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General objective of the course and target audience

Innovate, promote your own research, and create your own start-up!

Who is this training program for?

  • Doctoral students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year who are not afraid to be challenged and to take risks...
  • All scientific themes combined
  • Maximum number of participants: 25 PhD students

The trades targeted

  • Company founders and company takeovers - ROME code: M1302
  • The skills acquired can be applied in all management environment, in particular in the field of project management.

Professional objectives

  • Wake up the entrepreneur inside you.
  • Learn to value and undertake, while giving birth to business creation projects. No lectures, all action : you will work on real innovation projects in multidisciplinary teams, and you will meet public and private actors in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Content of this training program

  • Training module of 30-hours.
  • 2 sessions each year in English and in French. 

The training programme is divided into two parts : 

  • An « Icebreaker » session of 2 hours: meet the participants and their project ideas ; 
  • 3 entire days of training.

The modules are organized with the support of innovation and business creation professionals from Université Paris-Saclay network.

Details of the Doctoral Camp:

Come and try the entrepreneurial adventure, alone or with your team, during this tailor-made seminar for doctoral students!
Through 3 days of intensive training, you will work as a team on projects proposed by the participants, whether or not related to their theses. To meet this challenge, we support you with:

  • An introduction to Design thinking and Lean Startup : you will learn to give a lot of space to experimentation, iteration, research and understanding of customer issues;
  • A team of experienced trainers including designers, investors, entrepreneurs and start-ups. These innovation and entrepreneurship professionals will support you in the construction of your project, from design to prototyping.
  • On the last day, your team will pitch your project in front of a jury of professionals. You will present your concept through the "product-market" couple associated with a proposed business model. Would you be the most convincing team?

A 3-day intensive training course for:

  • Imagine, design and prototype ;
  • Live a short entrepreneurial experience ;
  • Meet entrepreneurs, industrialists, investors ;
  • Pitch your project in front of our jury in charge of determining the best project.

Sessions 2021-2022 :

Nov-Dec : online training (english session).
- Monday 15 November 2021: Icebreaker session (2 hours) ;
- Monday 29 November 2021 – Thursday 2 and Friday 3 December 2021 (3 days of training).

Pre-Registration via ADUM (link - pending) until Monday the 2nd of November 2021.

Skills acquired or implemented in this course in connection with MyDocPro

1) Scientific and technical skills, core business

To have methodological (processes) and cultural (actors, network) bases around valorisation and entrepreneurship

Valuing a research project: evaluation of the potential of a result from a research laboratory for market applications and determination of a valorisation strategy.

2) Business management and value creation

  • Lead a project: plan the project to achieve the objectives by integrating strategy, priorities, quality, time and budget constraints; respond effectively and appropriately to change; integrate the project into an evaluation system by putting in place appropriate mechanisms
  • Acquire basic knowledge of intellectual and industrial property, protect results; be aware of the importance of protecting outgoing information; know the advantages and risks of filing a patent
  • Develop a customer approach: use your expertise and technical knowledge to propose solutions adapted to the customer; know how to gather information on customer needs and requests
  • Produce results: know how to transform an idea into innovation; quickly implement the prototyping and testing phases, integrate internal and external customers into these phases; draw conclusions from the first tests; understand the policies and processes for publishing and exploiting research or activity results in its structure.

3) Personal and relational qualities, behavioural skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire knowledge, flexibility and open-mindedness; develop, appropriate and test new ideas
  • Develop a spirit of analysis, criticism and synthesis: clearly formulate a problem, develop solutions, evaluate different scenarios, interpret results
  • Develop the ability to collaborate: recognize the contributions of each individual, know how to be and master communication within a team, with professionals, in a multi-cultural context; collectively produce a coherent and professional document
  • Develop leadership: know how to convince and obtain support for a project; mobilize skills on a project without having the authority to do so; manage human resources without hierarchical links Establish relationships based on trust
  • Strategy: develop an overall vision and position the project within the organization's and domain's strategy for operational deployment.