Learn how to bring your idea from lab to market

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

There are several workshops and assignments in the course in which students are supposed to develop business cases for their ideas or technologies to be commercialised. Therefore, it is excellent if you have an invention 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.

Course plan 

The course is five days long and will, for instance, cover:

  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Customer Assessment
  • IPR
  • How to pitch your idea 

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


The course will end with a pitch on the last day of your business case developed in front of a jury. 

Course date

On 4-8 October online (Zoom). Lectures and exercises between 9:00 and 12:00 CET and homework assignments in the afternoon. The course will have a maximum of ten participants. 


To register for the course, please send an email to Sofia Målberg with:

  • Your CV
  • Brief description of your case (max one page in word or two slides in PowerPoint format)

The last day to register for the course is 27 September 2021.

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