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Research Based Business Planning



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 which involves experienced entrepreneurs.

Plenary course sessions are on Thursday EVENINGS, from 19.00 – 22.00 hrs, from Oct to May, 2012 in LUMC. The preliminary dates are below:
6 Oct kick-off;
13 Oct preparation round 1;
(deadline round 1 = 23 Oct)
10 Nov;
15 Dec;
12 Jan;2012
2 Feb;
(deadline round 2 = 8 Feb)
23 Feb ;
15 Mar;
5 Apr;
19 Apr session with ventures cadidates, presentation planning
26 Apr ;
(deadline round 3 = 9 May)

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 kick-off will be on Oct 6th Thursday, in LUMC room C4, 19:00 to 22:00

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%).


By former participants Wouter Bruins and Oleg Guziy .


Intended for: MSc students, Ph.D. students, post-docs, university staff and others motivated for creating and working in research-based business.

Course fee:
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.

Please note: For this course, it is not possible to register via USIS. Please make registration via our jot-form
Early registration may be useful as the course has a limited capacity.

Information meeting:

Aug 30th Thuesday, 16:00hrs, LUMC lecture room C4, click here to register

Course outline

To ensure that the course provides a real-life learning experience in exploring and exploiting the commercial opportunities of science- and technology-based knowledge:

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Unless teaching staff decides otherwise, participation in the New Venture Business Plan Competition.

Final deliverables of RBB-Planning

  • A fully developed business plan 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.