Our vision is to be a world leading technology commercialization community to benefit the society.
We connect experienced entrepreneurs with researchers to explore commercial and innovative opportunities, which either can be entrepreneurial (for ex. to spin out or start a company from the research) or intrapreneurial (to innovate an organization from within).
From University to Society
How can the excellent research from our universities benefit our society? One way is to commercialize the research into products or processes that generate value to our society. But the commercialization system at the universities are under pressure.
The Bridging the Gap Model
Open Entrepreneurship collaborates with the existing commercialization system at the universities, and matches researchers with experienced entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs. The BtG Model shows that this match creates more sustainable businesses (spin-outs or start-ups).
The Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship
“Entrepreneurship matters.” This is how UC Berkeley sets the tone and introduces the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, which is a holistic teaching and learning approach that enables engineers to be more entrepreneurial. The strategic partnership between Open Entrepreneurship and UC Berkeley secures innovative growth and international knowledge sharing.
The Boulder Thesis
When striving towards achieving the vision, Open Entrepreneurship is inspired by Brad Feld’s notion on building vibrant startup communities. The principles are formulated in The Boulder Thesis:
- Entrepreneurs must lead the startup community.
- The leaders must have a long-term commitment.
- The startup community must be inclusive of anyone who wants to participate in it.
- The startup community must have continual activities that engage the entire entrepreneurial stack.
What we do
Open Entrepreneurship invites professionals from the industry into the lab environment to create and capture the value from the research to benefit society. We enables this meet through six different programs:
Experienced entrepreneurs or investors can get a desk at the local Open Entrepreneurship business unit at each university. This way they can be immersed in the research environment.
Business developers or intrapreneurs from external companies or organizations can be placed in prosperous research environments.
Researchers can be placed in companies or organizations to build lasting relations and collaborations on research and development.
During a 3-6 month period, researchers with an idea with commercial potential will get matched with one or more entrepreneurs and will be accelerated to become sustainable, technology based spin-outs or start-ups.
This is the opportunity for SMEs or bigger companies or organizations can set a case or a problem, and challenge researchers, students or industry to come up with an innovative solution together.
Boot Camps & Conference
Join an intense boot camp where researchers and industry collaborate. Take part in our yearly conference, where industry merge with the academic world, and tackle what lies ahead.
Open Entrepreneurship (OE) consists of four partners: AAU, AU, ITU and headed by DTU. In addition, UC Berkeley (US) is a strategic partner. The project is highly pro led and has top management attention and has received DKK 35 million in funding by The Danish Industry Foundation. The vision for OE is to develop a world-leading technology commercialization community that will benefit Danish business’ and the society as a whole.