Open Entrepreneurship

Open Entrepreneurship

DTU Winter Academy

DTU Winter Academy

Essentials for Leaders of the Future
How to transform technological research into commercial value?

Dates: 1 February 2019

Price: DKK 4.900 excl. VAT

Intended Audience
Researchers, industry experts, corporate intrapreneurs, and experienced managers with the aim to be an active participant in a research based startup – either as founder or supporter.

Module Description
Studies have shown that matching research teams with experienced and external entrepreneurs creates more sustainable businesses. This commercialization catalyzes the research and knowledge into products or processes that generates value to the society. Open Entrepreneurship is a new Danish initiative aiming to turn world-class research into world-class spin-outs. The primary goal is to establish more sustainable start-ups from university research. And in addition, to identify more opportunities for “spinning-in” technology into established companies. All serve the same goal: to create and capture value for the society.

The method captures the value through an action-oriented approach by connecting experienced entrepreneurs with researchers very early on to explore commercial and innovative opportunities. These can either be entrepreneurial (spinout or startup company) or intrapreneurial (within the university, company or organization). This way, the research team has a much deeper understanding of their options, which helps the existing commercial ecosystem on the universities i.e. tech transfer units and business development units. By doing so, Open Entrepreneurship will expand and further develop the existing ecosystem into a technology commercialization community. All methods used in Open Entrepreneurship are research based and recognized.

University of Copenhagen & Technical University of Denmark. Californian UC Berkeley is the strategic partner. Together we utilize our extensive networks to build bridges between industry, universities, sectors and national borders. Open Entrepreneurship is powered by the Danish Industry Foundation.

Meet the team behind Open Entrepreneurship, and learn the methods how to bridge the gap exemplified by exiting research cases at DTU, which are in the process of spinning out as research-based start-ups.


Here are some of the questions this module will explore:

  • How can the knowledge and effort of excellent and leading researchers into benefits for the society?
  • How do we transform research into commercial value?
  • How do we bridge the gap between research and business?
  • What is the latest research based methods in commercializing technology research?
  • How do I live the dream to be on the board of the next big research based start-up?
  • Or just give back and help upcoming entrepreneurs make their way into unknown land?

The module will address the stated questions and provide some insights to inspire you.


Jes Broeng – Open Entrepreneurship
Jes Broeng
is serial high-tech entrepreneur, photonics scientist and professor at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU. He has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from DTU and is authorand co-author of more than 200 publications, 1 textbook, and 18 patents. Jes Broeng’s research interests include business and leadership areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology transfer. He has extensive experience in applied research, early high-tech business development, IPR and licensing, and high-tech sales (US, Europe, and Asia). Jes was awarded the European Optics Prize in 1999 and DTU’s Innovation Award in 2016.

Practical Info

Incl. teaching material and lunch 

DKK 4.900 excl. VAT

1 February 2019

8:30 - 16:30


DTU Business
Building 421
2800 Kgs. Lyngby

Please don't hesitate to contact
Program Director
Ellen Als
(+45) 4525 6137
22 AUGUST 2019