Further education with a commitment to invention

FINAL_Keyvisual_TaschenmesserAs an academic, what do I do if I have a good idea? How can I transfer my technology? Who will support me?

These and many other questions will be answered during our course “From Invention to Innovation”, held twice a year at the FTU (Fortbildungszentrum für Technik und Umwelt) at KIT. The programme is aimed at all academic staff and managers of KIT. It conveys fundamental knowledge on the protection and use of intellectual property.

Continue reading

“From Invention to Innovation”– IP Basics for KIT affiliates

On 10/06/2015, the practice-oriented event “From Invention to Innovation” for professional patent management for employees of the KIT was held again in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Technical and Environmental Training (FTU). Fourteen participants came together to receive advanced training on the topics of protection of intellectual property and technology utilization. The KIT Innovation Department (IMA) presented the services for transfer of technology at the KIT.

WaTT_2015-10_450x300

The half-day events of the program for advanced training (Wissensaufbau und Technologietransfer – Knowledge building and transfer of technology) of the KIT Founders Forge are directed toward inventions that can develop through protection, e.g., in the form of patents ranging to commercialization. Innovations are thus created via an orderly and stringent process that is accompanied by the IMA. Inventions find their way into the economy in the form of technology transfer projects, startups, and the related license agreements. Due to the special circumstances, a separate seminar component is devoted to the transfer of technology in spin-offs. A wide array of services as well as partners and specialists are presented on this topic. Thus, the participants receive a first view of the founding scene at the KIT, the challenges when starting a business, and an initial “gut feeling” of whether they could actually imagine founding their own company. The event was once again topped off with a get-together to discuss individual questions with contact partners of IMA.

The next “From Invention to Innovation” advanced training sessions have already been scheduled: 03/15/2016 and 10/04/2016. Mark your calendar or register directly at the FTU. You can find the seminar in the program using the FTU shorthand MB431.

“From Invention to Innovation” – Further education on the topic of technology use

WaTT_260x200The Founders Forge, in cooperation with the Training Center for Technology and Environment (FTU), offer the educational event “From Invention to Innovation” twice a year. The half-day event is targeted towards all KIT employees and tells the participants how they can protect their inventions as intellectual property (IP) and at the same time profit from them.  They get to know the tools of technology transfer and get an impression of the procedure of innovation exploitation at KIT.

On October 7th, a total of 15 participants came together to take part in the series of events. Four topics were addressed in the four hour seminar.

  1. Patent utilization
  2. Market analysis and exploitation strategy
  3. Contract models and design – Beware of traps!
  4. High-tech start-ups from science.

The KIT was represented here in many ways; starting with Ph. D. Candidates, through KIT scientists, up to a professor. The active participation at the seminar shows that the topic “innovation and its exploitation” is an important topic not only among students and scientists but also professors. In discussing the different thematic areas it became apparent that especially the topic patent law poses many questions. For illustration purposes, complicated issues of everyday life were described. The IP consultants of the KIT Innovation Management were in great demand here. They aided the participants with difficult questions. In the seminar, the awareness for patents and their scientific importance, especially as far as technological exploitation is concerned, was raised among all participants.

The next “From Invention to Innovation” course takes place on March 16th, 2015. All scientific employees and managers of the KIT, who want to get to know the basics of a successful patent exploitation, are invited. Registration is already available and can be done through FTU. You can find further information at the Founders Forge.

The first PhD Spring School on Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship comes to an end successfully

Doctoral candidates become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

The founder city Karlsruhe and especially KIT offer the perfect platform for emerging entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into a potential business idea and found their own business. In light of this fact, the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (EnTechnon) developed the first “PhD Spring School on Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship”: The focus was on technological inventions as a basis for startups.

Roboterhand_Contentbreite

In cooperation with the HECTOR School of Engineering & Management, the School took place from March 26th to March 31st with 21 participants. The participants mainly came from the technological and scientific area. With the help of technical lectures and workshops, they were able to acquire the foundational know-how for the startup of a business. In addition to the theoretical foundations, the scientists were taught how to develop business ideas from research results and technologies. In different workshops, such as creativity, business model development, and financial planning, participants were able to apply their newly acquired stills to practical examples in smaller groups. Among other things, the subject matter to practice on was the technology offerings at KIT, from which the participants created business ideas. These results were presented to a jury at the concluding pitch event on March 31st and the individual groups received feedback about their business ideas.

Andreas Przybilla is a doctoral candidate at KIT. The PhD Spring School was able to strengthen his determination to found his own business. “I received a lot of help in developing my idea into a business idea because there are many aspects in the process of starting up a business that we don’t tend to consider by ourselves.” Przybilla recommends this ‘101’ to all doctoral candidates who seek starting up a business.
Fabian Graf of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg also gives a positive summary of the intensive workdays. The PhD School has given him knowledge of the expectations, preparation, and important topics in business startups. The workshops helped him acquire techniques and tools in order to better realize his creativity and frame his thoughts in a more structured way. “It was a total of four days, so you don’t sacrifice too much PhD working time. But considering such a short amount of time, it was very intensive, all culminating in a pitch event. Here, one can use everything one has learned throughout the past days.”
After the successful end to the School, the preparations for the next round are already underway: the second School will take place in September 2014. For questions and more information, please contact Anja Wahl.