Technology transfer courses

Introduction to technology transfer skills

  • Objective: AUGent researchers: how to transfer your research results; TT professionals: introduction to professional technology transfer practices
  • Target Audience: AUGent researchers of all faculties (alfa, beta, gamma) with at least 3 years research experience (e.g.: post doc, ZAP) and Technology Transfer professionals, new in the field (IOF, TT, …). This training has been recognised by the Doctoral Schools at Ghent University. 
  • Participation fee: €250 (covering the costs for external speakers and catering)
  • Course dates: closed (Autumn 2017)
  • Location: iGent Tower, first floor, Meeting Room 1.2 Maxwell, 1.1 Helmholtz and 1.4 Alan Turing, Technologiepark 15, Zwijnaarde


Programme summary:

Day 1

  • Technology Transfer Introduction
  • Valorization in funded projects: VLAIO, FWO (SBO), EU, IOF

Day 2

  • Research Contracts: How to deal with them?
  • Consequences of contracts on the valorisation of your project

Day 3

  • Patents and patent databases: theory and exercises
  • Other intellectual property rights – spin-off

Day 4

  • Commercialization of your technology
  • Thinking like the customer (by: Jeff Skinner, London Business School)

Day 5

  • Technology offer: marketing your technology or service + contest
  • The Innovation game: how to stimulate innovation in your workplace (by: The Forge)

+ Handing out Certificates



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Starters seminar Sales & marketing

With this four-day-seminar on sales and marketing, we aim to expand the understanding of Ghent University starters with respect to a key element for having a successful company: 'being able to sell'. With the collaboration of VOKA

Course dates: closed (May 2017)


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CAPTURE Entrepreneurship Development Program


A 5-session journey in which coaches working in research valorization will guide teams of young researchers and entrepreneurs through the trajectory from idea to start-up company. Coaching sessions will be alternated with homework, guest lectures and feedback sessions by successful entrepreneurs and industrial experts.
The course will follow the MIT ‘Disciplined Entrepreneurship’ methodology.

For whom?

Small teams of motivated Ghent University postdocs, PhD and/or last-year MSc students with innovative ideas, willing to explore the set-up of their own spin-off or start-up company. Primary focus is on water technology, carbon utilization and plastic waste to resource. Researchers from related fields can also be considered.

The program

Session 1 - 7/3 (12-18h): Market segmentation and defining the customer
Session 2 - 28/3 (12-21h): Value proposition and customer acquisition
Session 3 - 16/4 (12-21h): Business model and unit economics
Session 4 - 7/5 (12-21h): From minimum viable product to product planning
Session 5 - 9/5 (16-21h): Pitching your story

The sessions take place at Sint-Baafshuis, Biezekapelstraat 2, 9000 Gent


The course is free for UGent researchers. Externals can join a team of UGent researchers on specific conditions (to be discussed). Lunches and dinners are included.
Interested teams can apply by sending an email by 15/02/2018 to with the following information:

  • project title + names & affiliations of team members
  • short abstract of business ideas (max. ½ A4).

The course will be recognized as a Specialist Course by the Doctoral Schools.
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