With the coordination of the Directorate for Research and Development and Innovation, the University of Szeged launched the Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Programme which aims at promoting entrepreneurship among university students and researchers. The Programme motivates students to implement their marketable ideas and encourages business sector players to submit business and industrial challenges, and then the Virtus Programme involves university students and researchers to tackle these challenges. By connecting the actors, innovative and competitive solutions can emerge when drawing up a business idea.  The SZTE Virtus Team, made up of the colleagues at the Directorate for Research & Development and Innovation, supports the talented participants to realise their ideas and enter the market. A team of mentors, comprising of highly experienced professionals and academics, provides tailor-made mentoring for talented students and researchers. Additionally, several events will be organised to both facilitate networking and bringing the players of the local start up and innovation ecosystem closer together.

Our activities

Many researchers and talented students are keen to realise their innovative ideas and set up their own business. In the framework of the SZTE Virtus Programee, we offer a wide range of services to help talents develop their ideas and achieve market entry. We provide personalised mentoring and connect you with investors.
  • Counselling
  • Mentoring
  • Supporting the creation of one-pagers
  • Market analysis
  • Business planning
  • Prior art search
  • Financial planning
  • Event organising




  • Creation of a start-up mentor programme

  • Establishing the innovation milieu at the event series and through workshops (SZTE and partners)


  • Collecting project ideas (student/research/industrial projects)

  • Sustainable cooperation with capital market and industrial players

  • Establishing a sponsor network


  • Establishing incubation services – downtown co-working office, ELI

  • Intensifying links to key national and international innovation player (international networking cooperation, etc.)



Dr. Balázs Bende

Besides being a doctor, a surgeon and a plastic surgeon, I am also a clinical research and healthcare development expert and manager. Ever since the emergence of the venture capital market, a wide range of new projects with a human dimension is available, it means that there are various medicines, diagnostic methods and medical devices that have to be validated on volunteers in controlled clinical environments for the first time. I work on organizational methods and coordination systems that make the execution of clinical trials more efficient, cheaper and faster. I will primarily help you with innovative ideas in health or life sciences in which the product might have a human aspect, meaning that you have to test it on people before going to the market. Over the years, I have accumulated a broad market knowledge and experience so I will be able to help on a wider field as my knowledge and experience can be projected to other areas as well.

Dr. József Sárosi

I’m a certified engineer in Computer Science and Food Engineering. I conduct my research in the field of mechatronics, primarily dealing with the static and dynamic modelling, high precision positioning and application of pneumatic artificial muscles. I work at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Szeged; beforehand I worked in its predecessor institution. Currently I am the deputy head of the Institute of Technology. I am involved in developing the technical profile of the Faculty of Engineering as well as in advancing the laboratory and curriculum development, and also in educating Faculty recruits by supervising theses, dissertations, TDK dissertations and PhD theses. During regular consultations, engineering skill-based features, such as imagination, creativity, analytical, organizational and reviewing abilities, combined and practical skills come into play. Through my “Engineer Glasses” I closely follow the events, from the emergence of the tasks to their realisation.


Dr. Márton Vilmányi

I’m an economist and work as an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Szeged. I have extensive experience in the fields of managing non-business organizations, initiating and managing business and non-business development projects. My specialty is the development of enterprise and corporate business strategies and the development of business operations. My field of research is the properties of university-enterprise co-operations; the dynamics and network properties of inter-organizational co-operations.


Sándor Huszár

I graduated from the Department of Economics at the University of Szeged and spent a year in Dortmund where I pursued studies in project management. One of the core subjects of my research is the business exploitation potential of university research results and the examination of factors influencing consumer behaviour. Within the framework of the mentor programme, I can help students’ work by raising awareness to consumer-centred thinking and identifying business opportunities. My role will be to keep the students’ projects in a direction that results in an output that can be used by businesses. I help them introduce marketing and industry thinking into their work and support them in a way that the process, they are going through, is appropriate both professionally and corporate-wise.

Miklós Tóth

My 15-year-long career in the IT industry started as a programme developer major student at the IT Department of the University of Szeged where, jointly with my fellow student, we established a start-up and I started working as a web developer. Later, I moved to Germany for four years, where I became a JAVA programmer. From 2012 to 2015 I had the opportunity to get closer to the world of corporate IT in China. Later, in 2016, I started my own start-up in Hungary, and in two years I completed an MBA at the CEU Business School focusing on the start-up ecosystem. In recent years my main field of research has been artificial intelligence (image processing, deep learning) and big data (cluster-computing). In the framework of the Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Programme, I can assist students in the optimization of software ideas and the development of financial plans

A Szegedi Tudományegyetem csatlakozott a Demola Global innovációs közösséghez, az SZTE Virtus Vállalkozáskatalizátor Program keretében, amelynek célja egy fiatal, nyitott, multidiszciplináris közösség létrehozása, amely kreatív ötletekkel és módszerekkel dolgozik valós piaci problémák megoldásán. A Demola olyan nyílt innovációs platform, ahol nemzetközi projektcsapatok dolgozhatnak valós céges kihívásokon, co-creation módszerrel, 8 héten keresztül. A csapatok közösen dolgoznak a vállalati partnerekkel, hogy a lehető legjobb megoldást dolgozzák ki, a felvetett vállalati vagy ipari problémára. A projektmunka eredményét a csapatnak pitchelnie kell a megbízó cég képviselőinek.

Miért éri meg a vállalkozásoknak részt venni a Demola programban?

  • Tehetséges hallgatók és fiatal kutatók érhetőek el.
  • A vállalkozás fejlődéséhez szükséges új irányok és inputok nyerhetőek általa.
  • Innovatív ötleteket kaphat a hallgatói csapatoktól.
  • A vállalkozás alkalmazottai együtt dolgoznak a tehetséges és kreatív hallgatókkal.
  • Munkáltatói márka építését elősegíti.

Miért éri meg hallgatóként részt venni a Demola programban?

  • Valós üzleti kihíváson dolgozhatsz.
  • Innovatív ötlet kidolgozásában veszel részt multidiszciplináris csapatban a cégvezetőkkel együtt.
  • Elsajátíthatod a vállalkozói szemléletet és a csapatban való projektalapú munkavégzést.
  • Inspiráló közösség tagja lehetsz.
  • Demola Global bizonyítványt kapsz, amely kiválóan mutat majd az önéletrajzodban.
  • A karrierépítés első lépcsője lehet.

A Demola projektekhez várjuk kivétel nélkül minden kar hallgatóit és fiatal kutatóit, akik elegendő késztetést éreznek magukban, hogy 8 héten keresztül intenzíven dolgozzanak egy innovatív csapat tagjaként a cégvezetőkkel közösen.

A DEMOLA szegedi központjának aktuális ipari probléma felvetéseiről illetve a programról további információk az alábbi linken találhatóak:



The University of Szeged has joined the Demola Global Innovation Community, within the framework of the USZ Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Program, which aims to create a young, open, multidisciplinary community that works with creative ideas and methods to solve real market problems. Demola is an open innovation platform where international project teams can work on real company challenges, with co-creation method, for 8 weeks. The teams work together with the corporate partners to develop the best possible solution to the business or industrial issues raised. The team must pitch the results of the project work to the representatives of thes ponsoring company.

Why should businesses participate in the Demola Programme?

  • To reach out to talented students and young researchers.
  • To gain new directions and inputs for their business development.
  • To obtain innovative ideas from student teams.
  • To give a floor to the company’s employees to work with talented and creative students.
  • To promote employer branding.

Why should students participate in  the Demola Programme?

  • To work on a real business challenge.
  • To be involved in the development of an innovative idea in a multidisciplinary team with company leaders.
  • To master the entrepreneurial mindset and project-based teamwork as part of your team.
  • To be a member of an inspiring community.
  • To receive a Demola Global Certificate that will excellently fit in your resume.
  • To take the very first step in career building.

For Demola projects, we are inviting all faculty students and young researchers, who feel the urge to work intensively for 8 weeks as a member of an innovative team with C-suite leaders.

For more information about the current industrial problem in the DEMOLA centre in Szeged, and more information about the program, visit the following link: