This course will enhance your career opportunities inside and outside academia by facilitating and teaching discovery and identification of intellectual assets in the daily work of a researcher/PhD student, and how to apply it today and in the future.
As a participant, identifying opportunities for entrepreneurship in connection to research will increase the awareness of the potential of innovation and entrepreneurship and its practical application and help you to expand the impact of your work.
In order to develop a business idea – whether in an economic or social context, you need to apply a number of business concepts. Relevant business tools will be introduced in order to develop a business idea stemming from research. The final step when exploring opportunities of entrepreneurship is to communicate and test your business idea on the market. For that purpose you will learn how to package an already developed business idea for introduction into the start-up world.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, a doctoral student shall be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities of innovation and entrepreneurship for utilisation of research and how to apply entrepreneurial tools in the research context
- assess their new skills and reflect on possible future effects, from ones individual, organisational & societal perspective
- use design tools to gain an understanding for the user experience to develop solutions to user needs
- use business tools such as business modelling to develop a potential business idea stemming from research,
- communicate (“pitch”) the business plan to people within the start-up world, such as potential investors
contents of the course
“Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research” is a course divided into three modules:
The first module begins with an introduction to entrepreneurship, what it is and how it can be used in the doctoral education. The doctoral students are then given a number of practical tools to identify intellectual assets within daily work to use in a minor innovation projects based on their own research.
The second module begins with an introduction to prototyping using the design thinking approach. The doctoral students are then given a number of business tools to develop a business opportunity, stemming from their research, into a business model.
The last module begins with an introduction to product roadmaps 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.
Teaching and learning activities
Each of the three modules includes three mandatory days on KI Campus and two days for own work. The course days are usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The modules are separated with 2 week intervals.
This course lays the foundation for development of an already identified business idea. It begins with an introduction to prototyping using the design thinking approach. The doctoral students are then given a number of business tools to develop a business opportunity, stemming from their research, into a business model.
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 their own research and society. Learning activities consist of seminars and workshops as well as group and individual work.
Attendance is mandatory for all participants. The course director assesses if and in that case how absence can be compensated.
The doctoral student is examined individually, on a written report, the design of a poster, the development of a prototype, business model and completion of a business plan.
LITERATURE AND OTHER TEACHING MATERIALS
Information and material presented at the mandatory sessions. Recommended extra reading material 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 a written motivation), 2) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date).