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Pathways to Commercialisation

Everything you need to know to get started on your journey from researcher to entrepreneur.

Course Description

How do university researchers start companies?  This introductory course is aimed at scientists interested in exploring business start-up, spin out and commercialisation.  The programme is geared to inspire and excite participants to recognise and capitalise on entrepreneurial opportunity, learn the key tools and steps to build a successful start-up and find out more about business processes, resources and structures.  We look at apporaches to entrepreneurship, the key stages of moving from bench to market and the different pathways to commercialisation. Interactive discussion and debate is a valuable part of the course and we will focus on relevant, practical applications.

Core Modules:

  • Pathways to Commercialisation  – In this module participants learn about a range of different possible routes for the commercialisation of IP.  Additionally, they will explore a variety of business models to consider.
  • Scientists Turned Entrepreneur – There are many different types of entrepreneurs.  The business world is filled with myths about what an entrepreneur is, or should be.  In this module we expose participants to a wide range of different approaches to entrepreneurship.
  • Intellectual Property – Properly managing the intellectual property and legal issues associated with a spinout or start-up is critical.  In this module we expose participants to the legal issues they should consider when commercialising IP.
  • Pitching for Investment –  In most cases, spinouts and start-up require some type of investment. In this module, we provide participants with a framework for developing a compelling and impactful investment pitch.
  • The Start-up Ecosystem – As a start-up it’s extremely valuable to understand how to navigate and fully leverage the networks and support mechanisms available for start-ups and spinouts.  In this module we expose participants to the available resources and how best to utilise.

Length:  .5 day or 1 Day

Group Size: 6 – 35

Target Audience:  Early Career Researchers


Course Info