From idea to venture: transform an idea into a successful business venture


The aim of this module is to give participants a helicopter perspective on all aspects of the business model and show them a start-up tool for iteration. These 2 tools will prepare them for a systematic validation approach.

Introduction to the business world

Workshop and discussion with business(wo)men

Th main goal of the course is to showcase the meaning, components and importance of business environment.

How to fail better

Lecture backed with stories

Lecture by experience couching on how to fail better and accepting that failure is part of the learning process 

Creativity processes


The main goal of this activity is to introduce participants to ways of thinking, basic brainstorming methods and teach them how to use design thinking in their project and what is innovation challenge work. 

Networking with business people


This  workshop provides a basic understanding of how to get access to business people. It presents a spectrum of networking activities to ensure that one’s value is appropriately communicated. The course will include theoretical input as well as practical exercise to ensure that PhD candidates gain experience how to approach business people as well as how to present themselves professionally in networking situations.


Workshop (leadership exercises and experiential activities)

Aim of the workshop is to provide participants with the practical framework for leadership development. The focus is on how one’s actions influence behaviours of others and developing the practical skills to increase the influence in a positive way.