Mastering the Fuzzy Front-end of Knowledge and Technology Transfer Processes – Part I: The Challenges

April 17, 2019By hightechventuresA post, by Peter Keinz No Comments

When Theodore Maiman invented the laser technology in May 1960, neither he himself, nor his supervisors and colleagues with Hughes Research Laboratories would recognize the huge potential of this invention. In fact, Maiman left his employer soon after his invention because they refused to further support his research: “The laser is a solution to a … Read More

Accelerating against a wall!

July 15, 2017By hightechventuresAn opinion, by Thorsten Lambertus No Comments

12th batch, 12 weeks, 12 teams.. another high-quality FDays® batch ended last week and once again we had a tremendous portfolio of high-tech projects stemming from various research institutions (Fraunhofer, DLR/Helmholtz, RWTH Aachen University). The biggest challenge for us as program managers, mentors and coaches still lies in coping with the heterogeneity of technologies, targeted … Read More

STREAM Summer School: Educating the next generation of Science-Preneurs

June 27, 2017By hightechventuresA post, by Peter Keinz No Comments

  “Knowledge transfer is an inherent component of CERN’s mission and culture: it fuels scientific collaboration and great technological endeavors alike; it drives innovation, motivates future generations of scientists, and makes the general public aware of the impact of basic science on their lives.”    This quote can be found within CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Report … Read More

Evidence-based innovation: why opinions harm your innovation process

June 17, 2017By hightechventuresA comment, by Thorsten Lambertus No Comments

Researchers develop technologies by following a process of trial-and-error. If a technology is working, or not working, is not assessed based upon opinions, but by creating evidence that this thing actually works. However, when it comes to business, our experience shows that these highly-skilled individuals switch to a quite different rationale: planning instead of doing, … Read More