Obtaining aws PreSeed-funding: dos and don’ts @ TU Wien Innovation Incubation Center
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Obtaining aws PreSeed-funding: dos and don'ts @ TU Wien Innovation Incubation Center

About the workshop

This workshop will offer you a holistic understanding of the whole process: from the application stage to successfully finishing a PreSeed-Project. You will learn what aws considers ‘innovative’ and ‘high-tech’, what should be included in your application (structural information, team, terms, timetables, business model, etc.) and what are the follow-up steps providing you have a successful application.For the unanswered questions, we reserved time for a Q&A session at the end of the workshop.


About the lecturer:

Karl Biedermann

Investment Manager, Austrian Wirtschaftsservice

In the last 10 years Mr. Karl Biedermann has worked at voestalpine (Austrian Steel corporation) and CSC (US Computer Sciences Corporation) with a focus on Industrial IT-Products/Services and B2B-Sales.

As an investment manager at aws he advises, supports and funds High-tech Startups with his expertise for 8 years already. Besides that, he is also a member in several funding decision boards in the Austrian funding system. He holds master’s degrees in telecommunication, business and corporate communications.


Technology Competence Leveraging @ Online Webinar
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Technology Competence Leveraging @ Online Webinar

Evgeniia Filippova

Scientist at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Centre for Innovation Systems and Policy

As a scientist at the AIT Centre for Innovation Systems and Policy, Evgeniia Filippova investigates new patterns in socio-technological developments and helps formulate policy strategies for public authorities and firms.

Prior to that, Evgeniia has been a senior scientist at the WU Vienna, where she coordinated interdisciplinary research activities on Blockchain-based business models, delivered various lectures and workshops on Cryptoeconomics, FinTechs and Blockchains (within the WU Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics), taught a broad range of courses in entrepreneurship, business modelling and innovation management (within the WU Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation). Evgeniia Filippova has extensive experience in supporting scientists to transfer their research results into successful business models gained, among others, at CERN where she has been responsible for analysing smart sensor technologies with regards to their potential commercial applications and for providing entrepreneurial training for scientists with a technical background.

Workshop “Technology Competence Leveraging: How to Commercialize Your Technology” // “Technology Competence Leveraging: Finding Commercially Attractive Applications for Your Technology”

Finding the commercial potential of your research results is often a challenging task. This workshop will provide you a concrete step-by-step methodology how to:

  • Analyse your research results from a customer’s prospective;
  • Search for market(s) with the highest commercial attractiveness;
  • Decide which market to go for;
  • Design a successful business model.

The workshop may be of interest for early-stage entrepreneurs with a technical background and for all those who consider applying for a research grant and need support with the exploitation of the research results.

Info Event TUW i²c Extended Studies on Innovation @ online webinar (link will be sent upon registration)
May 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Info Event TUW i²c Extended Studies on Innovation @ online webinar (link will be sent upon registration)

You are interested in the TUW i²c Extended Studies on Innovation Curriculum 2020? Then get more information at the Online Info Event!


About this Event

The Extended Studies on Innovation is an international curriculum providing a premium, hands-on education on intra- und entrepreneurship for bachelor/master/PhD students of the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). It´s not only fostering innovative thinking but offering a solid education for entrepreneurial spirits, business developers and/or innovation managers. This additional education will not only enhance your job prospect in research and industry but also prepare you for an entrepreneurial life. Students will graduate with a Diploma Supplement on Innovation.

What you can expect

– learn more about the education program

– get further information and ask your questions

– mingle with future TUW colleagues


Due to COVID-19 the info event will be taken place online in order to ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy.


The only requirement is to be enrolled at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).


Just register via Eventbrite with your TU Wien email address!

Don’t forget to press attend to get reminded and mark your calendars! This event is free!

i²c Extended Studies on Innovation Demo Day @ Livestream
Jun 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Extended Studies on Innovation Demo Day @ Livestream

i²c Extended Studies on Innovation Demo Day in cooperation with Pro7Sat1PULS4 Media group

During the 2 semester education program, i²c students got educated and mentored by hand-selected experts on intra- & entrepreneurship and innovation management. Training ranged from idea generation, problem-solution-fit analysis, market strategy, financial planning, HR, and legal issues to applying all the learnings to the students’ individual innovation projects.

The students are now ready to introduce their innovative – potential startup – projects to the wide public in cooperation with Pro7Sat1PULS4 Media group.

The Demo Day will be a closed event with a very limited number of invite-only participants due to COVID-19 pandemic. Join us virtually and follow the pitches to the high profile jury via live-stream.

When: June 18th, 4pm


Where: Live-stream using  https://bit.ly/i2cdemoday2020 (link will become active on the day of the event)



4:00 pm


Welcome and Introductory Remarks

4:15 pm Pitch Challenge
6:25 pm Interview with Extended Study on Innovation Graduates
6:45 pm Award Ceremony

What to expect?


The Pitch Challenge

15 innovative projects in the fields of artificial intelligence, biotech, chemistry, IoT, e-commerce, advertising, and consumer goods will be pitched in 3 minutes in front of a high-profile jury.

Award Ceremony

Hard work will get rewarded! Attractive prizes with the support of our long lasting partners and sponsors.

For questions or further information about the Extended Studies on Innovation Demo Day, please contact:

Magdalena  Stejskal


JointForces @ Online
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm
JointForces @ Online

JointForces – With Joint Forces to Success

Get support for your project from a community of innovators and entrepreneurs of TU and WU. Present either your start-up or your first idea in a relaxed setting and without pressure. At JointForces you have the opportunity to attract the attention of interested co-founders, employees and mentors. The feedback from the community can provide the decisive impulse for the next step.

The event in 3 acts

3 START-UPS – Already founded start-ups, which have provided their proof-of-concept, are pitching and looking for employees, valuable contacts or investors.

3 PROJECTS – Without guidelines or specifications, future founders are presenting their project ideas to get some feedback and perhaps even get to know future co-founders.

3 SHOUT-OUTS – Everyone has the chance to make a brief request, an event announcement or whatever. No feedback, no questions – who wants to know more, has to ask for details during the networking afterwards.

Hard facts

  • Dates:
    25.06.2020 @ BOKU -> online

  • Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Venue:
    i²c TU Wien, 1040 Vienna, Floragasse 7, ground floor    or
    WU Gründungszentrum, 1020 Vienna, Welthandelsplatz 1

  • 3 start-ups | 3 projects | 3 shout-outs

  • Registration for start-ups, project ideas, Shout-outs and other participants please register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/jointforces-22-tickets-94606547731

Call for start-ups

Start-up founded and looking for motivated employees, interested mentors or the first investment? JointForces offers you the stage. Pitch the vision of your start-up and add new drive to your team.

Call for ideas

You have an idea, but your friends are not a big help because no one has any idea of founding a company? Then muster all your courage and walk up on our stage. Present your idea at JointForces and get support and feedback.

Call for projects

You want to kick-start your project soon, but would like to get some more feedback? For your planned start-up foundation, you are still looking for a motivated co-founder? Then a pitch at JointForces is the right thing to do!

Call for participants

You are a start-up enthusiast and want to learn about new ideas? You know why most start-ups fail and what could be improved? You are looking for an evening event that has not existed yet? Then come to JointForces and support young start-ups and project ideas. Without registration, without costs, but with drinks and pizza!

JointForces is a monthly event hosted by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) TU Wien and the WU Gründungszentrum.
Please note: During today’s event photos and/or videos will be taken which may be published in various media for reports on the event or general PR.

Panel Discussion – Spinning-off @ TU Wien @ Online event
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Panel Discussion - Spinning-off @ TU Wien @ Online event

“Great CEOs face the pain. They deal with the sleepless nights, the cold sweats, and what my friend the great Alfred Chuang (legendary co-founder and CEO of BEA Systems) calls “the torture.” Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. Great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers. They all say, “I didn’t quit.” ‘’ – Ben Horowitz, author The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Being a first-time founder has its blessings and its courses. During this session, we want to talk about the realistic goals of embarking on the exciting and challenging journey of starting your first business. Especially if you have been working in the academia for the past years and you want right now to make the leap and start your own company based on your research results, you will have a better experience starting a spinout if you are armed with some expectations about your likely journey. Spinning-out requires a clear time and usually also money commitment, and its success highly depends on the founder team’s passion, irrational optimism and deep faith the technology they’ve developed. From writing their first business plan to their first investment and scaling up, 3 founders from 3 different TU Wien- affiliated companies in different stages share their experience with transforming their research into successful products or services.

At the end of the workshop you will:

  • have a good overview of what obstacles to avoid when founding a university spin-out
  • have gained some insights on how to structure your next steps


Nermina Mumic – CEO & founder Legitary

Nermina graduated with honours from Vienna University of Technology with a master’s degree in Technical Mathematics. After her studies she gained profound experience as a data scientist in a leading global IT consulting company, developing AI solutions for various industry applications. Within the scope of her PhD in Technical Mathematics she developed a new machine learning method for fraud detection in streaming data. Based on her research results, she founded Legitary GmbH as a spin-off from Vienna University of Technology. Legitary is the winner of the world’s leading music startup competition Midemlab.

Benjamin Mörzinger – Founder Campfire Solutions

I would like to be able to look my future children in the eyes and say that I have done everything to leave them the world as a better place. That’s why I am committed to ensuring that we, at Campfire Solutions, have the right long-term goals and that the team has the perfect environment to be effective.

Julie Rosser – CEO Pregenerate

As an equine surgeon, I grew frustrated at the lack of effective treatments for arthritis in horses. When I began researching arthritis, I learned first hand the true cost of animal testing in medicine and vowed to establish an alternative. Pregenerate’s Arthritis on a chip is that alternative, enabling pharmaceutical research for arthritis in both the human and veterinary medicine sectors – with a market size greater than $570 billion 

Important Information:

This workshop is organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien.  There is no fee, but registration is required. Only TU Wien scientists can participate in this event.

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.***


Innovation and the power of the entrepreneurial mindset @ Online event
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The purpose of this practical workshop is to introduce the benefits of the entrepreneurial mindset to scientists at TUW.  The workshop will be led by Paul Coyle, the Director of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network, an international organisation with members in 74 countries. Through short presentations and exercises, Paul will help participants at the workshop to explore:

• the practical application of the entrepreneurial mindset in Higher Education 

• the benefits of thinking and acting like an entrepreneur

• the role of the mindset in increasing innovation and productivity

• the lessons that each participant can apply within their current role and responsibilities

Lecturer: Paul CoyleFounder and Director, Entrepreneurial Mindset Network

Paul Coyle

Paul Coyle is the founder and director of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network, a global network supporting individuals, team leaders and organisations to benefit from the entrepreneurial mindset. Paul is passionate about the power of the entrepreneurial mindset to deliver personal and organisational transformation. Since starting his consultancy business in 2013, Paul has worked with representatives of over 600 organisations from 59 countries. Prior to this, he enjoyed a highly successful career in higher education, which included a decade at the executive level. He has held the titles of pro-vice-chancellor, executive dean, and professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership, and worked in many disciplines including business, design, health and IT. With a career that continues to span the business and academic worlds, Paul remains fully committed to supporting learning and innovation.

Important Information:

This workshop is organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien.  There is no fee, but registration is required. Only TU Wien scientists can participate in this event.

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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