Research to Business: Patent & Funding Basics

In this workshop we inform graduates and postdocs about entrepreneurship in science, patents as well as funding.

Learning Goal:

Successful transfer of ideas and innovations from research to business
TopicCompany Building
17. März 2022
14:00 Uhr
17:00 Uhr
180 min.

Target Group

  • Gründende
  • Start-ups
  • Forschende


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Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Digitaler Konferenzraum


Start-Up, Science, Entrepreneurs, Patents, Funding, Promotion, Researchers

Course content

14:00  Welcome 

14:00  The Entrepreneurial Mindset, Steffen Ahrens

Do I need to be born as an entrepreneur or is it possible to become one? Do I need an innovative idea or technology to be successful? 
Just two of a bunch of questions scientists ask themselves when thinking about becoming their own boss after their university life. The session will give an insight in what it means to become an entrepreneur, how an entrepreneurial mindset looks like and how to start to turn an idea into a successful business. The session is addressed to people who have already plans to start a business but also to those who are just curious about the opportunities and a brief how-to?

15:00  A glimpse into intellectual property rights, Dr. Robert Szczesny

Patents, utility models, designs, trademarks, copyright?
This one hour workshop introduces you to some important types of intellectual property rights and will elucidate when to apply which right. You will also learn basics in patent research and get an outline of rights and obligations of employee inventors. 

16:00  Innovation and startup funding, Moritz Bradler 

Science-based innovations are highly relevant for future economic development of regions and states. Numerous funding schemes from regional, national and European public sources are accessible for researchers that aim to test basic research for market potential or to move ideas forward from lab to application, be it through collaboration with industry or spinning out a new company from university.

The session will give an overview on some common grant schemes and their typical terms and conditions. Participants are invited to q&a about fundability of their specific ideas and to consult with MLU’s Transfer and Entrepreneurship Office anytime.

The course will be conducted by:

Steffen Ahrens

Startup Consultant and Network Management

Start-up advice, support in the pre-seed funding phase, business model development, financing & funding advice

Steffen Ahrens is a start-up consultant in the International Startup Campus joint project and the  Transfer and Entrepreneurship Office at the University of Halle. He earned his degree in business administration at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in 2007 and then worked in marketing and sales for industrial companies. He has been working as a project manager and start-up consultant at MLU since 2012. His focus is business model development.

Moritz Bradler

Knowledge and Technology Transfer / Startup Consulting

Research-based start-up and transfer projects, cooperations between science and econmy, funding, innovation validation

Moritz Bradler studied business administration with a focus on controlling, marketing & trade and industrial engineering in Halle and León (Spain). He has been the contact person for knowledge and technology transfer at MLU since 2012 and primarily supports scientists with innovation and technology-based start-up projects.

Dr. Robert Szczesny

Consultant for intellectual property and property rights

General questions regarding the protection of intellectual property, development of protection and exploitation strategies for IP objects

Dr. Robert Szczesny is our consultant for intellectual property and industrial property rights for start-up projects at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. He is responsible for general questions regarding the protection of intellectual property and the development of protection and exploitation strategies for IP objects. Dr. Szczesny has a doctorate in biology and studied patent engineering. He has been working for the Transfer and Entrepreneurship Office since August 2012.


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