selected. Academic results, field of study, relevant work and extracurricular experience among others are evaluated during the selection process.
F.l.t.r. Alex Moonen, Kim van de Geest, Willemine de With, Emma Haccou, Zico Lecluse en Simone Korrel
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