As researchers today, we face greater expectations than ever that our research should contribute to the benefit of society.
There are, of course, a number of different ways in which we can disseminate our research. Some researchers may see the potential in starting a company of their own based on a product or service derived from their research. Others may want to license their research to an established company, or start a consultancy firm based on the knowledge gained from research. Some may even find an opportunity to launch a social project that will create valuable benefits for society.
Traditionally, to develop and commercialize ideas has not been an obvious career path for researchers. However, over the last couple of years we have seen an increased interest among researchers to understand and engage in entrepreneurial thinking and acting. Due to the increase in demand, Lund University now offers a course on how to commercialize your research to all PhD candidates at the University. The course will run during the spring semester in 2016.
Aim of course
The course aims at giving the participants an introduction to entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization of research. Participants learn and develop their research towards commercialization through lectures and by working in practice with different kinds of tools. The course is focused on the entrepreneurial process, and will cover topics such as opportunity recognition, business modelling, market analysis, intellectual property rights, financing, and growth. It is an excellent opportunity for a PhD candidate to evaluate any considerations of entrepreneurship as a future career path, but also a very useful foundation when planning to venture into a business of your own.
The course will commence in spring 2016, the course includes six full day seminars, which run between March and May 2016. During the course you will work on the commercialization of your own research project.
Some of the material from the seminars will be published on our website. You will be able to find the material in the list below.
Seminar 1, Introduction
Seminar 2, Business models and the business plan
Seminar 3, Market Analysis