The structure of the workshop was:
1. Experienced scientific female entrepreneurs told their stories and lessons learned
2. Women pitched their ideas
3. A lot of feedback and conclusions were given and discussed.
Lessons Learned by experienced scientific entrepreneurs
In front from left to right: Brummelhuis, Meulman en Buitelaar
5 things are important for a successful business
Simone Brummelhuis of Thenextwomen told 5 things are important: 1. entrepreneurial spirit 2. investors and 3. clients. (Simone was co-owner of Iens, the restaurant site. See Iens herself in our 100Mirrors site) 4th perseverance, because a starter never only meets success. The growth model mostly is: two steps forward, one step back. And 5th Connect: involve as much people as possible with your plans, especially experts, from whom you can learn.
Choose to remain a scientist combine it with making profit
Jacqueline Meulman, Professor in Applied Statistics and co-director of the Leiden University Centre of Data Science told: primary to remain a scientist, but developed with her group, marketable advanced software for multi-dimensional data analysis in connection with the Chicago based SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), now purchased by IBM. Since 1990 the sales turnover is quite stabile a 800.000 dollar a year. For the in total 11 million dollars, she could hire 6 extra Ph.D. students and a postdoc per year. This helps sciences a big step further. The intellectual ownership of the developed and sold software stays in the hand of the Leiden university, by the way.
Choose a good conflict
Nettie Buitelaar runs with her Buitelaar Biotech Business Limited with 3 other people the company BiosanaPharma, in the role of Chief Business Officer. Their product: a production method for certain medicines ten- to twenty time cheaper than others. After a conflict with a higher placed person, in a former function in the ‘best job ever’, she bargained a redundancy compensation. Her triumph was the immediately offer of 6 new jobs. Her message: Know yourself, dare to take a risk. The world is bigger than you think. Grab your chances, don’t be afraid and have fun!
Choose what is really important for you?
A different story is that of the American Globetrotter and (ethical) hacker Melanie Rieback. Arrived in the Netherlands, she became, at a quite young age, a teacher Computer Science at the VU University. Then she travelled some more countries and came back as head of the system security of the ING bank. When a safety incident happened, she wanted to look behind the systems of the supplier. It was all kept as a 'black box' to her. Plus a good friend died of cancer. She then quit her job- because: what is important in life?- and started Not for profit Radically Open Security. An innovative new business model where 90% of the profits tax-free goes to an open source foundation NL net. 10% go to an employee profit sharing scheme, in which the secretary accumulates profit-sharing rights as quickly as the CEO. They develop safety testing programs for companies and NGO’s. After two years, their turnover is half a million euro. And Melanie can follow her passions.
Melanie Rieback: Radically Open Security
Pitches, questions and answers
Four young scientists pitched their idea for a business in three minutes with questions for the experienced entrepreneurs.
- How do I get clients?
- How can they find my business and offer?
- How can I further develop my product
The answers gave food to new thinking.
- What problem do you want to solve with your product or service? Without problems No market!
- Don’t limit yourself with a totally designed product or service on forehand. Turn it around: find out what your potential clients want and then you are going to build things up. The best ideas often are not yours. Talk to a lot of people. The best ideas come from these conversations.
NICE WORKSHOP TO ORGANISE IN YOUR COUNTRIES ASWELL??
- (CH; photografie André van Haasteren)
Another nice project to follow of Rise is Room for women in senate chamber 8th of March 2016