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imec.istart PODCAST # 5 : From researcher to entrepreneur

When and how to take the leap of turning a research project into a company? How to validate an idea? What are the pros and cons of starting a company or spinoff as a researcher? How to step out of your comfort zone? How to do sales and marketing? Get the answers in this conversation with two co-founders who started spin-off companies based on their research and an imec.istart venture acceleration manager with experience in guiding starting researchers.


  • Marije Lesterhuis - postdoctoral researcher + Co-Founder Comproved. They offer expertise and a comparing tool to help teachers improve the quality of their assessments and stimulate learning from assessments. More info:
  • Ben Bellekens, CEO & co-founder CrowdScan, a solution for measuring and analyzing crowd density in real-time using a wireless sensor network.
  • Tim Rootsaert, Venture Acceleration Manager, imec.istart

Enjoy listening!