In manufacturing, the success of your startup will depend on your access to capital, the skills you have and whether there is a viable market for your product, writes Henk Koopmans. It may be a good idea to work with a design and manufacturing partner to manage some of the challenges that come with starting up, Koopmans writes. This partner "will bring all their manufacturing experience and expertise to bear on the development so that the transition from pilot to volume production is a smooth one," he writes.

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