Workshop, 5th March, 08:30 (Part 1, closed) + 16:30
(Part 2, public)
Throughout the first day at ERF2012, a group of selected
teams - with a particular robotics idea each - will go through an
entrepreneurial coaching session and present their work at a public
The objective of the workshop is to encourage a wider acceptance
of entrepreneurship in your robotics researchers by providing
entrepreneurial coaching to several teams, who themselves have
ideas for developing robotics products or services.
The participants are expected to have already developed an idea
for a product or service and to have done some background work in
researching the marketplace in which it could be exploited.
The workshop consists of two parts:
08:30 - 10:30
Entrepreneurship WS - Entrepreneurial coaching session (Only for
16:30 - 18:00
Entrepreneurship WS - Teams presentation and judging session
The first coaching session, which is closed and only the
selected Entrepreneurs Teams will participate, will go through the
basis of a business case and prompt the teams to develop their
ideas and methods of concise explanation. Each team will give a
short presentation of their product or service and will then be
questioned by entrepreneurs or potential investors. They will have
to make the case for investment of a particular amount of money and
say how much stake in the Company they are prepared to trade. The
winning team will be the one with the most convincing case for
receiving the investment they are looking for.
The Coaching sessions will cover the normal aspects of making a
business case (including the USP of the product or service, the
market, the competitors, the team and the financials) with the last
part being about making convincing presentations. Each team will be
provided with one dedicated coach (or the coaches may rotate but
there will always be one coach per team). The number of teams will
be restricted to a maximum of 6. The presentation session will see
each team presenting for 5-10 minutes before being questioned by
- Renaud Champion, founder of PRIMNEXT, specialized in the
sourcing and valuation of robotics companies and also co-founder
and partner of the first venture capital fund fully dedicated to
service robotics in Europe, ROBOLUTION Capital.
- Nicola Tomatis, CEO of BlueBotics SA and Executive Board member
- Rune Larsen, Head of Business Development at the Danish
Technological Institute, Centre for Robot Technology.
- Jose Luis Elejalde, Tecnalia Ventures.
- Lennart Karlsson, Robotdalen.
- David Bisset, iTechnicLtd.
- Business cases
- Coaching session
- Jon Agirre Ibarbia, Tecnalia, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thilo Zimmerman, GPS, email@example.com
- Geoff Pegman, R U Robots, firstname.lastname@example.org
A certificate and a small gift will be awarded to the winning
team. There will also be a press release prepared about the event,
the winning team and their proposed product / service.
In order to promote the participation of teams from different
European countries, the teams could request to receive the
reimbursement of the flight tickets (a maximum of two persons per
The European Robotics Forum, organized by the European
robotic networks EURON, EUROP, the euRobotics Coordination Action
and hosted by The Danish Technological Institute, is in the
field of robotics the meeting point for engineers, scientists and
business people from all over Europe. The event will take
place from 5-7 March 2012 in Odense, Denmark.
More than 300 robotics researchers from industry and academia,
as well as entrepreneurs and public investors, are expected to
discuss the latest developments, research challenges and business
opportunities for European robotics.
This year's theme of the European Robotics Forum is "European
Robotics towards new horizons".
For more information, registration for the forum, and to become
an exhibitor, please visit the official European Robotics Forum
2012 website at www.europeanrobotics12.eu