Webinar Report: How to succeed in science startups

In two separate webinars, successful science entrepreneurs discussed how to convert your discovery and passion into a prospering business.
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If you’re thinking of switching from academia to working for or creating a startup, where do you start? And once you take the leap, what challenges might you face? How can you make a project sustainable and make money as a science business? And what can you not expect from a career in a startup?

In these webinars, the speakers explored the fascinating universe of science entrepreneurship. Science startups are booming and these highly attractive employers are making scientists want to change direction and move away from the classic academic career path. Yet, the world of growing, fast-paced, innovative companies poses its own challenges and hurdles. Get first-hand advice on how to succeed in these environments from recognised startup employees, founders and CEOs.

Webinar 1

Moderator: Benjamin Schwessinger, ARC Future Fellow, Australian National University and member of the eLife Early-Career Advisory Group (ECAG)

Speakers:

  • Dr. Debbie Saunders – Ecologist, Chief Remote Pilot and Wildlife Drones Founder/CEO
  • Dr. Prateek Mahalwar – Co-Founder of ' BodyTime.Health'
  • Natalia Bielczyk – Founder, Director and Chairperson at Stichting Solaris Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling, Owner at Welcome Solutions, PhD candidate

Webinar 2

Moderator: Benjamin Schwessinger, ARC Future Fellow, Australian National University and member of the eLife Early-Career Advisory Group (ECAG)

Speakers:

  • Dr. Ivan Liachko – Founder and CEO/CSO of Phase Genomics
  • Dr. Joanne Kamens – Executive Director of Addgene
  • Nicholas Thomas – Project Scientist at Fortiphyte

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