Last week we had the pleasure to host 22 PhD candidates, early-stage researchers and young profeesionals in the HEKATE workshop “Turning ideas into business opportunities at TuTech’s premises in Hamburg. Speakers from industry and academia in Belgium, UK, The Netherlands and Germany offered their knowledge and experience what is needed to turn ideas into business. Corina Kuiper, owner of The Effectual Catalyst and based in Antwerp, introduced into effectuation and idea development. Thierry Piret, head of Solvay Ventures, gave insight into corporate venturing. What drives multinationals to invest in new business? The highlight of the workshop was the pitching & communication training by Beth Susanne, coming originally from Silicon Valley. Most participants valued the opportunity to train their pitching skills very high.
“In industry we expect that people can explain their ideas in a minute.”
workshop participant representing industry