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Country: Belgium
City : Brussels
Start date: 25-09-2015
End date: 25-09-2015

Perhaps more today than even before, teaching students and early career researchers entrepreneurial skills is a necessary part to prepare them for their future. Today, however, the importance of entrepreneurship education is even more critical as our local, regional, and global marketplaces face economic challenges and transitions.

BIOINNO Entrepreneurship education is about creating and nurturing a learning environment that promotes entrepreneurial traits and behaviors, such as creative thinking, opportunity recognition, risk taking, strategic planning, problem-solving, and all types of communication and negotiation that are key to building new ventures. It is based on a revolutionary New Learning and Teaching ModelTM designed to inspire and engage students and researchers in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide.

The BIOINNO project invites all professionals in the entrepreneurship community, entrepreneurs, and students studying biotechnology, bio-economy, medicine, bioengineering, chemical engineering, agricultural and environmental sciences, business or other related disciplines as well as Technology Transfer and business development managers to join us as we explore the ways in which we can creatively interweave our varied and valuable interests into our bio-entrepreneurship careers. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss a myriad of fascinating topics with each other and with an array of engaging speakers. This conference is also an opportunity for attendees to network with students and professionals with a variety of entrepreneurship backgrounds and experiences. Come join us as we chart new paths to bio-entrepreneurship…and beyond!

Have a look at our conference video and our website.

You can find the list of participants here.


The conference venue is at:

  • Hotel Marivaux, Boulevard Adolphe Max laan 98  1000 Brussels  +32 2 2270300

The hotel is a five minutes’ walk from the Brussels railway station North (Brussel Noord- Bruxelles Nord).
There is a direct train and bus connection to this railway station.


25 September 2015

Full programme

09:00-9:30 Registration
09:30-09:40 Welcome
Anabela Mesquita, SPACE President, Belgium
09:40-09:50 Opening Remarks
Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza, Director and Full Professor, DIBAF, University of Tuscia, Italy
09:50-10:10 Keynote Session
University – Business cooperation: embedding entrepreneurship in teaching and learning.
Antoine Harfouche, Associate Professor, DIBAF, University of Tuscia, Italy
10:10-10:30 Setting the context: entrepreneurship education in Higher Education Institutions
Shai Vyakarnam, University of Cranfield, Director, The Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship, Cranfield School of Management, UK
10:30-10:50 Knowledge Alliance projects scale: last selection and upcoming calls
Gilles Gervais, Head of Unit, DG EACEA A2, European Commission, Belgium
10:50-11:20 Coffee break & group photo
11:20-11:40 The importance of entrepreneurship in bioeconomy
Waldemar Kütt, Head of Unit, DG RTD F2 BioBased products and processes, European Commission, Belgium
11:40-12:00 Being enterprising in research
Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley, Director of Innovations and Impact, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK
12:00-12:20 Setting up inovation-based startups in life sciences research institutions
Johan Cardoen, Managing Director, VIB and ex-CEO CropDesign, Belgium (tbc)
12:20-12:40 Technology Transfer in biotechnology: case studies of successful startups
Thomas Crispeels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
12:40-13:00 Managing Intellectual Property rights in biotech startups
Jan Demolder , IP manager, VIB, Belgium
13:00-14:30 Networking Lunch
14:30-14:50 How can we make entrepreneurship education a success?
Shima Barakat, Research and teaching fellow, CfEL, University of Cambridge, UK
14:50-15:10 BIOINNO entrepreneurship facilitator training: train the trainers
Orsoloya Ihasz, Senior Programme Manager/Business Development Manager, CfEL and Chief Communications Officer, Cambridge University Innovation Forum, University of Cambridge, UK
15:10-15:30 Essential tips for designing successful entrepreneurship education programs
Liliya Serazetdinova, Director, Adapt Commercial, Bio-renewable products and technologies, Adapt Low Carbon Group, UK
15:30-16:00 Accessing capital for your start up: an investor’s perspective
Caroline Goddeeris, Associate Health & Care, Gimv European investment company, Belgium
16:00-16:30 Coffee break & networking
16:30-17:30 Entrepreneurial Students SessionOpening by Moderator Antoine Harfouche
How did they do it, why? How were they supported by BIOINNO?
– Giuseppe Marson, University of Padova, Italy
– Nelly Olova, University of Cambridge, UK
– Sacha Khoury, University of Tuscia, Italy
17:30-17:45 Wrap-up Session
What are the key take-aways from the conference? What actions need to be taken?
Luc Broes, Financial Manager, SPACE, Belgium


The full programme can be found in the file attached here.


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List of delegates

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Guidelines workshops


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