How to translate academic research into a successful enterprise

Biocatalyst Foundation in cooperation with LIAA and Alter Labs is organizing a workshop for researchers willing to pursue entrepreneurial career and commercialize their research. Workshop: From Research to Startup – First Steps

Workshop: From Research to Startup – First Steps

How to translate academic research into a successful enterprise

Date: 30 November 2022, 13:00 – 17:00 + networking and reception after
Mode: half-day in-person workshop
Language: English
Venue: RTU Science and Innovation Center, Ķīpsalas 6, Riga
Price: 0 EUR (EUR 250 per participant covered in full by event sponsors)
Apply: using this link

 Part 1 – Talks   

12:45 – 13:00 Arrival and registration
13:00 – 13:15 Introduction: key challenges by Biocatalyst Foundation
13:15 – 13:35 Scientist founders’ story by CellBox Labs: organs-on-chips created in Latvia
13:35 – 13:50 Startups: the basics by Andrii Shekhirev, serial founder (latest at Enzymity), early stage team mentor, co-creator of Biocatalyst NGO
13:50 – 14:10 Financing a research-based startup by Tuula Palmen, VC at Evok Ventures and creator at Synbio Powerhouse ecosystem (Helsinki)
14:30 – 14:45 Biotech Startup creation: do’s and don’ts by eureKare, 100 mil. EUR French biotech venture firm 
14:45 – 14:55 Coffee break
14:55 – 15:10 How to take sustainability into account planning your research and future commercialization by Alter Labs
15:10 – 15:30 Scientist founders’ story by Anna Ramata-Stunda (Alternative Plants): Switch from academic career to a start-up
15:30 – 15:50 Intellectual property: the deep-tech perspective by Sara Holland, Patent Attorney at Potter Clarkson specializing in biotechnology
15:50 – 16:10 How to build a startup team: Finnish experience by Pauli Turunen, founder at Ucot, startup operator and mentor
16:10 – 16:30 Coffee break

Part 2 – Hands-on

16:00 – 17:00 Moderated workshop: applications, markets, and next steps
17:00 – 17:30 Networking and snacks


  • – Learn about key aspects of research commercialization
  • – Get inspired by success stories of Latvian scientist-founders
  • – Receive answers to your specific questions 
  • – Sign up for 1-on-1 sessions with experienced mentors
  • – Connect to like-minded peers and brainstorm together

Target audience

  • – PhD, MSc, post-docs and other researchers interested in deep-tech startups
  • – Academic management and administration willing to facilitate spin-off creation

NB! Number of places is limited, registration will be on first-come-first-serve basis

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