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Explorers

Explorers is our offerings open to all. We have workshops, courses, events and inspirational talks available for you.

How it works

Explorers is for all startups or individuals curious to learn more – regardless of your affiliation with Aarhus University.
Sign up for individual workshops below or check out all our open events to explore your entrepreneurial potential.

Available workshops

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Your brand is your business. 

It is the sum of all the impressions you leave: it’s you, your product, customer service, communication, appearance etc.  In other words; every startup has a brand. Does yours do you any good? 

A good brand connects with the audience and guides strategic decisions. 

In this workshop we will focus on what you can do to shape your brand in a way that is believable, relevant, and meaningful to you, your startup and your customers.  

YOU WILL GET  

 

  • Tools to turn your own strenghts and motivations into a business asset
  • Tools to build a strategic brand foundation
  • Tools for clear and efficient external communication.


PRACTICAL INFO

Brand Building - September
September 30, 09.00 - 12.00

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Brand Building - November
November 16, 13.00 - 16.00

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What talents are already part of your team, what are their competencies and how can your team be further strengthened? How do you build a company culture that matches your ambition and values?

This workshop aims to inspire your strategical thoughts about work habits, culture and about your most valued equity – your colleagues and employees. We will introduce different ways of developing a meaningful culture and take your conditions as a startup into account. We will introduce some of the current cultural tendencies as inspiration to your strategical thoughts about the startup culture you would like to build.

Please notice you will benefit the most from this workshop if the full founder-team participates.

YOU WILL GET 

  • Insights into the conditions and landscape you are navigating as a startup.
  • Inspiration to understand and further development of your emerging work place.
  • Tools for mapping existing and needed competencies in relation to your business or business idea.

PRACTICAL INFO

Create a strong team - September
September 21, 13.00 - 16.00 PM

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Create a strong Team - November
November 2, 09.00 - 12.00 PM

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The goal of this workshop is to make you a more successful negotiator. This will help you get better deals and develop your business smoother and more efficiently.

At the workshop, you negotiate the conditions for an angel investment, either from the perspective of the business angel or that of the founder. Building on this, we discuss the principled negotiation approach of the Harvard method, which supports the collaborative realization of win-win potentials and the development of trusting relationships.

YOU WILL GET 

  • Practical and useful negotiation guidelines
  • The opportunity to practice and develop your negotiation skills
  • Insights about risk financing negotiations

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Negotiation skills
October 25, 13.00 - 16.00

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

There is a huge number of societal challenges that we urgently need to create sustainable solutions for. Start-ups can play an essential role in meeting these challenges. Conversely you probably need to consider several sustainability-related issues to future-proof your start-up.

This workshop seeks to inspire you to contribute to a more sustainable future as well as preparing you to meet expectations from different stakeholders in the field of sustainability. We will approach sustainability from several angles including green/ecological, social and cultural dimensions.

The workshop is relevant for you if you want to develop and integrate smaller or major initiatives into your start-up that can contribute to a more sustainable future.

YOU WILL GET

  • Foundation, inspiration and tools to integrate aspects of sustainability into your start-up.
  • Inspiration and guidelines to communicate about your sustainable efforts.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Build a sustainable startup
October 4, 13.00 - 16.00

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Build a sustainable startup
November 15, 13.00 - 16.00

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The goal of this workshop is to prepare you to confidently take the lead in the investment process so you can attract investors. 

A confident and proactive founder team is atractive for investors. In this workshop you will learn about the different types of investors, what they look for and understand how they think and act, both before and after investment. 

You will also be introduced to what a Cap Table is and why it is important to know how a cap table develops over several rounds of investment.  

You will be introduced to terms such as: Cap table, pre-/post money valuation, series A,  etc. 

YOU WILL GET   

  • An introduction to basic investment terminology such as pre-/post valuation, cap table, series A etc. 
  • Tools for valuating your startup 
  • A spreadsheet in which you can plot you first cap table

PRACTICAL INFO

Investor Readiness - September
September 23, 10.00 - 13.00

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Investor Readiness - November
November 8, 13.00 - 16.00

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Most people think of patents as the only way to protect an idea.  The truth is that trademark, copyright, design protection and trade secrets can also be used to protect a company’s assets.

The workshop will help you choose the right protection strategy for your startup.

(The workshop does not cover patent – patent is for a separate workshop.)

YOU WILL GET

  • An overview of the various ways to protect your idea
  • An understanding of how you can protect your idea

The workshop is delivered in collaboration between the Technology Transfer Office at AU and The Kitchen

PRACTICAL INFO

Protect your idea
October 12, 13.00 - 16.00

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Startups that own patents  become more valuable compared to startups that do not own patents.  The goal of this workshop is that you understand what a patent is, it’s value, and how to proceed with the patenting process in order for you to  maximize the value and impact of your research. 

The workshop is relevant for everyone who considers patenting an invention. It is particularly relevant for AU employees. with research that they seek to patent. 

YOU WILL GET  

  • Practical tools and knowledge necessary to do a preliminary patent search 
  • A roadmap for your own patenting process 
  • Specific do’s and don’ts in the patenting process 

The workshop is delivered in collaboration between the Technology Transfer Office at AU and The Kitchen

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Patent your research
November 9, 13.00 - 16.00

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The goal of this 3-hours workshop is to ensure that you have a digital architecture that is ready for scaling and that supports your business strategy.

IBM will bring their expertise and help you assess your current IT architecture and provide suggestions for improvement. Based on this, experts will advise you on how you technically can improve your architecture and reach your desired business outcomes.

The first part of the workshop consists of a traditional talk sprinkled with group discussions and short exercises. The second part is allocated to discuss real challenges that the startups are facing. Be prepared to present your technical challenge in plenum and to discuss your own and the other startups’ challenges.

The workshop is targeted CTO (or equivalent) in startups within IT, platform, software, cloud and IoT.

The workshop is technology-agnostic, and IBM will not push their products and services.

 YOU WILL GET

  • Guide to visualize your IT-architecture
  • Input on how to improve your IT-architecture
  • Understand how your IT-architecture support your business idea
  •  Tech discussion with peers and IBM experts

PRACTICAL INFO

Digital Architecture with IBM
October 5, 13.00 - 16.00

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Have you ever wondered what your strengths and weaknesses are? Have you ever wondered why certain people or behaviour trigger different things in all of us? Are you curious to look inwards and work to become an even more capable member of your entrepreneurial team - then keep reading.  

We offer a workshop that allows you to be curious about the multitalented, kind, crazy and complex creature that is you... 

We will work with Jungs type indicator and through a lot of reflective and engaging exercises we will help you become more aware of your strong suits and how to utilise these even better.   

YOU WILL GET

 

  • Insights into the characteristics of you and your team/ colleagues - and the overall strengths of the team. 
  • More knowledge about, how to be even more empowered on your entrepreneurial journey 
  • Insights into the specific areas, where you are particularly strong as well as your development areas. 

 

Please notice you will benefit the most from this workshop if the full founder-team participates. 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION 

WHEN: November 11, 09.00 - 12.00

WHERE: The Kitchen, Universitetsbyen 14, 8000 Aarhus C. Room: 1741 - 113 (Conference Room).

LANGUAGE: English

SIGN UP: Press here

What’s included

Events
Workshops
Workspace access in public zone

 

What’s required

Everyone is free to join our Explorers offerings regardless of your affiliation with Aarhus University.