A GUIDELINE FOR THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN ENTREPRENEUR-RESEARCHER

Based on this key finding and the learnings from Bridging the Gap project a guideline of 10 advice was generated to external entrepreneurs and researchers.

External entrepreneurs should:

  • Align your expectations to the technology – we are co-developing a product, it’s not a product yet
  • Understand that time is different at the University – make sure you understand each other’s expectations
  • Remember that you are not a CEO (yet) but part of a co-founding team
  • Be aware that there are no guarantees for a company at the end – we’re working with high tech
  • Go get your hands dirty – be present in the labs
  • Work to find the product-market fit
  • Focus on creating the best team
  • Be prepared to dedicate a lot of time (6 months) – for free
  • Focus on the customer
  • Enjoy the adventure!