Science to Business (S2B) workshop

For whom?

  • S2B is organized for all researchers with research topics linked to sustainable energy technologies (EIT InnoEnergy), citizen health, healthcare systems, health economy (EIT Health), raw materials, recycling, circular economy (EIT Raw Materials), agriculture or food (EIT Food).

  • Ideally you are in the final years of research and already have an idea of the potential results or technologies that your research will lead to (such as a specific material, process, technology, algorithm, knowledge …)

Participants will be selected based on the topic and progress of their research, their motivation and ambitions. A maximum of 20 participants will be selected.


The Science to Business (S2B) workshop is a short program for researchers and scientists that teaches you to create value from your own research and technology, and takes you on a journey to discover commercial applications or services.

The goal is to:

  • develop your entrepreneurial skills
  • stimulate your research to have a business impact
  • let your research give shape to the society of tomorrow
  • apply innovation techniques and methodologies to your own research

What's in it for me?

More than 80% of the PhD researchers pursue a career in industry, start their own company or work in the public sector. This workshop is useful to all of these career paths:

  • You are taught to understand the business context and the customer or user point of view. This gives you a high-level business perspective on your research and technology.

  • You are offered a unique and personalized approach that will prepare you to be one of the technology leaders, innovation agents or welfare architects of tomorrow.

During the workshop you will gather the following skills:

  • awareness and ability to exploit the potential of your own research
  • understanding the value creation process in a very early stage
  • the ability to think about your sector's opportunities from different angles (e.g. customer, marketing, business)
  • the ability to apply research know-how to build solutions for problems
  • how to recognize business opportunities and exploit them
  • obtain the necessary pre-business planning skills
  • develop more entrepreneurial skills (presentation skills, customer and user focus)

About the EIT

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to boost innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe. The EIT brings together leading higher education institutions, research labs and companies to form dynamic cross-border partnerships – Innovation Communities - that develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs.

© 2018 Ghent University

This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for research and Innovation