Best Practice:  How to Improve Science-based Innovation through Technology Scouting

As a competitive intelligence professional, you play a critical role in ensuring your organization stays ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving business landscape. Technology scouting is a critical success factor for this game. 


This best practice presentation highlights the approaches that the renowned German Max Planck Foundation has developed for science-driven technology scouting!

The MPF's Start-up Initiative has a simple but ambitious goal: to increase the number of successful high-tech start-ups not only in Germany, but across Europe.

With its activities, the initiative contributes to the German government's start-up strategy.

As a technology scout at the Max Planck Foundation, Isabel Schulze supports numerous approaches with her science-oriented technology scouting services. In her practical presentation, she will share her experiences based on more than 45 approaches, including her applied concepts and success factors. 

This talk will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to tackle the complexities of science-based technology scouting.

Key Takeaways

  • Focus on key performance indicators
    There needs to be an increased focus on early stage support: the transfer from research to idea design and application scenarios. Many concepts start too late.
  • Mentoring
    Founders and managers in science-based start-up approaches need early-stage mentoring. Technology scouting must be tailored to these specific needs.
  • AI-based technology scouting
    Various AI tools can support science-based technology scouting - but no AI tool can (yet) offer a comprehensive solution.



Isabel Schulze

Technology Scout & Lead Science 



Best Practice:  From Science to Innovation: Accelerate Start-up Projects in Academic Institutions via Technology Scouting