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KTH Innovation Discovery Program

Are you a researcher at KTH who is curious about innovation? Do you want to learn more and explore if and how your research results could create impact outside of academia? Then the KTH Innovation Discovery Program could be for you!

About the program

The program includes: Seven lunch workshops during the spring semester and one individual meeting with a business development coach.  

Important dates: Register by 15 January, 2023. Workshops on 25 January (physical meeting at Teknikringen 1), 8 February (on Zoom), 22 February (on Zoom), 8 March (on Zoom), 22 March (on Zoom), 26 April, (on Zoom), 10 May (physical meeting at Teknikringen 1). 

Cost: The program is free of charge.

Who can join? Researchers at KTH, from Ph.D. students to Professors. 

After the program: You will have increased your knowledge of the innovation process, what is important when you bring your research closer to market, and what support is available for you. You will know if there are exciting results in your own research that you could take towards the market.

About the Discovery Program

Join the program!

Follow the link to submit your registration. The number of participants is limited. Registration is open until 15 January, 2023.

As a researcher at KTH, you have probably heard the words impact, commercialization, and innovation more times than you can count. But what do they really mean? How do you actually take your research from the lab to the market, and how can you figure out if it is something you might want to try? This program will teach you all you need to know. 

Concrete and relevant knowledge

In the Discovery Program, we will tell you all you need to know about the innovation process in six concrete and practical one-hour workshops spread out during the spring semester.

You will also get the chance to explore whether you could turn your own research into an innovation and find out if and how you could be part of that journey.

For researchers at KTH

We have developed the program with KTH researchers in mind, based on our fifteen years of experience in supporting researchers from idea to innovation. Hundreds of leading organizations around the world use our structured models and processes.

The program is open to all researchers at KTH, from doctoral students to professors.

Physical and digital workshops

A majority of the workshops in the program are digital, but some take place physically at Teknikringen 1.

Why should I join the Discovery Program?

Portrait Ioanna Sapouna

"Before I joined the program I thought innovation should be left to people with great marketing skills and entrepreneurship, but anyone could contribute new ideas to the market if only they meet the right people! The KTH Innovation Discovery Program did for me just that."

- Ioanna Sapouna, Ph.D. candidate at the Division of Glycoscience at KTH , and participant in the KTH Innovation Discovery Program, spring 2022.

This program is perfect for you who are curious about innovation and want to learn more, but who are not yet sure innovation is something for you. 

In a wider perspective

Having experience of taking your research towards the market is more and more seen as a merit within academia. If you have a grasp of your impact, you will also write better applications and increase your chances of getting research funding. Our society needs new innovations to face our challenges. 

You will also expand your network and connect with people outside of your field. This helps bring new perspectives that can boost your creativity and spark new ideas.  

After the program, you will know:

  • What words like commercialization, impact, utilization and innovation actually mean.
  • The different roles that are necessary when developing an idea and what role you could (and want) to take.
  • If there are exciting results in your own research that you could take towards the market.
  • What steps you need to take to go from idea or research result to a new or improved product or service implemented in the market.
  • How you can explain what you work with so that people understand and want to know more.
  • How the professor’s privilege, secondary occupation rules and intellectual property rights work.
  • What funding options are available to you, for example for applying for a patent or developing a prototype.

Lunch workshops

In six lunch workshops, we will go through the fundamentals of innovation. An experienced and knowledgeable workshop leader will be taking you through for each session.

In each workshop, you will be able to test and discuss your research and ideas with the other participants.

Find exciting opportunities in your research

During the program, you will get the chance to have an in-depth discussion about your research with a coach from KTH Innovation who has experience in your area of technology. Together, you will try pinpoint exciting ideas or results that could have potential to create impact on the market.

Final assignment and meeting

The final session will take place on KTH Innovation’s premises at Teknikringen 1 on KTH Campus. All participants who submit a small, final assignment will get a certificate that they have completed the program.

The program does not give academic credits.

Join the program!

Follow the link to submit your registration. The number of participants is limited. Registration is open until 15 January, 2023.

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