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Research-Based Business: Introduction to Commercialization and Entrepreneurship for Academics

Are you a PhD/ post-Doc interested in the business side of research? This course is designed to give you an idea of patents, licenses and academic spin-outs.

Target group
Postdoctoral researcher
PhD candidate
Training course

Please note: dates for 2021 will be announced soon ­


Are you a PhD/ post-Doc interested in the business side of research? In 4 evening sessions, you are introduced to techniques that can be used to create commercial value through academic research projects, such as the challenges associated with entrepreneurship, patents, technology transfer and technology strategy. Moreover, classroom interviews with entrepreneurs who started a research-based business will show you that it can be done.

For whom

PhD and Postdoc from Leiden University and LUMC

Topics covered

Session 1: Research-based Business and Entrepreneurship
Session 2: Patents
Session 3: Science vs Business
Session 4 Technology Strategy

What you'll learn

After attending the course academic entrepreneurship participants develop an understanding of:

  • What it takes to run a new venture and why research-based business is different;
  • The basics of knowledge transfer and the principles of patenting;
  • How two key aspects of a technology determine its commercialization potential;
  • Insightful failures and success stories of academic entrepreneurs.


Participants are expected to have English language skills at level B2+ or higher in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


The workload for this course amounts to 16 hours including attendance and preparation.

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