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Entrepreneurship for researchers

Do have you a brilliant idea that you want to put out there in the market? Tilburg University has the vision to make a real impact on today's society. With a world-class academic environment, we strive for a better, healthier and happier society. This is why we embrace entrepreneurship at all levels of this university to make the impact tangible for everyone.

In potential, your research can change the world, or have a meaningful impact on society. You may have started working with other parties, or considered starting your own business based on your research results.

Knowledge transfer turns scientific knowledge into practical applications. Knowledge from Tilburg researchers is already used to benefit society, for example in health and well-being, for labour market problems or to solve food shortages with artificial intelligence. There are collaborations in projects, based on contract research, in knowledge consortia and there are scientists who are starting their own companies.

Researcher Nuno Oliveira

Joint forces

With support of the university, he found a reliable software developer for Kolibrie, the anonymous COVID-19 self-help tool for entrepreneurs: "Dirk helped me a lot, with his network, language skills, and advice on project management." - Nuno, researcher and founder

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Get support when going into business

Making impact and collaborating with other parties involves a range of topics like intellectual property, legal agreements, funding and a validated business model. It can be complex at times, but above all, it’s extremely interesting and worth investigating. The Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) of Tilburg University offers you professional support. Knowledge transfer awareness programs, one-on-one consulting with our business developers, in-company help in case of a spinout, or other tailored services are some of the support the KTO offers.

Six steps towards an academic startup

If you are considering starting your own business, the KTO has defined 6 important steps towards an academic startup:

  • Concept: this means sharing your idea, finding your way, and learning what it takes to be an academic entrepreneur.
  • IP: what should you know about copyright, trademarks, creative commons licences and the first-mover advantage?
  • Conflict of interest: as an academic and entrepreneur, you’ll find yourself in two conflicting roles. Make sure to stay in close contact with your employer.
  • Business Model & Team: this includes your Value Proposition, a Business Model Canvas, Validation, and finding your partner in crime.
  • Licensing and agreements: how do you set up partnerships and agreements on the use of IP?
  • Funding: how much money do you need and where do you find it? And how do you create a cap table?

The KTO is almost as excited about the value your research holds, as you. So we would love to meet and help you get started!

Get in touch with our Knowledge Transfer Office

  • Business developer Dirk van den Berg

    Dirk van den Berg

    Business developer academic entrepreneurship

    Want to find out more? Start a zoom call, drop by for a cup of coffee or send an email.

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Elisabeth Huis in het Veld

Grant for startup

"Tilburg University helped me to get a Take-Off grant specifically for startups from the NWO (Dutch organisation for academic research). With this we can now build a prototype." -  Elisabeth, assistent-professor/starting entrepreneur

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