Science to Business (S2B) workshop


The workshop consists of 3 parts:

Online preparation

You will receive a login for the virtual learning environment, one month prior to the start of the workshop. Here you will go through the theory and case study, apply some of the contexts to your own research.

A face-to-face workshop

Theory will be combined with hands-on coaching via the flipped classroom approach. The workshop includes research communication and opportunity identification; defining applications and value proposition design; product vision, pitching and dragon's den:

  • day 1: From Academic Research to a Value Proposition
  • day 2: From a Value Proposition to a Business Proposition
  • day 3: The dragons Den (final presentations & review)
A post-workshop phase

This phase focuses on customer discovery and the option for in-depth coaching. During the workshop you will have identified a number of possible applications of your research. It is necessary to validate those assumptions as quickly as possible in the real world.

If you want to further explore the potential in more detail, you can receive 1 hour of personal coaching during the validation phase. When your assumptions and value propositions are sufficiently validated, a first proposal of a business model can be created.

What does this mean in practice?

Online preparation: 3 hours a week during the month prior to the workshop

Face-to-face workshop: 3 days (each day from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.), residential with a minimum of 2 overnight stays

Post workshop phase: 1/2 day during 2 weeks, 1 hour individual coaching, including validation of the value proposition and pre-business plan activities

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