Methodology toolkit for a 5-day workshop on innovative product and service development

The methodology is designed to equip MA and PhD students and young researchers with the skills and experience to approach research from an entrepreneurial and market-driven perspective. Students and scientists have the potential to contribute as entrepreneurs, and we strive to help them understand the process of research valorisation. Through the developed workshop on innovative product and service development we aim to bridge the gap between academic environment and the market's needs.

The main idea behind the methodology is to think about the end users from the beginning of the development and to iteratively improve understanding and ideas for solutions. In a research environment, the design thinking can be an effective tool for generating new ideas, testing hypotheses, and validating findings. By emphasizing the importance of designing with the future customer in mind, researchers can create products, services, and systems tailored to the users' needs, and have the potential to make a real-world impact. We will also include topics linked specifically to commercialisation of technologies such as IPR management.

Problem Framing

Defining a problem, identifying its scope and stakeholders, and creating a clear problem statement for solution development.

Design Sprint

Structured 5-day workshop for problem-solving, idea generation, rapid prototyping and testing of products or services with real users.

Research valorisation

Bringing scientific knowledge into society and on the market, technology and business validation, IPR management.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

The Education4Entrepreneurship project helps to strengthen entrepreneurial mindset at universities in central and eastern Europe.

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