InnoEnergy announces a transition from their current PhD programme, to a new support system for entrepreneurial PhD candidates and researchers. With so many universities now including innovation and entrepreneurship training in their doctoral school projects, it is the perfect moment for InnoEnergy to explore new ways to bring innovations from PhD research to market.
Frank Gielen, InnoEnergy Education Director, shares: “We will be looking at new support methods for researchers that not only develop the basic skills but actually go one step further and provide active support to develop innovative ideas into real services and products that will advance the sustainable energy transition. The unique support that InnoEnergy can offer in this context is to connect the entrepreneurial researcher with our innovation eco-system and prepare them for a real business creation (ad)venture in our Highway programme. So, this is our new scope: identify the best ideas from our research community and prepare them for our Highway.”
InnoEnergy is committed to fostering this essential link to research and supporting entrepreneurial researchers through activities such as:
Frank makes it clear that InnoEnergy sustains its commitment to support the PhD community : “InnoEnergy is an innovation engine. This means that we also need to constantly improve and innovate ourselves to make an impact. The evolution of the programme is a result of this innovation and the logical next step – to provide the opportunity for disruptive innovations, that are driven by research, to enter InnoEnergy’s business creation activities.”