NORA.startup webinar #26: Taking the Leap: From Researcher to Entrepreneur

Are you curious to learn more about how you can effectively commercialise your research? 

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Are you curious to learn more about how you can effectively commercialise your research? 

During this NORA.startup webinar, we will discuss the process and importance of commercialising research, and starting companies out of academia. We will explore why it is important to commercialise research, how to get started, processes such as moving from basic research to something that can be financed as a startup, protecting your intellectual property rights, how to disclose inventions and patents to the University and various opportunities for funding to help you succeed in commercialising your research. 

We will explore and discuss questions such as: 

  • Why should a researcher think about starting a company - what’s in it for them?

  • How can one merge an academic and entrepreneurial mindset?

  • How to assess the opportunity of commercialising your research?

  • How to build and define an IP and commercialisation strategy?

We have invited experts who will share their expertise and experience from commercialising research.

  • Ranveig Strøm, Director of Innovation, Simula Research Laboratory

Ranveig is working at Simula Research Laboratory as Director of Innovation, where she is currently responsible for the incubator Gründergarasjen. Through Gründergarasjen, early-stage tech startups get 12 months free office space, competency, resources and network. Being

 located at Bislett at the OsloMet campus, also close to SimulaMet and Simula, the incubator creates an infrastructure for commercialization for these organizations as well as bringing external promising startups into the academic environment. Their unique

 position between has enabled them to build bridges between academia and the startup scene, and connections and collaborations between startups, students and researchers are being created every day.

Before joining Simula, Ranveig was responsible for CERN’s entrepreneurship activities as part of their Knowledge Transfer team in Geneva, Switzerland. Her Master’s degree is from the NTNU School of Entrepreneurship, and while being a student she was involved in several startups as well as a range of organizations working to support startups, like Climate-KIC at NTNU, Spark* NTNU, Gründerskolen and Start Norway.

  • Lars Ailo Bongo, Professor UiT, Co-founder Medsensio

Dr. Lars Ailo Bongo is currently a professor in health technology at the Department of Computer Science, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He is the principal investigator in the Health Data Lab. His main research interest is to build and experimentally evaluate infrastructure systems that support the methods under development by our bioinformatics and health science collaborators. In particular, designing and implementing systems for big data storage, scalable and reproducible data processing, machine learning based data analysis, and data exploration tools. Bongo is co-founder of Medsensio. He is the UiT innovation coordinator in SFI Visual Intelligence.

  • Gisle Østereng, Head of Investments, StartupLab

Gisle has been a hi-tech venture entrepreneur since 2006, having built teams, secured funding and closed B2B sales globally in various NTNU start-ups such as Seram Coatings, Dynamic Rock Support and Secustream Technologies. He is now heading up the Startuplab investment team.

  • Moderator: Morten Goodwin

Morten Goodwin received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Agder, Norway, in 2003 and 2005, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University Department of Computer Science, Denmark, in 2011, on applying machine learning algorithms on eGovernment indicators which are difficult to measure automatically. 

He is a Professor with the Department of ICT, the University of Agder, deputy director for Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, a public speaker, author, and an active researcher. 

His main research interests include machine learning, including swarm intelligence, deep learning, and adaptive learning in medicine, games, and chatbots. He has more than 100 peer reviews of scientific publications. He has supervised more than 110 student projects, including Master and Ph. D. theses within these topics, and more than 90 popular science public speaking events, mostly in Artificial Intelligence, and recently authored the popular science book “AI. Myten om maskinene»

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Published Nov. 24, 2021 4:10 PM - Last modified Nov. 25, 2021 8:59 AM