Grant and financing opportunities for spinoffs and startups @ Kontaktraum
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Are you interested in spinning out your research put but you don’t know what sources of funding are out there and what fits? This workshop offers you an overview of the multiple ways you can monetarily support your endeavor as a scientist and as a founder and puts you in direct contact with stakeholders from the Viennese ecosystem.

The event is beginning with an overview of ways one can fund a new venture by Florian Kandler followed by 2 hours of fair-like access to various organizations from the local ecosystem.

At the end of the workshop, you will understand the difference between various sources of funding as well as the programs and requirements of the Viennese organizations offering monetary support.

Organizations attending:

Austrian Private Equity and Venture Capital Organization:AVCO, Austria Wirtschaftsservice, aws i2 Busines Angels, aws Industry-Startup.Net, aws Connect, Conda, eQventure, FFG, IST-Cube, primeCROWD, Startup300 and Capital300, Vienna Business Agency



Florian Kandler, PhD, TU Wien alumnus, is a serial founder from Vienna. Two of his own startups have raised several million Euros from Angels and VCs in Europe and the USA, including eCommerce legend Oliver Samwer (Rocket Internet). He lived in Copenhagen, Munich and Silicon Valley – and currently in Vienna.

Via his platform, Florian has coached business owners and startup founders in 15 countries on fundraising, pitching and B2B sales in workshops, one-on-one, and via his online programs like the Fundraising Masterclass.

He supports the innovation ecosystem by publishing the yearly Startup Report, hosting the “Startup Milestones” and the “Gründer & Zünder” podcasts, and teaching and talking at select conferences. He is also the official pitch coach of “2 Minuten 2 Millionen”, the Austrian version of the TV show “Shark Tank”.




Important Information:

This workshop is organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien.  There is no fee, but registration is required.

During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the TUW Innovation Incubation team at the registration in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c for printed and electronic media, including the Internet, for publication, education, lectures, radio, public performances, exhibitions or other promotional purposes.***

Beyond Pivoting: The Degrees of Freedom available to MedTech Entrepreneurs
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Beyond Pivoting:  The Degrees of Freedom available to MedTech Entrepreneurs

Achieving success in the MedTech world has been said to depend on the four factors of Unmet Need, Intellectual Property, People and Money.  There are various schools of thought on which of these should come first.  Stanford’s Biodesign program teaches the needs-led approach based on early stakeholder engagement.  The age-old “Technology Push” approach starts with IP, and often has to search for or establish an unmet need.  Starting with people or money is less common.  A deeper dive into case studies of successful MedTech societal impact teaches us that we should consider all of these factors as substitutable.  You are almost certainly familiar with examples of pivoting a technology to another unmet need, but how do you build a stronger business case by swapping Intellectual Property, People and Money?


About the lecturer:

Professor James E. Moore Jr., Ph.D.

The Bagrit Chair in Medical Device Design

Department of Bioengineering

Imperial College London


Prof. Moore received his PhD in 1991 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, followed by postdoctoral training at the Swiss Institute of Technology at Lausanne, where he also helped set up a new biomedical engineering lab. In January 2013, he joined Imperial College as the Bagrit Chair in Medical Device Design, and started a new masters program in medical device entrepreneurship.  To date, eight spinouts have resulted from this program that have attracted more than £4 million in grant and professional investor funding. Prof. Moore is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Prof. Moore’s research interests include Cardiovascular Biomechanics, Stents, Implantable Devices, Atherosclerosis, and the Lymphatic System. His research focuses on the role of biomechanics in the formation and treatment of diseases such as atherosclerosis and cancer. His cardiovascular biomechanics research includes the first studies of the effects of stents on both blood flow patterns and artery wall stress. This work resulted in the development of two novel stent designs aimed at optimizing post-implant biomechanics for the prevention of restenosis. He is currently developing two technologies for preventing and resolving secondary lymphedema, which forms subsequent to cancer surgery. Along with his funding from government, charity, and industry sources, Prof. Moore has received multiple patents for medical devices and testing equipment.  Prof. Moore has also co-founded two startup companies, with another two about to emerge.


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