Jülich Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

JUICE is more than just a certificate program – it's your chance to embark on a genuine learning journey. Tailored for young scientists, JUICE offers a no-cost training experience where you can explore and shape commercial or social ventures rooted in your research. It's about turning ideas into impactful solutions and addressing real-world challenges. Join the JUICE community in transforming research into meaningful change.

Unlock the economic potential of your research and become part of the JUICE community

At the JUICE Program you will learn how to identify economic potentials and possible fields of application, and to develop the skills and strategies to transform research into real solutions, products, or applications.

Discover your essential Benefits

Your opportunities

  • discover new career opportunities in different types of innovation (e.g. licensing agreements, start-ups, social ventures)
  • expand your professional network
  • unlock new collaboration opportunities
  • develop and deliver solutions
  • become part of the JUICE community
  • win € 2,500 in funding

Your new skills

  • how to identify or generate social or commercial enterprise opportunities based on science
  • how to validate your idea
  • how to identify target groups, seize markets, improve stakeholder engagement
  • how to create business models
  • how to improve your pitching and negotiation skills

Explore the modules

Phase 1: Embark on your project journey
Phase 2: Put Your Idea to the Test
Phase 3: Define your business model
Phase 4: Get on stage

What to expect

A dynamic and collaborative learning experience

In a combination of online teaching sessions, live workshops, team-based project building and coachings, you will find a framework for developing and delivering value through research and innovation.

You may work on your own project idea or explore the world of innovation and entrepreneurship by joining interdisciplinary groups.

The program is taught entirely in English. Expert consultants and your innovation management partners at UE-I will guide you through this program.

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Win € 2,500 in funding

All teams will get the chance to pitch their idea at the final innovation contest and win € 2,500 in funding to participate at conferences or for training opportunities.

Find information on application and requirements below.

Winning project JUICE 23

David Mengen (IBG-3) and Colin Fernandes (IBI-3) have secured victory in the JUICE Innovation Contest 23 with their pioneering transfer project idea, "Drought Analytics" earning them a €2,500 startup grant.

Winning teams of the 2023 JUICE Innovation Contest

How to apply

Who is the program for?

Both doctoral students and early-career postdocs from Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University can apply for the JUICE Program.

You do not need to have an idea for an innovation project to participate. Participation is free of charge.

Please note: Places are limited. If necessary, applicants will be put on a waiting list.

How to apply for JUICE Program

Please click the button below and fill out our application form. We will get in contact with you as soon as possible.

Please make sure to read our terms of participation before applying to the program.

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Application deadline for JUICE 24: 4 February 2024.

March 2024

For the basic "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" course of JuDocS Transferable Skills Program, please visit JuDocS online. Note: It is not required for JUICE Program participation: JuDocS Innovation and Entrepreneurship Course

JUICE: Jülich Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Time Schedule

Phase 1

Set up your case

🟩 Kick-off

🟩 Market Orientation

🟩 Stakeholder Engagement

🟩 Communication Training

Phase 2

Validate your idea

🟧 Online Coaching I

Phase 3

Specify your model

🟩 Business Modelling

🟩 Networking Event

🟧 Online Coaching II

Phase 4

Get on stage

🟩 Pitch Trial

🟩 Innovation Contest

🟧 online class ⠀ 🟩 presence events

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JUICE: Jülich Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Join JUICE in 2024

Ready to embark on a transformative journey with JUICE? Take the first step towards innovation and entrepreneurship.

Fill out our application form and share your motivation letter. Let your journey begin – apply now!

We will get in contact with you as soon as possible.

Apply for JUICE 24

Contact us

Dr. Vanessa Leffler


  • Corporate Development (UE)
Building 15.3 /
Room 3011
+49 2461/61-6905

Last Modified: 08.12.2023