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Purpose and intended learning outcomes

This is an introductory course in entrepreneurship and business development for academic researcher and students in geology or mining and material science. The hypothesis is that a lot of academic researchers have ideas, insights and technologies that may be turned into valuable business, but they lack the competence in business development. The aim of the course is to educate in basic business development and help academic researchers with good ideas to take them one step further.

Prerequisites (academic, special skills needed)

No specific prerequisites. However, there are a number of workshops in the course in which the students are supposed to develop business cases for their own ideas or technologies to be commercialized. Therefore, it is excellent if you have an invention of your own to bring to the course to develop further. If you do not have an invention or technology to develop into a business, you are still welcome and can follow the course by working with a selected demo invention.

Schedule and time plan

25. – 29.05.2020

Venue for classroom work

Royal Institute of Technolog (Drottning Kristinasväg 61b), Stockholm, Sweden

Content and modules

The course is five days long and will cover the following lectures:

  • Innovation Due Diligence
  • Patent Landscaping
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Customer Assessment
  • Pitching for Larger Companies

All theoretical lectures will be follow by practical workshops in which you develop your own business case.

Instruction and course literature

No specific literature to be read prior to the course. Documentation will be distributed during the course in form of PowerPoint decks.


The course will not end with a formal examination but with a pitch of your business case developed during the week in front of a jury.

Course responsible teachers

Erik Ronne (Research Institutes of Sweden; RISE)


Application criteria and priority
  • Priority will be given to students affiliated with EIT Raw Material organizations, but applications are welcomed from other academic institutions and industry.
  • Course size is limited to 16 participants
  • Apply here.
Accommodation (room and board)

Approximate accommodation costs in Stockholm: 70 Euros per day.


Travel to Stockholm (Royal Technical University) is easiest via arrival at Stockholm Arlanda airport and train or bus to Stockholm city.

S+H, insurance, Safety equipment and clothing

Not applicable

Course stipends

Successful admissions will be considered for a stipend to offset costs of accommodation and food, and when possible travel. There is no registration fee to participate in courses offered through I-EDDA-RS.