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Take charge of your own career

As a postdoctoral researcher, you are an innovator in training and you already share behaviors with entrepreneurs. By recognising the mindset and learning the skills associated with entrepreneurship, you can apply these in your chosen career - whether it is in academia, work as an employee outside academia or start your own company. 


Postdoctoral researchers from the p2i partners can apply to participate in two free online courses to learn to innovate an develop enterprise skills. See below for information on the online courses. 

 Currently, the courses run twice a year. The Application for the current

The "Empowering researchers to innovate" online course has just closed. Look out for information about the next start dates of the course - in Oct 2021 

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p2i Online – empowering researchers to innovate

Ideal for all researchers who are

  • open to learning to think entrepreneurially in academia, industry and in ventures

  • curious about entrepreneurship 

  • ready to develop entrepreneurial skills & confidence

  • keen to develop their networks


Postdocs Venture: From Science to business


Ideal for science and technology entrepreneurs who are

  • ready to take scientific insights or deep tech forward into a business

  • looking for structured framework and step by step guidance to develop business models for their ideas

Empowering researchers to innovate course testimonials

Through providing inspiration and the required tools, this course has given me the confidence to consider an entrepreneurial career outside academia

The course is good for academics that don't have knowledge about entrepreneurship - it is all in one place and structured, it takes you through step by step

The talking head videos provide context - real researchers that have made the step to entrepreneurship - this provides relatable inspiration


Postdocs Venture: From Science to business

Who is this course suitable for?


As a researcher or scientist, you are an expert in your field - a high potential. You have one or a million great ideas? You already possess the resources and the capacities to bring your scientific insights to market, but would need a guiding hand? You want to find out whether your ideas have potential for an entrepreneurial venture, this is the perfect next stepping stone for you - online.


What will you learn?


This online course is made for science and technology entrepreneurs who seek to turn scientific insights or deep tech into a business. We start with your initial ideas, with considerations you have made with your colleagues, friends, and family, or with notes that you have written on various pieces of paper and refine them to assess marketability, feasibility, and sustainability.


The 15-hour online course is created on an action-oriented, hands-on innovation platform ( and consists of 3 central elementsthat will support you in the best possible way:


  1. The basis of the course is a frameworkthat has been used a million times to create and structure your own business model- the Business Model Canvas (BMC). We refined it for your purposes as scientists and researchers. We guide you through it: step-by-step. After you have completed the course, you will hold one or tens of business models for your ideas in your hands. 

  2. In addition to your own Business Model Canvas, after successfully completing the course you will have a comprehensive knowledge base on science entrepreneurship. The web based content contains of numerous hands-on tutorials, explanatory texts and additional sources form experts in science and business. This content will help you to take your business model to the next level.

  3. The course introduces a variety of practical case studies and interviews with science and tech entrepreneurship, who share valuable experience and useful tips that you might apply to your own ideas.

 The current applications are closed

Next dates for this courses TBD