Impressions from the STARTacademy 2018

February 13th- 15th, 2018

Impressions from the i²c STARTacademy 2017

February 21st- 23rd, 2017

Awards given at the i²c STARTacademy 2018

During the three days of the i²c STARTacademy 2018 (13-15 Feb. 2018), the teams intensively worked on best methods to communicate their research projects in a short, comprehensible to the wide public and compelling manner, preparing the teams to pitch the commercial potential of their research to a jury of industry and investors on the 4th day within the i²c Networking Friday for the chance to win one of the prizes:

  • Best Overall Concept: Herbst Kinsky Voucher worth 5,000€ & participation in the IECT Summer School (1500€)

  • Commercial Viability Award: Pitch at the Austrian Angel Investment Association – aaia

  • i²c Award: i²c scholarship worth 5000€ incl. Work Space in the i²c FounderSpace and incubation in the TUW i²ncubator

  • Innovation Award (Ticket for the Pioneers Festival 2018)

  • Startup300 Award (Factory 300 Membership worth 1,440€)

  • Public Prize (Ticket for the Pioneers Festival 2018)

Best Overall Concept: Herbst Kinsky Voucher worth 5,000€ & participation in the IECT Summer School  (1500€)  
Winner: MultiSphere
 

The organ-on-a-chip technology was described by the World Economic Forum in 2016 as one of Top 10 "emerging technologies". To meet the growing need to improve the predictive power of toxicological, pharmaceutical and preclinical studies, the MultiSphere project builds on the advancement of a novel organ-on-a-chip technology that establishes, cultivates and supports a wide variety of multicellular spheroids (3D cell aggregates). The MultiSphere project thus closes an important technological gap, enabling rapid and easy production of spheroids of defined cell types. With the help of our biochip, each cell type (primary, cancer or stem cell) can now be established, treated and analyzed as a high-throughput in vitro human organ model. Since the present spheroid biochip technology is compatible with standard cell biology measurement techniques (e.g., microscopy, spectroscopy, etc.), the MultiSphere platform enables cost-effective and time-saving monitoring of 3D cell cultures in a standardized and reproducible manner.

Commercial Viability Award: Pitch at the Austrian Angel Investment Association – aaia  
Winner: Artificial Researcher
 

The Artificial Researcher automatically retrieves the publications based upon the user request, and narrow down to the specific text segments that are defined by the users' information needs. AR-Science also provides users with the background research in terms of argumentative zoning, and comparative documentation summarisation, and thereby reduce the time spent on searching and reviewing related work. By providing the users with a unified platform, which supports the complete research activity, we reduce the time-consumption for each user concerning search and reviewing scientific publications. At the same time, we provide libraries and other information providers with essential information for future support of research activities and a purchase strategy for obtaining scientific literature.

i²c Award: i²c scholarship worth 5000€ incl. Work Space in the i²c FounderSpace and incubation in the TUW i²ncubator  
Winner: Turbulence Solutions
 

We develop innovative concepts for aircrafts to counteract effects of in-flight turbulence. By means of a new approach for flight control, which makes use of highly dynamic wing deformation, adverse acceleration effects are drastically reduced. Turbulence prediction, which combines sensor and turbulence modell data, further enhances the flight control allowing for proactive countermeasures. The overall solution is targeted to provide independence of current weather conditions. This improves availability, predictability, and reliability for flight operators - from UAV to airliner - as well as passengers and costumers.

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Innovation Award (Ticket for the Pioneers Festival 2018)  
Winners: Simple-AI
 

At Simple-AI we develop new machine learning technologies for real-life applications such as smart predictive maintenance platforms for industrial robots as well as brains for self-driving cars.
We create smart and energy efficient agents to automatically monitor the health-status of industrial machineries to prevent catastrophic break downs. Our platform collects rich unsupervised features form sensory data fully autonomous. Its performance is superior over many other state-of-the-art approaches for the health monitoring and prognostic of machine bearings.

Startup300 Award (Factory 300 Membership worth 1,440€)   
Winner: Simple-AI
 

At Simple-AI we develop new machine learning technologies for real-life applications such as smart predictive maintenance platforms for industrial robots as well as brains for self-driving cars.
We create smart and energy efficient agents to automatically monitor the health-status of industrial machineries to prevent catastrophic break downs. Our platform collects rich unsupervised features form sensory data fully autonomous. Its performance is superior over many other state-of-the-art approaches for the health monitoring and prognostic of machine bearings.

>Public Prize (Ticket for the Pioneers Festival 2018)   
Winner: Block Ninjas
 

The blockchain technology, especially Bitcoin (BTC) has received much attention during the past 2 years. Up to now in most of this research machine learning has been excluded. But particular attention should be paid to analyzing the blockchain with neural networks (NN), i.e. Recurrent NN (RNN) or Convolutional NN (ConvNet). The reason for this is that RNNs provide the ability for processing sequences and Bitcoin transactions are fully linked where money is transferred. This is one of the base cases in analyzing the blockchain.

Awards given at the i²c StartAcademy 2017

Participants of the i²c StartAcademy 2017 (21-23 Feb. 2017) have presented their projects during the i²c Networking Friday Pitch Challenge and have had the chance to be awarded one of the following prizes:

  • i²c High Potential Ph.D. Award (an EUR 5000 scholarship grant to fully focus on research commercialization after the Ph.D. at the TUW i²ncubator including a desk space in the FounderSpace)

  • admission to the TUW i²ncubator (jury decision)

  • GoTelAviv – 3 Weeks Accelerator Program Tel-Aviv (go-international/GIN – Global Incubator Network)

  • an investment pitch at AAIA (Austrian Angel Investment Association)

  • Ticket for the Pioneers Festival 2017

  • €1000 in cash (Startup300)

Startup300 Award (€1000 in cash)   
Winner: DataRobot

 


DataRobot™ employs innovative Natural Language Processing (NLP) & Machine Learning (ML) Algorithms to analyze privacy statements, terms & conditions, and internal docs to check firms’ degree of compliance with the EU- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The algorithms are trained by the concepts and legal requirements contained in the GDPR, so that they can identify and extract specific sentences with greater speed, accuracy and at lower cost. The EU GDPR 2016/679 is applicable to firms of all sizes and the EU promises a vigorous enforcement culture. We have identified three B2B markets; (1) Firms data compliance personnel who are responsible for making sure their practices are in line with the GDPR. (2) Legal firms who work with clients’ data protection practices, (3) Data management consultants.

Innovation Award (Ticket for the Pioneers Festival 2017)  
Winners: Tetragon

 


Tetragon is developing an innovative Braille reader that will be small and nevertheless be capable of showing long lines of text. This is achieved by a ground-breaking technology which presents the Braille characters on the inside of a rotating ring. The reader will slide his/her finger as usual along a line thus stetting the ring into rotation. While reading text at the bottom of the ring, characters in the upper half of the ring are updated to show new text. A first (enlarged) prototype was successfully developed in two diploma theses and a patent is pending.

Best Overall Concept: participation in a 3-week accelerator program in Tel Aviv (sponsored by GIN/goInternational)  
Winner: CellView

 


In our project, we currently develop new visualization technology for depicting microscopic organisms, as well as new methods for nanotechnology modeling in collaboration with partners such as the Allen Institute, the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). Our main product will be a software package consisting of a visualization framework for modeling and rendering complex models of biological structures such as cells, cell organelles, bacteria, viruses, or DNA origami, conveying details on several scales, and across multiple orders of magnitude. Our startup will provide services to our customers in the form of custom tailored solutions and extensions to our core visualization and modeling platform. Such a custom application will utilize the framework to create interactive scientific visualizations, storytelling animations, and similar visual content based on biological measurements and simulation data. Our vision is to create interactive 3D visualizations of living cells and dynamic nano structures at atomistic detail that allows observers to explore, learn about and create within the nanocosmos.

High Commercial R&D Idea Award: €5000– realization scholarship sponsored by KPMG & Work Space in the i²c FounderSpace incl. TUW i²ncubator program  
Winner: DataRobot

 


DataRobot™ employs innovative Natural Language Processing (NLP) & Machine Learning (ML) Algorithms to analyze privacy statements, terms & conditions, and internal docs to check firms’ degree of compliance with the EU- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The algorithms are trained by the concepts and legal requirements contained in the GDPR, so that they can identify and extract specific sentences with greater speed, accuracy and at lower cost. The EU GDPR 2016/679 is applicable to firms of all sizes and the EU promises a vigorous enforcement culture. We have identified three B2B markets; (1) Firms data compliance personnel who are responsible for making sure their practices are in line with the GDPR. (2) Legal firms who work with clients’ data protection practices, (3) Data management consultants.

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Commercial Viability Award: Pitch at the Austrian Angel Investment Association – aaia  
Winner: Huber Scientific

 


Huber Scientific develops novel solutions for experimental equipment used in the fields of Electrochemistry and Solid State Ionics. These innovative setups not only enable completely new experiments, but also allow for the first time a combination of different, complementary methods. Huber Scientific will also supply completely new designed and improved test equipment for standardized measurements, which is much easier to repair, simpler to use and much cheaper than other test stations already available on the market. Up until now, research groups worldwide had to develop and build their own measurement equipment since for many experiments no commercial setups were available. This often resulted in makeshift equipment of varying quality with no long term support. With years of experience in designing high quality and easy to use and upkeep experimental equipment, Huber Scientific will help research groups all over the world to focus on what they are doing best: Delivering top notch science.

 

Awards given at the i²c StartAcademy 2016

The teams which have been "surviving" the 3 days bootcamp style i²c StartAcademy - where trainers and mentors were lecturing and supportive in different subjects - competed in the Pitch Challenge taking place at day 4 of the event, the i²c NetworkFriday. Potential Spin-Off projects were presented to a jury of renowned representatives of the Austrian business angel and investor scene. Among the prizes for the winners of the pitch challenge were a place in the TU Wien i²ncubator & Founder Space, the i²c Award (scholarship in the amount of € 5,000 for the commercialization of a high potential PhD-project), the participation in the INiTS Startup Camp, the StartupLeitner Award for tax consulting and a WKO Pitching-Workshop with Steve Austin from San Francisco.

 

- Incubation & Office Space: TU Wien i²nkubator & Founder Space sponsored by The Innovation Incubation Center (i²c)   
Winner: byrd

 


byrd is a logistics startup that allows customers to ship items via smartphone or via the byrd web app. They take care of pickup, packaging and shipment of the item at the best available rate. From now on, going to the post office is a thing of the past. Send items from your living room anytime you want.

i²c Award: Scholarship in the amount of € 5,000 for the commercialization of a high potential PhD-project (launched 2014 by Informatics Innovation Center)  
Winner: Evologic

 


Bioprocess development to enable the economic use of fungi for natural yield increase in agriculture. Currently industrial agriculture allows pesticides to our plates while spoiling our environment with excess fertilizer. Nature actually has a solution: AMF - a symbiotic fungi. In symbiosis with crop plants AMF can decrease fertilizer and pesticide demand. But current AMF Products are simply too expensive. We as Evologic technologies are developing a scalable bioprocess which leads to significant cost reduction for the production of AMF. Achieving this goal will render the usage of AMF an imperative from an economic and an ecologic point of view - for the sake of our food and our environment.

INiTS Startup Camp (worth € 6,000)  
Winners: Jumpy & Crispi

 


Jumpy – A simulator for flying in virtual environments. The Jumpcube gives you wings. It allows you to jump out of a plane, fly through the air like a bird, dive down into the sea and fight with the creatures of the dark. It allows you to travel through space and time. All this in virtual reality with free body movement, enriched by touch and smell.

CrysPi – Production of high-performance-polymers (polyimides) of outstanding crystallinity. High-performance polymers (HPPs) are plastics of outstanding mechanical, thermal and chemical stability. They find use in applications where low weight matters and demanding conditions arise, e.g., in aviation, space technology and microelectronics. The exceptional materials properties of HPPs increase with crystallinity. We have developed a technique to prepare a highly important type of HPPs – polyimides (PIs) – of unprecedented crystallinity. In addition, our technique is much less harmful than conventional preparations for PIs: we use nothing but water, heat and the starting chemicals. Crystalline PIs would allow for generating even better performing HPP materials for numerous high-end applications. With CRYSPI, we envision to manufacture outstandingly crystalline and thus stable polyimides by our novel environmentally friendly procedure.

StartupLeitner Award: € 5,000 voucher for tax consulting  
Winner: byrd

 


byrd is a logistics startup that allows customers to ship items via smartphone or via the byrd web app. They take care of pickup, packaging and shipment of the item at the best available rate. From now on, going to the post office is a thing of the past. Send items from your living room anytime you want..

WKO Pitching-Workshop with Steve Austin (San Francisco)  
Winner: JustMe

 


The new generation camera app, that allows you to take photos of beautiful places without capturing disturbing moving objects. JustMe is a camera application of a new generation. It allows to create photos in a completely new way. Thanks to this application vacation photos of beautiful places can be taken without recording distracting or moving objects such as for example persons or cars. A clever algorithm detects moving objects, deletes them and fills-up the spots with real background. Although everything is fully automated.

CONDA Award  
Winner: FearlessLife

 


Providing safety and peace of mind for older adults and their care-taker. The fearless Life Comfort System1 monitors elderly people at home, in homes for elderly or assisted living facilities and detects falls without any interaction of the elderly. Hence, no button need to be pushed and no device need to be worn any longer. The fearless system is the only contactless product on the market and outperforms fall mattresses, panic buttons or wearable accelerometers in terms of robustness. Using their novel 3D analytic software together with mass market 3D sensors and single board computers they track humans and detect events within a range of 10 m to the sensor. Thus allows to model and detect abnormal behavior, allowing for e.g. an early detection of dementia.

Commercial Viability Award: Starup300 investment (worth 10 000€)  
Winner: JustMe

 


The new generation camera app, that allows you to take photos of beautiful places without capturing disturbing moving objects. JustMe is a camera application of a new generation. It allows to create photos in a completely new way. Thanks to this application vacation photos of beautiful places can be taken without recording distracting or moving objects such as for example persons or cars. A clever algorithm detects moving objects, deletes them and fills-up the spots with real background. Although everything is fully automated.

                  

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