Part of PIER’s mission is to promote innovation within the thematic scope of the PIER research fields. In the name of DESY and Universität Hamburg, PIER seeks to establish an innovation-friendly culture on the science campus in Hamburg Bahrenfeld and to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among its researchers. To this end, PIER engages in a variety of activities, e.g. the organization of workshops and coachings, presentations of best practice etc.

Founding a High-Tech                               Startup: Lessons to be Learned

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What does it mean to start a high-tech company? Which are typical pitfalls when moving from academia to business? These and other questions will be addressed by Dr. Karl Eberl, founder of a nanoscience spin-off from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) that has grown into a successful company. Join us for a get-together after the talk, discuss further questions with the speakers and meet like-minded fellow researchers. Free refreshments and snacks will be provided.

The workshop will be moderated by Karl Eberl (Eberl MBE - Komponenten GmbH).

Date & Venue:
5 February 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bahrenfeld Campus, CHyN (Bldg. 600), SR 301

Registration will close on 30 January 2020. As the number of participants is limited, early registration is strongly recommended. Members of DESY and Universität Hamburg will be given preference.

Past events and activities

PIER Startup Bootcamp III: Business Plan and Funding, 13 December 2019
PIER Startup Bootcamp II: Business Modeling, 24 October 2019
PIER Industry Talk: Opportunities and Challenges in Energy Storage, 24 September 2019
Marketing for High-Tech Startups (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 25 June 2019
Starting and Running a Software-Based Company (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 27 May 2019
Gründungsförderung für Tech Start-Ups (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 25 April 2019
PIER Startup Bootcamp I: Design Thinking, 5 April 2019
Startup Support at DESY & UHH (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 25 March 2019
The Ideal Startup Team: Does It Really Exist? (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 21 February 2019
Starting and Running a Hardware-based Start-Up (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 22 November 2018
What Does the Perfect Pitch Look Like? (PIER Innovation Lunch Talks), 25 October 2018
Startup Knowledge - How to Apply for a Bank Loan (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 27 September 2018
Hidden Assumptions and Typical Pitfalls When Founding in Tech (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 25 June 2018
Business Plan, Business Model Canvas and Pitch (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 24 May 2018
Starting a Company in the Life Sciences (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 19 April 2018
Business meets Physics, 16 April 2018
Inventions and Patents (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 22 March 2018
Starting a Tech Company (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 22 February 2018
PIER Start-Up Workshop, 8 December 2017
PIER Innovation Day, 17-18 March 2016
PIER Talk, 22 June 2015
PIER Innovation Workshop, 22 May 2014


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Building 61
Room 118c
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