Previous events

 

  • October - December 2017 - Create and test your business model

Lean LaunchPad 5 workshops

Objective: The objective is to develop start-up/spin out teams that have a strong understanding of how their product or service meets the needs of their Customer base. Within the Lean Launchpad process, this is described as product-market fit and is achieved through the use of Customer Discovery (External Interviews conducted to validate assumptions).

Description: The course works on the basis of a continuous process of interviews to validate assumptions listed in the Business Model Canvas. The course starts from the assumption that the canvas is initially completed with hypotheses related to Customer Segments and the Value Proposition. The rest of the BMC is addressed throughout the course.Lean LaunchPad is a lean way to develop business models.

Gains and outcome: 

  • You get to create and test business models for your idea
  • Learn how to use the Business Model Canvas (BMC)
  • Get insight in potential customers, users, collaborators etc.
  • Get feedback from instructors, industry and investors on your idea and business model

 

Dates: 24 October, 31 October, 14 November, 28 November, 11 December, all days from 13.00 to 16.00 (16.30 on 11th of December)

  

  • 12th October 2017 - Approaching your stakeholders

Who are the most important stakeholders, potential project partners or end-users of your research and inventions? During the workshop you will get tools for indentifying and understanding your key stakeholders. 

You will obtain hands on training and tips on how to

- contact and approach your target group

- recruit them and engage them in customer discovery

- conduct interviews, observations, user tests and immersions

- validate your insights and present them 

 

  • 5 October 2017 - Business Modelling

For many new researchers, the language of business can somethimes seem remote. Every company will present and discuss their Business Model or Value Proposition – but what do these terms mean? Why do companies focus on risk and value creation?

The Business Modelling workshop provides PhDs and Postdocs with an opportunity to learn what a Business Model is. In addition, we will cover how a research group could design a start-up company to commercialise an invention from their research. We will introduce you to the Business Model Canvas concept and explain why you should do hypothesis testing. If after this workshop you want to test your business idea then join Lean Launchpad – From idea to business.

 

  • 27th September 2017 - Collaboration Planning 

Collaboration planning is a skill set that can be learned. Come and join Collaboration Planning workshop, where you have an opportunity to interact with Industrial Post-docs from Novo Nordisk. The workshop offers a simple process on how to build relationships, plan projects and proceed to a signed, legal agreement. This workshop will enable you to understand why collaboration proposals fail – and how you could be the principle scientist that succeeds.

 

  • 11 September 2017 - Value in Research

Join our workshop and create an overview of: 

- What kind of value you can contribute with based on your research

- Who are the stakeholders for your future activities (potential partners, users, industry and funds)

- How to spot new applications of your expertise

During the workshop you will be guided through Research Canvas - a science communication tool, developed by iMinds, Belgium. Research Canvas captures the key elements and unique differentiators of your research. 

You will as well get tools for opportunity spotting and hands on training of creative mindset. This is done by a short introduction to The Creative Platform from Aalborg University.

 

  • 25 August 2017 - Intrapreneur or Entrepreneur 

Want to add entrepreneurial skills to your grant application or CV? Join Science for Society event and learn what is the difference between intrepreneur and entrepreneur and what kind of skills you as a researcher can obtain at Aarhus University.

Anja Pen, (PhD Student, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics) will share her experience and tell about her explorative journey as a young researcher. What steps she has taken to shape her future career and what considerations she has about business partnerships, becoming a start-up founder or a consultant.

We will introduce you to our fall workshops and new project “Open Entrepreneurship” that will connect entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs from industry with the existing research environments at the universities in Denmark, inspired by Berkeley University.

Vibeke Broe, AU Career PhD­ & JR, will present the new initiatives and career services for PhD-students, post docs, assistant professors or researchers in a tenure track positio

   

  • March – June 2017 – From idea to business

Lean Launchpad 5 workshops

Bringing any idea to market needs a business model. If you are planning to start a company, find out if your idea has the potential to be commercialized and what hypothesis needs to be tested to do so. Join and get trained into how to gather insights from your potential customers, partners and subcontractors and how to improve your business model. During the workshops you will get feedback from instructors and guest speakers. AU External Relations & Technology Transfer: Katrinebjergvej 107.      

30 March, 20 April, 4 May, 18 May, 1 June - all days from 9:00 - 12:00

 

  • 5 April 2017 - Open Office Drop by our open office, get a cup of coffee and ask your questions to legal adviser, development consultant and business developer from  AU Technology Transfer office and Science for Society team. We are ready to help you regarding: collaboration with industry invention application customer discovery IPR and patents legal agreements company building start-up creation and sideline occupation
  • 31 March 2017 - InnoBooster Talk and Value Creation Workshop Are you curious: How to create value with your research for society? How to attract funding from InnoBooster to create your own job based on your research? If so, you should join one or both of these Science for Society events - talk and workshop
  • 9 March 2017 - Who you gonna call? Interview training Are you considering to collaborate with companies, do user-research or find new partners. But how do you start reaching out and who do you call first to support your collaboration plan, business model or a start-up idea?
  • 1 March 2017 - Business model training We will introduce you to the Business Model Canvas concept and explain why you should do hypothesis testing. If after this workshop you want to test your business idea then join Lean Launchpad – From idea to business. 
  • 24 February 2017 - Entrepreneurial Friday Bar Join Venture Cup's Friday Bar and be part of a discussion about the Industry and Academia: how they work together and where do they differ. What is special for this Friday is the presence of Science for Society and Rebbls - we will play games, share experiences, exchange contacts, etc.
  • 22 February 2017 - Collaboration Planning Workshop During the event you will be introduced to the "Collaboration Planner" guide, which enables PhDs and Postdocs to communicate successfully with industry and to highlight the value of collaborative work. The Business Developers, Legal Advisor and Consultants from AU External Relations and Technology Transfer will be available for individual counselling after the workshop.
  • 9 February 2017 - Value in Research Workshop How can you communicate your research value to potential partners, users, industry and funds? During the workshop you will be guided through Research Canvas - a science communication tool, developed by iMinds, Belgium. The Research Canvas allows you to talk about your research to a broad audience of professionals; not just your fellow researchers.
  • 25 January - Get out of the building to test your business hypotheses

At this years first Science for Society inspirational talk, Fiona Linnea Bach-Gansmo, CEO and co-founder of Bioco Medico, shared her experience of participating in Lean LaunchPad training and testing business hypothesis as a research start-up.

BIOCO MEDICO is a spin-out company from Aarhus University. The company uses biological solutions to connect materials and has invented a tissue glue.

During the Lean LaunchPad training Fiona conducted a huge amount of interviews and a number of observations in real life situations where the tissue glue could potentially become an applicable product. 

Her main advice to the audience of starts-ups, PhD-students and Post Docs at the meeting was: 
“If you want to create value with your research, you have to:

get out of the building

listen louder

- gather insights about you future customers, market and potential partners

Use the insights to make your Minimum Viable Product, to clarify your focus areas and don’t expect the innovation process to be linear”.

No doubts that Fiona has gained a lot of knowledge about her potential users during the interviews and she can now apply this knowledge for improving the Bioco Medico’s future business model and next step strategy.

If you want to learn more about Bioco Medico – you can visit their website. You, too, can apply for Lean LaunchPad Spring training here.

 

  •  3 February 2017 - Help Desk

Invention application, patents, start-up creation or collaboration with industry? Come to our Help Desk and ask your questions to a legal adviser, a development consultant and a business developer from AU External Relations and Technology Transfer – no registration. Dale's Café. 9:00-12:00.

  • Fall 2016 - Lean Launchpad - Get closer to your product-market fit 

    Do you want to start your own company or you want to take your start-up to the next level and get the right feedback from your potential customers, partners and subcontractors? The course will help you to design your start-up and you will get feedback from instructors, guest speakers and co-participants. Are you curious - watch the video  and hear how our Spring 2016 Lean Launchpad participants experienced the course. watch the video

    The course consists of 7 workshops (three hours each) with possibility for individual guidance. Workshops are focused on business model design and customer discovery.

    The course has capacity for 5 teams of start-ups/ spin-outs.

    Dates of the workshops:

    1. Theme: Product market fit (value proposition and costumer segments) - 13 October
    2. Theme: Customer relationships and channels - 27 October
    3. Theme: Revenue streams and key resources - 10 November
    4. Theme: Key activities and partners - 24 November
    5. Theme: Cost structure and final presentation - 8 December

  • 10 October 2016 - Commercializing life-science

    Guest Talk “Commercializing life-science through entrepreneurship" Christina Trojel-Hansen, Investment Associate, Novo Seeds. Venue: iNANO meeting room (1590-213). Time: 11:00-12:00

    • Learn how Novo Seeds commercialise life science technologies

    OPEN TO STUDENTS & STAFF.

    WORKSHOP “Value in Research & Funding with Christina Trojel-Hansen” Venue: iNANO meeting room (1590-213). Time: 13:00-15:00

    • Meet with an investor to discuss how to communicate the value of your research in order to win funding.

    During the workshop you will be guided through Research Canvas and get feedback if your research communication is qualified from the investors point of view. The Research Canvas allows you to talk about your research to a broad audience of professionals; not just your fellow researchers. OPEN ONLY TO PHD & POSTDOCS.

  • 3 October 2016 - Who you gonna call?

    Once in a while researchers need to leave their desk and collaborate with companies, do user-research or find new partners. But how do you start the process and who do you call first to support your collaboration plan, business model or a start-up idea?. During the workshop we will offer interview technique training and help you to

    • make a draft of your target list
    • define the types of insights you need to acquire
    • design your interview guide 

     The workshop is for PhD students and post docs at Aarhus University.

  • 26 September 2016 - Business model training

    Bringing any idea to market needs a business model. Find out if your idea has the potential to be commercialized and what hypothesis needs to be tested to do so. At this workshop you will be introduced to the Business Model Canvas and how to map your Value Proposition, Costumer Segments, market channels, etc.

  • 12 September 2016 - Value in Research Workshop 

    How can you communicate your research value to potential partners, users, industry and funds? What is the value of your PhD or post doc research? What should you be aware of when you consider cooperating with industry or starting your own company? During the workshop you will be guided through Research Canvas - a science communication tool, developed by iMinds, Belgium. The Research Canvas allows you to talk about your research to a broad audience of professionals; not just your fellow researchers.

  • 25 August 2016 - Collaboration Planning 

    During the event you will be introduced for "Collaboration Planner" guide, which enables PhDs and Postdocs to communicate successfully with industry and to highlight the value of collaborative work. It seeks to help researchers and companies set expectations and understand their respective academic, commercial and legal obligations. The Business Developers, Legal Advisor and consultants from AU External Relations and Technology Transfer will be available for individual counselling after the workshop.

  • 11 May 2016 - RNA Therapeutics – developing a new class of drugs

    Mads Aaboe Jensen, MSc, PhD, RNA Therapeutics Research, Roche Innovation Center Copenhagen A/S

    The talk will give a concise overview of RNA therapeutics, some perspectives on the future directions and touch upon how a potential idea can be turned into medicine. What are the critical steps you will need to go through for de-risking an idea and how to make it attractive for the pharmaceutical/biotech industry?

    Wednesday, 11 May, iNANO auditorium (1593-012), from 14:15-15:15

  • 15 April 2016 - "Why PhD researchers need to understand business model design" -Science for Society – from the investors and the industry's perspective

    Jón Ingi Benediktsson has more than 25 years of experience within Life Science (medtech, biotech, pharma), with proven successful track record of managing sales, investments and technology transfer.

    In his talk he will, based on his own experience, mention some of the do's, don'ts and pitfalls with respect of commercializing university research, and establishing a successful spinout. 

    Friday, 15 April, iNANO auditorium (1593-012), from 10:00-11:00
  • 16 March 2016 - "Career collaborate cake" - Entrepreneurship awareness seminar
    Wednesday, 16 March, Physics Department (1523-318), from 15:00-16:15 

               

Industry guest Mads Wraa Hyttel from Kampstrup 


  • 14 March 2016 - "Career collaborate cake"- Entrepreneurship awareness seminar
    Monday, 14  March, iNano auditorium (1593-012), from 10.00-11.00