Mar
8
Fri
2013
Six Paths to Start-up Prosperity by Peter S. Cohan
Mar 8 @ 9:28 am – 10:28 am
Six Paths to Start-up Prosperity by Peter S. Cohan

Start-ups in Cambridge, US and Austria and International Financing

All successful entrepreneurs start with passion for a cause that gives meaning to their work life. But a hunger to change the world is merely the first step in a journey that leads most new ventures to the poorhouse. Yet a tiny fraction of start-ups succeed. Based on interviews with over 150 entrepreneurs, dozens of start-up investors and experts on entrepreneurship, this talk will offer entrepreneurs a map that can increase the odds of start-up success. It will provide a framework for helping start-up CEOs to set goals, pick markets, raise capital, build their teams, gain market share, and adapt to change. The talk will illustrate these frameworks with case studies from Cohan’s research and present tactics for applying the concepts to their own start-ups.

 

About


Peter Cohan is a strategy consultant, start-up investor, teacher, corporate speaker, pundit, and author. He has invested in six start-ups, three of which were sold for a total of $2 billion. Before founding Peter S. Cohan & Associates in 1994, he worked with HBS strategy guru Michael Porter. Peter is the author of 11 books, most recently, „Hungry Start-up Strategy”. He teaches business strategy to undergraduate and MBA students at Babson College and entrepreneurship at Olin College of Engineering.

 

Mar
20
Wed
2013
„Startups, Innovation & Leadership – Deconstructing entrepreneurship – what really matters and what not… ” by Oliver Holle
Mar 20 @ 9:42 am – 10:42 am
„Startups, Innovation & Leadership - Deconstructing entrepreneurship -   what really matters and what not... ” by Oliver Holle

Oliver Holle will give a personal view on 20 years of startup life, resulting in distinct perspectives on a number of questions. Given his current role as CEO of a seed stage venture fund, he constantly looks out for factors that typically drives startup success. In this context, the specific value of the startup idea may weight less than the team dynamics and leadership skills of the founder. Innovation is of course a critical success factor, yet we increasingly see copy cat startups or very incremental business model innovations that perform extremely well. Based on his own experience and the 20+ startups he has been involved as an angel / investor in the last few years, he tries to map out a dynamic path for startup success and the critical fail points / success factors that all entrepreneurs have to wrestle with.

Here, a new role for quality investors is starting to emerge where the investor takes a much more hands on approach than previously thought of. Oliver Holle will wrap up his talk with his perspective on the state of affairs of the Austrian / CEE startup ecosystem and the opportunities and challenges that come with it.

 

About Oliver Holle


Oliver Holle, born 1970 in Vienna, Austria, is a serial entrepreneur and investor. While still a student in 1992, Oliver founded his first internet startup, SYSIS, that took smart, interactive games to the exploding online market. SYSIS’s increased focus on mobile resulted in 2004 in the formation of 3united AG, a local 3-way merger that created a leading European player in the mobile content industry. In 2006, 3united was acquired by VeriSign Inc. at a valuation of USD 67m. Post transaction, Oliver relocated to California, to take on global responsibility for VeriSign’s mobile media business. End of 2008, he left VeriSign to return to Austria and assisted technology startups in corporate development, fundraising and establishing a base in the US market. In June 2011, Oliver launched Speedinvest, a seed stage venture fund, backed by 35 private investors from the region. Oliver Holle holds a BA in business administration from the Vienna University of Economics as well as a MPhil in Economics from Columbia University, New York.

Apr
10
Wed
2013
Infinite Possibilities and Evolution in the Gaming Industry by Christian Sael
Apr 10 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Infinite Possibilities and Evolution in the Gaming Industry by Christian Sael

Great ideas and the hunger for success are the first steps in achieving a business goal. Key preparation and planning requires, setting objectives and funding implementation which are often the stumbling blocks for any new starter.

Within this talk the basics needed for this specialized sector will get analyzed. Questions like “how to build a successful sustainable operation” and “how to globalize your business to meet the needs and requirements of a multinational sector that is always evolving” will be reconsidered.

 

About Christian Sael


Christian Sael is the founder and chief software architect of the Alteatec Group. He created his first IT company in 2001 with a vision to build up an international group of companies, generating new and exciting projects at the forefront of technology. The Alteatec group has now offices in major European countries and America. After finishing his studies, Christian’s employment history was a diverse and fruitful one helping develop major international companies around the world. After finishing university, he worked his way up to Senior Consultant at Microsoft International Plc. Christian then moved back to Austria, joining the Telecom Group as Area Manager for Application Service Providing. In 2009 Christian made a shrewd investment by funding his brother Andreas intheirfirst restaurant venture, The Hill. Which has now become a chain of four well established and revered restaurants within Vienna.

 

Jun
4
Wed
2014
Bring me to the money! Or: How do I finance my startup? by Daniel Horak
Jun 4 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Bring me to the money! Or: How do I finance my startup?  by Daniel Horak

After founding your company, you will face the challenge of financing your startup. But nowadays the bank isn’t the easiest nor the best way to get some money. So the questions are: Which alternative sources are available? What does it mean for a company to on-board a Business Angel and how does crowdfunding/-investing work? What is a venture capital company and should I go for public funds? In this talk you’ll get some insights into the topic of alternative corporate financing and how you could address these sources.

 

About Daniel Horak


Daniel Horak holds a Master Degree in Business Information Systems, from the Fachhochschule Technikum, as well as a master’s inBusiness Management from the FH Wien. Before he co-founded CONDA in 2012, he gained experience as an entrepreneur and founder of his first startup, Spoken Language System in 2007. Currently, Daniel is the managingdirector for marketing & sales at CONDA, the Austrian crowdinvesting platform, and is well connected in the Austrian startup community.

Jun
5
Thu
2014
Local ecosystem, coordinating actions, push changes onto public administration: Case of Trentino by Paolo Lombardi & Matteo Cevese
Jun 5 @ 6:32 pm – 7:32 pm
Local ecosystem, coordinating actions,  push changes onto public administration: Case of Trentino by Paolo Lombardi & Matteo Cevese

Start-ups in Cambridge, US and Austria and International Financing

There is a number of ingredients required to establish and grow a local entrepreneurial ecosystem. On one side, one of the most important is the proactive role of the public administration in providing an entrepreneurial-friendly territory and legislative tools that can enable this ecosystem; on the other side there is the need of creating a self-sustaining local community by creating awareness through events and meetups.

The Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy) has been investing for the past 30 years on R&D in the ICT sector, investing both in advanced Research Centers and a University ranking among top ones in Italy for ICT; moreover, since 2012 Trento hosts the 6th node of the European Institute of Technology – ICT Labs.

Trento RISE was founded in 2011 with the mission of bridging the gap between Education, Research and Business. TechPeaks – The People Accelerator – is one of the flagship programs of Trento RISE with the goal of enabling the creation of a local startup ecosystem which can tap into the technological know-how produced by Trentino research centers and university by also attracting international talents to Trento.

The creation of an innovative acceleration program such as TechPeaks and the operation of making Trentino attractive for both international entrepreneurs and investors poses a number of challenges: from the political & legal point of view, to the cultural mindset of local companies & institutions.

 

About Paolo Lombardi


Paolo Lombardi is Manager of New Business Creation at Trento Rise (www.trentorise.eu), the Italian research-education core partner of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) ICT Labs (www.eitictlabs.eu). A former experienced researcher in Artificial Intelligence in Italian and French Universities and at the European Commission, Paolo is a Fulbright BEST scholar in Technology Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, and has been involved in technology transfer through means of startups since 2008, and on startup community building since 2010. He is co-founder and micro-angel investor in two companies in human language technologies and mobile gaming. Currently he is managing director of TechPeaks, the People Accelerator, the new public and international accelerator program for ICT start-ups based in Trento, Italy (techpeaks.eu).

 

Nov
18
Tue
2014
Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy & Innovation in an Uncertain World (Lessons from Microsoft, Intel, Apple, Google, Toyota, and More) by Prof. Michael Cusumano
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy & Innovation in an Uncertain World (Lessons from Microsoft, Intel, Apple, Google, Toyota, and More) by Prof. Michael Cusumano

Start-ups in Cambridge, US and Austria and International Financing

This lecture presents an overview of Professor Michael Cusumano’s most recent book, titled Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World (Oxford, 2010). The focus is on “big ideas” that can help firms remain competitive over long periods of time and tackle the simultaneous challenge of “innovation and commoditization” – the demand for new products, features, and services, at low prices or even for free – which has occurred in many high-tech industries, especially in information technology. The lecture will focus on the first two principles, which describe how companies need to compete in high technology as well as other industries: The importance of understand industry-wide platforms, and not just products; and the importance of understanding the role of services, or “servitized” versions of products, as a new type of hybrid business model for product companies, ranging from IBM and SAP to automobile manufacturers. The other principles relate more to how firms can improve their agility and ability to adapt to change by focusing on capabilities, not just strategy; incorporating pull concepts, not just “push,” in their operations and planning; exploiting scope economies, and not just efficiencies based on scale; and pursuing flexibility in operations and strategy, rather than just efficiency.

 

About Prof. Dr. Michael A. Cusumano


Prof. Dr. Michael A. Cusumano received a B.A. degree from Princeton in 1976 and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1984. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Production and Operations Management at the Harvard Business School during 1984 – 86. Professor Cusumano received two Fulbright Fellowships and is Professor at the famous MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management). He spezializes in strategy, product development and entrepreneurship in IT. His book “Stayin Power: Six Enduring Priniciples for Managing Strategy & Innovation in an Uncertain World” was named as one of ten top business books of 2011.

Jan
20
Wed
2016
E-commerce, Changed Markets and Innovation by Werner Wutscher @ EI 9
Jan 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
E-commerce, Changed Markets and Innovation by Werner Wutscher @ EI 9

Start-ups in Cambridge, US and Austria and International Financing


The world constantly changes along with digitalization similarly to the way we communicate with each other. Digital natives use technology fundamentally different: they maintain their friendships differently, they learn differently, they get informed differently and even shop differently. It is easily to see in these developments only dangers and problems.  The fact is that they are a reality and we have to adjust accordingly. Innovation and the generation of new ideas is therefore a key qualification. The innovative development of traditional business models is thereby a necessity and sometimes even the decisive element in the fight for survival.

In other words: the change becomes a constant. The internalization of this paradigm is the crucial point when dealing with the digitalization risk. The dynamism and innovation power of start-ups and civil society initiatives is easy to be observed-the key question is, however, to which extent are companies open to these initiatives and capable of meaningful cooperations and respectful partnerships.

On one hand, it is necessary to find partners who are strongly different from oneself.  Different ways of thinking, cultures, and business models are good prerequisites for innovation generation. At the same time, dealing with these differences requires our own expertise and solutions.  Ultimately, the differences offer great opportunities. The example of already established companies and start-ups illustrates that. The big supertanker of the global economy needs innovative technologies and business models, rapid product development, market proximity, entrepreneurial thinking and fresh energy. Fast growing start-ups dispose and need partners with credibility and experience as well as resources and infrastructure.  Established companies, in turn, dispose of these.

Cooperation can be seen as an opportunity for a positive look into an uncertain future and to allow continuous development of their own business models. To recognize this and to act timely is therefore a key competence for all companies. Innovation and openness to new ideas are the tools that make this possible. Partnerships and new forms of cooperation are the strategies by which the innovative potential can be realized. This requires special skills on both sides of the partnership and certain rethinking. But with rational policies and instruments, it is possible to overcome the current risks.

 

About Werner Wutscher


Werner Wutscher is an Austrian Business Angel (Business Angel of the year 2012) and founder of New Venture Scouting. His goal is to connect the worlds of startups and corporations. He is also an expert in the field of sustainability, specifically focusing von retail and greentech. He holds several advisory board functions in Austria, India and Jordan. Before that he was 14 years in senior management and federal administration.

Born as a son of farmers in the mountains of Carinthia, Werner Wutscher strongly believes that sustainability is the key strategy for the future. Sector wise he gained his expertise in the area of food and green tec. As Business Angel he supported the founders and holds investments in seven start-up companies. Before that he was working for 14 years in top management positions in the Austrian Federal Government and in corporate companies such as the Agrana Beteiligungs AG and REWE International AG. Werner Wutscher holds a law degree from Karl-Franzens-University in Graz and a Master’s degree from Harvard University, USA.

He acts globally and serves in the board of various companies in Austria, Mumbai and Amman like Kelag AG, Zielpunkt GmbH and Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. He strongly believes in an active civil society, therefore he is engaged as Member of the board of the Austrian Angel Investors Association, in the Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development (respact) and Vice-President of the National Park “Hohe Tauern”. In 2009 he was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum Davos (WEF) and coordinates the Global Shaper initiative of the WEF.

Oct
5
Thu
2017
Find your co-founder @ Erste Bank Lounge
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Find Your Co-Founder Wien – wo Talente zusammen finden
(only German description available)

Corporates und Startups suchen händeringend nach schlauen Köpfen und motivierten Mitarbeitern, die gemeinsam erfolgreich sein und mehr erreichen wollen. Das erfolgreiche Event-Format Find Your Co-Founder geht daher in die nächste Runde – mit erweitertem Konzept und verstärkter digitaler Präsenz.
Ziel der Networking-Veranstaltung ist es erneut, motivierten Menschen “eine Spielwiese” zu bieten, um sich kennenzulernen und neue Teams zu formen. Bei einer spannenden Podiumsdiskussion tauschen sich hochkarätige Speaker zum Thema „Founder Clash” aus. Der Name ist also nicht das einzige Programm an diesem Abend.

Job suchen – Job bieten

Co-Founder, Team- und Job-Inserate im Onlineportal schalten oder Inserate durchstöbern und deine Kontakte finden. Find Your Co-Founder bietet die ideale Plattform für die Vermittlung der Jobs der Zukunft.

Talente finden

Talente suchen und finden: Im Talent Pool können Jobsuchende eigene online Bewerberprofile anlegen. – powered by myveeta

Talk. Tag. Find. – FYCF Mingling

3 Fragen. 2 Minuten. Viele Kontakte. Konkrete Anfragen.
Mit dem Find Your Co-Founder Mingling Game bieten wir allen Interessierten eine “Spielwiese”, um die Suche nach einem Co-Founder, Gründerteam oder Mitarbeitern effektiv zu gestalten. Das System ist easy: Talk. Tag. Find. In diesem Sinne: Visitenkarten nicht vergessen! 😉

Podium: “Founder Clash” – Wenn Co-Founder sich zerstreiten

Wer gemeinsam ein Unternehmen gründet, lässt sich auf eine ganz spezielle Form der Beziehung ein, in der Persönliches und Geschäftliches sich oft nicht mehr trennen lassen. Spannungen zwischen den Co-Foundern lassen sich kaum vermeiden. Im schlimmsten Fall kommt es zum “Founder Clash” – zwei Gründer zerstreiten sich. Genau das ist beim Vorzeige-Startup Whatchado passiert. Fast ein ganzes Jahr sprachen die beiden Co-Founder, Ali Mahlodji und Jubin Honarfar, nicht miteinander.
“Wenn man sich seit so vielen Jahren kennt wie wir es tun, dann ist das eine super Basis für eine Gründung. Was man nicht weiß, ist, dass Freundschaft und Geschäftsbeziehung dann doch eine eigene Dynamik haben. Auch wir mussten noch andere Seiten vom anderen kennen und respektieren lernen.” – Jubin Honarfar
Am Podium bei Find Your Co-Founder werden sie erstmals öffentlich gemeinsam über ihren Streit sprechen. Mit auf der Bühne ist auch Selma Prodanovic, die als Whatchado-Investorin der ersten Stunde den Konflikt hautnah mitbekam. Gemeinsam werden sie einen Einblick in ihre ganz persönliche Wahrnehmung des Founder Clash geben und erzählen, wie Whatchado als Firma das überstanden hat. Dabei können vom Publikum Fragen gestellt werden – Besucher erwartet also eine spannende, offene und interaktive Diskussion.

Agenda

18:00 Uhr | Welcome
18:30 Uhr | Podium: „Founder Clash“ – wenn Co-Founder sich zerstreiten – mit Ali Mahlodji, Jubin Honarfar und Selma Prodanovic
19:30 Uhr | Q & A Session
19:45 Uhr |Key Notes
20:00 – 23:00Uhr | Würstelbuffet & Drinks – for free 😉
20:30 Uhr | FYCF Mingling Game (für Interessierte)

Profitiere vom Know-How bekannter Founder – Triff Personen der Community, die gerade ein Gründerteam aufbauen wollen, Partner suchen oder einfach Startup-Jobs zu vergeben haben – Inseriere deinen Job, dein Suchanliegen im Onlineportal und finde Talente mit myVeeta.

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Hard Facts

Wann? 05.10.2017, 18:30 uhr – 22:00 Uhr
Wo? Erste Bank Event Center, Petersplatz 7, 1010 Wien
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Oct
11
Wed
2017
Joint Forces #2 @ Innovation Incubation Center - i²c TU Wien
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Joint Forces #2 @ Innovation Incubation Center - i²c TU Wien | Wien | Wien | Austria

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 Joint Forces 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

  • 11.10.2017 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | WU/TU | 3 start-ups | 3 projects | 3 shout-outs

  • Venue: TU Wien, 1040 Vienna, Floragasse 7, ground floor

  • Registration for start-ups and project ideas: gruenden@wu.ac.at

  • Shout-outs and other participants need no registration – pls just come by!

Call for start-ups

Start-up founded and looking for motivated employees, interested mentors or the first investment? Joint Forces 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 Joint Forces and get support and feedback.

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 Joint Forces and support young start-ups and project ideas. Without registration, without costs, but with drinks and pizza!

Joint Forces is a bi-monthly event hosted by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) TU Wien and the WU Gründungszentrum.

May
23
Wed
2018
i²c Distinguished Speaker Talk: “The Role of the Research University in the Innovation Economy” by Lenore Blum @ TU Wien, Kontaktraum
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Distinguished Speaker Talk: "The Role of the Research University in the Innovation Economy" by Lenore Blum @ TU Wien, Kontaktraum | Wien | Wien | Austria

More about the talk

Research universities can play a central role in the innovation ecosystem, driving regional and national economic growth. Lenore Blum will describe their initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania, USA) during the past 10 years that have helped transform the Pittsburgh region, “remaking an iconic steel town into a modern innovation factory”.


More about Lenore Blum

Lenore Blum, PhD held various positions in different academic institutions in the course of her career. She has served the professional community in numerous capacities, including as Vice President of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), as a member of the MIT Mathematics Visiting Committee and as third President of the Association for Women in Mathematics. She is internationally recognized for her work in increasing the participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Lenore Blum was awarded the 2004 U.S. Presidential Medal for STEM Mentoring. Lenore’s research, from her early work in model theory and differential fields (logic and algebra) to her more recent work in developing a theory of computation and complexity over the real numbers (mathematics and computer science), has focused on merging seemingly unrelated areas. With Project Olympus, Blum founded a proof-of-concept innovation center in 2007 that works with faculty and students to bridge the gap between cutting-edge university research/innovation and economy-promoting commercialization for the benefit of our communities. Since 2007, more than half the Carnegie Mellon start-ups have come through Project Olympus.


This talk is organized together with the Faculty of Informatics. Free entry but registration is necessary!

***Important Information: By registering you agree to appear in photographic and video material taken at the event and you allow the organizers of the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) to use this material for future promotional purposes.***

Nov
22
Thu
2018
Entrepreneurship for Scientists: Workshop ‘A step-by-step guide to gathering competitive intelligence’ @ Innovation Incubation Center, ground floor
Nov 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Workshop description

Understanding the competition by conducting a market research and analysis is a crucial activity for any researcher who wants to bring their research results from the lab to the market. You want to know what’s out there, what’s worked, and what hasn’t. Take this workshop to experience a deep dive into the subject. The goal of this workshop is to provide you with the tools & strategies needed to understand and evaluate the competitive environment you are operating in, and give you a sense of direction for uncovering how to position your technology, products and services in a way that gains a competitive advantage with potential customers.


About the lecturer:

Dr. Karoline Simonitsch
CEO at go4health, Strategic Development Consulting GmbH & Erfolgsfabrik GmbH

Being a digital pioneer, Dr. Karoline Simonitsch has been dealing with the effects of the digital revolution on economy and society ever since the very beginning of the internet.

After her PhD in mobile business, she has executed transformation projects in international organisations at PwC in Germany and Austria. In her work as a business angel and change manager, she plans and develops innovative business models. In response to increasing challenges of a performance driven society she founded go4health at the end of 2014. go4health develops innovative solutions and expert content for digital health management in the triad of exercise, nutrition and mental health (apps, portal, digital media).

Dr. Karoline Simonitsch is a renowned keynote speaker (UBS Health Forum 2016, FH Nordostschweiz 2017) and moderator (FH Salzburg 2018). In 2016, Dr. Karoline Simonitsch was elected into the international ranking of the “Top 100 Health Tech Influencers”. WKO’s health care industry platform named her “Health Manager of the Month” in January 2017.


***Important Information: This workshop is organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien and is for TUW scientists only. There is no fee, but registration is required via https://bit.ly/2IQG7Hc.

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.***

 

Dec
3
Mon
2018
Entrepreneurship for Scientists: Workshop IP Fundamentals and IP Business Strategy @ Innovation Incubation Center, ground floor
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Workshop description

The workshop on IP Fundamentals and IP Business Strategy focuses on the principles of Intellectual Property and why IP is so critical to new businesses. The workshop will cover IP as value driver for start-ups, how to monetize IP and various methods to protect your IP. The guest lecturers will draw upon their experiences from working at Dolby Laboratories, one of the most successful licensing companies, as well as from Adobe Systems, a software powerhouse, and TU Wien, the leading research institution in Austria ranked by the number of patent and utility model applications in 2016. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to get first-hand accounts on how business strategy is formed around IP, what opportunities and challenges companies have to face and how to maximize the value of IP as well as how IP is handled at TU Wien. About the lecturers


More about the lecturers:

 

MBA, M.Ec. Matthias Ulrich

Director – IP Protection & Compliance Dolby Germany GmbH

Matthias is a senior IP expert with domain knowledge in the areas of IP strategy, IP monetization, negotiations, IP protection & compliance as well as sales and marketing. As Director, Intellectual Property and Compliance for Dolby Europe, he oversees the execution of all IP compliance initiatives within Dolby Europe. Prior to working for Dolby, Matthias worked for Adobe in Chicago, USA as part of Adobe’s license compliance group. Matthias graduated with a Master’s in Economic Science Degree from the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands and holds a MBA with Distinction from the Keller Business School in Chicago, IL. Matthias serves as vice-chair of industry for LESI Europe and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Expert for: Execution, IP Strategy, IP Protection & Compliance, Monetization, Negotiations, Sales and Marketing


DI DR.Tanja Sovic

Head of Patent and License Management Division, Research & Transfer Support, TU Wien

Tanja Sovic is Head of Patent and License Management Division at Research and Transfer Support Office (R&T), TU Wien. She has been working as a patent and license manager at TU Wien since 2007. During that time she gained experience in patenting and commercialization of university inventions. Prior to entering the technology transfer profession Tanja worked as a scientist at the Research Centre Applied Biocatalysis in Graz and at the Politecnico di Bari in Italy. She studied chemical engineering at the Graz University of Technology and obtained a PhD in Polymer Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Materials (ICTM) in 2006.


***Important Information: This workshop is organized by the TUW Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) in collaboration with the TUW Research and Transfer Support at TU Wien and is for TUW scientists only. There is no fee, but registration is required via https://bit.ly/2Qd5tSs.

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.***

Jan
15
Tue
2019
Entrepreneurship for Scientists: The Power of The Entrepreneurial Mindset @ Kontaktraum, 6th floor
Jan 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop description

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the benefits and practical application of the entrepreneurial mindset. Through short presentations and practical exercises, participants will consider:

  • the potential benefits of thinking and acting like an entrepreneur
  • the entrepreneurial mindset and its associated behaviors
  • the distinguishing characteristics of entrepreneurial leadership
  • the path from starting to scaling a business
  • the lessons for participants and their own entrepreneurial journeys

More about the lecturers:

Paul Coyle

 Founder and Director, Entrepreneurial Mindset Network
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 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.


***Note: This workshop is organized by the TU Wien Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) in collaboration with the Research and Technology Transfer Support and is for TUW scientists only. There is no fee, but registration is required via https://bit.ly/2UKnB9s.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.***

Mar
12
Tue
2019
Spinning-out @TUW – the journey you are likely to experience @ Innovation Incubation Center
Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“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, 4 founders from 4 different TU Wien- affiliated companies in different stages share their experience with transforming their research into successful products or services.

 

 Andras Gallffy (Turbulence Solutions)

DI András Gálffy is founder and managing director of Turbulence Solutions GmbH. In his Diploma Thesis he revealed a fundamental phenomenon of flig ht control, which allows to suppress turbulence effects in flight. His PhD research focuses on further improving this technology pursuing the vision of making flights turbulence-free. He founded Turbulence Solutions for handling intellectual property in a transparent way and bringing academic results to industrial application.

 

 

Denise Mandt (upnano)

After her graduation from higher technical college for Material Science, she studied extra-occupationally Biomedical Engineering with focus on Cell and Tissue Engineering at the University of Applied Science Technikum Wien. Based on her material science and biological background she is the interface to customers from industry and research. She is responsible for Marketing and Sales and represents the company to the outside world.”

 

 

 

Wieland Reichelt (Evologic Technologies)

Dr. Wieland Reichelt coordinates the business development and research efforts and is the main operator interface to the advisory board. In an iterative process, the overall business and & strategy is continuously challenged by our business development and scientific advisory board, adapted and sharpened to keep the venture within budget and on schedule. His main technical expertise lies in translating academic approaches into industrial solutions for pharmaceutical bioprocesses. Since the founding of Evologic Technologies, he has overseen financing efforts, conceptualized the R&D strategies and successfully translated them into IP as well as into several highly competitive grants.

 

Lisa Smith (Prewave)

Dr. Lisa Smith is co-founder and managing director of Prewave. After completing her PhD at the faculty for Computer Science at Vienna University of Technology in 2017 she founded Prewave based on a technical prototype developed in her PhD research. Prewave is a data analytics startup that detects and predicts supply chain risks based on social media and news data. Today, the Prewave team consists of six members who develop innovative data products for the supply chain, insurance and financial market.

 

 

Note:

This workshop is organized by the TU Wien Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) in collaboration with the Research and Technology Transfer Office and is for TUW scientists only. There is no fee, but registration is required via  https://bit.ly/2EwlZsG

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.

Apr
10
Wed
2019
How to receive your fair share of equity @ TU the Sky
Apr 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The most successful ventures are founded by entrepreneurial teams rather than individual entrepreneurs, but a large founder team can be problematic as well. In the special case of establishing a university spin-out, the number of founders is likely to be higher, the team members fulfill various roles and have a different level of commitment to the day-to-day running of the company. As a provider of resources and permissions, you can expect the university to become a significant shareholder as well. Splitting the equity equally among university and/or founder researchers might be detrimental to the spin-out in the long-run. So how to make sure everyone gets his/her fair share of equity?

This workshop covers important topics like the size of the shareholding, how to split founder equity dos and don’ts and possible consequences, how to tackle founders who don’t commit 100% or want to continue their academic path as well as provide you with some tools to ease the process of splitting the founder’s pie.

At the end of the workshop you will:

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

 

Lecturer:

Werner Wutscher

Werner Wutscher has many years of experience in top management positions in public service administration and corporate management. In the last few years, he has invested in startups and shared his knowledge and experience as a Business Angel („Austrian Business Angel of the Year 2012“). Understanding both worlds puts him in an excellent position to bridge the gap between corporations and startups.

 

NOTE:

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.

May
16
Thu
2019
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship – EVENT CANCELED @ TUW Innovation Incubation Center
May 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Entrepreneurship is both an attitude and a mindset. It’s about passion and doing what you love. It’s about creating value and gaining independence. It’s about challenge, risk, persistence, and the ability to innovate – to improve on the old or invent the new. It is not for those who hate ambiguity or want everything in black and white. It is for the self-motivated, independent, persistent individual who has a sense of humor and can learn and bounce back from adversity. We will further discuss how to start and manage a business, develop and validate a concept, recruit a team, fund the organization, and grow the company.

The workshop traces new venture creation from idea generation and validation through opportunity recognition, development, and monetization. We will examine how to determine if a specific concept merits in-depth feasibility assessment and gain a conceptual understanding of the entrepreneurial process as a whole, including topics such as testing/adapting a business concept, defining a market entry strategy, understanding the target market, developing a business model, as well as sources and uses of capital and financing an enterprise.

This workshops is held by a Venture Capitalist from the US and focuses strongly on the US market.

 

At the end of this workshop, you will have an initial understanding of how to identify opportunities, how to form your core team and understand your target market

 

About the lecturer:

With over 34 years of experience in various senior capacities internationally, Ivan is the Founder and Managing Partner at Navigate Ventures, an early growth stage venture fund focused on helping entrepreneurs prepare for rapid growth, scaling, and expansion. Navigate ventures invests in companies that are between series A & B rounds and is focused on Software, AI, Data & Analytics, and Consumer Internet. Ivan brings significant experience, deep domain expertise, and a broad base of contacts and resources to his portfolio companies.

Ivan is also an Adjunct Professor at USC Marshall School of Business where he teaches classes on raising capital, venture capital, private equity, entrepreneurship, eCommerce, social media, and founding successful startups.

Ivan has deep domain expertise in software and SaaS, eCommerce, marketplaces, platforms, Internet. He has an extensive background in venture capital, private equity, operations & management, sales & marketing, and tech M&A. He has a strong global network with long-standing VC, PEG, and CEO level relationships and regularly hosts a series of Tech CEO Dinners in several cities around the world where he brings together CEOs, financial sponsors, PEGs, and industry executives to discuss the latest trends and developments.

 

NOTE:

This workshop is organized by the TU Wien Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) and is for TUW scientists only. 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.

Jun
5
Wed
2019
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #51: “Building a FinTech unicorn – and the lessons we learned” by Georg Hauer @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal, Ground Floor, TU Wien
Jun 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

In 2019, Germany finally saw the birth of its first fintech unicorn. Only six years after its launch, N26 is now the leading mobile bank in almost every European market and aiming to enter the US later this year. In this talk, Georg Hauer will speak about the journey of N26, from starting small to becoming one of the most influential fintech brands around the globe, how to disrupt one of the biggest industries of the world and turn something that people don’t usually identify with – their bank account – into something they love. What lessons has N26 learned along the way? Georg Hauer will give insights on how N26 raised 500 million USD from investors and established N26 as a successful European company with currently more than 750 employees in Berlin, Barcelona and New York.


More about Georg Hauer

Georg is General Manager Austria for N26, the mobile bank. In addition, he leads N26’s global Product Marketing and business development in Germany. Before that he was General Manager at Uber and management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He has an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management in Chicago and a Magister from WU Vienna. N26 was founded in 2013 by Valentin Stalf und Maximilian Tayenthal in Vienna. Today, N26 is one of the fastest growing banks in Europe. Since 2015 the bank obtained more than 2,300,000 customers in 24 countries and investments of $500M. Austria is considered by N26 as its 2nd home market.

 


Note

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders and investors. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions. The talks are concluding with the possibility for networking with like-minded people accompanied by some free drinks. With the TU Wien Alumni Edition, the i²c wants to showcase especially TU Wien alumni, who decided to take the entrepreneurial path and offer an extra stage for their success stories.


Free entry but registration is necessary!

***During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue 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 in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

                  

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