This is a session at Innov8rs Helsinki, 5 September 2019

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Intrapreneurship Growing Up at Fraunhofer: From Research to Europe’s Largest Tech Transfer Program

Back in 2013, Fraunhofer – a European R&D giant – started an unusual research project on intrapreneurship with the aim to empower 20.000+ researchers to think and act like entrepreneurs. After an abundance of experimental activities, more failures than successes, Thorsten will share the journey that started with mediocre ideation workshops, useless digital platforms, overrated innovations methods and ultimately ended with the transition of an intrapreneurship accelerator into, as of today, Europe’s largest and probably most entrepreneurial technology transfer program.

Dr. Thorsten Lambertus

The Team Captain at AHEAD | Fraunhofer Venture

Dr. Thorsten Lambertus heads Fraunhofer AHEAD as Europe’s largest tech transfer and company building program that supports 70+ high-tech ventures per year. Designing and executing innovation strategies in R&D-dominated environments is at the core of his expertise. Thorsten strongly believes in science-backed entrepreneurship.

Before launching AHEAD in 2019, Thorsten has initiated and scaled Fraunhofer’s first startup accelerator FDays® with a 38% tech transfer rate among 180 projects in 5 years. Apart from that, he is an executive trainer on entrepreneurship & innovation, a two-time entrepreneur, has worked as an innovation consultant in the automotive and energy sectors and devoted three years as a researcher at the intersection of entrepreneurship and psychology. He holds a diploma from RWTH Aachen University, Germany and a PhD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Thorsten has three kids and enjoys spending time with his family, in the Alps on his mountain bike, or buying the latest tech gadget.