CAPTURE Entrepreneurship Development Program


A 5-session journey in which coaches working in research valorization will guide teams of young researchers and entrepreneurs through the trajectory from idea to start-up company. Coaching sessions will be alternated with homework, guest lectures and feedback sessions by successful entrepreneurs and industrial experts.

The course will follow the MIT ‘Disciplined Entrepreneurship’ methodology.

For who?

Small teams of motivated Ghent University postdocs, PhD and/or last-year MSc students with innovative ideas, willing to explore the set-up of their own spin-off or start-up company. Primary focus is on water technology, carbon utilization and plastic waste to resource. Researchers from related fields can also be considered.

The program

  • Session 1 - 7/3 (12-18h): Market segmentation and defining the customer
  • Session 2 - 28/3 (12-21h): Value proposition and customer acquisition
  • Session 3 - 16/4 (12-21h): Business model and unit economics
  • Session 4 - 7/5 (12-21h): From minimum viable product to product planning
  • Session 5 - 9/5 (16-21h): Pitching your story

The sessions take place at Sint-Baafshuis, Biezekapelstraat 2, 9000 Gent


The course is free for UGent researchers. Externals can join a team of UGent researchers on specific conditions (to be discussed). Lunches and dinners are included.

Interested teams can apply by sending an email by 15/02/2018 to with the following information:

  • project title + names & affiliations of team members
  • short abstract of business ideas (max. ½ A4).

The course will be recognized as a Specialist Course by the Doctoral Schools.
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