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Exploring Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Research - Test

Course number

KI: 2956

Course Director

Samer Yammine,


Maria Malmrud,


November 27 - December 1, Autumn 2017

Monday: 9-17 Wednesday: half day

Friday: half day

This course is the third of three courses in Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research. We recommend you to take all three courses during the same semester.


Worth 1,5 ECTS-credits

Taught at

Karolinska Institutet

Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik


The course is open for PhD students enrolled in any PhD program at KTH, KI, SU, Konstfack or SSE.

Registration is closed.


The final step when exploring opportunities of entrepreneurship is to communicate and test your business idea on the market. The aim of this course is to package an already developed business idea for introduction into the start-up world


This course lays the foundation for packaging and communication of an already developed business proposal. It begins with an introduction to product road map followed by a comprehensive business plan. The doctoral students are then given a number of practical business tools to write and test a complete business plan of the developed idea.

Learning Outcomes

After the course, a doctoral student shall be able to;

  • identify and test the potential of a developed business idea, whether in an economical or social context,
  • package a business idea into a complete business plan,
  • communicate ("pitch") the business plan to people within the start-up world, such as potential investors,
  • assess their new skills and reflect on the possible future effects, from a societal perspective.

Teaching and Learning activities

The course runs over five full days, including three days of training and two days of own work. Learning activities consist of seminars and workshops as well as group and individual work where the doctoral student is introduced to the start-up world. With the individual assignments the doctoral students are given the opportunity to take a closer look at the actual benefits of the new knowledge and put it into a larger context, with value for society.

Compulsory elements

Attendance is mandatory for all participants. The course director assesses if and in that case how absence can be compensated.


The doctoral students are examined individually, on a written report and completion of a business plan.

Literature and other teaching materials

The examination will be based on information and material presented at the mandatory sessions. Recommended extra reading will also be presented.

Selection of students

Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date)