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Message to PhDs and PostDocs: Startup creation course at Uni.lu

PhD_Course_Uni_luBeing enrolled or having completed a Ph.D. program may not necessarily imply that you should follow a career in academic research. Many modern and prestigious academic institutions consider entrepreneurship as a continuation of research programs. It is quite often that Ph.D. students become leaders and founders of startups.

I am delighted to run a course on startup creation as part of University of Luxembourg’s transferable skills trainings for PhDs and Postdocs.

Note: Limited seats available check subscription details in the course guide (see below).

The aim of the course is to help people with research background (currently in Ph.D. programs, former Ph.Ds, current research staff with Ph.D., faculty members, etc.) to explore entrepreneurship. The course is about learning how to evaluate if an idea can be transformed to an opportunity for business.

In the proposed course you will be validating ideas using a structured hypothesis-testing approach by relying on skills acquired in the course of their Ph.D. (analysis and synthesis capabilities, structured methodology, prioritization, evaluation of ideas using formalized models).

You will work in small groups to grasp the various components of a business opportunity and will be able to apply a critical assessment of the business idea by following a rigorous approach based on facts and data.

You will learn how to deconstruct an idea from various perspectives, identify the right questions to ask related to science, innovation, novelty, usability, benefits, etc.

The course will run on 13th and 27th March 2015.

The full course guide can be downloaded here, check for the course named What if you create a (your) startup? on page 26.


Research and Entrepreneurship, Lessons learned and anecdotes


Research and Entrepreneurship, Lessons learned and anecdotes

By Denis Avrilionis

Invited Talk

24 October 2013

Doctoral School, University of Luxembourg


A common stereotype is that research and entrepreneurship are two incompatible endeavors, a cliche often used by young researchers. For some of them, the mental transition from research to entrepreneurship seems like a radical step, and they are not prepared to explore the business potential of research ideas. This is often amplified by the ambition of graduate students in pursuing an academic career, and by actions that support their entry into traditional academic or research institutes. Failure to enter the academia is often perceived as major setback in the career of young PhDs.

In this talk I will argue that young researchers should *not* consider entrepreneurship as a route that allows them to recover from failure in entering the academia. By mixing elements of personal experience with anecdotes from the history of entrepreneurship, I hope I will be able to demonstrate that a young researcher can have a true chance to explore and exploit business opportunities that can emerge from research ideas. In particular, the skills acquired in the course of Ph.D. (analysis and synthesis capabilities, clearly expressing ideas orally and on paper, perseverance to goals, etc) can be truly precious when creating and running a new business. The business potential of research ideas can be so strong that it may catalyze the metamorphosis of traditional industries and the birth of new ones, as exemplified in the recent years by the successes of technology giants such as Google.

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