About the PhD course From research to business

Meet the 2009/2010 participants

The PhD students participating 2009/2010 have already devoted time and energy to an intensive and challenging course. From 27 applicants 20 were selected by a selection committé. Meet some of the 2009/2010 participants below:
Zhi Zhang

Name: Zhi Zhang

Background: I come from Tangshan, China. Iím currently a Ph.D. student in iPack VINN Excellence Center at KTH, Sweden. My research is focused on ad hoc connected wireless sensing and identification systems for Internet-of-Things (IoT). It covers the concepts of radio frequency identification (RFID) and wireless sensor network (WSN), and will be widely used in our daily life. My research area has extreme commercial potential, and I have done some system simulation using OMNeT++ and implemented the hardware prototype of sensor nodes.

Why did you apply for this course?
Iím eager to commercialize my research in the near future and hope I could be a successful entrepreneur. This course provides a good opportunity for me to have the knowledge and experience in how to identify and assess the possibilities in commercializing my research and how to write a good business plan.

What have you learned so far that surprised you?
Itís important to use the right tools to evaluate the original idea before writing a business plan.

How do you think this course will help you develop your idea?
This course provides me with useful tools for analyzing and evaluating the commercial potential in an idea or research results from various perspectives, some of which Iím not aware of before. The course will help me to explore the strength and weaknesses of my idea and have some new insights into entrepreneurship after discussing with the participants and teachers.

Would you recommend other to take this course, in that case why?
Yes, definitely! The course is interesting and useful for the ones who want to run their own business from their current research. The course provides the students with many good contacts with mentors, investors and famous professors as well as theory and practice for planning their business in steps.

Fadi Abdallah Fadi Abdallah
Yasar Amin Yasar Amin
Ola Dagbro Ola Dagbro
Carl Junesand Carl Junesand
Antonina Khairova Antonina Khairova
Sandra Kliknaite Sandra Kliknaite
Chaitanya Koppisetty Chaitanya Koppisetty
Yury Loayza Yury Loayza
Johan Lundberg Johan Lundberg
Mats Niklasson Mats Niklasson
Helgi Nolsøe Helgi Nolsøe
Zhibo Pang Zhibo Pang
Johan Persson Johan Persson
Nima Sanandaji Nima Sanandaji
Anita Sant Anita Sant'Anna
Francesco Strino Francesco Strino
Axel Wolf Axel Wolf
Zhi Zhang Zhi Zhang
Jonas Ňberg Jonas Ňberg