How to start a business after your PhD?

Green shootsSorry for the late notice but I’ve only just been made aware of the session on starting your own business scheduled for tomorrow lunchtime.  Vitae – a national organisation supporting the career development of research students and staff – are hosting this ‘google hangout’.  See their description below.

And don’t forget that the University’s own LAUNCH.ed provides support to current students and recent graduates who may be considering setting up their own business.  You’ll find details of all their support here.

How to start a business after your PhD? #vitae14

Invitation to FREE Vitae Hangout  20 March, 2PM GMT

Join researchers turned successful entrepreneurs for our first #vitae14 Hangout on 20 March (Thursday) from 2PM GMT!

Katie Wheat (of #ECRchat) will be joined by entrepreneurs, founders and educators spanning high-tech to social enterprise to discuss how to take the first steps towards building your own business and being more enterprising in your research.

The research environment offers many opportunities for enterprising individuals. You might be contemplating how you can build a business from your research or using your researcher capabilities. Whatever stage you are at, our Google hangout will be a useful insight into an enterprising mindset.

Our panellists will help you answer the following:

  • What skills do I need to become an entrepreneur?
  • What are the biggest challenges faced by researchers who are starting a business?
  • What are the best ways for researchers to obtain start-up capital?
  • How should you go about protecting your intellectual property when starting a new venture?
  • How do you manage risks as an entrepreneur?

What is a Google Hangout?

Google+ Hangouts are live online video Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists. As the video is streaming live you will be able to watch and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to get involved in the conversation, ask and answer questions on a discussion board or on Twitter.

Can anyone attend the Hangout?

Yes, whether you have a Google account or not, you will be able to watch our live hangout when we stream it on 20 March!

However, only by joining our Google Plus event page or using #vitae14 on Twitter, will you have the opportunity to guide the discussion and advice with your own questions.

JOIN the conversation on the 20 March  We’re looking forward to having you involved!

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1n2ce5f

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