Bring your idea to the market?

You want to get an idea to market, but don’t know how or simply have no time for this. Then we can help you, for example if it concerns finance. We are constantly looking for good ideas and opportunities to get knowledge to market. Right from the start we are proactive and look at the possibilities with you, rolling up our sleeves.

Regular contact

It is important for us to have regular contact with you so that we are engaged in the research project from the start. This means we can respond quickly to the possibilities that arise during the research and take action early on. If such a possibility does arise, you fill in the Invention Disclosure Form (IDF, see Downloads) and send it via email to Suki Sandhu (The Gate). Then we check whether TU/e owns the knowledge or the knowledge can be protected and the stage in which the invention finds itself.

Business case

Once you have completed this and the screening is positive, you will be invited to discuss your idea with one of our team members, who will talk through the business case, provide advice on how best to protect the intellectual property (if possible/necessary) and help you decide whether a spin-off company or license deal are suitable options. Along the way, we will test your idea in our network in the market, by talking with potential customers, companies and potential investors. This will be followed by an invitation to a more structured meeting, in the form of a national or international Expert Panel. All of this input will enhance the commercial feasibility of your idea and pave the way for a successful spin-off company or licence agreement.

At the end of the business development process you will have a viable plan for commercially exploiting your idea, once it is ready to be introduced to the market. Whether it is a spin-off company, a licence agreement or maybe even a patent sale, the ultimate goal is to maximize the benefit for society, the TU/e and for you. The entire procedure can be found in downloads: technology transfer process. But do contact us if you have any questions.