Casimir Workshop Entrepreneurship



two full days




This workshop is aimed at PhD students and postdocs who are seriously considering the possibility of starting up their own business after their current contract. After successful editions in 2015 and 2017, a third edition will take place in 2019.

Program of the second edition in 2017:

Thursday 16 February 2017

Huygens building (Niels Bohrweg 2, Leiden), room 214

9:00 Opening by Tjerk Oosterkamp

9:30 Introductory lecture by Marco Beijersbergen (Cosine): ‘Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands’

11:00 Discussion session by David Cerda Salzmann (Ampelmann): ‘How to become an entrepreneur after your PhD – our story’

13:00 Lunch

Oort building (Niels Bohrweg 2, Leiden), room 173

14:00 Briefing on the assignment and work on assignment with the assistance of Marco Beijersbergen and Tjerk Oosterkamp

18:00 Dinner

19:00 Instructions on subjects that come up during the afternoon / working on the assignment


Friday 17 February 2017

New Gorlaeus building (acces through first floor of old Gorlaeus or Huygens building, follow the yellow dotted line on the floor to the new building), room DM.009

9:00 Presentation by Sander den Hoedt (DELMIC), Warner Venstra (Quantified Air), Sal Bosman (Delft Circuits)

11:00 Work on the assignment

Huygens building (Niels Bohrweg 2, Leiden), room 1122a

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Presentations by workshop participants (in groups) and feedback

16:30 Conclusive remarks and drinks

The registration for this workshop is closed now. If you still want to join (a part of) the program, but haven't registered yet, please contact Marije Boonstra to check the options.

Credits: 3 GSC

This workshop is organised by Marco Beijersbergen, Tjerk Oosterkamp, and Marije Boonstra

About prof. dr. Marco Beijersbergen: Marco Beijersbergen is founder and managing director of cosine. After his PhD in laser physics and optics at Leiden University in 1996, Marco recognised that there is a need for a company that offers commercial services in physics. Marco has strong interest in the physical principles behind the development of scientific and industrial instruments. He not only applies that to the benefit of his company's customers, but he also shares his views and thoughts with physics and astronomy students at Leiden University.