Second all-academic meeting of TTO community and their supporters
Spin Off - different perspectives
What are the foundations for successful Spin off? How important is external advice?
How does one find the perfect mix of insiders and outsiders?
Join our interactive panel discussion and find out much more! Meet our guests:
Dr. Thorsten Lambertus - AHEAD | The Fraunhofer Venture
Rolph Segers, MSc. - TNO, Tech Transfer office, The Hague
Ing. Lucie Hustolesová - Head of Startup Acceleration, CzechInvest
Is a detailed roadmap of a planned Spin Off the only basis for success? How does one find the perfect mix of "minds" and "managers"? How important is external advice and coaching in the academic field? There are many difficulties when setting up a Spin Off, but we can learn from others how to overcome the majority of these obstacles. We will look inside the heart of Spin Offs and find our answers there. The best points will prepare the ground for greater discussion about Academic Spin Offs and will form precautionary suggestions and recommendations for the Czech Academy of Science.
For academics, scientists, technology transfer managers and those who are interested in Spin Off
Rolph Segers currently builds new High-tech start-up companies at TNO within a relatively new Tech Transfer Program. Rolph has been active himself in the start-up scene. He has been personally involved with a start-up and has been investment manager on behalf of the TU Delft for the past few years in UNIIQ (and early stage investment fund) and participates in the Investment Committee of the Mainport Innovation Fund (also early stage, focus on logistics). Next to this he was the Program Director of the Valorisation Program. A EUR 13 million program that entails entrepreneurial education, business development, patents, several start-up funds and network development. Before that he was responsible for the formation of strategic relationships between the TU Delft and large-scale companies, he was Technology Transfer Officer and coordinated the first subsidized valorisation program. Rolph is also member of the YES!Delft Selection committee, YES!Delft is an incubator for high-tech start-ups.
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Thorsten Lambertus heads Fraunhofer AHEAD as Europe’s largest tech transfer and company building program that supports 70+ high-tech ventures per year. Designing and executing innovation strategies in R&D-dominated environments is at the core of his expertise. Thorsten strongly believes in science-backed entrepreneurship. Before launching AHEAD in 2019, Thorsten has initiated and scaled Fraunhofer’s first startup accelerator FDays® with a 38% tech transfer rate among 180 projects in 5 years. Apart from that, he is an executive trainer on entrepreneurship & innovation, a two-time entrepreneur, has worked as an innovation consultant in the automotive and energy sectors and devoted three years as a researcher at the intersection of entrepreneurship and psychology. He holds a diploma from RWTH Aachen University, Germany and a PhD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
About Fraunhofer Venture
Fraunhofer Venture acts through AHEAD as the central platform between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the national and international entrepreneurship ecosystems. As one of Europe’s premier technology transfer programs, we invest our passion for science into a new generation of deep tech entrepreneurs.
Lucie has been Head of Startup Acceleration since 2017. She joined CzechInvest after experience in the banking sector, working in innovations for a major bank in Amsterdam. Lucie has a passion to help young Czech entrepreneurs and innovative companies to guide their way to the foreign markets, enter the international environment and succeed globally. To date, CzechInvest has supported more than 250 startups.
CzechInvest is the investment and business development agency of the Czech Republic whose services and development programmes contribute to attracting foreign investment and to developing Czech companies. Our mission is to support investment activities to the highest level of competence not only through our information service and consultancy but also by linkage with structural funds of the EU.
Michal helps to overcome legal barriers to transfer cases in the Technology Transfer Office of the Czech Academy of Science (CAS). He creates checklists, gives recommendations or prepares contractual templates for the institutions of the CAS. He also specializes in consultancy in the filed of contract research, establishment of academic spi-off firemen and takes care of licencing issues.