You have a great idea for renewal or innovation within your company. How do you make sure your idea becomes reality? A prototype will give you a good idea of how your idea will develop. But what is a prototype?

When developing new ideas, a prototype is often used. In this blog, we will explain exactly what a prototype is, what you can do with it and what the next steps might be.

Do you want to innovate and have your idea developed in collaboration with Beeliners? We would love to help you! Feel free to drop by for a cup of coffee and we will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.

What is a prototype?

When it comes to innovating, you hear the term prototype come up with some regularity. A prototype is a kind of trial version of your product.

Once you have designed a product, you will naturally want to develop it. Before scaling up your product, you will develop a first version to see if your product actually does what you expected it to do. This first copy is a prototype that you can present to the board of an innovation company, for example.

Different departments can thus have a good look at and assess your prototype. Plans can already be made for marketing your product, for example.

What is a prototype?

What can you do with a prototype?

A prototype is a test version of your product. This also means that you cannot do very much with your prototype yet. A prototype is mainly intended to test what your product is suitable for and where improvements are needed.

Do you want to make a good prototype (or have one made)? Then four insights are very important:

  1. You need to have a good understanding of what prototyping is good for.
  2. You need to know that a prototype can be very versatile. Basically, any product can have a prototype. Even digital products like applications.
  3. A prototype should be easy to apply.
  4. You must know what you are going to use a prototype for.

Follow-up steps

In the case of innovation, prototyping is more of a test than in other business areas. You can use your prototype to check and verify the technology and software to make sure that you bring a working product to the market.

Is your prototype approved? Then you can start working on the next steps. Of course, you would ideally like to scale up and sell your product. When you have a business idea, your prototype will be checked by various departments within your company. These departments may still come up with feedback for possible improvements.

Working on your innovation together with Beeliners

Do you have a good idea for a product, service, process or technological innovation? And would you like to develop your idea in collaboration with Beeliners? We would love to help you! Feel free to drop by for a cup of coffee and we will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.

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