Innovation Seminars

Innovation seminar 1: License and patents

Innovation Seminar 2: Gender-based perspectives in the innovation process.

Innovation seminar 3: Funding your projects

Innovation seminar 1: License and patents

Lecturers: Dr. Cornelia F├╝rstenberger, Unitectra

Course Description:

Part A) Intellectual Property: Patents

  • What is a patent?
  • What is patentable?
  • Examples of inventions.
  • What can you do with a patent?
  • Useful tips for a the patent search

Part B) Commercialisation of IP

  • Licensing of University inventions to University Spin-offs
  • Licensing of University inventions to University independent companies
  • Useful templates of different agreements

C) Presentation

  • Preparation and presentation of your invention summary

Learning Objectives:

You will learn what is patentable and what is the added value of a patent. You are familiar with the patenting process and you know who to contact. You are aware of inventions and Spin-off success stories at different Universities.


Innovation Seminar 2: Gender-based perspectives in the innovation process.

Lecturers: Prof. Carole Claire, Unisante / Joelle Schwarz, MA, MDev, MSc, University of Lausanne

Description: During this session, the concepts of sex and gender will be introduced. We will discuss how the integration of gender in research can lead to innovation and participants will be provided with a rationale and methods for integrating a sex/gender perspective in life science.

During the second part of the workshop, participants of the feminno program will have the opportunity to present their innovative project and we will discuss how gender is (or might be) integrated in their project.


Innovation seminar 3: Funding your projects

Lecturer: Dr. Andrea Degen, Eurelations

Course Description:

In this workshop we will focus on the most common funding sources of research and/or innovation projects. We will discuss real life use cases of university spin-offs and group leaders in academic structures and how they financed their research or the development of their first product, process or service. Participants will be motivated to go for their own funding in the near future. Universities therefore offer specific support what will also be presented. Last but not least the trainer – a female entrepreneur – will try to answer specific questions of the young investigators about assets and how to get organised with a view to successful fundraising (and beyond).

Course Program:

  • Sources of funding
  • How to find the right funding
  • Questions and Answers

Learning  Objectives:

Familiarize yourself with the funding landscape and identify a possible funding source


Innovation seminar 4: How can I present successfully?

Lecturers: Andrea Gander, www.apricon.ch

Course Description

Part A) Successful pitching

  • What is a pitch?
  • When do we like to listen to a pitch?
  • The core message
  • Be credible. How does that work?
  • Useful tips for a presentation

Part B) Presenting and selling an innovation

  • Identify the core of my innovation
  • Communicate the core of my innovation
  • Present the benefits of my innovation

C) Training

  • Short presentations in small groups
  • Short presentations with video sequence

Learning Objectives:

You will learn how to present a message in such a way that the core idea is understood and arouses the listener’s interest. You will have the opportunity to practice short presentations and improve your appearance.