How Profound Works in a University Setting

Profound is a premier business intelligence solution with more than one million market research reports from hundreds of global publishers. The platform allows users to stretch their research budgets by purchasing individual sections — such as chapters, tables, and charts — rather than having to buy full reports. 

Profound is used by many well-known consulting firms and banks, but it’s also a tool that’s helpful for students who need access to market research. 

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How This MIT Student Conducted Market Research for a Startup Idea

Is there a real market for my product or service? If so, how big is the need? Will customers actually buy what I plan to offer? Entrepreneurs face these critical questions every day.

Topics: Academic Market Research Strategy Market Research Provider How To's Academic Scholarship Winner Announced Academic is dedicated to helping the next generation of market researchers. In 2017, Academic offered a scholarship to a student who displayed a strong interest in the field of market research. We congratulate the accomplished student who won the award: Abbey Froehlich, a senior majoring in marketing at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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The Power of Market Research: One MBA Student’s Story

Having access to the right market research can dramatically impact the trajectory of a student’s career — giving the student the resources to ace projects, impress prospective employers, and land new job opportunities at highly sought-after companies.

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How Academic Benefits Students

In our last blog post, we interviewed David Featherstone, M.S., Ph.D., professor of biological sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, to hear his perspective on the value of market research in a university setting. According to Dr. Featherstone, market research reports are a useful tool that can help demonstrate the practical applications of scientific knowledge.

When students learn how scientific research is being used in different industries, Dr. Featherstone said, they can start to think outside the box when it comes to future career opportunities. They’ll also be more empowered to pursue lifelong learning opportunities and be cognizant of the resources that real-world professionals use every day.

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The Value of Market Research in a University Setting

According to The New York Times, 65 percent of today's grade-school students may end up working in jobs that have not been invented yet. Preparing students to succeed in a rapidly shifting economy is an ongoing challenge for many educators.

David Featherstone, M.S., Ph.D., professor of biological sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, believes that market research reports are an important tool to help expose undergraduate students to innovative, tech-based career opportunities.

“Most of my students are pre-health," explained Dr. Featherstone. "They are planning to become doctors, dentists or pharmacists. I wanted to make sure my students are aware of less traditional job opportunities that they might not know about.”

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The Kenan Institute at UNC Uses Profound to Aid Start-Ups

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina supports entrepreneurial development and job creation in regions across the state. Through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Kenan Institute recently launched Technology Commercialization Carolina, a new initiative that promotes tech-based start-ups.

To drive business innovation and promote economic growth, the Kenan Institute provides research services to UNC faculty and a diverse client base across a wide array of industries. The Kenan Institute creates custom analytical reports for entrepreneurs who need current market data to develop business plans and secure funding. Although the Kenan Institute has access to a robust university library system, its staff needed a wider breadth of market research.

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How Became an Industry Leader: Part II

In yesterday’s post, we interviewed Founder and CEO Rob Granader to find out what distinguishes from other business intelligence providers. We delved into’s new business strategy and explored its unique mix of innovative market research solutions.

Today, we continue our discussion with Rob and highlight several other attributes that help shape’s company culture and the overall customer experience.

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How Became an Industry Leader: Part I

The ups and downs of the world economy clashed and converged with the growth of — since its start at the end of the dot com bubble in 2001. has weathered a series of economic storms including the tech bubble, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the Great Recession of 2009. Many of these downturns occurred at pivotal moments in the company’s history. Most pronounced, soon after finalized a large acquisition focused on the financial services market, the world’s banks went into a nosedive.

Despite these challenges, has become the leading provider of global market intelligence products and services, which are used by more than 5,000 companies a year and 89 percent of the Fortune 1000.

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The Rise of Start-Up Incubators at Universities

Many entrepreneurs hope to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. But even with an innovative idea, it’s difficult to launch a successful enterprise on your own. That’s where start-up incubators come in — these innovative programs offer would-be entrepreneurs expert advice, community support, and access to an influential network.

Some well-known start-up incubators are private, while others are sponsored by universities. About 32 percent of North American business incubators are run by academic institutions, according to the International Business Innovation Association.

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