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How to start a spin-off

Eager to bring your innovative ideas to the market?

THINK BEFORE YOU BEGIN
You are passionate about your applied research, you have an entrepreneurial mind and you are thinking of starting a spin-off.

VUB TechTransfer is here to support you on this journey, so that you and your team effectively can make it happen: write the business plan, get the funding, run the business...

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STEP BY STEP
Spin-offs are start-up companies originating from the university or university college. They can originate from all faculties. In order to speak of a spin-off company, there has to be a transfer of knowledge and/or technology and/or intellectual property rights (IP) developed within the university or university college, through a license agreement or share capital participation. In short, a university spin-off company translates research results in commercial products and/or services to create impact on society.

Setting up a spin-off is an iterative process, during which one has to constantly (re-)evaluate earlier decisions based on new information. Nevertheless, some fundamental steps have to be taken and intermediary milestones reached as depicted in the figure below.

spin-off timeline

SUPPORT FROM VUB TECHTRANSFER
VUB TechTransfer plays a crucial role in identifying, developing and evaluating spin-off projects. A multidisciplinary team of experts guides you in every aspect of transforming your innovative ideas and technologies into a new and promising company. To maximise the survival of a start-up, a lot of attention is paid to other factors than the innovative technology, such as market strategy, value proposition and a complementary team. We have supported the creation of more than 50 spin-offs since the '90s of which 43 are active today!

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