Doctoral School Plunge into your own business plan 16, 17, 18 & 21 September 2020

Doctoral School Plunge into your own business plan 16, 17, 18 & 21 September 2020

! COVID-19: as long as there are no clear restrictions concerning this type of event, we plan to organize it. In any case, we always make a decision at the end of July whether or not the course can be held. So please, do not hesitate to register, we will not charge a cancellation fee in case the course should be cancelled due to COVID-19 !

WHAT: learn skills related to business and management, create your own business opportunity and develop a tailor-made business plan step by step

HOW: use a personal, practical business case to acquire the skills, that are theoretically taught.

“ideas are easy, but execution is everything”

= different modules, each covering the theoretical and practical steps of an important part of the business plan.

WHEN: 16, 17, 18 & 21 September, 2020

COURSE TYPE: for Ghent University doctoral students, participation in this course will count as a specialist course and as a seminar in transferable skills (cluster: research & valorisation).

WHY REGISTER: This is an all-in-one plunge in the basics of business development/business skills. The theoretical principles are being immediately implemented in a practical environment, preferably a specific business case.

This summer school is complementary to existing entrepreneurial courses, in that case that if acts like an intensive boot camp, instead of the weekly courses e.g. under the ‘durf ondernemen’ flag. Within that context, the English language is – for international students – a surplus.

It covers main topics in a wide array of skills that are often lacking in the regular scientific master and doctoral school programs.

FOLLOW-UP TRAJECTORY: For some selected candidates, the opportunity will be given to start up a follow-up trajectory in 2021, either under the guidance of OVO (Ondernemers voor Ondernemers) for entrepreneurs who wish to start a business in the South or from Durf Ondernemen! for UGent students with a strong business case. You can find more information in the attached document (below).


For UGent personnel, not member of the doctoral school: €300*

For external people: €950 for the whole course

* Free of charge for:

  • members of the Ghent University Doctoral Schools
  • postdoctoral fellows, originating from one of the VLIR-UOS list of countries, with either an appointment at Ghent University or holding a postdoctoral fellowship from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). You can find the complete list of countries here:

Participants that cancel their inscription 10 working days before the start of the course, will be charged €300, due to costs that are made in advance (course material, catering, …).

REGISTER HERE (deadline July 28th, 2020 - this is also the deadline to send us your concept note)

At the latest by August 3rd, a decision will be taken whether or not the minimum criteria are achieved to organise the summer course.

Participants will then be notified and informed that cancellations are still possible for 10 working days, i.e. on the latest until August, 17th.

For more information: mail in case you are interested in the announcement document, with more information about the modules.

Improve your business idea related to agriculture through a European mobility experience
Students enrolled in the doctoral course are eligible to participate in the business model competition of the Erasmus+ project eTOMATO ( in Belgium. Students can form teams of maximum 2 persons to develop a business plan in the field of multifunctional agriculture (e.g. short supply chain, rural tourism, social and pedagogic agriculture). The winning team will have the opportunity to have a work-experience at an farm involved in the project (Spain, Italy, Bulgary) in 2021 for max. 30 days to further elaborate their business idea. Travel and expenses related to this internship will be reimbursed in scope of this eTOMATO project.