Wie man als Wissenschaftler zum Unternehmer wird…


Letzten Sommer hatte ich das große Vergnügen, in Oxford über meine eigene Erfahrungen als Wissenschaftsunternehmer zu sprechen. Diesmal ergibt sich die Möglichkeit, dass ein Freund von mir aus Cuimbra bzw. Cambridge seine Perspektiven dazu erläutert:

The Scientist als Entrepreneur – kann man als Wissenschaftler erfolgreich ein Unternehmen gründen?

ikosom Büro Berlin, Markgrafenstr. 12-14, 10969 Berlin – Montag, 25.März 2013 – 19 Uhr – Eintritt frei

joao_pereiraDr. Joao Pereira wird darüber berichten, welche Erfahrungen er in der Gründung und Betreuung von Start-Ups gemacht hat. Er hat in Cambridge als Doktorand und Portugal als Professor forscht, viele Unternehmen und Start-Ups (darunter eine Modelagentur) gegründet und ein Buch über Erfolge und Mißerfolge als Wissenschaftsunternehmer geschrieben.

Wir haben in unserem neuen Büro einen schönen großen gemütlichen Vortragsraum, den wir dafür gerne nutzen könnten. Und wir zeigen Euch gleich mal den tollen Blick über Berlin, den wir aus unserem Büro genießen dürfen.

Dr. João Pereira is a research associate and biomathematics lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra in Portugal. His undergraduate degree was in electrical and telecommunications engineering, graduated from the Lisbon Technical University, where he also lectured Statistics. After working as a business analyst for McKinsey & Company in 2005, he pursued a PhD degree in Brain Imaging in MRI systems at the University of Cambridge which he obtained in 2010. He co-founded and worked on four start-ups in Cambrigde: an internet based modelling agency, an ultra-small antenna company, a boutique business consultancy for SMEs, and an investment fund for rare string instruments, gathering investment from angels and public funds alike. He was considered by The Spectator magazine as one of the top 10 most promising young entrepreneurs in the UK in 2010, and won a number of business plan awards, notably in the London Business School
competition. Currently, in parallel with his academic interests, he is a founding partner of yet another company, in medtech, for the commercialization of a novel point-of-care diagnosis system.

From Academic to Entrepreneur – using the Lean-Startup-Technology to create something out of your wildest idea

Observers House and the Radcliffe Observatory from the McAlpine Quad, Green Templeton College, Oxford. Photo by cwawebber. Licensed unter CC BY-SA 3.0

On July 17th at 6 pm, I have the honour to talk about the secret to creating a start-up as a scientist. The talk is at the Green Templeton College at Oxford University. GTC, as it is called locally, is known for bringing together people with some really wild ideas and I am very thankful to be invited there. I want to encourage the young scientists to think beyond the obvious path in academics – PhD, Post-Grad, Professor:

Before graduation, many academics are thinking about their next career step. For people in technology classes, such as IT or Engineering, starting a company is often quite easy, but how about if you are a student of social science or political science, you might wonder if creating a startup is really that easy. But if you have a great idea, and maybe already a few friends that share your idea, it is actually not too difficult: with crowdfunding and the lean-startup-method it is possible to make a start with your project without burning too many ressources.

I think I will talk heavily about OpenScience as a mind-frame and a method, also about crowdfunding, but most importantly how it feels like to be an academic entrepreneur.

The event is mainly aimed at students from Green Templeton College, but all other attendees are welcome as well. Just drop us a quick note if you are interested.