Ready to Start - What to expect if you start a science based company (UtrechtInc)

Target audience

This course is most valuable to PhD candidates in the middle or at the end of their PhD track, as you will apply what you learn during this course to the results and skills you have acquired during your own PhD tract. Also welcome are postdocs, (senior) researchers and anyone who is involved/interested in creating more impact with research.

Course description

Explore how you could make an impact with your research by starting a company. This is a four-week, free, online, evening course for researchers in Utrecht to get a sneak peek into the entrepreneurial world.

You don’t need to have your own startup idea to join this course. It’s enough if you are curious about commercializing your research. We do ask you to keep a research project in mind to use as a thought experiment for the exercises.

This course is offered to you by UtrechtInc, the startup incubator of UU and UMC Utrecht. 

Learning objectives

  • Is entrepreneurship something for me?
  • How do I transfer the IP of my research into a new company?
  • Can I combine an academic career with entrepreneurship?
  • What options do I have to start my own company?
  • What can I expect from the entrepreneurial journey?
  • What is a startup?
  • How can an incubator help me?
  • What about grants and subsidies?
  • Where do I look for team members?
  • What roles could I take in a startup team?

Instructional method

There are two online sessions per week. Every Monday from 20.00-21.00 there will be an online expert session and on Wednesday from 20.00-21.00, we will have an optional online progress session. During the last week of the course, we will also have an online graduation day, on the 10th of March from 15.00-17.00.


You will be trained by one of the professionals of Utrechtinc  the startup incubator of UU and UMC Utrecht. 

Course schedule

DayDateStart timeEnd timeSession 
Mon13-02-202320:0021:00Online kick off
Wed15-02-202320:0021:00Optional online progress session 
Mon20-02-202320:0021:00Users and competitors
Wed22-02-202320:0021:00Optional online progress session 
Mon27-02-202320:0021:00No sessions this week due to school holidays
Mon06-03-202320:0021:00Minimal viable product and team
Wed08-03-202320:0021:00Optional online progress session 
Mon13-03-202320:0021:00One pager / pitching 
Fr17-03-202320:0021:00Online graduation event 

Group size

Min 8 participants

Study load

The course will take you 4-8 hours a week, including online sessions, some assignments, brainstorming and researching.

More information and registration

You can register here.
If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to

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End date and time
Entrance fee
This course is free for employees of Utrecht Knowledge institutes, like: Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht, Wilhelmina Kinderziekenhuis, Prinses Máxima Centrum, Hubrecht Institute or Hogeschool Utrecht.

To register for this course, please register here. Application deadline is February 9th. 

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Lina @ UtrechtInc