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Researcher Impact Challenge

Researcher Impact Challenge

Has your research been slowed down by closing of the University facilities? Are you tired of only digesting theory and writing your insights? Put this dormant period to good use by learning skills to valorise your research in the Researcher Impact Challenge! During this fully digital programme, which is part of the Twente Graduate School, you will learn entrepreneurial skills from top experts, develop an entrepreneurial mindset and discover your research’s business potential.

About the Challenge

The Novel-T Researcher Impact Challenge is a challenge that dares University of Twente and Saxion researchers to think about the business potential of their research.

During the first phase, you will learn everything you need to know as a researcher about business modelling, pitching, financing and patents in four online masterclasses. You’ll receive business coaching in one-on-one video calls. In the second phase, you’ll apply the skills you’ve learned to make a proposition of the potential application of your technology into the market. The best cases will then be selected to make a digital pitch in front of a panel.

As this challenge is part of the Twente Graduate School, all researchers that attend the full program will receive 1 EC for participating. Furthermore, promising cases will be offered opportunities for business coaching and conversations with venture capitalists. The researcher with the best pitch wins the prize package of €1000 euros. Of this money, €250 is yours to spend freely. €750 will be available to make impact on your research. Think of a promotional video to showcase your research to the world, a 3D model to aid in presentations, or a visit to that research conference you’ve always wanted.

About the hosts

This program will be hosted by the Knowledge Transfer Office, Novel-T’s team dedicated to valorising research. The services of the Knowledge Transfer Office have profited many University of Twente researchers before you. Previous participants include: Tide Microfluidics, Eurekite, MercuryLab, Sirius Medical Systems BV, LipoCoat, Locsense.

Program outline

Until 13 May | Sign up period
14 May | 13:30 - 14:00 | Program Kick-off  
14 May | 14:00 - 16:00 | Masterclass Value Proposition
15 May | 14:00 - 16:00 | Masterclass Business Modelling
18 May | 10:00 - 12:00 | Masterclass Market Analysis
19 May | 10:00 - 12:30 | Masterclass Patent Law & Workshop Pitching
19 - 29 May | Individual Coaching Sessions | by appointment
31 May | Submission Deadline
1 - 7 June | Announcement of the finalists & pitches to the jury panel


Participation is free of charge. We will make use of the Golden Egg Check Academy platform to receive your registration and submissions. Your registration will be communicated with the Twente Graduate School. After sign up, no further action is required until the digital kick-off event and masterclasses. We will send you the video conference link through e-mail.

Sign up for this program: on the challenge platform 

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