Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Business Development Course: Create a business case from your research in water technology

Date: 18 October 2017 - 14 November 2017
Location: Wetsus Leeuwarden

Extra value for your research degree

The Wetsus and Climate-KIC Business Development Course supports you to turn your research into value by creating a practial application of your knowledge into society. The course will be completed with a pitch session and the winner will be admitted to the Climate-KIC Greenhouse programme including a grant of 5.000 Euro.

Research and Business connected

Our society is facing challenging and complex water problems that need to be addressed urgently , such as access to safe drinking water, wastewater, sanitation and the rising sea level due to global warming. There’s no doubt that you, in your role as a PhD student or researcher, are key to solving these issues. However, if you want to develop innovative ideas, valorise your knowledge, and implement solutions, you need to make the connection between your research and demands in the market and in society.

High impact on society

This Business Development Course supports you in making this match with a mixture of online and offline trainings with expert trainers in the field of innovation and business development. You will learn how to turn your research into value and have a high impact on society. Our approach is to act as guides.


We train PhD students and researchers:

  • in finding market demands and opportunities for water related challenges;
  • in public relations and how to connect to business in the water sector;
  • to boost an entrepreneurial spirit and a more innovative attitude;
  • to transfer their knowledge into business opportunities (valorisation).

Target audience

Scientists (PhD’s, Postdocs, Researchers, assistant, associate & full Professors, etc.) & Academic Business Developers.


A team of guest speakers & specialised trainers will provide participative, dynamic, and practical sessions. The participants will work on their own case and business model during the course.


We start with a homework assignment on 1 October about personal purpose, vision, mission and trends. There will be three training days at the Water Campus in Leeuwarden on 18 October, 1 & 14 November (from 13h-21h). Furthermore your time investment for home work will be around 4 hours a week, during the 6 weeks. Download the flyer for more details on the programme.

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