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Entrepreneurial scientists launch 14 statements for more impact with academic startups

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Wanted: ambitious academic startups. Deadline application: 10-11-2023

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In 2020 heeft Research England van 23 Britse onderwijsinstellingen het beleid t.a.v. aandelen in spin-outs in kaart laten brengen. Dit rapport geeft adviezen naar aanleiding van inzicht in verschillende praktijken.

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Central government and the regions have set up extensive collaborations for regional innovation, and much has been achieved already. According to the AWTI report, the parties concerned must now jointly ensure that innovation in the regions really takes off.

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The Netherlands has become one of the key ecosystems for entrepreneurship in Europe according to McKinsey & Company's latest report. We rank 4th in terms of startup value creation in Europe, with Amsterdam as a fast-growing hub.

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Y Combinator has been involved in more than 75 spin-outs. In this article, Jared Friedman addresses the most frequently asked questions and offers advice to scholars considering entrepreneurship.

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To give more clarity on the different phases a Deeptech Founder goes through while building his business, Techleap.nl created a short movie to highlight each step.

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This document aims to collect all guiding principles relevant to one or more stakeholder groups for arriving at agreements between knowledge institutions and startups that emerge from research and/or are initiated by academic staff.

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The Faculty of Impact offers young scientists support and coaching in their ambition to increase the impact of their research, e.g. by starting their own company. The call for the first round - themed energy transition and sustainability - is now open.

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The finalists of the Academic Startup Competition have been announced. Young companies that are busy translating science into impactful innovations.

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Founders Choice is het programma voor startups van Imperial College London. Het biedt founders twee mogelijke startup routes, met elk eigen voorwaarden en aanbod. (Engels)

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Since 2005, valorisation is the relatively young, third core task of Dutch universities in addition to education and research. The aim is to make all talent, knowledge, networks and facilities in these knowledge institutions of value to society.

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The Office of Technology Development (OTD) promotes the public good by advancing science, fostering innovation, and translating new inventions made at Harvard University into useful products that are available and beneficial to society.

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Entrepreneur Linda Dijkshoorn, CEO and founder of EV Biotech, talks with journalist Desiree Hoving about her motivation and sources of inspiration. How does she make an impact?

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Consultancy firm KplusV investigated which public and semi-public funding instruments are available in the early phases of academic startups. How does this capital market actually work in practice?

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Minister Adriaansens, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, announces a strategic agenda to renew the entrepreneurial climate in the Netherlands, with ample attention for innovation and knowledge transfer.

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Harvard Law School organiseerde in 2012 een symposium over financiële ‘conflicts of interest’ binnen universiteiten, over het raakvlak van wetenschap en ondernemerschap. (Engels)

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The Dutch Research Council (NWO) encompasses nine national research institutes and has the responsibility to identify patentable results from its research.

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How can our society benefit more from the knowledge developed at Dutch knowledge institutions? How do you convert knowledge into innovations? We posed these questions to researchers who are actively engaged in introducing new discoveries to the market.

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Op verzoek van UNL onderzocht BiGGAR Economics de impact van Nederlandse universiteiten vanuit economisch perspectief. (Engels)

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'Express licenses' for IP use only a small number of parameters to establish a license. This article compares five institutions on their terms.

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In ten lessons, eight experienced professors of social sciences and humanities give tools to fellow scientists wishing to make impact with their research.

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Recently, several organisations and people from the knowledge field have expressed concerns about the limited focus on knowledge and innovation in political programmes. Read the overview (in Dutch)

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Under the stewardship of TenU, the USIT Guide has been launched last April 24. The guide offers University Spin-out Investment Terms

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Are you developing a complex healthtech technology or a deeptech solution you'd like to bring to the healthcare market? Feel free to join the session from Techleap.nl's Pole Position programme on 11 July 2022 in Utrecht.

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Ministers Robbert Dijkgraaf (Education, Culture and Science) and Micky Adriaansens (Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) have drafted a joint vision on innovation and valorisation. More focus and funding should ensure more societal impact of knowledge from researchers and entrepreneurs.

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Capital Waters stelt open source juridische modellen beschikbaar voor investeerders en ondernemers in de vroege startupfasen.

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Society can only genuinely benefit from startups if these can use the knowledge developed by Dutch knowledge institutions. This could be in the form of intellectual property or through collaboration between researchers and entrepreneurs.

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In recent years, the Dutch House of Representatives has put forward several motions requesting the government to present a vision about bringing innovation in the Netherlands to maturity. The government has pledged to inform the Dutch House of Representatives about this before the summer of 2022.

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In the third round of the National Growth Fund (NGF), the government has allocated €417 million for the ''Delta Plan Valorisatie''.

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The second edition of a report by the Royal Academy of Engineering in association with Beauhurst has been published, examining the success of British spin-out companies

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With new dealterms, universities and spin-offs close 20 deals in half a year

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Opportunities abound to make better use of knowledge and innovation for major societal challenges, such as climate change, the future of healthcare or a fair data economy. That is apparent from research carried out by the Rathenau Instituut.

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In this episode of the The Scale Lab from Techleap.nl, Dinko Valerio talks about his experiences as a researcher, entrepreneur, investor and mentor.

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The State of European Tech 2023 is out. The report contains interesting insights on the deep tech climate of the Netherlands and the rest of Europe in 2023.

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Last month, EZK, TNO and RaboResearch released publications on the Dutch technology and investment climate.

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Jointly, the 4 TUs asked British consultancy firm Biggar Economics to research their economic impact, as part of 4TU's overall societal impact. The quantitative economic impact outcomes are quantified in terms of gross value added and jobs.

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Can science and entrepreneurship be combined? In recent weeks, various articles about this have appeared in the Dutch media, for example, from Reineke Timmermans (VNO-NCW), Ineke Sluiter (KNAW) and entrepreneurial scientist Hans Clevers.

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Jorg Kop is Managing Director of UtrechtInc. How does he - from his role as incubator lead - support more impact from science? And what are the opportunities?

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Entrepreneurial researchers can be found in the social sciences as well. And Levi van Dam is one of them. How does Van Dam create impact with science, and what is his opinion about the steps that need to be taken for a better valorisation practice?

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Liduina Hammer is fund engineer at Polestar Capital. Before then, she was head of investment at InnovationQuarter. We asked her what catches her eye about the Science to Impact climate in the Netherlands.

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Varsha Thakoersing is one of the ten winners of the Academic Startup Competition who were rewarded with a trip to the United States. The CEO of the medtech startup IMcoMET has just got back. What did Varsha notice and what can we learn from her experiences?

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Departure Mirjam van Praag and Pieter Duisenberg - two people of major significance for the academic startup ecosystemn Pieter Duisenberg - twee personen van grote betekenis voor het academisch startupecosysteem

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The (AWTI) advises several targeted measures, which will bring researchers and entrepreneurs together more often and enable them to collaborate more easily. The different needs of entrepreneurs should be taken into account more, especially the needs of SMEs.

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Spinout.fyi is a growing effort to crowdsource and openly publish spinout deal terms across every university. Spinout.fyi seeks to shed light on deal terms to catalyse a re-write of the spinout playbook in favor of future founders.

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Consultancy firm Beauhurst, commissioned by Royal Academy of Engineering, conducted research on factors that increase the success of spinoffs in the United Kingdom.

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Stanford University has longtime experience and extensive documentation for scientists and entrepreneurs. Policies and templates can be found online.

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Study of Dutch and international best-practices in University-Centred Entrepreneurial ecosystems. This research is conducted by ECE on behalf of the AWTI. The AWTI was requested by the Dutch House of Representatives to provide an answer to three concerns about knowledge-intensive startups.

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Last Thursday, 16 March 2022, Universities of The Netherlands (UNL) and Techleap.nl organised the webinar 'Spin-off Deal Term principles'.

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TenU is een samenwerking van o.a. universiteiten van Cambridge, Oxford, MIT, Stanford, UCL en Leuven. Met deze handleiding voor aandeelhouderschap voor universiteiten wil TenU laten zien dat er geen ‘one-size-fits-all’ is, maar wel praktijken die beter werken.

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The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub has published a new Entrepreneur’s Handbook to support founders of spinout companies.

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This is the ambition of the Dutch universities, university medical centers and TNO. Together, the knowledge institutes are launching a plan to strengthen the national innovation ecosystem with the aim of being among the best in the world by 2030.

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Authors Rolph Segers and Stefan van der Ploeg, who both work at TNO Tech Transfer, detail all of the steps required to write a sound business plan that investors can be approached with.

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From now on, all knowledge institutions in the Netherlands can use transparent principles for the transfer of intellectual property to academic spin-offs.

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Today, Universities of The Netherlands (UNL) has presented transparent principles for university spin-offs on the State of Dutch Tech 2023.

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This report by the UK Policy Evidence Unit for University Commercialisation and Innovation sets out in detail the reality of current UK university approaches to taking equity in spinouts.

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Washington University in St.Louis’ publiceert een compact beleid voor de relatie tussen universiteit en onderzoeker met een startup. (Engels)

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Een wetenschappelijk onderzoek over de keuzes om wetenschappelijke vindingen door de universiteit of juist door een andere partij te laten octrooieren.