April 22, 2024 to October 11, 2024
Europe/Berlin timezone
The application period has ended. Thank you for your interest in the DESY Start-up School 2024.

Apply now: The DESY Start-up School 2024 offers coaching and webinars for scientists interested in discovering their entrepreneurial potential! Register between February 5 - March 15 2024, to participate between April - October 2024. 

Start-up School by DESY

The Start-up School offers an educational program to equip scientists, engineers, and students with entrepreneurial skills. Business planning is one of the most important factors when launching a start-up. Like every entrepreneur, scientists launching start-ups need to determine the best services and products they can offer to their future clients. That is why the Start-up School curriculum focuses on business planning; the core for growth and success in the market. The Start-up School will provide scientists with tools in business development planning, budget setting, marketing strategies and finding funds. The support for anyone founding a business model in a scientific setting on the way to becoming a special kind of entrepreneur: a #sciencepreneur.

The Start-up School Offers: 

  • A free-of-charge four-month incubation program to launch your idea on the market
  • Taking part in tailored webinars specifically designed to help scientists become entrepreneurs
  • 1:1 free-of-charge coaching appointments with CEOs 
  • Opportunity to join a European network of like-minded people willing to contribute to the world of tomorrow with science and innovation
  • Learning about the upcoming 3-D X-Ray microscope PETRA IV and its potential for helping you extend your business service ideas or develop your services for research and development in the industry.

A Safe and Challenging Space for Innovation

All parties involved are subject to maintaining the confidentiality of all information accessible to them within the framework of the Start-up School by DESY. 

We encourage applications from female scientists. We have a strong team of CEOs that also includes female entrepreneurs to support you on your journey to becoming a founder. 

The Start-up School receives funding from the Helmholtz Association and is administered by the DESY Start-up Office. 






22 April 2024 (Monday)Webinar 1 - Launch Event: “Mindset of an Entrepreneur - Learn How to Think Like an Entrepreneur”. Moderator: Pegram Harrison + CEO Mentors (15:00 to 19:00 CET).

30 April 2024 (Tuesday)Webinar 2 - “Ideation, Introduce Business Model - Use the Most Advanced Business Model to Think All the Steps of Your Business, from Ideas to Execution”. Moderator: Pegram Harrison + “Collaboration and Networks”. Moderator: Uwe Sassenberg (DESY, SaSaS) (16:00 to 20:00 CET).

4 June 2024 (Tuesday) - Webinar 3 - “Basic Business & Financial Management - Improve the Numbers, Forecasts and Business Processes that Successful Businesses Rely On”. Moderator: Pegram Harrison + CEO Mentors (09:00 to 13:00 CET).

12 June 2024 (Wednesday) - Webinar 4 - “Marketing & Synergies and Scale-up- Learn How to Market Science to Clients and Scale your Business”. Moderator: Pegram Harrison. Guest Speakers: Larry Schor (Discovery Partners Institute - Chicago), Robert Okabe (Discovery Partners Institute - Chicago) + CEO Mentors (15:00 to 19:00 CET).

27 June 2024 (Thursday) Webinar 5 - “Industrial Applications of PETRA IV / Business Model for PETRA IV”. Moderators: TBA, Colleagues from DESY ITT – Business Development Office (BDO) (16:00 to 20:00 CET).

17 September 2024 (Tuesday) - Webinar 6 - “Storytelling and Pitching - Create an Impactful and Accurate Pitch for Your Company to Convince Clients, Investors, and Stakeholders of the Value of Your Work”. Moderator: Charlelie Jourdan (09:00 to 13:00 CET).

10-11 October 2024 (Thursday-Friday) - Final Pitch Event. Pitch Jury: Pegram Harrison, DESY Start-up Office, DESY Business Development Office, CEO mentors and external guests 

Day 1, October 10

Day 2, October 11

*Times and dates may be subject to change.