From PhD to Innovator

Course Type: Workshop (takes place in Stuttgart)
Target Group: Doctoral researchers, Postdoctoral researchers
In cooperation with the Start-up Centre of the University of Konstanz (Kilometer1) and Young Entrepreneus in Science
In this workshop by Young Entrepreneurs in Science, you will learn methods from the fields of design thinking, storytelling and innovation management and apply them to develop start-up ideas from your PhD project, your other specialist expertise or from your everyday observations.
The workshop is an invitation to experiment and does not require that you already have a start-up idea. It offers you a platform to develop innovative ideas and concepts, present ideas and receive valuable feedback in a protected setting with experienced innovation coaches and an interdisciplinary group of participants. In addition, the workshop supports you in planning your next steps, especially with regard to the question of who you want to bring into the team so that the right personalities with the relevant competences will come together.
Day 1
- Self-reflection on own (founding) competencies
- Success stories of founders
- Characteristics and skills of a founder
- Keynote speeches by start-up founders and intrapreneurs
- Q&A session with startup founders and intrapreneurs
Day 2
- Composition of teams
- Design thinking incl. prototyping
- Getting feedback on developed prototypes in the real world
- Presentations in groups
The YES-workshop "From PhD to Innovator" takes place in cooperation with the University of Konstanz's start-up support and our partners University of Stuttgart, University of Hohenheim, University of Esslingen.
Workshop venue: [frei]raum, Pfaffenwaldring 45, 70569 Stuttgart. Travel expenses (without overnight stay) can be reimbursed through YES.
The workshop can be credited towards the ASD certificate "Leadership, Management, Science Communication and Knowledge Transfer Certificate" in modules III or IV (16 units). If you have any questions about the certificate, please contact Melanie Moosbuchner (
Further information:
Registration at Young Entrepreneurs in Science:
Registration deadline: 6 October 2022