As a PhD student you are working on groundbreaking research and you see opportunities to transfer your research project into solutions for real societal problems. It might be worthwhile to investigate the market potential of your research project, but where to start? And can you do it on your own, or do you need help? And if so, what help and from who?
In this workshop you will experience some of the first steps of being an entrepreneur. We will discuss the support that is available at the Utrecht Science Park, pitfalls of entrepreneurs, you will pitch your idea or research project and you will experience some of the difficulties you will have to face as an entrepreneur!
PhD researchers who want to investigate the opportunities to become an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial researchers. Participants should be interested in investigating market potential of a business idea, research project and should be curious about the first steps.
The workshops gives you insight in the struggles of an entrepreneur, let’s you practice with business models and with communicating this towards others.
Paul Tuinenburg graduated from the innovation sciences master in 2012 and immediately started his company IDfuse which helps researchers with making a societal impact with their research. Next to IDfuse he started Impacter, a company that develops software tools that helps researching with their impact chapter in the process when applying for funds.
With IDfuse, Paul helped the Utrecht Science Park to develop several programs for researchers that are interested in commercialization like the Science Venture program and the Facility Track. He coached several international entrepreneurship programs for PhD’s throughout Europe, supported researchers in writing their first business plans and trained hundreds of researchers in exploring possibilities for creating societal impact.