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Each year ASTP produces a 2-day meeting which focuses on a pivotal topic for individuals and teams working in knowledge transfer. The 2024 edition will examine the business of spin-offs.

Everyone loves a good spin-off story. Founders, KTOs, university authorities, and investors, are all excited by the possibility of a successful spin-off; but the road to success is pitted with challenges and unexpected difficulties. This second ASTP thematic event will examine all aspects of spin-offs and equip you with the foresight to avoid the pitfalls and the skills to build a successful spin-off.

Expect to learn from the triumphs, failures and near-misses of Europe's most experienced knowledge transfer professionals as they engage you in an open discussion about the elements essential for success such as: nurturing a spin-off ecosystem, building the team, and how to make the business investable. The meeting will require your active engagement to enhance the exchange of experience; take part in panel discussions and enrich co-operative learning alongside other KT practitioners, spin-off founders, and specialists from the spin-off ecosystem.

The event is also intended to generate a useful checklist of all essential elements every KT professional should consider while working on creating academic ventures. If you are ready to boost your knowledge, update your practices, develop your career, and grow your network, join your peers in Leiden, the Netherlands for 2-days of robust spin-offs learning.

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  • Thu 24 October 2024

    • 09:00 - 09:15    Welcome

      ASTP President, Art Bos shall open the event by extending a warm welcome to ASTP's home town of Leiden. Art will also outline what participants can expect from the coming two days.

    • 09:15 - 10:15    What could possibly go wrong?

      Spin-offs are a powerful tool that can bring academic technology to the market. This is especially true when the development is at an early stage, or the target market is in its infancy. Enthusiasm is the key and thankfully it is often plentiful: founders, KT officers, authorities, and investors, all love spin-offs.

      So, what could possibly go wrong?  Three spectacular (near) failure stories can teach us a great deal about how, why, and when things can quickly go in the wrong direction.

      Speakers: Jeff Skinner, Steven Tan, Hidde-Jan Leemstra

      Session chair: Giuseppe Visimberga

    • 10:15 - 10:45    Break

      Take this opportunity to start networking with fellow participants and speakers. 

    • 10:45 - 12:15    Nurture and boost spin-off support ecosystems

      This session explores how to transition from 'silo thinking' to collaborative initiatives. We all need processes that can drive academic entrepreneurship, establish clear standards for spin-off support, and engage alumni networks to be mentors, advisors, and investors.

      Participants will gain actionable insights on how to foster a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem and learn how to prepare spin-offs for incubation and acceleration.

      Session chair: Markus Pietzka 

    • 12:15 - 13:30    Lunch

      Enjoy a buffet lunch in the conference venue and take the opportunity to connect with your peers and the experts.

    • 13:30 - 15:00    Making a spin-off investible

      More details on this session will follow soon.

      Speakers: Florian KirschenhoferMartin Raditsch

    • 15:00 - 15:30    Break

    • 15:30 - 17:00    Building the team

      If you already have some experience of managing academic spin-offs, the goal of this workshop is to equip you with a comprehensive checklist of all the issues to be aware of when building a successful spin-off team. We will explore the challenges of making a group of researchers, professors, and sometimes other staff members such as advisors, students, and mentor into a dynamic team. A significant challenge can be the lack of business acumen among academics, which is crucial for running a successful company.

      During this workshop you will understand how to overcome the hurdles of forming a team and will be better prepared to navigate the exciting journey of academic spin-offs. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from you peers, exchange good practices and failures, and enhance your team-building strategies.

      Inge Volman will be joined by Simon Hepworth,  and Silvia Goddijn

    • 19:00 - 22:00    Dinner

      Everyone is invited to come together for a night in Leiden to enjoy good food, good company and a good time.

  • Fri 25 October 2024

    • 09:00 - 10:15    Building up a business case

      Jeff Skinner has exceptional insight and experience to the business of spin-offs, marketing and business development. Expect to be challenged in this session chaired by Jeff.

      The full abstract for this session will be available soon.

    • 10:15 - 10:45    Break

      Refuel and reset for the next session.

    • 10:45 - 12:00    IP link: strong but not too tight

      Following a presentation of the NAAC's White paper on spin-off creation, specifically on good practices on IP licensing, the panel will discuss the strengths and threats to the quality of the relationship between labs and startups.

      Are spin-offs a tool for the IP holder to develop their research activities, or are they fully independent start-ups?

      Session chair: Laura Spinardi, ASTP VP NAAC

    • 12:00 - 13:15    Grow and succeed by avoiding legal pitfalls

      Bringing a spin-off from its creation, through its incorporation, and on to a successful business is a road laden with legal pitfalls. This workshop, which is relevant to founders and business managers as well as KT professionals, will explore how to achieve success within the boundaries of the existing legal frameworks.

      Malcolm Bain, an English solicitor and Spanish Lawyer, specialising in Information Technology and Intellectual Property law will chair this session. Others speakers will be announced soon.

    • 13:15 - 13:30    Wrap up and closing

    • 13:30 - 14:30    Lunch

      Time to chew over what you've been learning and a delicious lunch. 

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Venue

Venue - Fletcher Wellness-Hotel Leiden

Bargelaan 180, Leiden 2333 CW, Netherlands

Room rate
€130.50 per night in Comfort Room for single use inclusive of breakfast. City tax not included.

We have blocked a number of rooms in option until the 5th of September. After this date, the room is subject to availability.

For reservations, please email to banquetsales@wellnesshotelleiden.nl with reference code 113-GFC4448 in the subject.
Please be aware that the reference code does not work online. It can only be used via sending an email as per above.

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