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.

Upcoming events and activities

PIER Startup Bootcamp: Business Plan and Funding

Photograph: Startup Stock Photos

PIER is pleased to announce its next PIER Start-Up Workshop “Business Plan and Funding” for early stage researchers (PhD students and Postdocs), taking place on 13 December 2019 on Bahrenfeld campus.

Participants will receive an overview of the business plan and learn how they can transfer their own business ideas, Business Model Canvas or research results into this more classical framework. The business plan still is an important instrument in order to test and review business models, make and stick to strategic decisions and to share one’s own business idea with potential investors. Writing a business plan represents a special challenge that includes rules, which entrepreneurs and business professionals need to become familiar with and follow. The participants therefore learn what is important to keep in mind when developing a business plan and review typical pitfalls. Besides covering topics including marketing, market research, legal structures and team development, the students intensively examine various financing strategies and opportunities.

The workshop will be moderated by Andreas Voss (Concis Group!).

Date & Venue:
13 December 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bahrenfeld Campus, CFEL (Bldg. 99), SR IV
More information & Registration

Registration will close on 2 December 2019. 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: 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 Workshop: 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


Dr. Marion Stange
Building 61
Room 118c
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IP Day Hamburg 13 November 2019, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., HAW Hamburg, Forum Finkenau

Events of other institutions

Ignite Talks Vol. #70 14. November 2019 (every other Thursday of the month), 7 p.m-10 p.m., Absolute Software Gmb, 5th OG, Jungfernstieg 49

Startup, Walk & Talk Every Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fährdamm 13

Kostenlose Startup-Sprechstunde 18 November 2019, Hamburg Invest, Mindspace, Rödingsmarkt 9 

Fragestunde - Kompakte Beratung für Kreative 26 November 2019, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Stockmeyerstr. 41-43, Halle 4 Mittelbau

Gründerinnen-Frühstück 28 November 2019, UHH, Career Center, Monetastr. 4