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Entrepreneurship after your PhD

Entrepreneurship with a PhD?

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Entrepreneurship after your PhD

Entrepreneurship with a PhD?

The journey from being a PhD student to a full time professor is characterized by number of fixed transition points. At each of these points some chose to go on a different path and it is important that you always have this consideration. Only a small percentage of the PhD students can expect to end up in a full time professor position.

It is therefore important that you consider the options that exists outside academia. One of these options exists if your research have some commercial potential – this idea can be the starting point of a new company and thus kick start your career as an entrepreneur.

At Aalborg University we are ready to guide you through the entire process. If you already have some considerations in relation to becoming an entrepreneur or a commercial business idea AAU Technology Transfer Office is ready to help you. Read more on this site and please contact us if you have any questions.

  • Become the expert in a start up team and leave the business development and management to others.
  • Expand to business development and management and leave the details/technology to others.
  • Establish collaboration with larger companies to bring your idea to the market. 
     

HELP FOR ENTREPRENEURS AT AAU
If you are considering a career path as an entrepreneur by bringing an idea (perhaps born of a discovery that you have come across while conducting your PhD/Postdoc research or related to something else) to the market by starting up your own business, there is much support to find at AAU and elsewhere:

AAU INKUBATOR
Do you want to test your business idea and find out how to commercialize it? Do you want to meet like-minded people - both researchers and students - and talk to business developers? Then join the AAU Inkubator.

The AAU Inkubator is a place where AAU startups can get an office space and receive support, training, and counseling by AAU business developers. Also, it is a place for learning and professional back-and-forth with the other startups residing there. Check out the AAU Inkubator to find more information about opening hours, contact info, and current Inkubator residents.

Furthermore, the AAU Inkubator is always looking for experts within various fields, who are interested in joining or collaborating with start-ups residing in the AAU Inkubator.

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