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Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs - CENTIM

From PhD to Innovator


Wednesday, 24 May 2023

to Thursday, 25 May 2023


9am to 5pm both days


Brühler Straße 7, 53119 Bonn

How much startup is in your PhD?

Take your career into your own hands in the Young Entrepreneurs in Science Workshop! Develop potential startup ideas together with other PhDs and postdocs of all disciplines, network with real-life sciencepreneurs, and learn about career options after the PhD. Our innovation coaches will help you to discover the potential of your research by building your first prototype.

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Discover your entrepreneurial potential in our workshop. (Source: Falling Walls Foundation)

Workshop Programme

Day 1: From PhD to Sciencepreneur
Discover what it means to be an entrepreneur, explore your entrepreneurial strengths, and meet our experienced role models, who will share their failures and successes.

Day 2: The Design Thinking Process
Learn and apply the Design Thinking principles to refine ideas for potential products. We will explore the concepts of empathy and human-centred design, and create a prototype for the final presentation.


How to apply

Admission is free and no previous knowledge is required. The workshop is open to all PhDs and Postdocs of all disciplines. 

Participation grants you a personalised certificate and exclusive access to our online network for scientists.

Falling Walls Foundation and H-BRS

Falling Walls is the unique global hub connecting science, business, and society. The Young Entrepreneurs in Science (YES) initiative aims to inspire doctoral students and postdocs to think and act entrepreneurially by offering further education. Together, we focus on introducing scientists to the topic of entrepreneurship.
The Start-up-Manufaktur hosts YES workshops several times a year.

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Die Start-up-Manufaktur ist eine Initiative des CENTIM und wird im Rahmen des EXIST-Programms durch das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz gefördert (Logos:
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H-BRS Entrepreneurship Centre

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Graduate Institute


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Christoph Krieger

Business Development Manager and Start-up Scout




H 203


von-Liebig-Straße 20

53359, Rheinbach


+49 2241 865 9965