Entrepreneurship workshop attracts global audience

6 April 2016

Forty delegates from 25 countries attended the Institute’s workshop on entrepreneurship for scientists and engineers in developing countries in Trieste, Italy on 30 March – 5 April.

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The workshop, organised jointly with ICTP, the American Physical Society, IEEE and OSA, was the latest in a series aimed at equipping scientists with the entrepreneurial skills to commercialise their scientific ideas and inventions.

Participants came from across the globe, from Venezuela to Malawi to India, to take part in the programme, which covers the processes for taking an invention to market, how to develop a business model, small-business financing, and intellectual property. They also had the opportunity to hear a selection of success-stories of inventions that have been fruitfully commercialised.

IOP head of international Tajinder Panesor said: “The entrepreneurship work is going from strength to strength and we now have a really good programme.

“The schedule is demanding and the programme only attracts those who are truly committed to getting something out of it. So we’re confident that they all return home well poised to make use of what they’ve learned at the workshops, and have a real impact.”

For further information on the programme, see the entrepreneurship pages of the IOP website. A first-hand account of the workshop from its participants will shortly follow on the IOP blog.

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