Professors

Our idea in three sentences:

By creating (more) awareness for the students of the possibilities to join a start-up encouraged by personally motivated professors, can increase the total number of founded chemical start-ups. Start-up supporting professors can have a big impact on the start-up scene, students and the professor himself.

Here you will find the funny video prototype – this is way above your deliverable:

And below we would like to present you the executive summary:

Executive Summary

The university professor in many cases is the key person to be confronted by students with an idea for a start-up in the first place. She or he is the connection between the accomplished new knowledge and the student, who want to found a company with this invention. The professor can see the industrial potential of a product. However, there are not a lot of supportive professors because they don’t show any entrepreneurial spirit and are more focussed on research.

The 46-year old chemical Prof. Dr. Manfred Lausberg is wondering about usefulness of start-ups in chemistry at all. He is passionate in teaching and researching. For that reason he has never worked in the industry before. As nearly all professors Lausberg wants to increase the number of students who work in their workgroup. Additional he wants more money for his research. In generally he wants to increase the number of publications. Those requests come from the natural drive of his profession. He has a responsibility for his students, especially for his workgroup. That contains the quality of teaching. But it also means that he has to create a good fundament for the industry.

The full picture includes the possibility of joining respectively founding a start-up. For that reason we want to create awareness for students of the possibilities to join a start-up by personally motivated professors.

There are two main options to help Prof. Lausberg.

On the one hand is Prof. Klaus, who is already involved in start-ups and support them. He is telling Prof. Lausberg about the advantages of supporting start-ups. He does this on conferences, meeting, as well in the normal lunch break.

On the other hand we have the innovation centres that nearly every university has (e.g. Humboldt-Innovation, Profund Innovation, Centre of Enterpreneurship). Those are able to provide the information about the funding mechanism for start-ups. The most important information that they can provide is the question of dealing with IP issues but also giving a first reality check about the market needs. Besides the pure information they can provide they potentially have contacts to successfully entrepreneurs of Lausberg´s group. Sometimes professors are even not aware of the further positions of their students. They can call them and offer a pitch during the lecture or in the monthly group meeting. Lausberg will most likely support this idea and will realise what is possible with start-ups. The innovation centre’s actions will take place every semester. If the motivation process was successful Lausberg will invite the start-up the next semesters.

What are the benefits? Because of Lausberg’s open mind set students like him more and they are more motivated for the research. Its way more likely that they will join his working group. Therefore he has more researchers that create more papers. Lausberg will receive more money, because his working group is bigger and personal he might held some shares of patents. Lausberg gains a new type of network that shows him the state of the arts.