PIER Innovation Events 2018



Photograph: Marta Mayer/DESY

Starting and Running a Hardware-based Start-Up (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 22 November 2018

What are challenges and pitfalls in technical sales? What is it like from an expat’s perspective to run a startup in Germany? These and other questions were answered by Haynes Cheng, CTO of the DESY spin-off Cycle GmbH.


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What Does the Perfect Pitch Look Like? (PIER Innovation Lunch Talks), 25 October 2018

How can I convince others of my business idea within just a few minutes? What are essential elements of a successful pitch? These and other questions were answered by Bianca Praetorius, a private pitch coach with long-standing experience in coaching tech start-ups.


Photograph: Marta Mayer/DESY

Startup Knowledge - How to Apply for a Bank Loan (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 27 September 2018

How do I go about applying for a bank loan as a young entrepreneur? What are dos and don’ts that I should know about? These and other questions were answered by Reinhard Hahn, a former bank manager and now consultant at Wirtschafts-Senioren-Beraten e.V.


Photograph: Marta Mayer/DESY

Hidden Assumptions and Typical Pitfalls When Founding in Tech (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 25 June 2018

What does “sales” mean in reality? Where should I set my priorities: sell what I have or develop the next product? And what typical errors can I avoid when founding in tech? These and other questions were answered by Florian Pithan, co-founder and marketing manager of the DESY spin-off X-Spectrum GmbH.


Photograph: Marta Mayer/DESY

Business Plan, Business Model Canvas and Pitch (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 24 May 2018

How do I put together a business plan? What is the use of a Business Model Canvas? And what does the perfect pitch to investors look like?
These and other questions were answered by Hanno Kellner of WIRTSCHAFTS-SENIOREN-BERATEN e.V.


Photograph: Marta Mayer/DESY

Starting a Company in the Life Sciences (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 19 April 2018

How do I start a science-based business? What unexpected obstacles need to be considered before founding a company? These and other questions were answered by Dr. Tobias Gräwert, managing director of the EMBL spin-off BIOSAXS GmbH.


Photograph: Jan Wilken

Business meets Physics, 16 April 2018

How can state-of-the-art technology, research and marketing be successfully matched? How can innovative and interdisciplinary projects work? What can help to start a science spin-off? These questions were discussed at the PIER networking event “Business meets Physics” which brought together scientists from Bahrenfeld campus and researchers from the Faculty of Business Administration of Universität Hamburg in brief panel sessions. The aim was to identify complementary strengths and to exchange ideas on possible joint activities.


Photograph: Leonie Bauer

Inventions and Patents (PIER Innovation Lunch Talks), 22 March 2018

What is a patent? How can I protect an invention? What are my obligations towards my employer? These and other questions were answered by Dr. Jörg Faupel, patent attorney.


Photograph: Leonie Bauer

Starting a Tech Company - Lessons to be Learned (PIER Innovation Lunch Talks), 22 February 2018

How do you start your own tech business? What can be possible pitfalls? These and other questions were answered by Nicolas Stübe, CEO of the DESY startup suna-precision GmbH, during the first PIER Innovation Lunch Talk.