Summer School 2018

Danish title: 34590 Entrepreneurship in Technical Science
Language of instruction:
Points (ECTS):
Course type:
PhD, Service course (professional skills), taught under single-course student
Danhostel Helsingør
Scope and form:
Lectures, presentations, group work
6 days, 20-25 August, 2018
Duration of course:
The course does not follow DTU’s normal schedule
Date of examination:
 Written report (business plan) and presentation on the last day of the course
Type of assessment: Oral examination and reports
Individual report (80%) and presentation (20%)
Aid: All aid
Evaluation: 7 step scale, internal examiner
Recommended prerequisites: Knowledge within photonics, optics, nanotechnology, and physics would be beneficiary
Participants restrictions: Maximum: 25

Christian Pedersen, Risø Campus, Building 108, phone: (45) 4677 4508,

Departments involved

33 DTU Nanotech
47 DTU Energy Conversion

Please send an email with your full name, position and affiliation to Charlotte Larsen ( no later than April 25, 2018. The course will fill up fast and there are 25 seats available

Green challenge participation
This course gives the student an opportunity to prepare a project that may participate in DTU's Study Conference on sustainability, climate technology, and the environment (GRØN DYST). More information

General course objectives
The overall objective of this course is to achieve a basic business insight that will allow the student to efficiently participate in commercializing inventions and knowledge within technical sciences. The course is planned together with CATCH – art and technology incubator and will introduce the students to artistic and creative methodologies related to the discovery and development of a business opportunity.

General objectives

  • How to develop a research project or idea to a business opportunity
  • How to position your business in a market
  • How to get an understanding of your potential customers
  • Technology transfer of IPR from research to commerce
  • Formation of a new business activity: in existing industry (intrapreneurship) or via a spin-off company (entrepreneurship)
Students will be asked to apply their research subject in the development of a business idea or they will have the opportunity to work with an idea developed jointly by DTU and CATCH. The ideas will be presented and further developed at the Ideation Day, May 2, 2018.

Learning objectives After the course, you will be able to:
  • Develop ideas and identify business opportunities
  • Form a startup team
  • Know and analyze customer value creation using design principles
  • Analyze markets for technological products and services
  • Communicate your business idea
  • Understand IPR & legal aspects (patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets)
  • Develop business strategies and models
  • Understand finances in a tech startup company

The course consists of:
  • An Ideation Day (3 hours)
  • Reading course material (individual) and perform customer interviews in the intermediate period (teams)
  • A six day stay at Danhostel Helsingør
  • A written report (individual)
Teams and cases will be developed at the Ideation Day based on the students’ own ideas and ideas developed by CATCH and DTU.

Teaching will consist of morning lectures, usually given by experts working in a specific area, afternoon group works supported by business mentors and evening inspiring talks given by successful high tech entrepreneurship entrepreneurs.

Following the summer school, it is possible to further develop and commercialize the ideas at CATCH incubator and the Open Entrepreneurship Program.

Course Literature
‘Knowledge Based Entrepreneurship’ by John Heebøll.

Cost of attendance: Approx. DKK 6.500. The price includes full board at Danhostel Helsingør, trips and teaching materials.

Jes Broeng, DTU Fotonik, Lyngby, Building 340, phone +45 4525 3659,
Majken Overgaard, CATCH, Helsingør Kommune, phone +45 2365 3252,