DESY Start-up School 2024 – Kick-off

Das gesamte Programm läuft vom 22. April 2024 bis 11. Oktober 2024


09:00 - 13:00


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The DESY Start-up School 2024 offers coaching and webinars for scientists interested in discovering their entrepreneurial potential! The Start-up School offers an educational program to equip scientists, engineers, and students with entrepreneurial skills.

Business planning is one of the most important factors when launching a start-up. Like every entrepreneur, scientists launching start-ups need to determine the best services and products they can offer to their future clients. That is why the Start-up School curriculum focuses on business planning; the core for growth and success in the market. The Start-up School will provide scientists with tools in business development planning, budget setting, marketing strategies and finding funds. The support for anyone founding a business model in a scientific setting on the way to becoming a special kind of entrepreneur: a sciencepreneur.

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  • A free-of-charge four-month incubation program to launch your idea on the market
  • Taking part in tailored webinars specifically designed to help scientists become entrepreneurs
  • 1:1 free-of-charge coaching appointments with CEOs
  • Opportunity to join a European network of like-minded people willing to contribute to the world of tomorrow with science and innovation
  • Learning about the upcoming 3-D X-Ray microscope PETRA IV and its potential for helping you extend your business service ideas or develop your services for research and development in the industry


22 April 2024 (Monday) | 9:00 – 13:00
Webinar 1 – Launch Event: “Mindset of an Entrepreneur – Learn How to Think Like an Entrepreneur”
Moderator: Pegram Harrison + CEO Mentors

30 April 2024 (Tuesday) | 16:00 – 20:00
Webinar 2 – “Ideation, Introduce Business Model – Use the Most Advanced Business Model to Think All the Steps of Your Business, from Ideas to Execution”
Moderator: Pegram Harrison

“Collaboration and Networks”
Moderation: Uwe Sassenberg (DESY, SaSaS)

4 June 2024 (Tuesday) | 9:00 – 13:00
Webinar 3 – “Basic Business & Financial Management – Improve the Numbers, Forecasts and Business Processes that Successful Businesses Rely On”
Moderator: Pegram Harrison + CEO Mentors

12 June 2024 (Wednesday) | 15:00 – 19:00
Webinar 4 – “Marketing & Synergies and Scale-up- Learn How to Market Science to Clients and Scale your Business”
Moderator: Pegram Harrison + CEO Mentors

27 June 2024 (Thursday) | 16:00 – 17:30
Webinar 5 – “Industrial Applications of PETRA IV / Business Model for PETRA IV”
Moderatoren: TBA, Kollegen von DESY ITT – Business Development Office

17 September 2024 (Tuesday) | 9:00 – 13:00
Webinar 6 – “Storytelling and Pitching – Create an Impactful and Accurate Pitch for Your Company to Convince Clients, Investors, and Stakeholders of the Value of Your Work”
Moderation: Charlelie Jourdan

10-11 October 2024 (Thursday-Friday)
Final Pitch Event
Pitch-Jury: Pegram Harrison, STO Office, BDO, CEOs und externe Gäste

The Start-up School receives funding from the Helmholtz Association and is administered by the DESY Start-up Office.

The registration deadline has already expired.
Registrations were possible until March 15, 2024!


Porträt von Anne-Kirstin Fentz

Dr. Anne-Kristin Fentz
Projekct Coordination
DESY Start-up Office | Innovation und Technologietransfer

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