NEW: Entrepreneur track for (young) researchers

The strapline of Radboudumc is “To have a significant impact on healthcare”. Research is a key component in creating this impact. However, without entrepreneurship even the best paper remains just a paper. Impact ~ Research × Entrepreneurship!

Do you want to be the one to turn Research into Impact? Entrepreneurship is the key to achieve this!

Are you with or without a concrete idea, but have passion and drive to become an entrepreneur? Are you the one daring to take the challenges and bringing your innovations/services to the market? We have set up a program specifically aimed at PhD candidates, Postdocs and other early career researchers with entrepreneurial ambitions. During this program we inspire and guide you how to start and how to grow your business during or after a PhD trajectory. Although the track is developed for PhD candidates and postdocs, all researchers are very welcome to join.

This program consists of three sessions. All speakers have been PhD candidates themselves or work closely with young scientific entrepreneurs. They know exactly which hurdles you will have to take, but also how to achieve and celebrate success.

After each presentation and interview, you will have the possibility to ask questions. For example, how to successfully combine a PhD or Postdoc with entrepreneurship? Or how to find an investor and what makes them (not) investing? Can you still be a scientist when becoming enprepreneur?


  • 8 November 2022 16:00-18:00 Lucas Noldus: Lucas Noldus is founder and CEO of Noldus Information Technology BV. He started this business in 1989 based on his PhD research. In 2019, he was also appointed professor at Radboud University Nijmegen. In the last 30 years, his company grew from a one-man outfit to a team of 170 professionals located in 10 countries, serving over 12,000 customers in 95 countries. As an entrepreneur, Lucas has gone through different phases and he has faced various challenges. Learn from his experience in this very interactive session.
  •  24 January 2023 16:00-18:00 Thijs Cohen Tervaert: How can you get your great idea for a startup company funded? Thijs Cohen Tervaert is partner of the Venture Capitalist company INKEF Capital, which invests in early-stage healthcare and technology companies. He will not only share his career experiences with us, but also advice on how to get your great biotech business idea funded.
  • 28 February 2023 16:00-18:00 Eva van Rikxoort & Jan Smit: Eva van Rikxoort turned her PhD research into a thriving company: Thirona. In 2014, she founded this company, which has grown ever since and is active for global customers. How did she do this? What skills are needed to become an entrepreneur? How entrepreneurship in an academic environment can be improved? She and our dean Jan Smit will discuss these questions and any other questions from the audience.

More information and registration via Radboudumc.