Develop your idea, concept or innovation

Whenever you are excited about an idea or (the possibility of) an innovation, the first step is to talk to one of  IXA’s business developers. Even if your idea is still premature and very much ‘under construction’. The sooner you let us know, the better – in particular when protection of intellectual property is at stake. We can inform you about the do’s and don’ts with respect to making your research data and results public.

Business Developers

We have specialized business developers for each research field. From engineering, maths and life sciences to the arts, humanities and social sciences*. They will support you in assessing the opportunities and potential pitfalls of your idea and advise you on the steps to be taken. Questions you can expect from our team are:

  • Is practical application possible? Are  (external) parties interested?
  • What problem is addressed and what solution do you offer?
  • Are similar products or services already available? If so, what makes this idea, invention or innovation stand out?
  • What could be potential revenues, commercial and/or societal?


The best approach to further advance your idea depends largely on the idea itself and its stage of development. IXA supports in various steps:

In due time, we can assist in matchmaking with companies and investors with expertise, resources, and effective business networks. In addition, IXA can support you with legal and financial matters throughout the entire collaboration process.

* IXA has compiled valorisation guides especially tuned to researchers in social sciences and humanities (SSH) and life sciences (medical technology). Read more here.