The Entrepreneurial Researcher Program

The entrepreneurial researcher: from research to business plan in three days.

The Entrepreneurial Researcher Program

Are you a researcher and are you curious about your research’s business potential? Do you want to learn entrepreneurial skills? During the Entrepreneurial Researcher Program you will learn how the results of your research can be converted into business. This program is aimed at stimulating an entrepreneurial mindset of you as a researcher by hand-on translating your own research into business.


Nowadays, the world is asking about a researcher 2.0: a researcher that is able to translate research into business opportunities and that is able to communicate at the same level as an industry: the Entrepreneurial Researcher. This requires the researcher to acquire entrepreneurial skills. The Program “The Entrepreneurial Researcher” teaches you how to transform the outputs of your research into business opportunities.

During the interactive masterclasses, you will learn everything you need to know as a researcher about business models, market research, intellectual property, pitching, and financing. The online edition consists of 4 video meetings, a personal coaching session and finally you pitch your business proposition to a panel of experts.

The entrepreneurial skills you learn in this program are valuable for a career in science as they will help you in better engaging with industry and it also prepares you to work in the industry. It is also the perfect start for those researchers that consider starting a spin-off company and would like to validate the business potential of their research.

Upcoming Programs

Below, you find the several starting moments of the program. The dates of the different sessions are mentioned as well. In case of only three dates being mentioned instead of four, two sessions will take place on the same day. We’ll send you more information about this after you sign up.


  • May (on campus): 11-05/17-05/20-05/25-05
  • September (on campus): 14-09/21-09/23-09
  • November (online): 09-11/15-11/16-11/18-11


  • January (online): 18-01/23-01/25-01/27-01
  • March (on campus): 15-03/21-03/24-03
  • May (online): 03-05/08-05/10-05/12-05


Many have gone before you, not only in spin-offs but also as entrepreneurial top-researchers at academia or in industry. Previous participants include: Tide Microfluidics, Eurekite, MercuryLab, Sirius Medical Systems BV, LipoCoat, Locsense.


Participation in the program is free of charge. Are you interested to join?

    • Researchers of University of Twente can register via the website of the University of Twente (course name: entrepreneurial researcher).
    • Are you a researcher of Saxion, then sign up by filling in the form below.

Meet Roy

Roy Kolkman
Roy Kolkman
Manager Knowledge & Technology Transfer
Roy Kolkman

Together with my skilled team, I am bringing research to market. Your research findings entail something great and you are eager to bring it to the market? Don’t hesitate to contact me!


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