Nybacka one of 20 accepted for VINNOVA course

Published: 19 June 2008

2008-06: PhD candidate Mikael Nybacka is one of 20 PhD candidates in Sweden that have been accepted to the VINNOVA course “From Research to Business”. There are four PhD students from Luleå University of Technology who have been accepted for this course which is quite remarkable. Mikael will bring his research on vehicle dynamics and visualization into the course as a "case" for commercialization.

VINNOVA

COMPETITIVE SELECTION

The students had to go through a selection process to be able to participate in the course, the jury of three people consisted of:

  • Anders Flodström, University Chancellor and Director General, Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, Sweden.
  • Kimberlie Cerrone, Angel investor and board member, San Francisco Bay Area, USA.
  • Tom Kosnik, Professor, Stanford University, USA.
The course span from June 2008 to June 2009 with a total of four workshops, the students will also be provided with a local mentor to help in-between the workshops.

Course description

The course is based on the principle of applied and problem-based learning, i.e., do, try, and be active. The course environment will be full of opportunities for identifying business opportunities, of understanding the challenges of being an entrepreneur in a small start-up or an intrapreneur in an incumbent. Meeting interesting people that potentially can become mentors, partners or investors is an integral part of the course.

Workshops
The aim with the workshops is to allow students to – in a risk-free environment – explore, identify, and assess already proven business-opportunities, to explore potential business opportunities related to their own research, and to turn their idea(s) into business plans.

The students will do this by:
  1. Getting a tool-box for exploring business-opportunities.
  2. Working with academic cases from for instance Harvard, Stanford, and KTH where business ideas are presented and analyzed.
  3. Meeting entrepreneurs who have turned research into business.
  4. Meeting representatives from the support structure around universities in Sweden and from large companies in Sweden.
  5. Discussing participants’ potential business opportunities.
  6. Reflecting on them self as potential entrepreneur, as a team member in an entrepreneurial endeavor, and on their personal network.

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