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Entrepreneurship as a career prospect for postdocs

How do you picture your career?

Target group
Postdoctoral researcher
Ian Nicoud  (Investment Manager) Sara Cigna  (Senior Business Developer) Charlie Wulff

Do you want pursue an academic career or are you not sure? It is important to start thinking about next steps in your career on time. Leiden University wants to support you in this process by organizing a career orientation workshop for postdocs on Tuesday 14 May 9.00  - 12.00 at PLNT.

The primary goal of the workshop is to become aware of entrepreneurship as a career prospect and to understand what it entails. During this interactive session you will:

  • Learn about the entrepreneurial roadmap and different phases of an innovative startup.
  • Explore the overlap and contrast between behaviours and ways of thinking of scientists and entrepreneurs.
  • Discuss how scientists can benefit from an entrepreneurial mindset, as well as the added value of a scientific background for entrepreneurs.
  • Learn about the steps scientists need to take when transitioning from research to entrepreneurship and how PLNT, LEH, Luris and other organizations can support you in this transition.

We invite you to use this opportunity to explore career opportunities beyond academia.

Questions about the workshop organisation? Please contact HR L&D (hrmopleidingen@bb.leidenuniv.nl). For questions about entrepreneurship, please contact LEH (Ian Nicoud i.b.nicoud@bb.leidenuniv.nl), Luris (Sara Cigna s.m.cigna@luris.nl) or PLNT (Charlie Wulff charlie@plnt.nl).


HR Learning & Development
HR Learning & Development offers a range of training, courses and professional career guidance services. Currently early career researchers are able to request a consultation session with career coaches, or participate in the courses Job Orientation and Job Search skills. Here you can find a complete overview of our course offer. We also recommend taking a look at the Career Platform of Leiden University.

Libertatis Ergo Holding (LEH)
LEH is a pivotal part of Leiden University's entrepreneurial ecosystem. LEH's mission is to advance the impact of the University’s activities by supporting entrepreneurs, investing in start-up and spin-out companies, and in entrepreneurship education programs which bring research and innovation to the market to the benefit of society and the economy. Get inspired by our portfolio companies at libertatisergo.com.

PLNT is the Leiden Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We support (aspiring) entrepreneurs in turning their innovative ideas and research into validated business propositions, and help them bring these to market. We achieve this through our startup programs and our community of entrepreneurs, investors, service partners and mentors. Learn more at plnt.nl or at our weekly community drinks on Thursdays 17:00 – 19:00.

Luris connects academics of Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center with the market and society at large in order to make the most of their scientific knowledge. Luris does this by creating essential connections with societal partners, streamlining interactions and transactions both strategically and legally, and making valuable knowledge available to everyone within Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center. They provide valuable advice on protecting research results and dealing with intellectual property rights, collaboration and licensing to third parties, and legal contracting support. Visit luris.nl for more details.

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