Guest Talk at the ZiMT Part II
Session 2: The Entrepreneurial Journey
Many researchers and scientists create ground-breaking technologies every day, but very few turn those technologies into meaningful products, or change their careers to end up running their own companies. What are the keys to changing from a top scientist to a top entrepreneur. What does it mean to start a Company for a founder? What is required of a founder in terms of building a team, growing a Company and putting structures in place, backed by investors? Is this for me?
IESE Business School works closely with scientist-founder startups to help scientists transition to executive roles in their own companies, including CEO, CIO and CTO. I will share some of our lessons learned from working with founders and building startup teams. I will also give you some lessons learned from other founders on things that have worked, and things that haven´t.
ZiMT (Central Institute of Medical Engineering)
Henkestrasse 127, 91052 Erlangen
About the Speaker:
Director of Technology Innovation, Transfer & Acceleration Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre (EIC) and Centre for Research in Healthcare Innovation Management (CRHIM) IESE Business School Barcelona.
Mr. Luca Venza (IESE MBA 2008) is a specialist in defining market-fit for advanced technologies across a broad industrial spectrum. For the past 5 years he has worked extensively with science backed startups and spinoffs to bring together top scientist-founders in their field, with top MBA talent worldwide. He has helped startups raise debt, equity and convertible financing from business angels, private investors, corporate venture capital and VCs. He helps recruit mixed experience management teams for new business ventures. In 2016, he founded the Barcelona Technology Transfer Group (BTTG), through which he has accelerated more than 15 companies across a spectrum of technologies, including data simulation, virtual reality, 3D printing, sensors, data transmission, drones and blockchain. In parallel, he works extensively with new healthcare technologies throughout the EIT Health network in innovation and business creation projects. Mr. Venza is an expert in creating impact driven business models and leveraging objectives to drive culture/performance within a company.