From Researcher to Entrepreneur

Academia and entrepreneurship might be more complementary than you’d think. We took a look at some examples and heard from those who have actually taken the leap.

Becoming an academic no longer has to be the go-to career option for a scientist. Starting a company is increasingly an equally attractive alternative, where almost 30% of Fortune 50 CEOs have studied science. However, in the European ecosystem the number of talented individuals transitioning from academia to entrepreneurship isn’t at the level it could be. This is simply a lost opportunity in terms of unlocking potential for revolutionary innovation

We talked to four researchers turned entrepreneurs who shared their insights on the skills they needed to learn, the challenges they faced when taking the leap into entrepreneurship – and why it was all worth it.

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