Technology Transfer Bootcamp: From Research to Innovation

Are you a researcher, a postgraduate, an innovator, an engineer or a technician? Have you had developed a research project or technology and looking to turn it into a business?

Berytech invites you to take part in the first Technology Transfer Bootcamp: From Research to Innovation, allowing you to develop your research or technology innovation in food, water, and energy into practical and commercially viable products.

The Bootcamp will help you explore market, funding, commercialization, and business opportunities, and develop a valid business model for your innovation. It will focus on:

  • Intellectual Property (Assessment, Rights & Protection)
  • Technology development and commercialization
  • Entrepreneurship process & business modeling
  • Access to market and funding

Dates: October 18-20, 2018
Time: 8:30 am till 5:00 pm
Venue: Berytech Innovation Park – Mar Roukoz, USJ-ESIB campus, Mkalles



Who can apply and what will you get?

Anyone working on a technology-based innovation in the Water, Energy or Food sectors with a proof of concept that is locally developed with a potential of scalability can apply.

Out of all applicants, 25 will be chosen and granted access to the 3-day intensive Bootcamp (for free), led by local and international experts, for up to 2 people per team.

To make things more challenging, one team will be chosen to receive tailor-made advisory sessions from Berytech and industry partners, and international visibility through THE NEXT SOCIETY. The Next Society is an open community of changemakers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, NGOs, public and private innovation, research and economic development hubs from Europe and 7 Mediterranean countries.

The Bootcamp’s Program

During the 3-day intensive program, you will have the chance to:

  • Receive technical and practical guidance
  • Develop your own business model and commercialization plan
  • Learn about intellectual property and commercialization techniques
  • Develop a process for technology protection
  • Learn about basic financial modeling
  • Prepare your pitch to present it to investors and partners

The program offers both theoretical and applied learning, with case-studies and one-on-one mentoring sessions with the experts. You’ll also profit from networking opportunities and an exchange of knowledge and tools.


The Bootcamp’s Agenda

DAY 1: October 18, 2018: Essentials of Technology Transfer – Ideas/technologies exploration and innovation inducement

  • Session 1 Workshop: Building a business concept around IP to become the core of a Startup strategy
  • Session 2 Workshop: Business modelling
  • Session 3 Workshop: Market & Innovation Strategy


DAY 2: October 19, 2018: Assessing Intellectual Property potentials & exploring commercialization and market strategies

  • Session 4 Workshop: Innovation and risk management
  • Session 5 Workshop: Developing a process for commercialization
  • Session 6 Workshop: “Is my IP ready for commercialization?”


DAY 3: October 20, 2018: Growth & Path to Market – Accessing Finance and interacting with Stakeholders

  • Session 7 Workshop: Financial Workshop
  • Session 8 Workshop: Pitching for partners & investors



  • Interested? Apply before October 10, 2018. Places are limited and only 25 participants will be selected (maximum of two members per team will be accepted).



Admission is based on the strength of the application, including a technology innovation assessment, the economic viability of the project, the team expertise and motivation.

Any questions or concerns regarding the Bootcamp may be addressed to Melissa Yammine at

This Bootcamp is organized and covered by Berytech in the context of The Next Society EU project, that gathers and supports entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, NGOs, innovators, research and economic development hubs from Europe and the Mediterranean countries.


Meet Mondher Khanfir

Mondher KhanfirMondher Khanfir is a strategist, business consultant and private equity professional with a diversified track record in enterprise development and restructuring in both private and public sectors, in addition to raising fund for research and innovation projects.

He has several references in Europe and MENA region, in Industry, Finance, Transportation, Distribution and ICT. His passion for entrepreneurship led him to launch in 2011 the first private business incubator in North Africa, namely Wiki Start Up, along with a seed fund fully dedicated to Research Based Spin-Off and supported by an angel investors network.

Within the Think Tank “For a shared prosperity in Africa”, he produced a study on the knowledge economy and Health Sector that has been published in a top ranked scientific European journal.

His achievements in the arena of Innovation and Technology Transfer made him recognized as a specialist in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in the MENA region.

He authored several economic and strategic studies for OECD, EBRD, United Nations (ESCWA) and GIZ, among which a study entitled “Capital Market & Financial System development to boost private sector in Tunisia” ordered directly by the German Federal Minister of Finance. He released more recently an e-book entitled “The Digital Startup implementation handbook”.

During the decisive period of transition to democracy in Tunisia, he acted as Head of the Cabinet of the Minister of Transportation. He was behind the Road Map 2014, which included a very ambitious program of Digitization labeled MoVility.

He’s directing now a new initiative from Europe, “The African Diaspora Equity Fund” that will enable the generation a specific type of ventures, the Diaspora Startup.