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In this workshop, junior researchers 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 learned how to develop new products or services as well as their own business models using their own ideas. Design Thinking is based on the cognitive working process of designers. Whenever designers develop ideas and solutions, they progress step by step: they empathize, define, innovate, create prototypes and test these. This is exactly the process our participants went through within the workshop.

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 when analyzing their ideas and business models.