Product Development


Business partner,


Business partner: Comate

Lecturer: Sander Van den dries

Teaching format: interactive workshop

Language of the workshop: English

Maximum amount of participants: approximately 25 (with teams of 4 to 5 persons)


You can choose to follow both modules or just the first.

  • Module 1: 1.5 ECTS
  • Module 2: 1.5 ECTS

Semester: semester 1 and 2

Timing: 11 workshops that take place during the day

  • Semester 1
    • 24 October 11h -13h 
    • 7 November 11h - 13h Comate
    • 14 November 11h - 13h 
    • 5 December 11h - 13h  Comate
  • Semester 2
    • 15 February 13h - 15h 
    • 22 February 13h - 15h 
    • 15 March 13h - 15h 
    • 22 March 13h - 15h 
    • 29 March 13h - 15h 

Locatie: KU Leuven Campus Groep T Leuven (VHI) and Comate (Leuven)


  • Presence and active participation in these sessions
  • Presentation
  • Concluding assignment with evaluation moment

Product Development: From idea to prototype to successful product

In the first part you will learn about the following:


  • How do you know your (product)idea will become a success?
  • What exactly is the problem you are going to solve? What is product-market fit?
  • Learn to do interviews and build mockups
  • Learn how to brainstorm
  • How do you choose from 100 solutions just the one that will be a success on the market?


In the second module we will focus on

  • Which steps you have to take to build your product the most efficient way
  • How to do a brainstorm on a complex technical problem
  • Why is the design of your product so important.
  • Why are some devices more user friendly than others? There is a science behind it!
  • How to select the wright materials and production techniques? Alu of glass fiber reinforced PP? 3D printing or milling?


The lessons will be a combinations of hands-on workshops (executing brainstorms, building mockups), presentations and experienced entrepreneurs that will tell will inspire you with their stories.