From Research to Impactful Solutions

From Research to Impactful Solutions 1000 1000 RAISE fosters startup growth and scale-up within and across Europe

Research is the place where ideas flourish and discoveries ignite change, researchers often find themselves at a pivotal moment: translating their findings into real-world solutions. In this journey, nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset emerges as a vital ingredient. Let’s delve into the essence of this mindset, exploring its iterative nature, the importance of thorough research, and the shared skills required for both research and entrepreneurship.

The Iterative Nature of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship shares a common thread with research in its iterative nature. While both involve problem-solving, entrepreneurs navigate a path with less certainty, constantly seeking opportunities and establishing their reputation. The emphasis on profits and the need to navigate a dynamic landscape set entrepreneurship apart, demanding a unique skill set.

Example: Venturing into Startups

Consider the story of Instruments, a California-based company. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Instruments continuously improved respirators for patients, demonstrating adaptability and problem-solving skills crucial for entrepreneurial success.

Thorough Research as a Foundation

Research isn’t just a prerequisite for academic success; it’s also the cornerstone of entrepreneurial endeavors. Entrepreneurs must delve deeply into research before entering the market, ensuring their ideas are innovative, valuable, and address existing gaps. Research becomes the solid ground upon which entrepreneurs build their innovative solutions.

Example: Educational Tools for Autism

Take, for instance, Autism Navigator in Florida, showcasing the importance of thorough research. By developing tools to educate families about autism, they addressed a societal need while ensuring the effectiveness of their educational approach through research.

Entrepreneurial Identity and Skill Development

Fostering an entrepreneurial identity involves understanding the motivations behind venturing into entrepreneurship. The journey mirrors the scientific identity, requiring individuals to continuously innovate and build projects. Working in entrepreneurial roles, whether as a CEO or part of a startup, nurtures skill development essential for entrepreneurial success.

Example: Journal of Science Policy and Governance

Serving as the CEO for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance offers individuals a unique entrepreneurial experience. The role involves leveraging published work through conferences, panels, and media engagement, nurturing skills in communication, networking, and impact assessment.

Bridging Research and Impactful Solutions

The journey from research to impactful solutions beckons researchers to embrace an entrepreneurial mindset. Whether through submitting policy memos, engaging with legislators, or leading roles in research-driven startups, individuals bridge the gap between research findings and societal impact. By understanding the iterative nature of entrepreneurship, conducting thorough research, and fostering an entrepreneurial identity, researchers contribute to transformative solutions that benefit society.

About the Speaker and Mentor: Adriana Bankston

Adriana Bankston is a former bench scientist turned science policy expert, with a wealth of experience in research and academic policy changes within university settings. Her career was dedicated to showcasing research discoveries on a broader scale. Notably, Adriana also led a non-profit organisation and held various entrepreneurial roles, connecting with professionals worldwide.

Adriana Bankston

Adriana’s role as a senior fellow in science policy with the Federation of American Scientists showcased her expertise in policy entrepreneurship. Her work at this non-profit mirrored the dynamic nature of a startup, making her well-equipped to discuss the convergence of science and policy.

Based in Washington, DC, USA, Adriana was ideally positioned to offer valuable insights into research-powered innovation, real-world impact, and the art of building strategic partnerships and talent scouting. Her diverse background and passion for research made her a dynamic speaker for discussions surrounding innovation, collaboration, and talent development.

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