In the course RB Business Planning you will be part of a team that develops a business plan for starting a new company. While doing this, studying a guide and papers on business planning will enhance your understanding of the entrepreneurial process you are experiencing. Next to plenary course sessions, teams will have individual feedback and coaching sessions also involving experienced entrepreneurs.
Plenary course sessions are on Thursday EVENINGS, from 19.00 – 22.00 hrs, on: February 3, 10; March 3, 17 and April 7. In the plenary sessions, the progress with developing the various business plans is discussed and a guest speaker will talk about operational aspects of starting a company.
The business meeting in which teams present their plans for a jury of entrepreneurs and investors is scheduled for Thursday AFTERNOON, April 21.
Grading will be based on the written business plan (60%), the presentation of the business plan (20%) and some tests and/or class participation (20%).
Intended for: MSc students, Ph.D. students, post-docs, university staff and others motivated for creating and working in research-based business. Also for BSc students who do the minor Science and Research Based Business.
no fee for university students;
no fee for PhD-students from Leiden, TUDelft and Erasmus;
Euro 200 for PhD students from elsewhere;
Euro 400 for non-students.
If applicable an invoice will be mailed at the beginning of the course.
To enroll, please fill out the application form
Please note that the number of course participants that can be accommodated is limited.
To ensure that the course provides a real-life learning experience in exploring and exploiting the commercial opportunities of science- and technology-based knowledge:
Participants have to write a fully developed business plan that can be presented to stakeholders such as scientists that invented the technology, the institutions that own the technology and investors that are invited to fund its commercialization.
The business plans are to be based on realistic, science- and technology- driven ideas or inventions. These may come from the participants themselves or from research staff of the Leiden University Faculty of Science or the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC).
Participants will usually work in teams of 3-5 persons to be able to accommodate and to enhance the leaning experience, though, if circumstances so require, individual participation may be allowed.
Participants will interact with scientists or the inventors, i.e. the staff that has done the research on which the business idea is based. The role of these staff members may differ from that of scientific consultant to being actively involved as an academic entrepreneur.
Unless teaching staff decides otherwise, participation in the third round of the New Venture Business Plan Competition.
Final deliverables of RBB-Planning
- A fully developed business submitted into the 3rd round of the New Venture competition.
- A formal presentation of the business plan for a jury consisting of students, business professionals and investors.
Other RBB Courses
RBB Planning is part of a series of three courses with a course load of 5 EC each: RBB-Ventures, RBB-Planning and RBB-Opportunities which can be followed together as well as separately. These courses arm students and (future) researchers with the basic knowledge of how to spot, assess and exploit an entrepreneurial, research-based business opportunity and have been desiged to lower the hurdles for students and researchers for getting involved in the process of starting high-tech ventures. This knowledge will be valuable for those who aspire to one day start their own company or who want to become involved in the process of company creation and development as tech transfer managers, business developers, business advisors, investment managers or serial entrepreneurs.
More information on our program on Science & Research Based Business.