Bettinaschrick Bettina Schrick
I.CON INNOVATION GMBH, Stuttgart
Technology Analyst

»The commercialization of research results also depends, largely, on whether scientists themselves become entrepreneurs. We often speak of technology transfer from research to industry. We must significantly increase our success in the attraction of individuals who will take this into their own hands as entrepreneurs.«

»What tools do I, as a scientist need to become an entrepreneur? Can I learn entrepreneurship and if so, where? Can I develop a business idea from my research results, and who would be my customers? How do I establish an enterprise and who will support my project? The list of questions could go on. In the end, it resembles a series of hurdles that must be alleviated in order to gain dedicated scientists and entrepreneurs from the universities and research institutions as the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. However, it depends not only on the scientist. Spin-offs, technology transfer, and ultimately entrepreneurship arise in a complex interplay of scientists, investors, research institutions and successful existing enterprises that contribute their experiences and serve as an example. These protagonists, however, often pursue entirely different goals and do not always speak the same language. Quite often, a lack of openness and trust prevails. One needs bridge builders at these interfaces to bring participating parties together in conversation and cooperation.

As a graduate chemist, I have conducted research in nanotechnology and now I understand the language and mentality of scientists. In my present profession, I talk to scientists about their research results and the possibilities surrounding their commercialization. I have been with TechnoStart GmbH for the last 7 years and am involved with the interfacing of research, spin-offs, financing and development of technology start-up enterprises. TechnoStart has existed for 20 years and specializes in the early phases of an enterprise start-up. We therefore address young technology spin-offs, and accompany these in issues of funding and advanced enterprise development. Our goal is to identify young entrepreneurs with the most promising projects, mutually planning an early economic implementation into an enterprise. At the same time, we are able to secure the development and expansion of enterprises with business expertise, but also with capital. At TechnoStart, we have found that by working with start-up enterprises, contrary to popular belief, personalities with distinct entrepreneurial capabilities also exist amongst scientists. The existing mechanisms and values of the academic world, however, all too often impede the implementation of these skills. We wish to encourage scientists to view the economic exploitation of their research as an equivalent work product in addition to insights published in professional journals. «

Education

1994 – 1996 Bachelor in Chemistry, Rutgers–The State Universitity of New Jersey USA
1997 – 2002 Ph.D. Chemistry / Materials Research, Pennsylvania State University, USA
2002 – 2003 Post Doc Nanostructures, Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München

Professional activities

1996 – 1997 Dragoco Gerberding & Co KG (now Symrise): R&D Analytical Chemistry
2003 – 2011  TechnoStart GmbH: Investment Manager
2011 – present i.con innovation GmbH 


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