iTrack 'FEA passion for innovation'

Cluster Research & Valorization

Target Group

iTrack participants, researchers of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) and FEA students entrepreneurs.

Organising Committee

- Prof. Dr. Stijn Matthys

- Dr. Filip Louagie

- Dr. Karen Hemelsoet - - 09 331 04 91

- Leen Veldeman - - 09 264 37 95

Topic and theme

Learn transferable skills related to business and management, get familiar with business opportunities in a light and interactive way, learn from examples from the field of engineering.

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General time schedule: 13:30 to 16:30



IP and licensing

Thursday 20 October 2016

Room Shingo, Technologiepark 903, Zwijnaarde

Jeroen de Maeyer, Piet De Vos, Kris Bonnarens

Market and spin-offs

Thursday 24 November 2016

Room Shingo, Technologiepark 903, Zwijnaarde

Frederik Leys, Ilse Christiaens, Patrick Vankwikelberge


Thursday 19 January 2017

Room IVPV, Technologiepark 904, Zwijnaarde

Ewout Vansteenkiste, Sidharta Gautama


Thursday 16 February 2017

Room IVPV, Technologiepark 904, Zwijnaarde

Danaë Delbeke, Leen Veldeman


Scope of each session

  • Session 1 – IP and licensing: “A hidden source of information: patent databases” - Using engineering cases we explore the patent literature, a “publication channel” parallel to that of conferences and journals. In this session: where to find patents and patent applications? what are the differences? how to search? what information is available? how to interpret? what is the value of a patent in license deals?
  • Session 2 – Market and spin-offs: In this session we will explore  the set-up of a new company as a way to commercialize your idea. Based on examples of UGent spin-off companies originating from our faculty we will give you some insight into this process. To make things tangible, we will finish with some testimonies from entrepreneurs from our faculty.
  • Session 3 – Negotiation: "Negotiation skills: slicing the salami and then eating it all" - In this session we will focus on lessons learned and mistakes made in negotiating for contracts, funding or IP with a special focus on engineering applications. Theory will be put against real life FEA examples. We'll show our worst as well as best examples. Life's a bargain after all.
  • Session 4 – Media: In this session we will highlight the strength and importance of media. How to make the most of it? You gain practical tips and advice. We assist in making short movies to pitch your technology and make it ready for media uptake.

Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Registration procedure

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Number of participants




Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100 % participation