Entrepreneurship for Physicists

  • Vakcode: X_422600
  • Periode: Periode 3
  • Credits: 6.0
  • Voertaal: Engels
  • Faculteit: Fac. der Aard- en Levenswetenschappen
  • Coördinator: prof. dr. D. Iannuzzi
  • Examinator: prof. dr. D. Iannuzzi
  • Docent(en): prof. dr. D. Iannuzzi
    prof. dr. E. Masurel
    dr. M.W. van Gelderen
  • Lesmethode(n): Hoorcollege
  • Niveau: 500

Doel vak

After the successful completion of this course, the student will, among
- Be familiar with an innovation outlook on entrepreneurship;
- Be aware that value-adding opportunities not only contain
financial aspects but also social and ecological aspects (sustainable
- Have developed insight into, and actual developed, one’s own
enterprising competencies;
- Have learned about the processes involved in the recognition and
exploitation of opportunities, about creating societal value and about
the nature and role of networks;
- Have gained the ability to write a feasibility plan on how to
bring an innovation to the market;
- Have gained knowledge of different entrepreneurial processes and
the importance of valorization of scientific findings and business ideas
for a knowledge-based economy.

Inhoud vak

Entrepreneurship, defined here as ‘creation, discovery and exploitation
of value-adding opportunities’, is an increasingly important subject for
students and professionals, also in the discipline of physics. The
growing complexity and accelerating dynamics of the technologies that
lie behind life sciences pre-clinical studies, medical treatments,
alternative and sustainable energy sources, innovative materials, micro-
and nanodevices, and complex research projects in the high energy
particle physics and astrophysics sectors often urge professionals to
think, act, and communicate in an entrepreneurial way. In this course,
students will learn the ropes of this emerging field via three
educational pillars:
1) Students will be learning modern theories of entrepreneurship,
with focus on the relationship between entrepreneurship and innovation,
sustainable entrepreneurship, life cycle of the firm, valorization of
knowledge, entrepreneurial competences;

2) They will familiarize with a set of entrepreneurial soft skills,
which they will put into practice when they will be asked to approach
different stakeholders to further their projects to gain commitments or
to obtain important information. For this purpose, the students will
receive training in taking action, networking and network utilization,
and influence processes;

3) They will be introduced to business planning. For this purpose,
the students, supported by guest lecturers and coaching sessions, will
write (in small groups) a Business Model Canvas (BMC 3.0) around an
innovative idea that they deem interesting for entrance into the market.

All projects and initiatives will of course revolve around innovative
ideas emerging from physics research activities.