PhD Innovation Café 2021

The event page of the PhD Innovation Café 2021.

Time to pour your knowledge into the business world

The official poster  of the PhD Innovation Café 2021 event
The poster of the 2021 edition of the PhD Innovation Café event.

Always wanted to pitch your research to a crowd of interested companies? Would you like to receive valuable feedback from the corporate world or engage in collaborations?
Then it’s time to pour your knowledge into the business world and apply for the PhD Innovation Café!


The Ghent University PhD Community, Voka Oost-Vlaanderen, DO! and Doctoral Schools UGent host the third edition of the PhD Innovation Café on May 18, 2021. We organize knowledge exchange between young researchers and companies.

This networking event will initiate new perspectives and aims to bridge the gap between academia and society. We provide a unique opportunity to introduce you to a variety of companies interested in your research.

The PhD Innovation Café offers…

  • Knowledge exchange between researchers and companies
  • Networking with entrepreneurs and organizations
  • Introducing innovation to interested companies
  • Being up to date with high-quality innovative research
  • Developing cooperation with companies
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities and coaching
  • Meeting and debating with over 30 companies

For whom?

Any PhD/Post-Doctoral researcher at Ghent University, from any year or faculty who:

  • wants to pitch their innovative research to a crowd of interested companies
  • wants to gain valuable feedback and new industry insights on their research
  • wants to network with entrepreneurs and organizations related to their field

We happily welcome pitches from any faculty or research field, with an important focus on innovation.

The application process

The first selection of applications to pitch is done by a preliminary jury. Selected researchers will get a free one-day training to help deliver a more powerful presentation. This pitch training will earn you one Transferable Skill Seminar in the cluster Career Management from the Doctoral Schools.

After this training, a second selection will be done to select the researchers who will present their research in the form of a pitch during the PhD Innovation Café.

Register here:


  • Application deadline: April 2, 2021, 11.59PM
  • Pitch training: April 21, 2021, full day
  • Selection day: May 5, 2021, time slot during the day
  • PhD Innovation Café: May 18, 2021, 4PM – 7PM

Locations will be announced based on the COVID19 restrictions.

Save these dates and apply now!