Develop your idea, concept or innovation

Whenever you are excited about an idea, an innovation or (the possibility of) an invention, the first step to take is talk to one of the IXA 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.

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 there interested external parties?
  • 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 assist in various steps:

  • search for partners for further development;
  • participate in negotiations for research collaborations or licensing agreements; and
  • help to set up contracts dealing with research and development, intellectual property rights, confidentiality, exchanging materials;
  • assist in securing funding.

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

Lets us help you to develop your idea and bring it to fruition.

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