You are unsure what all this talk about entrepreneurship is about? Is it also relevant for natural scientists? Can anyone join in? What skills are needed? How to start?

While becoming more and more crucial in society, entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and thinking are not yet deeply rooted in the education of natural scientists. Hence many scientists do not consider being an entrepreneur as a career option after graduation and many amazing and promising ideas end up in drawers after initial publication. As the venture lab ChemSPACE we want to change that. Thus, we are creating educational programmes focussing on natural scientists to support the knowledge and awareness around the topic of innovation and entrepreneurship. We work closely with TUMForTe and the UnternehmerTUM who are already running multiple successful programmes that we can built on and learn from. 

The programmes are open to students, PhDs, scientific staff and PIs. The focus for ChemSPACE is on ideas that built on chemistry. That, however, does not mean we only welcome chemists - any background is highly appreciated, as diversity is an important factor in many successful teams is diversity.  

Do you already have an idea you want to further develop? Do you maybe already have a team? Then take a look at our Venturing offerings. 


Coming soon in the Venture Lab ChemSPACE:

The i-Teams program

The program is about exploring, identifying and analyzing the commercial potential for an emerging, breakthrough technology developed at TUM. To work on the project the students form multi-disciplinary teams to turn the assigned lab technology into a commercially viable product. In weekly lectures and workshops in cooperation with the University of Cambridge the knowledge about how to bring a product to the market is transferred and in the team meetings there is the chance to develop and discuss the practical implementation of the skills in the project.

Project examples:

“Finding the best market for a new method to photoreform plastic waste into organic molecules and hydrogen”

“Identifying the best markets for a new form of graphene-like carbon”

“Exploring the market need for easily-manufactured vibration-dampening polymers”

“Using VR to reduce the perception of pain and stress during medical procedures”


Program start: coming soon     Program duration: 12 weeks

Lecture / meeting time: Monday evenings for 2-3h

For further information on the program:

Contact person: Dr. Sarah Jessl, (Managing Director - Venture Lab ChemSPACE)

The program is about…

… learning how to turn a lab technology into a commercially viable product.

… working in an interdisciplinary team to determine suitable markets and further technology development for a nominated University research project.

… discussing the technology with real target customers in relevant industries.

… being supported by the team industry mentor, the responsible University researcher and the i-Teams Program Director.

… learning in talks/workshops about communication, product innovation, patents, presentation skills and a lot more.

The structure of the program:

1.    Formation of multi-disciplinary teams and technology assignment

2.    Initial technology/idea presentation

3.    Weekly meetings to report the progress to the team

4.    Mid-term presentation on technology, market areas, possible customers

5.    Customer analysis by contacting and interviewing a minimum of 10 customers

6.    Weekly updates to the group about interesting findings or hurdles.

7.    Final Presentation with Q&A to pitch and defend the conclusions.

8.    Handover meeting with the researcher (detailed documentation and poster with the final results)


Weekly time commitment: 2-3h meeting + 2-3h of individual work

The enrollment can be done online via TUMonline and the program is open for every TUM student with an interest in technology development and commercialization!

Project outcome
  • The team will work on turning your lab technology into a commercially viable product by:

- determining suitable markets and further technology development

- discussing the technology with real target customers in relevant industries

  • Teams are also supported by an industry mentor and the i-Teams Program Director
  • Students are required to sign a confidentiality agreement and agree that they will not be entitled to any revenue sharing
Time commitment

You are asked to attend your team’s weekly meeting at least every two weeks as well as the mid-term presentation, final presentation, and handover meeting. Furthermore, answering the team’s questions send by email is part of your support for the project.

Project requirements and participation
  • Projects can be submitted by anyone working in the TUM or an associated research institute
  • A natural science and ideally chemistry topic of the project is desirable
  • Project should be a new innovation with a real-world application
  • Contact us for a meeting to discuss a project or technology
  • Contact person: Dr. Sarah Jessl, (Managing Director - Venture Lab ChemSPACE)