PIER Innovation Events 2021



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Online Workshop: PIER Startup Bootcamp II "Business Modeling", 06 May 2021


The second PIER Start-Up Workshop of the series, "Business Modeling", took place on 6 May 2021 via Zoom. In this workshop, early-stage researchers (PhD students and Postdocs) learnt how to develop business models based on their own ideas or research findings. The methodic focus was on Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas and Systems Thinking. The workshop offered a mix of theoretical input as well as creative and practical group exercises, which encouraged the participants to think and act like entrepreneurs. The workshop was facilitated by Andreas Voss (Concis Group! & People & Friends).


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Online Workshop: PIER Start-Up Bootcamp I "Design Thinking", 25 March 2021

In the first remote workshop of the series, PhD students and postdocs got an overview of the Design Thinking approach, a creativity technique they can use to generate/utilize ideas from their own research results. In addition, they learnt how to develop new products or services as well as their own business models using their own ideas. At the end, the participants had a chance to ask their questions and share their own experiences and opinions within the group. The workshop was moderated by Andreas Voss (Concis Group! & People & Friends).


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Xploraytion...an example of a successful scientific service startup (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 14 January 2021

Scientific Service Companies act as innovative problem solvers and facilitate applicable tailor-made solutions to industrial and societal challenges involving industry and academia. As intermediaries they lower the burden for businesses to get in touch with research infrastructures. Being knowledgeable about research instruments and methods are key features of their competence. In our first digital PIER Innovation Lunch Talk of the year, Bernhard Hesse, CEO of the Berlin-based scientific service startup Xploraytion, shared his experience of setting up an analytical service provider. In addition, Uwe Sassenberg, project lead of CAROTS, a European funded project led by DESY for the promotion of companies like Xploraytion, talked about opportunities for researchers thinking about starting their own scientific service company.