From PhD to Innovator


This workshop is organized together with our partner institutions:

  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

Ignite your entrepreneurial spirit! In our two-day innovation workshop, tailored to researchers of all disciplines, you will discover your entrepreneurial skills. Guided by professional innovation coaches, you will develop ideas for a potential business case in small groups.



Personality-based Competencies
  • Self-reflection about one’s own (entrepreneurial) expertise
  • Entrepreneurial success stories
  • Characteristics and abilities of an entrepreneur
Meet the Entrepreneurs
  • Keynote talks by startup founders or visits to a startup in the region
  • Visits to an incubator/coworking space
  • Networking session with entrepreneurs from the region

Design Thinking
  • Understanding the problem space: Getting to know the user and building empathy
  • Finding human-centred solutions: Identifying the problem, developing a solution, assessing the ideas
  • Prototyping & Testing: Building a prototype and testing the critical function


Our workshops are tailored to PhDs and postdocs of all disciplines, as well as early-career researchers and academic staff.

Our workshops are held in English. They are intended for participants at level B2 or higher of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Participation in our workshops and webinars is free of charge.

No prior knowledge or experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, startups or other business ventures is necessary. A genuine interest in these topics is sufficient!

You will receive a confirmation email approx. 14 days before the beginning of the workshop. Make sure to check your SPAM folder. This email will include the login data for Zoom and the login for the event page, where you can access the workshop’s agenda. If the workshop is full, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a place becomes available. If you have not received a confirmation, you may apply again for a workshop scheduled for a different host city.

It is important to us that the workshops bring together a diverse group of participants from different disciplines and universities. We currently admit 35 participants per workshop. If all places are filled, we will place you on our waiting list and inform you if a place becomes available. You can find out more about our terms and conditions here.

You will receive a certificate of participation upon successful completion of the workshop. If you could not attend the full workshop, you are not eligible for a certificate.

Yes, our workshops are aimed at researchers who have not started a business, but want to explore their entrepreneurial potential. You can participate in the workshop even if you do not have a concrete idea of how to translate your research into a business venture.

Our workshops are open to researchers of all disciplines. We believe that every research field has great potential to enrich society with innovative ideas. Furthermore, business ideas developed by interdisciplinary teams are more successful in the long term.

In order to guarantee the best workshop experience for all participants, please make sure you are present for the entirety of the workshop. You’ll receive your certificate of participation after having successfully participated in the whole workshop.

You can write an e-mail to youngentrepreneurs (at)

COVID-19 Information

We want to ensure the greatest possible safety for our participants in our on-site workshops. Therefore, we require all participants to provide proof of a negative rapid test, regardless of their vaccination status (3G+). Additionally, stricter rules (e.g. 2G+) might apply according to our event partners. We also ask you to comply with the usual distance and hygiene measures. During the registration process, you’ll be informed about the details of the specific event.


Brühler Straße 7
53119 Bonn
Rooms 0.019 & 0.020

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