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

Date: 15 October 2019 - 04 November 2019
Location: Leeuwarden

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, (industrial) pollution and the rising sea level due to global warming.

There’s no doubt that you, in your role as an MSc student, (PhD) researcher or professional, are key to solving these issues. However, if you want to develop innovative ideas, valorize your knowledge, and implement solutions, you need to make the connection between your expertise and demands in the market and in society.

High impact on society

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

Extra value for your research degree

The Business Development Course supports you to turn your research and innovative ideas into value by creating a practical 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 program including a grant of 2.500 Euro and additional business coaching worth 2.500 Euro.


We train MSc students, (PhD) researchers and professionals:

  • in finding market demands and opportunities for water related challenges;
  • in marketing 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).


We start with a homework assignment on 2 October about personal purpose, vision, mission and trends. There will be 3 training days at the WaterCampus in Leeuwarden on 9, 16 & 30 October (from 13h-21h). The venue is Business Centre Johannes de Doper, Agora 4, 8934 CJ Leeuwarden. Furthermore, your time investment for home work will be around 2 hours a week, during 4 weeks.

Information & Application

This course is sponsored by Wetsus, WaterCampus Leeuwarden and Climate-KIC. The remaining registration fee is 150 Euro. For more information about this course and to register, please contact Marco de Graaff ( Deadline for application: 15 September 2018.

Application deadline

9 September 2019

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Former occurrences of this course

  • 9, 16 & 30 October 2018, > Download flyer
  • 18 October, 1 and 14 November 2017
  • 20 October - 1 December 2016