Casimir Workshop Entrepreneurship



twee full days


Leiden, Oort building, Niels Bohrweg 2, room 173


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


Monday 15 April 2019

9:30                  Opening by Tjerk Oosterkamp (Leiden) and Marco Beijersbergen (Cosine)

10:30                Time for discussion/questions

11:00                Lecture by Paul Hedges (Applied Nanolayers): “Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands – how to get financed / case study from Applied Nanolayers”

11:30                Time for discussion/questions

12:00                Lunch with entrepreneurs Warner Venstra-Quantified Air, Gertjan van Baarle-Leiden Probe Microscopy, Erik Zoutman-S[&]T - Science and Technology corp. (last two to be confirmed)

14:00                Lean canvas model  - Briefing on the assignment and work on assignment

16:30                Wrap-up day 1

Tuesday 16 April 2019

9:30                  Presentation by Sal Bosman (founder and CEO of Delft Circuits)

10:00                Lecture by Giuseppe Visimberga (LURIS): “The university is very diverse. How does LURIS deal differently with different types of spin outs?”

11:00                Time to work on your own idea

12:00                Lunch with entrepreneurs and former participants of this course: Laura Restrepo Perez (cofounder Bluemics), Aquiles Carattino (founder Uetke, software for science), Richard Norte (Nenso), Louis Reese (Acervatis)

14:00                Presentations by workshop participants and feedback

16:00                Conclusive remarks and drinks

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 Beijersbergen recognised that there is a need for a company that offers commercial services in physics. He 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.


6 - 7 June 2019

Casimir Open Days 2019link

24 - 28 June 2019

BioBusiness Summer Schoollink