Feasibility study services

Depending on the Client's needs, EnCata does a narrowly focused market feasibility study to help identify the competition in the market, or conduct a feasibility analysis of the Client's idea. Business feasibility study helps to determine the viability of the project.

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Business feasibility studies with Encata is worth it

EnCata specialized in hardware product development. Our approach to testing business ideas is different from feasibility study companies. We match business goals with our understanding of the manufacturing requirements. In order to verify whether the product concept and technical level meet the market expectations and the Client's business model,we provide feasibility study consulting including financial and economic parts. Using such an in-depth process helps to determine the factors that will lead a project to success or failure.


60+ Engineers

We act as your extended R&D team which is faster than hiring engineers locally. The breadth of our technical expertise is unique.

Development Speed

Our dedicated team is ready to scale up quickly. We utilize AGILE lean development process that leads to 30-50% faster delivery.

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Cost-effectiveness

Our development location enables us to be cost-effective and deliver premium R&D and engineering services at 1/3 of the price compared to that of in N-W Europe and USA.

Design Engineering

An engineering approach to the Feasibility study

The technical analysis of a business idea or new product influences all other stages of development. EnCata’s feasibility study consultants help with technical analysis including financial and economic feasibility regardless of the stage of the business development. It means we work with already produced products or even with new product ideas. 


We provide feasibility study consulting, which performs several tasks:

1. examines the conceptual solution chosen by the Client from the perspective of end-user benefits;
2. clarifies product requirements on the basis of user experience and translates them into technical requirements;
3. allows you to assess the technical level of the product idea and make the device concept;
4. provides information on the viability of the business.

Industrial Design

The industrial design of a new product must be appealing and user-friendly. Industrial design must sell. Often we get projects with a design that makes the product uncompetitive in price in its market segment. The business feasibility study helps find a balance, and gives guidelines and limitations for industrial design. This stage does not override design studies or focus groups, it provides information on how decisions made can affect the development and production process. EnCata is one of few companies providing services in this sphere.

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Mechanical Engineering

Functional and structural analysis at the feasibility study stage allows you to get rid of redundancy. It helps to decide which functions are useful and necessary for the user. As a result, it will help develop a competitive product. Only the parts that perform these functions will be left in the manufacturing process. This can shorten the development time and reduce risks. Also, product development is directly related to the Client's business model. It is important that their lifecycle corresponds to it.

Enclosure Design

Most modern products have electronics that need to be protected by enclosures. User interaction with the device is another important function of the enclosure.  It often happens that at different stages of the product lifecycle, it needs different enclosures made with different technologies. Sometimes, it is possible to start sales with a standard enclosure of the device. This decision should be made based on an analysis of the product, business model, user expectations, and manufacturing capabilities - something EnCata's feasibility study consultants can be connected to.

Proof-of-Concept Prototyping

By performing a feasibility report we get a roadmap of prototypes. We determine at what stage of the development and in which prototype we will test certain functions or technologies. Of course, in the process of development, something may change, but we will at least have a reference point. The feasibility economic assessment of a project gives us an introduction to what function is the main part in the product and what technology is needed to provide it. This is what will be put into the First Prototype - Proof-of-Concept. 

Mold Manufacturing & Tooling

Sometimes our Clients turn to us with an already developed product and with several prototypes. However, they can not start selling because of the very high cost of molds and other tooling. In such cases, we deal with the consequences of a poorly executed Feasibility Study. At the very beginning of a development, it is very important to estimate the capital investment to start mass production and sales, or to determine the limit at which a business is possible. This will be a very important constraint for manufacturers.

Manufacturing Support & Sourcing

The technical feasibility report provides information that can draw the Client's attention to thinking about how he or she can organize a mass production. We study how different approaches will affect the business profitability and cash flow. The choice of location for mass production depends on it. In general, such information can be useful when looking for investments and preparing business plans, since producing one-off prototypes is not the same as starting mass production.

Design Engineering

EnCata provides feasibility analysis consulting to avoid project difficulties in the future

It is important to have a full understanding of how a certain feature or design solution will affect the product competitiveness. Testing by real users is the best way to find the answers. Hardware products have a long time-to-market cycle. For this reason, it is difficult to understand how the first version of your product should look like, how the selected technologies will affect the development and manufacturing costs of this first batch. Technical analysis at the beginning helps to build the product roadmap, but it does not cancel out communication with end users, analysis of competitors, or building business models.

For a product team, the simplest and most valuable result after the technical feasibility study consulting can be the list of components, their costs and time of delivery. When we create a device concept, we tie together all the features, requirements and business limitations of the new product. This allows us to formulate top-level requirements for standard components: motors, batteries, piping, screens, communication modules. Sometimes, it may turn out that a very powerful and expensive motor must be used to achieve the desired speed, or that it takes a lot of energy to transmit data over the desired distance. This can make the battery heavy and expensive. The project team can then start adjusting their expectations from the product or business strategy. The team will be provided with the valuable data even before the design stage or prototyping.

Product Development Technology Stack

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User stories
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Business Model Canvas
Financial modeling

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Procurement analysis
Competitor analysis

Patent search
Value engineering

Custom electronics design

Technical benchmarking
Supply chain analysis

Engagement Models

We focus on the entire product/service lifecycle, from concept to implementation to market launch.  EnCata’s knowledge, resources and innovation development expertise allow our Clients to develop and expand their businesses faster and leaner.

Some hardware Projects we delivered

Work that highlights the incredible technologies, solutions, and products EnCata developed.

Industries We serve

Our hardware engineers are focus on the entire product/service lifecycle, from concept to implementation to market launch.  EnCata’s knowledge, resources and innovation development expertise allow our Clients to develop and expand their businesses faster and leaner.

FAQ related to Product development

IP ownership when working with EnCata

When working with our clients we sign a contract where all the intellectual property to be generated during the R&D and engineering development belongs to the customer.

Do you sign NDAs?

Yes. As a highly professional design and engineering firm, we make sure that all discussions with our clients and all information regarding your invention, idea and other proprietary information are kept confidential.

How do I make sure EnCata does not "steal" my idea?

Aside from being a reputable company which does not steal ideas, EnCata's entire business model is based on delivering premium R&D, design and industrial prototyping services to our clients. As soon as we stole one client’s idea, our entire business would be ruined. Also, as we are not contract manufacturers (OEM or ODM), we wouldn’t be able to benefit from a stolen idea even if we wanted to.  This is definitely not a worry for our clients.

Patent or Develop first?

We follow a LEAN approach in product and business development and thus we strongly recommend patent filings only after you are  at least part-way through development. This is because patenting is expensive and early patents can already become obsolete or irrelevant later in the development phase. Typically, EnCata's work generates many patentable opportunities for our clients  and the best strategy is to file patents at TRL-7, i.e. when early beta prototype is ready and when a startup is ready to start batch production and marketing.

There is, however, another strategy, which is to use provisional patents which can be loose and are not to be disclosed to the public for 18 months. These are much less expensive and time consuming, generally costing below $500. EnCata will always sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and keep your intellectual property confidential during the development phase and then we can recommend several third-party patent attorneys when the time is right.

Can EnCata consult me or help me with my existing design?

Whether you need to validate, evaluate or review your design, concept, 3D model, BOM or drawings, our experienced manufacturing, mechanical and electronics engineers are ready to help.

EnCata’s engineering consultancy service will allow you to critically reassess your project and help reach your goals while keeping the process cost-effective. To read more about the TRL and learn why it is useful, please procees to our blog.

What are typical project EnCata engaged with?

EnCata develops integrated Hardware and Software solutions for a variety of industries. We are engaged in multiple domains like IoT, robotics, medTech and IoMT, aerospace, agriculture, consumer products and many others. It is possible to work with such a wide variety of industries because we have multidomain expertise and utilize a cross-disciplinary product development approach.

I would like to do prototyping myself. Is it possible with EnCata?

Generally speaking, we do not allow clients to work on EnCata's manufacturing premises.

What does work, however, is that EnCata can manufacture prototype parts and the startup team can assemble thea prototype in our MakeIT Center hackerspace.  Alternatively, the startup can design and build the prototype themselves in our hackerspace.  We operate this free-access space in Minsk and we are currently working on expanding a hackerspace network worldwide.

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