Mark Bernhard Riis
Head of Innovation


Technical University of Denmark
Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
Richard Petersens Plads, Bldg. 324
2800 Kgs. Lyngby

E: mbri@dtu.dk
T: +45 61 39 63 54

DIREC Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Relevance

To support value creation (both short-term e.g. business value and long-term e.g. societal value) and the commercialization of the research carried out in DIREC a Workstream is established with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. WS13 brings results from the DIREC research to market and supports start-up initiatives. It connects the 12 DIREC workstreams to dedicated efforts towards innovation and entrepreneurship. This workstream will be cross-cutting and support both the core thematical workstreams as well as workstreams within education and capacity building.

Objectives

The purpose is to:

  1. Build a commercialization capacity among the actors involved in DIREC, both among researchers, PhD students and master’s students, based on the research and capacity-building activities initiated in DIREC. This applies, for example, to “Explore projects” and “Bridge projects” through activities such as Entrepreneur network meetings, Industrial Courses, Experimental prototypes in labs, etc.

  2. Facilitating +25 start-ups during the first five years of the DIREC, including opening up universities for collaboration with experienced external entrepreneurs on the establishment and scaling of start-ups.

  3. Create increased visibility and awareness through activities in DIREC, e.g. conference activities within innovation and entrepreneurship.