Jun
15
Fri
2012
In a thunderstorm even pigs can fly – a quick guide by Thomas Neubauer @ TU Vienna, Seminar room Zemanek
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In a thunderstorm even pigs can fly – a quick guide by Thomas Neubauer @ TU Vienna, Seminar room Zemanek | Wien | Wien | Austria

In his quick guide, Dr. Neubauer talks about a long rocky road to an successful entrepreneur and how difficult this path at times proved to be. He demonstrates very clearly the challenges as TU spin-off bearing up his interests in the field of business, how he had to overcome difficulties, including funding, first customers, global sales, strategic positioning for growth and how finally, he becomes a global player.

With his high-tech start up, he embarked on a long and arduous but also on a successful, exciting and extremely educational journey. Very recently, the company was successfully sold to a global market leader, moving the success story to the next level. One of the most effective ways to promote entrepreneurial mindsets is through learning by doing, as the longest journey always starts with the very first, small step.

 

About Thomas Neubauer


Dr. Thomas Neubauer, Symena Software GmbH, is founder and Managing Director of Symena, a global leader for automatic radio network optimization and self organizing networks solutions. He has more than ten years of experience with automatic cell planning (ACP) and mathematical optimization. That experience has been applied to GSM, WCDMA, CDMA, WiMAX and LTE network design and operations. His academic background is in radio network planning and optimization with Smart Antenna and MIMO systems. Both are very relevant for LTE and Self Organizing Network (SON) technologies. Dr Neubauer holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications engineering from the Vienna University of Technology.

Jun
22
Fri
2012
Successful Strategic Entrepreneurship for Start- ups by Herbert Gartner @ TU Vienna, Seminar room Zemanek
Jun 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Successful Strategic Entrepreneurship for Start-  ups by Herbert Gartner @ TU Vienna, Seminar room Zemanek | Wien | Wien | Austria

Particularly for start-up and early-stage companies, business angels are vital figures that fill the gap between self-finance and venture capital. They are an important source of equity in the early stages of an enterprise, before it becomes attractive for venture capital funds.

The synergy “business angel – founder” will be described in this i2c Public Lecture from both sides’ points of view. In a panel discussion, an entrepreneur together with his business angel will draw from their experiences, to share insights on the relationship between their respective entities. This talk will provide both informative and practical advice grounded in first-hand experience of a currently running business venture.

 

About Herbert Gartner


Herbert Gartner is an active business angel investing smart and hard capital in young high-tech product companies. He is focusing on spin-offs with strong growth potentials. He founded SensorDynamics together with 3 co-founders in 2003 and held positions as CFO and CEO. SensorDynamics was specialized on high-volume micro- and wireless semiconductor products for applications in automotive, industry and consumer sectors. The company was acquired by Maxim Integrated Products Inc., California in July 2011 for $164 millions.

 

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.

 

Sep
12
Thu
2013
Günter Wiesauer
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Günter Wiesauer

About Günter Wiesauer


Günter Wiesauer is founder and CEO of Underground_8, which is a Startup Company trying to revolutionize the field of Network Security Systems. From 1996 up to now he was founder, CTO or shareholder in company’s like Unicom, Webcast Media Group AG, etc. Mr. Wiesauer has also developed patents like SMs-Commerce and mCrm-Management Suite and Media Content Streaming Technology. Since 1998 he has been a consultant and member of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. He received two economic Pegasus awards for special earnings in upper-Austrian commerce and his German startup-company was elected as the sixth successful company in Germany in 2000.

 

Mar
12
Wed
2014
Random Thoughts on Entrepreneurship by Alex Mehr
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Random Thoughts on Entrepreneurship by Alex Mehr

Every venture is constantly tested by a seemingly endless stream of new challenges. “Should we launch early with an incomplete product or wait until the product is fully baked? Should we go for a premium price point or target the lower-end market? How can I go around my established and much larger competitors to get visibility and distribution?” What distinguishes great entrepreneurs from the rest is their ability to make such decisions quickly despite incomplete information and high rate of failure. As an entrepreneur and a startup advisor who has frequently faced such decision points, I have come to the conclusion that no single tool or decision method works across the board. Rather, entrepreneurs are constantly drawing on their own experience as well as advice from others to make a set of “rules of thumb” to successfully navigate such situations. In this presentation, I will share some thoughts and ideas about how to address some of the most commonly faced startup challenges.

 

About Alex Mehr


Alex Mehr is the co-founder and co-CEO of Zoosk, the largest romantic social network. Zoosk’s 15 million monthly active users come from 70 countries and the product is available in 25 languages. Zoosk’s 2011 revenue surpassed $97M — doubling year over year. Alex started Zoosk in 2007 out of his living room while attending the MBA program at the University of California, Berkeley. To date, the company has raised over $40M in venture financing. Alex holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to starting Zoosk, he worked as a scientist for NASA on several manned and robotic space projects.

 

Mar
26
Wed
2014
20 years of Austrian Startup history in 60 minutes! by Hans J. Pfisterer
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
20 years of Austrian Startup history in 60 minutes! by Hans J. Pfisterer

Hans J. Pfisterer is an entrepreneur by heart. Starting his career in the travel industry 1989 he was in the founding team of Austria Online a pre Internet Hotelbooking System of ÖVB and after that head of marketing of the Austropa Hotel group of ÖVB. In 1995 he found one of the worlds first internet startups, the online hotel booking platform NetHotels.com. 1998 NetHotels.com was rated the 10th best travel site at Altavista and in this year the first VC entered the company. In the following years Hans led NetHotels through all ups and downs a startup can go through. As a former member of the Vienna Choir Boys he still sings as a Tenor at the Wiener Singverein and just arrived back from a Japan Tour with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Hans loves to be on stage and work with passionate people. His new startup MYFLY.cc will connect people on a global scale. Hans holds a degree of tourism management and supports official and privat organizations in multiple functions.

Apr
29
Tue
2014
From Founder to Business Angel & Social Investor by Michael Altrichter
Apr 29 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
From Founder to Business Angel & Social Investor by Michael Altrichter

In this talk, Michael Altrichter gives insights from his „soaring and stalling rollercoster ride of ups and downs,“ between founding and selling his first start-up paysafecard. As an alumnus of TU Wien, he describes how to build a multi-million company from scratch and what the main obstacles and success factors are.

Secondly, Michael focuses on the Business Angel situation in Austria with an emphasis on the relationship between the Founders and the Angels. Last but not least he speaks about the responsibility of founders and investors in duly observing sustainability and social impact.

 

About Michael Altrichter


Michael Altrichter co-founded paysafecard.com Wertkarten AG, starting it from scratch in 2000 and selling it to Skrill, a strategic partner in payment. After founding and selling his second payment company, payolution, he now has shareholdings in 12+ start-ups and is simultaneously an active member of the advisory board at Wikifolio (a social trading investment platform, www.wikifolio.com), rublys (digital scratch cards for smart phones, www.rublys.com) and Reef Interactive (3D diving maps, www.reef-interactive.com). Michael is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and serious Business Angel, who loves to help highly committed teams developing brilliant business ideas to become successfull companies. Recently he became the fifth Ashoka Network Support Member in Austria. Ashoka is a global non-profit organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs.

May
7
Wed
2014
Startup, startdown – Life and Learnings by Bernhard Schandl
May 7 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Startup, startdown - Life and Learnings by Bernhard Schandl

In the past few years we have been working on several research projects in the area of inter-organizational systems. New concepts, methodologies, and standards have been developed and been well acknowledged by the research community.Based on results from our last research project, we decided to found our own business in 2011. Will the market accept the results and can we sustain the existing competition on the market? Which compromises have to be made?

In this talk we give an insight into the experiences we have made, and the obstacles we had to master during our journey from university to market.

 

About Philipp Liegl


Philipp Liegl studied Business Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology, where he continued to work in several research projects afterwards. His research focuses on inter-organizational communication, in particular business document and business processes design, as well as electronic data interchange (EDI) in general. Furthermore, he is interested in Java-based Web-application development and frameworks.

Since 2004 he is actively involved in the development of the Austrian e-Invoicing standard ebInterface, which has become the mandatory format of choice for delivering electronic invoices to the Republic of Austria on 1.1.2014. Previously he has also been involved in the activities of UN/CEFACT, where he has been working on UML-based concepts for business document and business process modeling for inter-organizational business processes.

 

May
14
Wed
2014
Start-Up – Heaven or Hell by Duane Nickull
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Start-Up – Heaven or Hell by Duane Nickull

Duane Nickull talked about challenges and choices faced by new technology companies during their most vulnerable and critical early phases. He shared some of the top advice that can only be learned from experience, delved into the challenges faced, and provided ways to migrate threats many face.

 

About Duane Nickull


Duane Nickull is a successful veteran of high tech start-ups (Yellow Dragon Software Corporation, XML Global Technologies, Uberity), an elected Vice Chair of the United Nations CEFACT Steering Group and Architecture, senior standards architect, and senior data architect. During his experience building three companies, including selling one company to Adobe Systems, he has amassed a large amount of knowledge. He published his knowledge in many articles and books (e.g. Web 2.0. Architectures: What Entrepreneurs and Information Architects Need to Know, O’Reilly). He is also an excellent musician (22nd century is leading the punk rock scene in Canada). (slides “Start-Up – Heaven or Hell)

May
21
Wed
2014
From lab to market – will it work? by Philipp Liegl
May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
From lab to market – will it work? by Philipp Liegl

In the past few years we have been working on several research projects in the area of inter-organizational systems. New concepts, methodologies, and standards have been developed and been well acknowledged by the research community.Based on results from our last research project, we decided to found our own business in 2011. Will the market accept the results and can we sustain the existing competition on the market? Which compromises have to be made?

In this talk we give an insight into the experiences we have made, and the obstacles we had to master during our journey from university to market.

 

About Philipp Liegl


Philipp Liegl studied Business Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology, where he continued to work in several research projects afterwards. His research focuses on inter-organizational communication, in particular business document and business processes design, as well as electronic data interchange (EDI) in general. Furthermore, he is interested in Java-based Web-application development and frameworks.

Since 2004 he is actively involved in the development of the Austrian e-Invoicing standard ebInterface, which has become the mandatory format of choice for delivering electronic invoices to the Republic of Austria on 1.1.2014. Previously he has also been involved in the activities of UN/CEFACT, where he has been working on UML-based concepts for business document and business process modeling for inter-organizational business processes.

 

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).

 

Jun
18
Wed
2014
What I have done right with my startups by Peter Lieber
Jun 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
What I have done right with my startups by Peter Lieber

Peter Lieber talks in detail about life, failures and success as an ICT entrepreneur during the last twenty years. In his presentation Peter Lieber focuses on personal emotions and learnings about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial actions. He will share these experiences with entrepreneurial beginners to start them reflecting on their goals. Peter Lieber talks about how to handle banking institutions and investors, reflects on awards and criticism during a career as well as on strategy, experience, empathy, and ambition. A main point of his reflection is ownership structures in a startup: Which ones are approved, which are dangerous and may bring the company to a standstill or even worse. Peter Lieber describes real examples gained in his own experience at the search of a “blue ocean”: the niches favorable for success!

 

About Peter Lieber


Peter Lieber, LieberLieber software gmbh, is a founder of various companies specialized in software industry. He knows the different business models very well and is an experienced business development manager and software architect. Knowledge transfer of technology and software architecture especially in n-tier environments is his profession for over 15 years. Peter Lieber has always new and innovative ideas for visionary and evolutionary software solutions. Entrepreneurs and Managers, interested in new ideas in information and communication technology, find in Peter Lieber an engaged way companion. (slides “What I have done good in founding startup companies)

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.

Feb
20
Fri
2015
Networking Friday 2015
Feb 20 @ 12:53 pm – Feb 22 @ 1:53 pm
Mar
11
Wed
2015
From Founder to Advisor: How managed Advisory Boards can drive Business Success by Peruzzi Thomas
Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
From Founder to Advisor: How managed Advisory Boards can drive Business Success by Peruzzi Thomas

Having survived all startup phases from dusk till down and built a strong business network on operational and commercial level Thomas rejoined community as an angelinvestor and advisor and got insights into the different views on similar problems. Working in a couple of adivsory and director boards mean working with different startup cultures and needs and seeing what supports and what hinders. There are some myths around the willingness to open the network of an advisor and they want to be managed like anyone else.
This is a short overview of how and when to build an advisory board and whom to invite at what stage and why and what this means for the organisation beside organizing a mug of coffee for the event 🙂

 

About Thomas Peruzzi


Thomas Peruzzi founded aicooma in Austria, Switzerland and Germany and built it from scratch till earn-out in 2012. He then rejoined University in York for a second Master Study and took over several interims C*O positions in digital startups like laterpay or gigaset elements. Beside that he angel-invested in digital startups like getwiser, spireglobal, adespresso and advised emerging startups with his strong product and Technology background. He is boardmember of Crate and Advisory Board member of admoment, meinkauf, laterpay, refz.co and roq.ad. Thomas lectures Innovation Management and Technology Leadership and is a respected speaker for European Corporates with regards to lean product management and how to avoid the innovator’s dilemma. International VCs and corporate ventures trust his view on technology during due diligence processes

 

Mar
25
Wed
2015
From the vision of a novel innovation process to the mission of HYVE. – Insights of a leading innovation agency by Füller Hannes
Mar 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
From the vision of a novel innovation process to the mission of HYVE. – Insights of a leading innovation agency by Füller Hannes

In the year 2000 HYVE set off with the vision of a novel innovation process which connects users, customers, vendors and developers via internet and thereby enables the collaborative development of customer-centric and trailblazing innovations. Within 14 years HYVE has established itself as a leading innovation agency, which provides services in Germany and far beyond the national borders.

Because of the continuous research and more than 300 publications, HYVE made a name for itself in the area of science and is considered as innovation pioneer, leader in the field of crowdsourcing, co-creation and the founder of community-based innovation. In this talk, Prof. Dr. Füller tells a story of successful innovations and the creative power of people.

 

About Johann Füller


Prof. Dr. Johann Füller took office at the University of Innsbruck’s faculty for Business Administration, where he holds the recently founded chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism. Since his habilitation on „Communities as a Source of Innovation – Towards a Theory of Innovation and Virtual Co-Creation Communities. Innovation 2.0 – From Fortified Castles to Open Bazars” he has been a senior lecturer of Marketing at the Innsbruck University School of Management.

He is Fellow at the NASA Tournament Lab-Research at Harvard University and CEO of Hyve AG, an innovation and community company. In line with his research focus, he regularly gives guest lectures about co-creation, online branding, creative consumer behavior, online marketing, open innovation, and the utilization of online communities. From 2008-2010, Johann was a visiting scholar and research affiliate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Johann habilitated in business administration at the Innsbruck University. He received his PhD in marketing with distinction about “Community Based Innovations – Virtual Integration of Online Consumer Groups into New Product Development”. Before, he was engaged 3 years as corporate consultant in the field of strategic change at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He further gained experience at McKinsey & Comp., Siemens, and Allied Signal. The graduated mechanical and industrial engineer completed his career with a master of international business as well as the Euro-Certificate for Engineers. Study visits led him to USA, France, and Spain. Johann published more than substantially in journals such as California Management Review, Harvard Business Manager, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Marketing Science, MIS Quarterly, Technovation, and others. His research explores user generated content and co-creation communities from multiple perspectives. As CEO of HYVE AG, Johann consults top corporations with the development of customer focused innovations and online communities.

 

Apr
22
Wed
2015
Hurdle Race of runtastic – DOs, DON ́Ts, do-overs & obstacles by Gschwandtner Florian
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hurdle Race of runtastic – DOs, DON ́Ts, do-overs & obstacles by Gschwandtner Florian

Florian Gschwandtner, CEO & co-founder of Runtastic – a world leader in mobile health & fitness, reflects on the start-up processes and his experiences in building a successful company from scratch. He describes his lessons learned and those of his fellow co-founders, the do’s and don’ts of founding a start-up and what they would do differently if they had the opportunity to go back in time.

Additionally, Florian will share insights collected throughout his journey some of them ending up being less stressful than anticipated, as well as instances where the workload, personally & professionally, was highly underestimated.

 

About Florian Gschwandtner


Florian Gschwandtner is CEO and Co-Founder of Runtastic. Runtastic combines mobile applications, proprietary hardware & the services of Runtastic.com to create a comprehensive fitness and health ecosystem that enables users to track daily activities, monitor progress and achieve personal goals. Florian studied Mobile Computing in Hagenberg, Austria and Supply Chain Management in Steyr, Austria before he started his career as an entrepreneur in 2009. Florian is responsible for most of the ideas and concepts behind the ever-growing suite of exciting Runtastic products and services. He is also the public face of the company and can often be seen at industry events, conferences, and expos. He loves to interact with the crowd and share his enthusiasm for fitness!

 underestimated.

May
13
Wed
2015
Angel-Startup-Relationship: From The Angel’s Perspective by Hansmann Hansi
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Angel-Startup-Relationship: From The Angel’s Perspective by Hansmann Hansi

In this talk, Dr. Johann Hansmann, will give general insights on an angel job profile. Additionally, he will share his personal view on selection criteria for investment as well as how his working day looks like. “There is way more to it than only providing money”… the ingredients on “the more” will be unveiled. Holding a portfolio counting 30 startups, managing processes and expectations on either side must be clearly specified and communicated. Dr. Hansmann will share his own lessons learned and what to expect when approaching an Angel.

 

About Hansmann Hansi


Dr. Johann ‘Hansi’ Hansmann was born in Austria and studied economics in Vienna. He spent the major part of his professional life working as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry in Austria, Germany, UK and Spain. He gathered several years of entrepreneurial experience running successfully his own pharmaceutical company in Spain after conducting a management buy-out of a big pharmaceutical plant, making an exit in 2003. Since this time he is active as investor, regarding himself a business angel. He currently holds investments with a geographical focus on Austria, Germany, UK and Spain both internet and in the health industry. His investments (in total more than 25) include busuu.com(London), renesim.com (Munich), diagnosia.com,  durchblicker.at, runtastic.com, mysugr.com, whatchado.com,tractive.com, shpock.com, linemetrics.com and pioneers.io (all in Austria). He is president of the ‘Austrian Angels Investors Association’ (aaia.at), is now based in Vienna and tries to find spare time to ride his mountain bike.

May
20
Wed
2015
Klausberger Katharina – Battle Field Flea Market: Learnings from a Detour to Success
May 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Klausberger Katharina - Battle Field Flea Market: Learnings from a Detour to Success

Katharina Klausberger, her Co-founder and a small, but extremely motivated team worked on another startup idea when they decided to give the byproduct, Shpock, a try. Today the flea market app counts more than 8 million users.

The successful entrepreneur describes the decision making on which project should be followed and which should be abandoned.
Additionally she gives insight on how to build a product that’s used and loved by millions of users.

 

More about Katharina Klausberger


During her studies of business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Katharina Klausberger worked in the fields of business consultancy, finance and marketing. After finishing her Master´s Degree she gave lessons at the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the WU Vienna. She additionally managed innovation projects and earned her PhD. In 2010 she and her Co-founder opend their own business, finderly GmbH, a platform for product recommendations, and Shpock, a mobile version of a “flea market for pretty things”.

 

Jun
10
Wed
2015
IT as Business Enabler at Eurotours: How Eurotours uses IT as a strategic asset to stay ahead in the World of Travel by Glasauer Horst
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
IT as Business Enabler at Eurotours: How Eurotours uses IT as a strategic asset to stay ahead in the World of Travel by Glasauer Horst

In this informal talk, Horst Glasauer, long-standing Head of IT, at Eurotours will share his practical insights into the indispensability of technological solutions and the dramatic developments in the travel industry over the last years. The face of travel has changed significantly since the world-changing introduction of the internet and in a relatively short period of time, the expectations of and obligations to the traveller likewise. As the world becomes smaller, tourism, still one of the most significant sources of income in Austria, has developed into a very competitive and transparent market.

 

About Horst Glasauer


As long standing IT Head of Department at Eurotours, part of Austria’s leading tourism concern Verkehrsbüro Group, Horst Glasauer has witnessed ,on first level, the dramatic and significant technological changes and developments over the last 25 years in the worldwide tourism industry.
Born in Carinthia in 1955, and having studied informatics in Vienna, Horst took the plunge to move to Kitzbühel, Tirol in 1990 to develop a computer department within the headquarters of Eurotours, where he was able to apply his travel related experience. As key member of the Management team, he has significantly contributed to the substantial success and continous achievements of Eurotours over the years, now listed as Austria’s leading tour operator in the B2B and B2C markets.
Horst is a keen nature buff and enjoys the pleasures of living in the mountains. His nature loving character is a good equalizer to the sometimes stressful challenges of piloting the ever-developing, ever-increasing demands within this competitive industry.
Life motto: Work Hard, Have Fun and No Drama !

 

Sep
10
Thu
2015
Start-ups in Cambridge, US and Austria and International Financing Creating A Sustainable Technology Ecosystem – Let Entrepreneurship Flourish
Sep 10 @ 12:19 pm – 1:19 pm
Start-ups in Cambridge, US and Austria and International Financing  Creating A Sustainable Technology Ecosystem - Let Entrepreneurship Flourish


Drawing on his over thirty years of global experience in running tech companies, venture capital investing, and his role in taking companies through multi stage investments to exit, Ivan Nikkhoo will be discussing what it takes to create a sustainable digital ecosystem. Ivan is actively involved with a number of accelerators, incubators, and ecosystems across the globe, and he will describe the essential ingredients that a digital ecosystem must have for long term success. As part of this journey he will discuss what it takes to stimulate debate on where action needs to happen in creating such clusters

 

About Ivan Nikkhoo


With over 30 years of industry experience in various senior capacities internationally, Ivan is a Managing Director at Siemer & Associates, a leading global technology merchant bank. He is also an advisor at Wavemaker Partners, an early stage fund focused on technology investments globally. He has a strong background in private equity, venture capital, growth capital, M&A, technology ecosystem, finance, and entrepreneurship. He maintains a broad network of industry contacts, and has demonstrated a proven ability to bring early stage companies to life, taking growth companies to the next level, developing teams, raising growth capital, and implementing exit strategies.
Ivan is also an Adjunct Professor at USC Marshall School of Business where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes focused on lifecycle investing in tech companies, entrepreneurship, technology finance and ecosystem, the digital economy, and eCommerce. He is also on the advisory council for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneur Studies at USC, and is the Co-President of its incubation and seed investing program, and lectures throughout the world.

Additionally, he serves on the board of Digital Jersey, helping build the island’s digital economy and tech ecosystem, including its first incubator, and the Board of Trustees of New Entrepreneurs Foundation in London.
Ivan has served on a number of corporate, business, and charity boards, including Digital Jersey, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LA Chamber of Commerce, USC Marshall Partners, Junior Achievement of Southern California, and Los Angeles Venture Association to name a few. He is a Wexner Heritage Program Fellow, a member of Young Presidents’ Organization, and is very active in the technology community. He was a finalist at the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1999. He maintains a blog for lifecycle of tech companies, is a CNN Guest Contributor, and is published on a number of tech sites.

Mr. Nikkhoo received his MBA from USC Marshall School of Business in 1989 and his Bachelors of Science in Engineering from McGill University in 1984 and has completed executive education programs at HBS and Stanford. He is a General Securities Principal licensed with FINRA/SIPC (formerly NASD). He has lived on three continents, has travelled extensively throughout the world, speaks three languages, and is experienced in doing business globally.

Blog
www.IvanNikkhoo.com
Annual Summit
www.SiemerSummit.com

Nov
26
Thu
2015
Ivan Nikko – Raising capital through the lifecycle of a company @ EI 7 Hörsaal
Nov 26 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Ivan Nikko - Raising capital through the lifecycle of a company @ EI 7 Hörsaal

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

Every good CEO knows that he/she may need to raise money through the lifecycle of the company. But the needs and challenges of the company change from stage to stage, and the sources and uses of funds change accordingly. This workshop will focus on how to raise money during each stage of the company. Using recent, relevant examples, we will discuss companies that have been successful, and others that have not been successful in raising capital. We will discuss how professional investors look at such investments in each stage, what they look for, as well as current market trends. We will further discuss the specific parameters that are most important during each stage.

 

More about Ivan Nikkhoo


Ivan Nikkhoo is a Managing Director at Siemer & Associates, a leading global technology merchant bank. He is also an advisor at Wavemaker Partners, an early stage fund focused on technology investments globally. He has a strong background in private equity, venture capital, growth capital, M&A, technology ecosystem, finance, and entrepreneurship. He maintains a broad network of industry contacts, and has demonstrated a proven ability to bring early stage companies to life, taking growth companies to the next level, developing teams, raising growth capital, and implementing exit strategies. Ivan is also an Adjunct Professor at USC Marshall School of Business where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes focused on lifecycle investing in tech companies, entrepreneurship, technology finance and ecosystem, the digital economy, and eCommerce. He is also on the advisory council for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneur Studies at USC, and is the Co-President of its incubation and seed investing program, and lectures throughout the world. Additionally, he serves on the board of Digital Jersey, helping build the island’s digital economy and tech ecosystem, including its first incubator, and the Board of Trustees of New Entrepreneurs Foundation in London. Ivan has served on a number of corporate, business, and charity boards, including Digital Jersey, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LA Chamber of Commerce, USC Marshall Partners, Junior Achievement of Southern California, and Los Angeles Venture Association to name a few. He is a Wexner Heritage Program Fellow, a member of Young Presidents’ Organization, and is very active in the technology community. He was a finalist at the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1999. He maintains a blog for lifecycle of tech companies, is a CNN Guest Contributor, and is published on a number of tech sites.

He received his MBA from USC Marshall School of Business in 1989 and his Bachelors of Science in Engineering from McGill University in 1984 and has completed executive education programs at HBS and Stanford. He is a General Securities Principal licensed with FINRA/SIPC (formerly NASD). He has lived on three continents, has travelled extensively throughout the world, speaks three languages, and is experienced in doing business globally.

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.

Feb
19
Fri
2016
i²c Networking Friday 2016
Feb 19 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

The annual i²c Networking Friday concludes the 3 day commerzicalisation bootcamp for sciencepreneurs of TU Wien (#i²cStartAcademy). This networking event for sciencepreneurs, entrepreneurs, investors, public funding agencies, industry, scientists, and many more offers next to the great opportunity to meet and mingle a program of TEDx like impulse talks, a panel discussion reflecting on sciencepreneurship in the current startup ecosystem (featuring guests from Stanford, UnternehmerTUM, etc), exhibiton and a pitch challenge where the projects of the i²c StartAcademy 2016 compete for special prizes.

Registration is required on http://bit.ly/1SI1KuM

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Apr
6
Wed
2016
Failure as Part of Entrepreneurship and How to Learn from it by Damian Izdebski @ EI 7 Hörsaal
Apr 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Failure as Part of Entrepreneurship and How to Learn from it by Damian Izdebski @ EI 7 Hörsaal

“As an entrepreneur you have to make decisions – hundreds of decisions, big and small, every day. So at the end of the day, you have to take responsibility for that.“ For 15 years, Damian Izdebski made a name for himself as a successful entrepreneur but in the end lost everything in 2014 when DiTech was forced to file for bankruptcy. When informing the public, Damian Izdebski chose to admit his mistakes. He will share them in his talk so that future entrepreneurs can learn from his experiences. Furthermore, he will talk about how people are dealing with bankruptcy in the US and why he decided to write a book. He will give insights of how he finally decided to found another company, knowing well enough that not everything will work out smoothly.

More about Damian Izdebski


Damian Izdebski, born in Poland in 1976, moved to Austria with his family in 1992. After studying four semesters economic computer science at the Technical University of Vienna, he was working as a software developer and later as a self-employed IT technician. In 1999 at the age of 23 he founded the company DiTech with his wife Aleksandra. Within a few years the StartUp became the largest online retailer of electronics in Austria. Due to the innovative combination of Internet and multiple retailer, Izdebski has established himself as one of the pioneers in the Austrian multi-channel commerce. In March 2014, the company had to file for bankruptcy due to excessive expansion and related financing issues and was closed. Early 2015 he founded the techbold technology group, a new company that understands itself as a provider of IT solutions for small and medium enterprises in and around Vienna.

Apr
13
Wed
2016
Learnings from 20+ Startups by Stefan Kalteis @ EI 9 Hlawka HS
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Learnings from 20+ Startups by Stefan Kalteis @ EI 9 Hlawka HS

123people, Payolution, Allaboutapps, Runtastic, Wikifolio, Dvel and Techbold are only a few of those companies, in whose success Stefan Kalteis is or was involved as (co-) founder and/or investor. Working with 20+ startups resulted in a treasure trove of experience, which he wants to share with future entrepreneurs during his talk. Stefan Kalteis will share his learnings regarding the importance of the idea, the timing, the team and the business model. Knowing not only the founder’s but also the investor’s point of view, he will give valuable insights into the funding process as well as tips and hints on how to raise money from investors.

More about Stefan Kalteis


Stefan Kalteis is a serial entrepreneur and (co-) founder of i.a. 123people, payolution and allaboutapps. Since October 2015 he is as the owner and managing director of blaulichtSMS also active in the “old economy”. As an active investor he was and is engaged in Runtastic, Wikifolio, Tripwolf, Tourradar, Dvel and Techbold, among others. Previously he worked as an associate at the Munich-based venture capital company Target Partners.

Apr
20
Wed
2016
From Rags to Riches: International Experiences from a Self-Made Multimillionaire Entrepreneur by Chatri Sityodtong @ EI 9 Hlawka HS
Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
From Rags to Riches: International Experiences from a Self-Made Multimillionaire Entrepreneur by Chatri Sityodtong @ EI 9 Hlawka HS

Chatri Sityodtong has a rags-to-riches life story: His family went through bankruptcy and at one point he lived on one meal per day. But that didn’t keep him from becoming a self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur. After working as investment analyst and management consultant he launched his first startup NextDoor Networks, a provider of e-commerce infrastructure, in San Francisco. He became Managing Director at big hedge funds before launching a US$500 million New York hedge fund himself. After his Wall Street experience, he dedicated himself to other entrepreneurial ventures. The superlative is unavoidable when listing his numerous companies: ONE Championship, Asia’s largest sports media property, and Evolve University, Asia’s largest online university for martial arts, are just two out of his extensive portfolio.
In his talk, Chatri Sityodtong will not only answer the following questions but also give exciting insights in his manifold, international experiences as an entrepreneur: Aside from the general dos and don’ts in terms of strategy, business model and funding, how did he manage to convince investors? What helped him to build up such a strong will and does martial arts play a role in his entrepreneurial life? According to the differences he experienced in the Asian and the American region, what clues can he give regarding the interaction with different cultures in a professional context?

 

More about Chatri Sityodtong


Chatri Sityodtong is an entrepreneur and martial artist from Thailand. A self-made Harvard MBA entrepreneur, Sityodtong and his rags-to-riches life story have been profiled on TV on Bloomberg TV’s High Flyers and CNBC’s Entrepreneur Asia. Current business holdings include ONE Championship, Evolve MMA, Evolve University and several other companies across sports, media, retail, real estate, technology, and beverages. Sityodtong is an official Entrepreneur-in-Residence and guest lecturer at INSEAD, one of the world’s top business schools. He is a regular guest lecturer at Singapore Management University, an advisor to the SMU Entrepreneurship Center and an advisor and mentor at the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Center. A motivational speaker, Sityodtong has also given peak performance talks at Fortune 500 companies and has also been a featured speaker at conferences such as TEDx, Bloomberg ASEAN Business Summit, and others. He has almost 30 years of martial arts experience as a student, a fighter, an instructor and a coach.

 

Apr
27
Wed
2016
Innovation in the Corporate and the Startup World – Framework, Touchpoints & Conflicts by Marie-Helene Ametsreiter @ EI 9 Hlawka HS
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Innovation in the Corporate and the Startup World - Framework, Touchpoints & Conflicts by Marie-Helene Ametsreiter @ EI 9 Hlawka HS

We are in the middle of the 3rd industrial revolution. The digitalization. Corporates are faced with new business models and concepts. They are looking for ways to manage the innovation process to secure their future business. Startups are popping up with excellent new ideas – struggeling with their go to market approach due to limited capital resources and distribution access. What are the main challenges both worlds are facing – and where are the potential touchpoints to find a successful cooperation. Is there an ideal way to bring my innovation to the market?

 

More about Marie-Helene Ametsreiter


Marie-Helene Ametsreiter studied Business Administration in Vienna and California, US. She obtained deep experience in the Telecom field working for sixteen years with Telekom Austria Group in different Marketing and General Management positions. During that time she was the President of the management board of VIPnet, the first private mobile operator in Croatia. Besides Ms. Ametsreiter was appointed to several supervisory board functions and signed responsible for the commercial sector of 8 countries. From March 2011 Ms. Ametsreiter was heading the corporate sustainability department at OMV AG, one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. Since 2014 Ms. Ametsreiter is partner of Speedinvest – the largest early-stage digital Venture Capital Funds in the region. Speedinvest with offices in Vienna, Munich and Silicon Valley is investing in digital startups in the CEE region.

 

Jun
1
Wed
2016
Disrupting Healthcare: How to Transform your Problem into a Business by Bianca Gfrei @ EI 9 Hlawka HS
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Disrupting Healthcare: How to Transform your Problem into a Business by Bianca Gfrei @ EI 9 Hlawka HS

Find out how Bianca Gfrei started out on her mission to shake up the healthcare sector by founding kiweno. She resisted criticism from outdated and established institutions, she managed to scale a business from zero to “Startup of the Year” in only a few months. Gfrei will also share her insights on how to hire the smartest people and how to receive funding as a first time founder. Growth Hacking Deluxe!

 

More about Bianca Gfrei


Bianca Gfrei is the founder and CEO of kiweno, the leading service to offer self-tests for food intolerances in the DACH region. With two co-founders on board, she started out her enterpreneurial carreer at only 24 years old and was elected “Enterpreneur of the Year” by the WKO in 2016. kiweno’s mission: Empowering personal healthcare via do-at-home blood tests and appealing visualisation of medical data. The company’s flagship product “nutriscreen” enables to test everybody’s personal intolerance to 70 different kinds of food with only a few drops of blood.
In 2015, the Austrian startup received funding by renowned business angels Hansi Hansmann and Rudi Semrad. Prior to founding kiweno – which was inspired by Gfrei’s personal health issues and struggles with the outdated medical system – she worked for the Swarovski branding team and was Managing Director of the Junior Enterprise icons.

 

Jun
8
Wed
2016
Start Local, Go Global: Success Factors for Expanding Your Business Internationally by Stefan Ebner @ EI 7 Hörsaal
Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Start Local, Go Global: Success Factors for Expanding Your Business Internationally by Stefan Ebner @ EI 7 Hörsaal

How are traditional IT providers and established organizations with an extensive, legacy technology infrastructure facing digitalization? How can they comply the requests of the new generation of customers when their IT environments aren’t flexible enough? Stefan Ebner and his team developed a revolutionary solution to meet this challenge: tribefire – a Digital Transformation Platform, designed for the third era of enterprise IT – to capitalize on Big Data, Cloud and Mobility. tribefire is Braintribe’s latest product. Stefan founded Braintribe, a global innovative software vendor, in 2005 and expanded it internationally, having main offices in Vienna, London, Zurich and Bangalore. In his talk, Stefan Ebner will talk about how he created a global company from scratch that enables enterprises to open up opportunities and become the disrupters, not the disrupted.

More about Stefan Ebner


Always an entrepreneur, Stefan Ebner founded his first IT company as an university student. After years of research, his company’s innovation ventures resulted in tribefire, the Data Agility & Digitalization Platform, launched October 2013. With the motto “the courage of being different”, Stefan strives to create a cultural and social impact through the other brands under the Braintribe umbrella (Braintribe Culture and Chaya Fuera).

Jun
17
Fri
2016
Diploma Supplement on Innovation Demo Day & Alumni Meet-up 2016
Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm
Diploma Supplement on Innovation Demo Day & Alumni Meet-up 2016

On June 17 th the students of the Diploma Supplement on Innovation class 2015 presented their final innovative projects they were working on intensively during the past summer semester. The pitch challenge took place at TUtheSky in front of an invited audience and potential investors. The prizes given in the following award ceremony were celebrated with drinks, food and a breath- taking view over Vienna.

Birgit Hofreiter, director of the Innovation Incubation Center, opened the event with some welcome words and the latest news of the i²c. After her introduction, Georg Molzer, CTO of kiweno and alumnus of the very first class of the Diploma Supplement on Innovation of 2012, held an impulse talk. He told the audience about his background and how the curriculum supported him in his entrepreneurial career. The alumni impulse talk was followed by the pitch challenge, which was moderated by Daniel Cronin, co-founder of AustrianStartups and passionate pitch trainer. Eleven projects coming out of the Diploma Supplement on Innovation were presented:

1. arsa: Affordable 3D laser scanner for autonomous drones
2. byrd: First-mile shipping service
3. Design4Blind: Modifying and creating boardgames for blind people
4. FlatPal: Shared flats – Bringing people together
5. Ono Bikes: High quality and stylish electric bicycles
6. Pixtri: Picture-based recommender system
7. Radiology Explorer: Unlocking the potential of medical image data
8. Streaminr: Mining social media streams for supply chain risks
9. SUPRY: Gift shopping made easy
10. WhoBrings.it: Easily organising who&#39;s bringing what to an event
11. YGAP: Your General Access Point is powering off-grid

Additional to the i²c projects, two other start-ups got the chance to pitch in front of the audience and the jury: Clevapi, image recognition for native advertising and Face2Face, developing custom software projects in cloud with freelancers and students. Those two projects were part of “goAustria”, the international Austria Incubation Program, which is part of the Global Incubator Network (GIN).

After a short break for the jury decision, the following awards were granted: “Acceptance into the TUWi²ncubator” was won by Lisa Madlberger and her project Streaminr. Michael Platzer got an “Office Space at FounderSpace” to further develop his project arsa. Thomas Biason and Lukas Schiller from FlatPal were excited about winning the Mentoring-Session “Negotiation with Investors by Hansi Hansmann”. “€500 in Cash & Individual IP & Financing Consulting by tecnet equity” were given to Markus Holzer from Radiology Explorer. Fabian Dold from YGAP won the “Participation in the Alpbach Summer School on Entrepreneurship by I.E.C.T. and Forum Alpbach”.

The awards and the successful completion of the Diploma Supplement on Innovation were celebrated with drinks, food, music (thanks to our DJ) and a unique view over Vienna. This was innovation at its best! We are very proud of our students and we are excited about the further development of their projects and their entrepreneurial future, for which we wish them all the best!

Oct
3
Mon
2016
Pitch for Talent-Roadshow at TU Wien
Oct 3 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Pitch for Talent-Roadshow at TU Wien @ Wien | Wien | Austria

Vienna’s start-up scene opens again its doors for you: On October 7th the largest event for Vienna-based start-ups, “Gründen in Wien”, offers 80 program items with workshops, advice sessions, networking, open house events, talks, walks and a job fair.

In the run-up to “Gründen in Wien”, the Pitch for Talent-Roadshow takes place from October 3rd to 6th at four Vienna universities. The opening is @TUWien: Innovation Incubation Center is hosting the first live pitching session on October 3rd at Resselpark. Eight TUW-start-ups are pitching for new talents and team members. Let them convince you about their potential as your future employer, support your favorite start-up with your live vote and get the chance for a paid internship! The start-ups with the most votes will be participating in the grand finale on October 7th at “Gründen in Wien” in Neu Marx.

Participating TUW-start-ups at the pitching session and/or the job fair:
byrd, RadiologyExplorer (contextflow GmbH), JustMe, CarToMe, Waltzing Atoms, PredictR (Mantigma GmbH), Cubicure, Xioneer Systems, Blue Danube Robotics, ecosio

See you on October 3rd at Resselpark!

Other pitching sessions are taking place @BOKU Wien (October 4th), @WU Wien (October 5th) and @Universität Wien (October 6th). Don’t miss the Start-up Job Fair and the Pitch for Talent-Roadshow finale on October 7th at Neu Marx! Find out more about the program of “Gründen in Wien” here: www.gruendeninwien.at

Nov
4
Fri
2016
Start-ups in Cambridge, US and Austria and International Financing
Nov 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Start-ups in Cambridge, US and Austria and International Financing

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


Similar to the Silicon Valley in the US, the Silicon Fen in Cambridge became a flourishing start-up cluster with 1,500 high-tech companies in the fields of software, electronics and biotechnology. The start-up scene in Vienna is continuously growing since a few years but there is still need to catch up. What are the main differences between the start-up-ecosystems in Cambridge, the US and in Austria? What are the success factors for an emerging start-up cluster? What role do the mindset of the people and universities play? An essential part of a start-up-ecosystem is the available sources of financing. What different types of funding exist and what advantages and disadvantages should a start-up consider before fund raising? How did the ways of financing change during the last years? What criteria are relevant when evaluating a potential investment from a venture capitalist’s point of view? There are some new technologies that are especially interesting for investors like the internet of things, health sciences and fin-tech. How are they going to change and impact our future? Hermann Hauser, engineer, entrepreneur and one of the most influential and successful venture capital investors in Europe, answers all those questions and shares invaluable stories and his experiences.

More about Hermann Hauser


Dr. Hermann Hauser is an Austrian engineer, computer and venture capital entrepreneur living in Great Britain. He played a central role in the foundation of various enterprises in the British Silicon Valley (Silicon Fen) near Cambridge. As a student, Hauser attended a language school in Cambridge. He studied Physics at the University of Vienna (diploma degree) and in Cambridge, where he earned his PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory. He is probably most well-known for his contribution to the formation of Acorn with Chris Curry in 1978. The company developed personal computers in Great Britain, among others the BBC Micro, which was more successful than Apple in England in the 80’s and brought him the nickname “British Steve Jobs”. Founded with only 100 pounds, the company’s stock market value was 200 million within five years. He co-founded the chip designer ARM, whose technology is in almost all smartphones and tablets and was the biggest competitor of Apple back then. Recently, the company was sold for 28 billion euros. He founded his companies in Cambridge and thus laid the cornerstone for the popularity of technology in this area and the foundation of the British Silicon Valley. Today, the Silicon Fen in Cambridge is a flourishing start-up cluster with 1,500 high-tech companies in the fields of software, electronics and biotechnology. Hermann Hauser also played a dominant role as a venture capitalist in space Cambridge. For this purpose, he founded in 1997 Amadeus Capital Partners to invest in technology companies at all stages. He is the engine of the I.E.C.T. Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge – Tirol and has become a figurehead of successful entrepreneurship.

Jan
19
Thu
2017
How to build an Agile Organization @ Seminar Room Argentinierstraße/Paniglgasse, Ground Floor
Jan 19 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am
How to build an Agile Organization @ Seminar Room Argentinierstraße/Paniglgasse, Ground Floor

How to build an Agile Organization


Everyone and everything is connected. The world has become one giant network where instantly accessible and shareable information rewrites the future as quickly as it can be understood. Fueled by relentless technological innovation, this accelerating connectivity has created an ever-increasing rate of change. As a result, the future is becoming increasingly difficult to predict.
Meanwhile, most organizations still rely on a way of working designed over 100 years ago for the challenges and opportunities of the industrial age. Team structures support routine and static jobs. Siloed, command and control systems enable senior leadership to drive efficiency and predictability at the expense of free information flow, rapid learning, and adaptability.

The tension between organizations optimized for predictability and the unpredictable world they inhabit has reached a breaking point. Organizations are struggling to keep up with their customers. Workers caught between dissatisfied customers and uninspiring leaders are becoming disillusioned and disengaged. Executives caught between discontented investors and disruptive competitors are struggling to find a path forward. And people who want a better world for themselves and their communities are looking to new ambitious organizations to shape our collective future.

We need a new way. Agile Organizations are built to learn and respond rapidly through the open flow of information; encouraging experimentation and learning on rapid cycles; and organizing as a network of employees, customers, and partners motivated by shared purpose.

More about Stefan Ebner


Always an entrepreneur, Stefan Ebner founded his first IT company as an university student. After years of research, his company’s innovation ventures resulted in tribefire, the Data Agility & Digitalization Platform, launched October 2013. With the motto “the courage of being different”, Stefan strives to create a cultural and social impact through the other brands under the Braintribe umbrella (Braintribe Culture and Chaya Fuera).

Feb
24
Fri
2017
i²c Networking Friday 2017 @ Kuppelsaal, TU Wien
Feb 24 all-day

 

PROGRAM
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09:00 Registration & Coffee
 
09:45 Welcome

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter (Director Innovation Incubation Center – i²c – TUW)

10:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

Beyond Digitization: Universities as Drivers or Observers of the Digital Transformation?

Ever since its origin, the idea of the university was not only devoted to describing and explaining the world, but also to exploring new ways of solving problems, of working, living – and thinking. Therefore, it seems natural that the university plays a key role within the digital transformation. While the impact of universities on the transformation is undisputed – many successful entrepreneurs and their high potential employees benefit from their university degrees, it seems that universities are still struggling with finding their role in the new game. For good reasons, they are inspired by Aristotle’s postulate to regard recognition as an end in itself. Therefore, many members of today’s universities do not feel comfortable with entrepreneurship, since it is regarded as being driven primarily by economic motives. However, in recent years, more and more universities realized that the digital transformation offers an excellent opportunity to effectively disseminate foundational ideas of science into society, such as intellectual curiosity and creativity, criticism, rationality and the belief into progress that makes the world a better place. But it is far from trivial to develop an idea of how the university could transform itself to become a driver of the societal transformation – not by sacrificing its roots, but by re-interpreting them in a changing world. Against this background, the panel is aimed at discussing the future role of the university, which includes its relations to other key players such as founders, investors and governments.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Frank

Chair Information Systems and Enterprise Modelling, Univ. Duisburg-Essen

Dr. Ludovit Garzik

Head of Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development

Dr. Tim Hart

Managing Consultant, Isis Enterprise, Oxford University Innovation Ltd.

DI. (FH) Tom Peruzzi, MA

International Interims CxO, Angel-Investor, Lecturer

 

11:30 NETWORKING Lunch
TU Startup & Idea Roadshow
meet&greet researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, industry, public funding agencies
 
13:00 KEYNOTE

Scientific Entrepreneurship: Experiences at University of Oxford – Value and Future Role of Entrepreneurship for Academic Institutions

This session will review the development and experiences of scientific entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford. We will not only draw on our experiences in this field over the last 30 years at Oxford, but also on the last decade of experiences from supporting scientific entrepreneurship activities within academic environments from our consulting work in other parts of the world. We will summarise lessons learnt to date and give our views on the future role and value of entrepreneurship for academic institutions.


Dr. Tim Hart

Managing Consultant, Isis Enterprise, Oxford University Innovation Ltd.

 

 

14:00 i²c StartAcademy PITCH CHALLENGE

Jury Members (in alphabetical order)

DI. Michael Altrichter (Business Angel)
Mag. (FH) Ivana Bacanovic (GIN – Global Incubator Network)
Michael Eisler, MBA (Startup300)
Lisa Fassl, MSc. (Austrian Angel Investment Association –aaia)
Dipl.- BW. Ralf Kunzmann (aws Gründerfonds)
Mag. Markus Lang (Pioneers Ventures)
Mag. Viktor Pasquali (aws JumpStart, aws Business Angel Fund)
Mag. Lucanus Polagnoli (SpeedInvest)
DI. (FH) Mag. Rafael Rasinger (WKO Aussenwirtschaft Austria – go-International)
Mag. Klaus Schatz, MSc. (KPMG Austria)

15:30 AWARD CEREMONY

GoTelAviv – 3 Weeks Accelerator Program TelAviv (go-international/GIN – Global Incubator Network)
Pitch at the Austrian Angel Investment Association – aaia
i²c Award for a High Potential PhD Result (€5000,– realization scholarship sponsored by KPMG) and Work Space in the i²c FounderSpace incl. TUW i²ncubator program)
Ticket for the Pioneers Festival 2017
€1000 in cash (Startup300)

16:00 Wrap-up & Networking
Dr. Birgit Hofreiter (Director Innovation Incubation Center – i²c – TUW)

 

Moderation: Mag. Daniel Cronin (Austrian Startups)

 

SUPPORTERS:

     
Mar
8
Wed
2017
From Silicon Valley to Werksalon Co-Making Space by Antoinette Rhomberg @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Mar 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
From Silicon Valley to Werksalon Co-Making Space by Antoinette Rhomberg @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

Antoinette tells her story about starting her career at a Venture Capital Fund in Austria, reaching out to Silicon Valley and establishing Werksalon Co-Making Space in Vienna, which offers a studio and further education in craft, design and innovation. She will talk about her passion for innovative business models, co-creation and co-making as well as open design. Antoinette will answer the questions what it takes for successful fund raising and why early criticism and rapid error analysis for entrepreneurs is important, not only in the Silicon Valley.

More about Antoinette Rhomberg


Antoinette Rhomberg is a passionate entrepreneur. She is co-founder and CEO of Werksalon, the first and finest Co-Making space for Craft, Art, Design in Vienna. Antoinette is business lecturer at New Design University St. Pölten and other Universities in Austria and runs an innovation and entrepreneurship consulting business since 2011. In 2013 Antoinette successfully raised funds for one of her clients in Silicon Valley. She is well known for solution-oriented and uncomplicated, economic consulting, motivating workshops and innovative talks. Antoinette studied business administration at the University of Economics Vienna and at the University of Maastricht.

Free entry but registration is necessary!

Mar
22
Wed
2017
How to build a developer tool company by Moritz Plassnig @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal
Mar 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
How to build a developer tool company by Moritz Plassnig @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal

Codeship is a startup from Vienna focused on developer tools. It was founded by three people and started out in 2011 with a simple vision: “Build for the builders”. By now, Codeship got thousands of customers, ten thousands of software engineers using their products actively and 30 employees around the world. Building a product for other developers is very fulfilling, but also very different and comes with its own challenges. Moritz will share some of the lessons he learned while building Codeship over the last several years. He will talk about their relocation to Boston in 2013 and participation in the Techstars Accelerator Program, the differences between the US and Austria as well as the challenge to find and manage a team of 30 employees on two continents.

More about Moritz Plassnig


Moritz Plassnig is the co-founder and CEO of Codeship, a developer-tool company with offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Vienna, Austria. Moritz founded Codeship together with Florian Motlik and Manuel Weiss in 2011 with the vision of bringing continuous delivery to every software team. The founding team is originally from Vienna and moved to Boston in early 2013 to take part in the Techstars Accelerator Program. Codeship helps thousands of developers build, test and release the best products imaginable each day. From 2010 to 2012 Moritz was co-founder, CFO & Head of Startup Live, which offers unique event formats creating and growing local startup ecosystems and connecting entrepreneurial minds worldwide.

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.

Apr
5
Wed
2017
Founder & Investor Talk #33 @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal (Staircase I, Ground Floor)
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Founder & Investor Talk #33 @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal (Staircase I, Ground Floor) | Wien | Wien | Austria

Niko Alm, born in Vienna 1975, holds a master’s degree in philosophy and communication science and is founder of the creative agency Super-Fi. The company joined the international media group VICE in 2013, Alm then became CEO for the CEE region. He is also a founding member of NEOS, a new liberal party in Austria, and has been a member of the parliament since 2013. His policy focus areas include economics (with an emphasis on start-ups), media, cultural affairs, internal affairs, net politics and space. Alm himself is also a nano-business angel.

From One-Man-Show to One-Man-Show (to One-Man-Show) by Niko Alm @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
From One-Man-Show to One-Man-Show (to One-Man-Show) by Niko Alm @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal

Niko Alm, born in Vienna 1975, holds a master’s degree in philosophy and communication science and is founder of the creative agency Super-Fi. The company joined the international media group VICE in 2013, Alm then became CEO for the CEE region. He is also a founding member of NEOS, a new liberal party in Austria, and has been a member of the parliament since 2013. His policy focus areas include economics (with an emphasis on start-ups), media, cultural affairs, internal affairs, net politics and space. Alm himself is also a nano-business angel.

More about Niko Alm


Niko Alm founded his first enterprise in 2000 during the last dying breaths of the first internet bubble. Since then he kept a good pace of approx. one new company per year, including the rooting of the international media company VICE to Austria. After a streak of establishing new companies, mergers and acquisitions, he sold most of his shareholdings to VICE and starting investing in all sorts of companies. Niko also helped to bring the new political movement NEOS to parliament and became a member of parliament in 2013. In his talk, Niko tries to find patterns of success of failures of his own ventures in the development of his startups.

Free entry but registration is necessary! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i2c-founder-investor-talk-33-by-niko-alm-tickets-32651967915

Apr
24
Mon
2017
“Public Relations for Start-ups” with Dominik Sinnreich @ Elektrotechnisches Institutsgebäude,4th floor, Seminarroom 384, Room Number: CD0404
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
“Public Relations for Start-ups” with Dominik Sinnreich @ Elektrotechnisches Institutsgebäude,4th floor, Seminarroom 384, Room Number: CD0404 | Wien | Wien | Austria

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“Public Relations for Start-ups” with Dominik Sinnreich, Founder and CEO of Newsroom GmbH


Well-established enterprises have well-established routines: What kind of stories do we communicate? How do we communicate them? When do we communicate them? And they have specialized units that take care of these operations. Start-ups have neither. Media relations for start-ups are not rocket science – they are craftsmanship.

Their big advantage: Large corporations often find their communicators, channels and stories stored and spread in historically grown corporate silos. In contrast to them, start-ups are faster and more mobile. Start-ups are, thanks to their slim structure, predestined to think in stories and narratives rather than in bureaucratic, self-referential and worn-out structures: They are capable of modern storytelling, spontaneous communication and of quickly establishing relations with the media.

In this workshop, you’ll get best practice examples on how to make a story out of your issues, on how to convert these stories into essential content suitable for various channels – with only a small budget. And we’ll discuss some of your individual cases to find solutions for your start-up.

More about Dominik Sinnreich


Dominik Sinnreich is the founder and CEO of Newsroom GmbH- the first Owned Media company in Austria. He designs and produces content for corporations, NGOs, the public sector – and he consults these institutions on implementing corporate newsroom structures. He spent ten years in journalism, working for the Austrian daily „Kurier“ and the current affairs magazine „Report“ (ORF). Most recently, he was head of the politics desk of private TV station „PULS4“. Sinnreich teaches TV journalism and newsroom organization at FHWien University of Applied Sciences and PR for start-ups at APA Campus.

 

Photo © Christian Müller

Apr
26
Wed
2017
The Silicon-Valley-Mindset by Mario Herger @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Silicon-Valley-Mindset by Mario Herger @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal

“Silicon Valley is the most innovative region in the world, with many companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, Uber, Airbnb or Tesla conquering markets and disrupting whole industries in our countries. They also force our legal frameworks to adapt, home grown industries to respond, which we often see as unforeseen changes that threaten us. But how is SiliconValley doing this? Is it the water, the air, or genetic differences? The answer is no, given that from German-speaking countries alone close to 70,000 people live and work here, often in leading positions. The difference is in behaviors that people show. In this talk we will dig deeper into what those behaviors are, how we can show them ourselves, and how we can combine them with our own strengths.

More about Mario Herger


Mario Herger has more than 15 years of experience in corporate innovation in high-tech companies. As a consultant, he is working with them on their digital transformation, intrapreneurship and innovation programs. He is a technology and trend researcher identifying exponential trends. With his inspiration tours for executives in Silicon Valley, where he lives since 2001, he is helping them to understand the mindset and latest trends, guiding them through the network of innovators and entrepreneurs. Mario is an active entrepreneur, educator, mentor and keynote speaker at various conferences and events such as TEDxSanFrancisco, IEEE, Gamification World Asia, etc. He is the author of a dozen books (e.g. “The Silicon Valley Mindset”) and hundreds of blogs and articles including TechCrunch, Forbes or Der Aktionär.

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.

May
10
Wed
2017
How I grew my side project “fastlane” from 0 to tens of thousands users by Felix Krause
May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
How I grew my side project "fastlane" from 0 to tens of thousands users  by Felix Krause

We would like to invite you to the fourth talk of this season on WED, May 10th, 5:30 pm with Felix Krause, who

  • grew his side project “fastlane” from 0 to tens of thousands users
  • sold it at the age of 21 to Twitter
  • is now working on open source mobile developer tools at Google in San Francisco

 

After his talk and the Q&A-session, we invite you for networking accompanied by some free drinks. There is no fee, but registration on Eventbrite is necessary.

More about the talk:


“How I grew my side project “fastlane” from 0 to tens of thousands users”

Felix will talk about how it got started with mobile app development, how he started his first companies before starting “fastlane”, which got acquired by Twitter and later Google. Felix will share lots of little things he learnt on his way, including the differences between Silicon Valley and Austria.

More about Felix Krause


Felix Krause is the creator of fastlane, an open source toolchain for automating iOS and Android releases. After building fastlane during college, it got acquired by Twitter Fabric, and most recently got taken over by Google, where Felix now works full-time on open source mobile developer tools.

Preview of subsequent i²c Founder & Investor Talks 2017:

  • WED, May 17th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.: “From One-Man-Show to One-Man-Show (to One-Man-Show)” with Niko Alm, Founder of Super-Fi, General Counsel of VICE CEE, Nano Business Angel (EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal)
  • WED, May 31st, 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Talk #36 “Minefield of experience: A mixture of success and failure from seven company foundations” with Michael Eisler, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder & CEO at startup300 (EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal)
  • WED, June 21st, 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Talk #37: “The life of an entrepreneur or the thin line between genius & madness” with Selma Prodanovic, Founder & CEO of 1millionstartups.com and Brainswork Group, Co-Founder & Vice President of Austrian Angel Investors Association (EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal)
How I grew my side project “fastlane” from 0 to tens of thousands users by Felix Krause @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
How I grew my side project "fastlane" from 0 to tens of thousands users  by Felix Krause @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

Felix will talk about how it got started with mobile app development, how he started his first companies before starting “fastlane”, which got acquired by Twitter and later Google. Felix will share lots of little things he learnt on his way, including the differences between Silicon Valley and Austria.

More about Felix Krause


Felix Krause is the creator of fastlane, an open source toolchain for automating iOS and Android releases. After building fastlane during college, it got acquired by Twitter Fabric, and most recently got taken over by Google, where Felix now works full-time on open source mobile developer tools.

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.

May
17
Wed
2017
From One-Man-Show to One-Man-Show (to One-Man-Show) by Niko Alm
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
From One-Man-Show to One-Man-Show (to One-Man-Show) by Niko Alm

The next Founder & Investor Talk takes place already next week on WED, May 17th. After we had to reschedule Niko Alm’s talk from April, we are now looking forward to finally welcoming him! Niko Alm

  • founded several companies since 2000
  • brought the international media company VICE to Austria and became CEE CEO
  • is an active nano business angel

After his talk and the Q&A-session, we invite you, as always, for networking accompanied by some free drinks. There is no fee, but registration on Eventbrite is necessary.

More about the talk:


“From One-Man-Show to One-Man-Show (to One-Man-Show)”

Niko Alm founded his first enterprise in 2000 during the last dying breaths of the first internet bubble. Since then he kept a good pace of approx. one new company per year, including the rooting of the international media company VICE to Austria. After a streak of establishing new companies, mergers and acquisitions, he sold most of his shareholdings to VICE and starting investing in all sorts of companies. In his talk, Niko tries to find patterns of success of failures of his own ventures in the development of his startups.

More about Niko Alm


Niko Alm, born in Vienna 1975, holds a master’s degree in philosophy and communication science and is founder of the creative agency Super-Fi. The company joined the international media group VICE in 2013, Alm then became CEO for the CEE region. He is also a founding member of NEOS, a new liberal party in Austria, and was a member of the parliament. His policy focus areas included economics (with an emphasis on start-ups), media, cultural affairs, internal affairs, net politics and space. Alm himself is also a nano-business angel.

Preview of subsequent i²c Founder & Investor Talks 2017:

  • WED, May 31st, 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Talk #36 “Minefield of experience: A mixture of success and failure from seven company foundations” with Michael Eisler, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder & CEO at startup300 (EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal)
  • WED, June 21st, 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Talk #37: “The life of an entrepreneur or the thin line between genius & madness” with Selma Prodanovic, Founder & CEO of 1millionstartups.com and Brainswork Group, Co-Founder & Vice President of Austrian Angel Investors Association (EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal)
From One-Man-Show to One-Man-Show (to One-Man-Show) by Niko Alm @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal (Staircase I, Ground Floor)
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
From One-Man-Show to One-Man-Show (to One-Man-Show) by Niko Alm @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal (Staircase I, Ground Floor) | Wien | Wien | Austria

Niko Alm founded his first enterprise in 2000 during the last dying breaths of the first internet bubble. Since then he kept a good pace of approx. one new company per year, including the rooting of the international media company VICE to Austria. After a streak of establishing new companies, mergers and acquisitions, he sold most of his shareholdings to VICE and starting investing in all sorts of companies. In his talk, Niko tries to find patterns of success of failures of his own ventures in the development of his startups.

More about Niko Alm


Niko Alm, born in Vienna 1975, holds a master’s degree in philosophy and communication science and is founder of the creative agency Super-Fi. The company joined the international media group VICE in 2013, Alm then became CEO for the CEE region. He is also a founding member of NEOS, a new liberal party in Austria, and was a member of the parliament. His policy focus areas included economics (with an emphasis on start-ups), media, cultural affairs, internal affairs, net politics and space. Alm himself is also a nano-business angel.

***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.

May
31
Wed
2017
Minefield of experience: A mixture of success and failure from seven company foundations by Michael Eisler @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal
May 31 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am
Minefield of experience: A mixture of success and failure from seven company foundations by Michael Eisler @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal

With seven company foundations and a mixture of success and failure, Michael is a “minefield of experience” in many areas. In his talk, he will share his learnings of the past 16 years as an entrepreneur and investor. Michael will talk about the challenges of building up a team of 35 employees in his first company DIG, winning the market leadership in eProcurement in Austria and leading an exit. He will give insights into the adventure of his second start-up Wappwolf: From his relocation to Silicon Valley and raising of one million Euro funding to admitting the failure and moving back to Austria. Since then he is dedicated to consult and invest in start-ups. For this reason, he co-founded the business angel-network startup300, which is supporting early-stage start-ups with smart money, knowhow and network.

More about Michael Eisler


Michael is born in 1980 and has been an entrepreneur for the past 16 years. The HTL Leonding graduate has co-founded the company DIG AG, a provider of electronic solutions for eProcurement, at the age of 20 and led the exit in 2011. In 2010 he started the startup Wappwolf (later iBeam.it) in parallel with the DropboxAutomator, a dropbox automation service, generated 150,000 users with a medial wave and received one Million Euro in funding. He lived two years in California before the failure was inevitable. He accompanied Talenthouse, a platform for creatives, in Los Angeles and in 2014 he tried the Talentland for the support of children in Linz. Since March 2015, he has worked as a consultant for startups and is well connected in the startup scene. In December 2015 together with Bernhard Lehner he founded startup300 – home to 100+ business angels and currently 24 startup investments.

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.

Upcoming i²c Founder & Investor Talk with Michael Eisler on May 31st @ 1040 Vienna, Gußhausstr. 25-29, Staircase I, Ground Floo
May 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Upcoming i²c Founder & Investor Talk with Michael Eisler on May 31st @ 1040 Vienna, Gußhausstr. 25-29, Staircase I, Ground Floo

We would like to invite you to the fifth talk of this season on WED, May 31st, 5pm with Michael Eisler, Serial Entrepreneur and Co-Founder & CEO at startup300, who will talk about

  • founding his first company DIG AG at the age of 20 and leading the exit in 2011
  • starting his second company Wappwolf and the DropboxAutomator, raising one million Euro and admitting its failure
  • living in Silicon Valley and why he decided to come back to Austria
  • uniting 100+ business angels and currently 24 start-up investments in his business angel-network startup300

After his talk and the Q&A-session, we invite you for networking accompanied by some free drinks. There is no fee, but registration on Eventbrite is necessary.

More about the talk:


“Minefield of experience: A mixture of success and failure from seven company foundations”

With seven company foundations and a mixture of success and failure, Michael is a “minefield of experience” in many areas. In his talk, he will share his learnings of the past 16 years as an entrepreneur and investor. Michael will talk about the challenges of building up a team of 35 employees in his first company DIG, winning the market leadership in eProcurement in Austria and leading an exit. He will give insights into the adventure of his second start-up Wappwolf: From his relocation to Silicon Valley and raising of one million Euro funding to admitting the failure and moving back to Austria. Since then he is dedicated to consult and invest in start-ups. For this reason, he co-founded the business angel-network startup300, which is supporting early-stage start-ups with smart money, knowhow and network.

More about Michael Eisler


Michael is born in 1980 and has been an entrepreneur for the past 16 years. The HTL Leonding graduate has co-founded the company DIG AG, a provider of electronic solutions for eProcurement, at the age of 20 and led the exit in 2011. In 2010 he started the startup Wappwolf (later iBeam.it) in parallel with the DropboxAutomator, a dropbox automation service, generated 150,000 users with a medial wave and received one Million Euro in funding. He lived two years in California before the failure was inevitable. He accompanied Talenthouse, a platform for creatives, in Los Angeles and in 2014 he tried the Talentland for the support of children in Linz. Since March 2015, he has worked as a consultant for startups and is well connected in the startup scene. In December 2015 together with Bernhard Lehner he founded startup300 – home to 100+ business angels and currently 24 startup investments.

Preview of subsequent i²c Founder & Investor Talks 2017:

  • WED, June 21st, 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Talk #37: “The life of an entrepreneur or the thin line between genius & madness” with Selma Prodanovic, Founder & CEO of 1millionstartups.com and Brainswork Group, Co-Founder & Vice President of Austrian Angel Investors Association (EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal)
Jun
7
Wed
2017
Diploma Supplement on Innovation Demo Day & Alumni Meet-up 2017
Jun 7 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Diploma Supplement on Innovation Demo Day & Alumni Meet-up 2017

The semester’s end is near and on June 7th is was time for the Diploma Supplement on Innovation class 2016 to present their final innovative projects in front of a jury and an invited audience. The students developed their projects during the past summer term (the third and final semester of the curriculum) in the lecture “Innovation Project”, a practical course guiding them from idea to prototype. The Diploma Demo Day was also an opportunity for the alumni of previous classes and the lecturers, mentors and the potential new students of the curriculum to meet up, network and enjoy the location’s unique view over the rooftops of Vienna.

Birgit Hofreiter, director of the Innovation Incubation Center, opened the event with a welcome note. She presented the different i²c programs and services, news and some facts about the Diploma Supplement on Innovation. She also announced that in winter semester 2017/18 we are starting a pilot: The curriculum will be shortened from three to two semesters without reducing the content; a decision resulting from the evaluated feedback collected in previous years. The aim is to increase the effectiveness of the learned theory by applying it in parallel to individual projects, instead of doing so in the third semester. Now they will start developing them already right from the beginning on.

Second on the agenda was an impulse talk by one of our i²c alumni. Markus Holzer, co-founder and  CEO of contextflow, is an alumnus of the Diploma Supplement on Innovation class 2015 and of the StartAcademy 2015 (a three-day bootcamp for TUW-scientists to evaluate the commercialisation potential of their research results). Contextflow is now one of the start-ups in our TUWi²ncubator, with the team working in the i²c FounderSpace. Markus told the audience what happened since he finished the Diploma last year, why everyone should get out of his/her comfort zone and gave advice to everybody willing to found a company.

After his impulse talk, it was time for the highlight of this event – the student’s pitch challenge, moderated by Georg Kuttner, Managing Partner at Startup Live GmbH. The presentations were judged by a jury consisting of start-up ecosystem players named:

–  Thomas Ecker, Senior Investment Manager at tecnet equit
–  Matthias Grabner, Sector Manager Technology &amp; Health at AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA
–  Daniel Horak, Co-Founder and Managing Partner Marketing &amp; Sales at CONDA A
–  Gregor Posch, Start-up Services Representative at Wirtschaftsagentur Wien
–  Tanja Sternbauer, Managing Partner at Startup Live and
–  Bernhard Ungerböck, Associate (Venture Capital) at aws Gründerfonds.

The projects of class 2017 presented were:

1. BookitGreen: The booking platform for sustainable and eco-vacation.
2. Coinnecting: An automated Person-to- Person exchange platform that makes buying and selling Bitcoin more secure.
3. Gift Perfect: We know your wishes, even though you may not.
4. Goodbag: The bag that counts.
5. Michelangelo: Generates Virtual Worlds.
6. Moodship: Find suitable friends for your activity by matching your moods.
7. MyGrams: A pocket size kitchen scale that connects with smartphones and helps diabetics to count carbs more easily.
8. PieDrive: Your explorer for cloud storages
9. SamurAI: A cryptocurrency investment fund, which trades only based on machine learning decisions.
10. Somnu: Helping people to gain healthy sleep, starting with an efficient service to detect sleep apnes in children.

While the jury decided on the winners in different categories, the audience voted for their favorite team in a community voting. We had four winners: BookitGreen won the community voting and received a “Ticket for the Startup Live Linz #1”. Since the jury favored two teams for this prize, the sponsors decided to hand out two tickets and took another team – PieDrive – to the event. SamurAI received a surprise award, which was not announced before: “Participation in the Alpbach Summer School on Entrepreneurship”. Michelangelo was the big winner, who was awarded with four prizes: “Office space at the i²c FounderSpace” and “Acceptance in the TUWi²ncubator” by i²c, “500€ in Cash &amp; Individual IP &amp; Financing Consulting” by tecnet equity and an “Artificial Intelligence Workshop with Dr. Hermann Hauser” by WKO.

It is always a pleasure to see the students taking advantage of and appreciating the offered support by the Innovation Incubation Center. This year, one of the students even sung us a serenade to say thank you. After this surprise, we celebrated the awards and the successful completion of the Diploma Supplement on Innovation of class 2016 with drinks, food, music and a unique view over Vienna.

Congratulations to all the students for their achievements! During the last months, they worked hard on their projects and pitches and they can be proud of their performance at the Demo Day. For the further development of their projects and their entrepreneurial future, we wish them all the best.

Jun
21
Wed
2017
The life of an entrepreneur or the thin line between genius & madness by Selma Prodanovic @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal
Jun 21 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am
The life of an entrepreneur or the thin line between genius & madness by Selma Prodanovic @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal

In this talk, you can expect an experienced-based story about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur told by Startup-Grande-Dame Selma Prodanovic. Selma failed & succeeded in launching her own businesses and in addition supported hundreds of entrepreneurs. The Business Angelina has a portfolio of startup investments, was an investor in the startup TV show “2 minutes – 2 million”, and judged in over 100 investment jury sessions. She lives an extraordinary life where reality often exceeds her dreams.

More about Selma Prodanovic


Selma Prodanovic is an internationally awarded entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is passionate about empowering people and shaping the future. Named Startup-Grande-Dame by the media, she is famous for her influence and her ability to create, develop, and connect business potential. Selma is founder & CEO of 1millionstartups which aims to support the million entrepreneurs who are dedicated to the global challenges of our time. Since she founded the Brainswork Group in 2005, she launched a dozen of “made in brainswork”-brands, supported over 400 startups, and advised global investors, corporates and organizations. She had a major impact on the creative industries, the startup, and the business angel eco-systems in Austria and Europe. As a professional speaker, Selma was over 1000 times on stage sharing her expertise in entrepreneurship, connecting, creativity, innovation, and startups. Media covered her expertise in over 40 countries. For her innovative approach to business and commitment to entrepreneurship and social change, Selma received numerous awards. Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Selma lived in several countries in Europe and North Africa and has been based in Vienna (Austria) since 1991.

Free entry but registration is necessary!

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Upcoming i²c Founder & Investor Talk with Selma Prodanovic on June 21 st
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Upcoming i²c Founder & Investor Talk with Selma Prodanovic on June 21 st

We would like to invite you to the seventh and last talk of this season on WED, June 21 st ,5pm with Selma Prodanovic, passionate entrepreneur &amp; business angelina, who

  • founded 1millionstartups to build a community of 1 million startups creating 1 million solutions
  • supported over 400 startups, CEOs and investors with her consultancy Brainswork
  • is co-founder & vice president of the Austrian Angel Investors Association (AAIA)
  • was an investor in the startup TV show “2 minutes – 2 million” and judged in over 100 investment jury sessions
  • failed & succeeded in launching her own businesses
  • was over 1000 times on stage sharing her expertise and covered in the media in over 40 countries

After his talk and the Q&A-session, we invite you for networking accompanied by some free drinks. There is no fee, but registration on Eventbrite is necessary.

More about the talk:


“The life of an entrepreneur or the thin line between genius & madness”

In this talk, you can expect an experienced-based story about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur told by Startup-Grande- Dame Selma Prodanovic. Selma failed & succeeded in launching her own businesses and in addition supported hundreds of entrepreneurs. The Business Angelina has a portfolio of startup investments, was an investor in the startup TV show “2 minutes – 2 million”, and judged in over 100 investment jury sessions. She lives an extraordinary life where reality often exceeds her dreams.

More about Michael Eisler


Selma Prodanovic is an internationally awarded entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is passionate about empowering people and shaping the future. Named Startup-Grande- Dame by the media, she is famous for her influence and her ability to create, develop, and connect business potential. Selma is founder & CEO of 1millionstartups which aims to support the million entrepreneurs who are dedicated to the global challenges of our time. Since she founded the Brainswork Group in 2005, she launched a dozen of “made in brainswork”-brands, supported over 400 startups, and advised global investors, corporates and organizations. She had a major impact on the creative industries, the startup, and the business angel eco-systems in Austria and Europe. As a professional speaker, Selma was over 1000 times on stage sharing her expertise in entrepreneurship, connecting, creativity, innovation, and startups. Media covered her expertise in over 40 countries. For her innovative approach to business and commitment to entrepreneurship and social change, Selma received numerous awards. Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Selma lived in several countries in Europe and North Africa and has been based in Vienna (Austria) since 1991.

More about the i²c Founder & Investor Talks
The i²c Founder & Investor Talks enable the diverse audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders and investors. They share lessons learned, dos and don’ts during their talks and answer the participants’ questions in interactive Q&A-sessions. The audience benefits from given tips and hints and gets valuable insights into the founder’s as well as the investor’s perspective. The talk series offers the possibility to network with like-minded people in relaxed atmosphere accompanied by some drinks.

The Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) is looking forward to many interested participants!

Sep
26
Tue
2017
Sciencepreneurship: research is done. What’s next? @ Seminar room Floragasse
Sep 26 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sciencepreneurship: research is done. What’s next? – sold out

Do you want to become a sciencepreneur? What does this mean? From traditional to new career paths in the academic world. This workshop will provide basics on how to bring research results and innovative ideas from the lab to the market by shedding a light onto the support you can receive not only recognizing the potential of your innovative research result but also with bringing it to the market. This introductory session will provide an overview of the support (content, services, funding) offered in the Austrian ecosystem and will walk you through the process of academic spin-out on the example of TU Wien.

This workshop is offered by the TUW Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) in collaboration with the Marie Curie Alumni Association Austrian Chapter (MCA3C) and is available free of charge to researchers working at TU Wien and current Marie Curie fellows/Alumni

Keynote Speakers:

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.

Hier gibt es den Nachbericht vom letzten Event.
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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
Mehr Infos: findyourcofounder.com
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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.

Feb
13
Tue
2018
i²c STARTacademy 2018 – the Bootcamp 4 Scientists @ Prechtlsaal TUW
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm
i²c STARTacademy 2018 – the Bootcamp 4 Scientists @ Prechtlsaal TUW | Wien | Wien | Austria

Identifying MARKET OPPORTUNITES for potential SPIN-OUT IDEAS COMING FROM RESEARCH

i²c STARTacademy 2018 – the Bootcamp 4 Scientists

Identify and evaluate market opportunities – this is the first step for scientists who want to transfer their technology/their research results into successful products or services. The i²c STARTacademy supports scientists to develop an initial understanding of research transfer, either in the application or commercialization opportunities of their results. Tools and methods enable scientists to develop a business model and a first financial plan. Our bootcamp helps you identify how to transform your research into a potential spinout.

 

BENEFITS:

  • Your participation is your first step towards a potential spin-out Fellowship application (FFG funding amounting to € 500,000.-)

  • PhD students have the opportunity to qualify for the i²c Award – a high potential PhD scholarship amounting to € 5000, – + workplace in the i²c co-working space incl. participation in the TUW i² incubation program after finishing the PhD,

  • Identify application fields: develop market opportunities for your own technology

  • Business model generation

  • Financial planning: which financing options are available, do they fit your utilization philosophy and what implementation strategy is needed

  • Mentoring from inter- / national coaches, founders, and investors

  • Pitch training: present and communicate your ideas in a short, comprehensible and compelling manner

  • Full access to the i²c Founder and Investor Network

 

TARGET GROUP:

TU Wien scientists and researchers from all disciplines

 

FORMAT:

Bootcamp for maximum 10 teams
The participants work on their own technology

 

DURATION:

3 days intensive training and workshop
Pitch-event with a jury of experts (at the i²c Networking Friday)

 

BOOTCAMP DATE AND LOCATION:

February 13th-15th, 2018
Prechtlsaal
1040 Vienna, Karlsplatz 13

 

COSTS:

Participation is free of charge and limited to 10 projects

LANGUAGE:

English

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please send a brief description of your technology to i2c-app@informatik.tuwien.ac.at by January 14th, 2018 latest. The description should include a short summary of your research result, the names and affiliation of your team members (at least 3 per project), the state of the art and what makes your project unique in the field of application. Additionally, please provide a brief description of your expectations from the program. Workshop language and language of submission is English.

Feb
16
Fri
2018
i²c Networking Friday 2018 @ Kuppelsaal, Tu Wien
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Unter dem Motto „Entrepreneurial University“ veranstaltet das Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) bereits zum 4. Mal den i²c Networking Friday – den jährlichen Innovation Summit der TU Wien. Unser Ziel ist es Forschungsergebnisse, Technologien, Verwertungsvorhaben, Ausgründungen sowie eine intensive Auseinandersetzung mit den Potentialen und Herausforderungen einer Universität der Zukunft in der Öffentlichkeit stärker sichtbar zu machen.

 

Der Innovation Summit ist eine eintägige Veranstaltung im Kuppelsaal der TU Wien. Aus einem ursprünglich reinem Netzwerk-Event, dem i²c Networking Friday, im Anschluß an unsere i²c STARTacademy (einem Verwertungsbootcamp für Wissenschaftler) hervorgegangen, ist dieser Konferenztag zu einem Begegnungsraum mit riesigem Netzwerk-, Investitions- und Kooperationspotential gewachsen.

 

Im letzten Jahr hatten wir 450 Teilnehmer, bestehend aus Vertretern aus Wissenschaft, Industrie, Fördergeber, aber vor allem auch Investoren, sowie Mitglieder der Gründerszene. Einen kleinen Eindruck kannst man im nachfolgenden Image Film here sowie Fotos here gewinnen.

 

 

i²c Networking Friday – TUW Innovation Summit 2018

Freitag, 16. Februar 2018, Kuppelsaal, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien

 

PROGRAMM mit Schwerpunktthema „Entrepreneurial University – Notwendiges Leitmotiv für die Universität der Zukunft oder Bedrohung zentraler Werte von Forschung und Lehre?“

Eine wachsende Zahl von Universitäten in aller Welt setzt auf dedizierte Angebote zur gezielten Förderung von Unternehmensgründungen durch Studierende, Absolventen und Wissenschaftlern. Angesichts der großen wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Bedeutung neuer, oftmals digitaler Geschäftsmodelle sind solche Maßnahmen als sinnvolle Ergänzung zu fachwissenschaftlichen Studiengängen unstrittig. Manche Protagonisten der Startup-Szene, aber auch Vertreter von Hochschulen sind allerdings der Ansicht, dass solche flankierenden Aktivitäten nicht ausreichen, um den Herausforderungen der digitalen Transformation wirksam zu begegnen. Sie fordern nicht weniger als eine Neuausrichtung von Universitäten. Entsprechende Forderungen gehen zunehmend mit dem Schlagwort „Entrepreneurial University“ einher. Auch wenn der Begriff nicht einheitlich verwendet wird, so ist mit ihm zumeist das zentrale Anliegen verbunden Universitäten zu den Keimzellen für die Entwicklung neuartiger Geschäftsmodelle und darauf aufbauender Unternehmensgründungen zu machen. Um dies zu erreichen, wird mitunter vorgeschlagen Wertesystem, Kultur und auch fachwissenschaftliche Lehrinhalte auf dieses Ziel auszurichten. Andere Vorschläge sind weniger radikal und sehen die „Entrepreneurial University“ durchaus in Übereinstimmung mit traditionellen Vorstellungen von Forschung und Lehre. In jedem Fall wird aber gefordert, das dem Thema Unternehmensgründung in der Universität eine zentrale Bedeutung beigemessen wird.

 

Vor diesem Hintergrund stellt sich die Frage, ob Universitäten die Entwicklung hin zu einer „Entrepreneurial University“ vorantreiben sollten – und was genau darunter zu verstehen ist – oder ob es eher angeraten ist, weiter die Bedeutung wissenschaftlicher, mitunter auch „zweckfreier“ Erkenntnis als zentrales Merkmal der Universität zu pflegen, was gewiss nicht ausschließt, die dedizierte Unterstützung für Unternehmensgründer weiter auszubauen. Es liegt auf der Hand, dass die Ansichten hier auseinandergehen. Gleichzeitig erscheint es unstrittig, dass es sich um eine Frage handelt, der sich Universitäten stellen müssen. Deshalb ist der Networking Friday 2018 diesem Thema gewidmet. Die Teilnehmer eines hochkarätig besetzten Podiums werden die Idee der „Entrepreneurial University“ kritisch und konstruktiv aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln betrachten. Darüber hinaus werden auch die Gäste – dies ist mittlerweile eine bewährte Tradition des Networking Friday – Gelegenheit haben, ihre Sicht auf das Thema einzubringen.

 

09:00 Registrierung (mit Frühstück)
10:00 Begrüßung und Einleitung

Rektorat, Direktorin i²c

10:15-10:45 Impulsvortrag „The Entrepreneurial University – Prospects, Challenges, Examples„

(Dr. Arno Meermann: Co-founder and CEO of the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), Director for Business Development at the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre at Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany)

10:45-11:15 Statement zu „Gesellschaftliche und politische Rahmenbedingungen“

von Bundesministerin Dr. Margarete Schramböck

11:15-11:45 Kaffeepause
11:45-12:15 Impulsvortrag „TUM – The Enterpreneurial University“

(Prof. Dr. Florian Matthes: Prof. an der TU München, Mitgründer und Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender der CoreMedia AG und der infoAsset AG mit insgesamt über 160 Mitarbeitern, Gründungsbotschafter der UnternehmerTUM und Beirat mehrerer Start-Up Unternehmen)

Die Technische Universität München hat es sich zum Ziel gesetzt, eine der erfolgreichsten Gründeruniversitäten Europas zu sein. Mit dem umfassenden Handlungskonzept TUMentrepreneurship baut sie ihre Ak¬tivitäten zur Förderung von wachstumsorientierten Gründungen aus. Zusammen mit ihrem An-Institut der UnternehmerTUM GmbH bietet sie ein breites Angebot an Gründungsberatung, Forschung und Qualifizierung sowie ein starkes Netzwerk für Gründerinnen und Gründer.

12:15-13:30 Podiumsdiskussion „The Entrepreneurial University“ – Notwendiges Leitmotiv für die Universität der Zukunft oder Bedrohung zentraler Werte von Forschung und Lehre
“The Entrepreneurial University” – necessary guiding theme of the university of the future or threat to the original core values of an university (research excellence & education)

Prof. Dr. Florian Matthes (TU München)
Dr. Arne Meermann (UIIN Niederlande)
Mag. Werner Wutscher (Austrian Angel Investment Associatin, New Venture Scouting)

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Frank (Universität Duisburg-Essen)

13:30-15:00 Innovation Roadshow & Networking Lunch (Flying Buffet)
Exhibition von TUW Technologien, TUW Spin-Offs, TUW Studenten Startups
15:00-16:00 Innovation Roadshow & Networking Lunch (Flying Buffet)
Exhibition von TUW Technologien, TUW Spin-Offs, TUW Studenten Startups
16:00-16:30 Pause für Jury-Entscheidung
16:30 Pitch Challenge Award Ceremony + Surprise

 

Moderation: Daniel Cronin

 

INVITATION ONLY – Melden Sie sich an!

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Sponsoren

Kooperationspartner
        

***During the event, publicity photos and videos will be taken. By attending the event, you give permission to the TUW Innovation Incubation Center for photographs/videos/sound recordings of you to be captured and used in printed and electronic media, including the internet for research, publication, education, lectures, broadcasting, public performance, displays, and exhibitions or other promotional purposes.

Mar
7
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: “Learnings from mySugr to make your life as a start-up founder suck less” by Fredrik Debong @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: "Learnings from mySugr to make your life as a start-up founder suck less" by Fredrik Debong @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

More about the talk

Success not guaranteed, long hours, uncertain outcomes, probably a severe lack of personal time and vacation – welcome to the life as an entrepreneur. Fredrik Debong has been fortunate to be part of some spectacular adventures over the past 10 years. He experienced both abhorrent failure and fantastic success. The biggest ride was definitely mySugr, a mobile health company with the aim to make diabetes suck less. Currently mySugr engages over 70 people in Vienna as well as in San Diego, USA. The little company is now part of one of the world’s leading diabetes technology companies, Roche. The possibility to see an idea rise at such an early stage and to witness it taking shape to impact the lives of over a million people has truly been fantastic. In his talk, Fredrik will share some of the experiences and insights of this journey so others won’t have to dig their way out of the same holes he had to. Primarily this talk deals with the plane of philosophy and leadership, of focus and people.


More about Fredrik Debong

Fredrik Debong is co-founder and head of Research and Development at mySugr GmbH. His professional roots lie in software development and architecture, a path started in his native city Stockholm in 1996. He was a student of medical computer science at the University of Technology of Vienna (2004-2010). During his studies he helped to start Java Student User Group (later JUGAT) and introduced the concept of start-up hackathons in Vienna. As community relations lead and co-founder of what became pioneers.io (2008-2010), one of Europe’s leading innovation companies, he gained a bloodied tooth regarding entrepreneurship. With mySugr he has been part of turning an idea from a few scribbles into a life changing company, touching the lives of millions who live with diabetes. The Austrian company was acquired by market leading diabetes technology company Roche in 2017.


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.***

Start of the 7th season of the i²c Founder & Investor Talks Series
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm

We gladly announce the upcoming start of the 7th season of the i²c Founder & Investor Talks Series. Over the past six years, the number of participants was growing constantly and we are looking forward to another semester of inspiring talks with great networking opportunities.

The i²c Founder & Investor Talks enable the diverse audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders and investors. They share lessons learned, dos and don’ts during their talks and answer the participants’ questions in interactive Q&A-sessions. The audience benefits from given tips and hints and gets valuable insights into the founder’s as well as the investor’s perspective. The talk series offers the possibility to network with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere accompanied by some drinks. Videos from last year’s talks are available on our Youtube-channel.

OVERVIEW i²c Founder & Investor Talks 2018

 

Register now fot the i²c Founder & Investor Talks: http://bit.ly/2ph7bap

Mar
16
Fri
2018
Press release on seed investment of contextflow
Mar 16 all-day
Press release on seed investment of contextflow

contextflow, a leading provider of artificial intelligence for medical image analysis, today announced a seed financing round led by IST Cube and APEX Ventures. Funds will be used to scale sales and marketing and continued innovation in their core AI technology.

Since 2016, contextflow has been developing next-generation tools in close cooperation with globally recognised radiologists in order to manage their continually increasing workload and to improve patient care. contextflow uses deep learning based technology to analyse medical image data and connected facts, thereby supporting radiologists during their clinical routine with workflow oriented information search.

Markus Holzer, CEO and co-founder of contextflow comments: “We are very excited to have IST Cube and APEX Ventures on board and are looking forward to the next phase of transforming European research outcome to clinical applications and improving patient care. Special thanks to our long term supporters from the TUW i²ncubator and INiTS”.

The round is a co-investment led by IST CUBE with participation from APEX Ventures. IST CUBE is a new venture fund, set up by the Institute of Science and Technology Austria with the aim to provide equity investment and support for science and tech based academic spin-offs and startups. Rupesh Chatwani and Markus Wanko, the managing directors of IST CUBE comment: “We are glad to be able to support the contextflow team as our first investment, which perfectly fits the spirit and objective of IST CUBE”.

APEX Ventures is an early stage company builder fund backing deep tech ventures with a focus on unique and defendable intellectual property. APEX Ventures aims to support science driven startups in their ambition to turn into global leaders in their field and has completed four investments since its founding last year. Andreas Riegler, founding partner of APEX Ventures comments: “We are thrilled to work with the very talented contextflow team and join them on their ambitious path to develop A.I. driven tools to improve patient care.”

contextflow is a spin-off from the Medical University of Vienna and the European research project KHRESMOI, and is supported by BMWFW through aws with JumpStart, PreSeed, seedfinancing, as well as by the Vienna Business Agency.

Inquiries regarding contextflow shall be directed to: Markus Holzer, office@contextflow.com
Inquiries regarding IST CUBE shall be directed to: Markus Wanko, markus.wanko@ist-cube.com
Inquiries regarding Apex Ventures shall be directed to: Andreas Riegler, office@apex-vc.com
homepages:
contextflow – www.contextflow.com
IST Cube – www.ist-cube.com
APEX Ventures – www.apex.ventures
BMWFW – bmbwf.gv.at
KHRESMOI – www.khresmoi.eu

Mar
21
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: “Everyone said it was impossible, but I did not know that and did it” by Andreas Kern @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Mar 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: "Everyone said it was impossible, but I did not know that and did it" by Andreas Kern @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

More about the talk

About 20 years ago, Andreas Kern was one of many with the ambition to start a business, who recognized the triumphant advance of the World Wide Web as their chance. And he was also one of those players in the so-called New Economy who did not survive the bursting of the dotcom bubble in 2000. Today he is convinced that the damage could not be lower. Because only then does he have the necessary experience a few years later to lead an idea with much greater disruptive potential to success with wikifolio.com. That this has been achieved in the long term approves the USP of the “investor revolution”, which is still unchallenged worldwide even after five years. Why interdisciplinary thinking and the combination of technology, marketing and law were key factors for this success is the subject of this talk.


More about Andreas Kern

Prior to founding wikifolio.com in 2012, Andreas Kern gained his professional experience in the Financial and Payment Industries. As COO of paybox Austria GmbH he managed the positive turnaround with revenues of more than 30 Mio. Euro and was co-founder of payolution GmbH, which was successfully sold to Skrill/moneybookers. Andreas Kern studied Mathematics and Computer Sciences, he holds a Master of Science degree in Innovation Management from Johannes Keppler Business School Linz and is certified exchange trader. He believes that “the major innovations of the coming decades will not only be technological but increasingly social innovations. Social trading has the potential to play a major part in this process by democratizing the financial markets.”


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.***

Apr
16
Mon
2018
Workshop: From research to business – what information should a sustainable business plan contain? @ Innovation Incubation Center - i²c (seminar room ground floor)
Apr 16 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This workshop will provide you a step-by-step guide covering what you need to consider along the whole value chain from the identification of the most promising application fields for your technology to the development of a business plan:
– Identification of relevant customer benefits arising from the technology;
– Searching for relevant application fields;
– Analysis of the most promising applications with regards to benefit relevance, strategic fit, market potential, market volume and market growth;
– Development of sustainable business model/business plan.

More about the lecturer

Evgeniia Filippova
Researcher and Lecturer WU Institut for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Evgeniia Filippova is a researcher within Marie-Curie Project STREAM, Smart Sensor Technologies and Training for Radiation Enhanced Applications and Measurements. Within this project, she is responsible for analyzing STREAM technologies with regards to their potential commercial applications and providing entrepreneurial training for scientists from CERN, CIS, TU Berlin, AMS, etc. As a STREAM Researcher, Ms. Filippova is currently employed at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the WU Vienna where she teaches a broad range of courses in entrepreneurship, business modelling and FinTechs. Before joining STREAM and WU Vienna, Ms. Filippova worked at K1 Gründerservice at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena where she supported scientists to transfer their research results into successful business models.
Ms. Filippova holds a Master Degree in Economics and Finance from Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena and fluently speaks four languages.

Note

This workshop is organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien and is for TUW researchers only. There is no fee, but registration is required via http://bit.ly/2GPRVZY

By registering you agree to appear in photographic and video material taken at the event and you allow the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) to use this material for printed and electronic media, including the Internet, for publication, education, lectures, radio, public performances, exhibitions or other promotional purposes.

Apr
25
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: “Bootstrapping – The long road to success” by Peter Steinberger @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: "Bootstrapping - The long road to success" by Peter Steinberger @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

More about the talk

Peter Steinberger will talk about his road from a freelancer to CEO of a successful, growing international company with a deliberate choice of not taking VC money. This talk is about upsides/downsides and many lessions learned, the hard transition from “builder” to “manager”, about teaming up with other people, building a team, core values and strategies how to make a product work that sells B2B.


More about Peter Steinberger

Peter founded and bootstrapped PSPDFKit GmbH in 2011 and has since gradually expanded the company with the goal of providing the highest quality PDF Framework to mobile. While Peter is responsible for the day-to-day management of the team, he never misses the chance to go under PSPDFKit’s hood and continue to improve on the original code he wrote back in 2011. Peter has worked with iOS since the inception of the iPhone and regularly gets invited to speak at various iOS and mobile conferences throughout the world. Prior to PSPDFKit, he worked as a Senior iOS Engineer at a startup in San Francisco and taught iOS and Mac development at the Vienna University of Technology, from which he graduated.”


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.***

Apr
26
Thu
2018
Info-Session on Public Funding & Early-Stage-Financing @ Kontaktraum
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) organizes an info-session on public funding and early-stage financing for students and scientists of TU Wien who want to learn more about the funding and financing opportunities in Austria.

In 30-minutes time slots, the following institutions will present their offer and answer the audience’s questions after the presentation:

Funding institutions:
– Austrian Research Promotion Agency/ Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG)
– Vienna Business Agency/Wirtschaftsagentur
– Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws)

Venture Capital Funds:
– aws Gründerfond
– Tecnet Equity
– Pioneers Ventures

Crowdinvesting platform:
– CONDA Crowdinvesting

If you want to participate, please register for free with a short e-mail to nathalie.koeck@tuwien.ac.at

By registering you agree to appear in photographic and video material taken at the event and you allow the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) to use this material for printed and electronic media, including the Internet, for publication, education, lectures, radio, public performances, exhibitions or other promotional purposes.

May
2
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: “XARION: A laser acoustic sensor start-up. The role of intellectual property” by Balthasar Fischer @ TU Wien, Kontaktraum
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: "XARION: A laser acoustic sensor start-up. The role of intellectual property" by Balthasar Fischer @ TU Wien, Kontaktraum

More about the talk

Since its founding in 2012, XARION has raised several million euros of risk capital and funding. A member of the Porsche family became a shareholder in 2014, the machine tools company TRUMPF invested in 2016. In the same year, XARION has successfully launched its sensor product to the market. XARION employs 20 people. The talk will be presenting several applications where the membrane-free optical microphone has been used, including measurements at CERN. The company’s short history will be told from an inside perspective. A special focus will be put on the role of IP.


More about Balthasar Fischer

Balthasar is a physicist, sound engineer and musician. He is the inventor of the Membrane-free Optical Microphone and has broad experience in R&D and IP Management. Before founding XARION, Balthasar was with Knowles Electronics Austria (formerly PHILIPS) as an R&D acoustics engineer. He received his PhD from the Vienna University of Technology, Photonics Institute, where he also worked as a post-doc scientist. Balthasar holds a Tonmeister degree from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. He studied physics in Fribourg, Switzerland, and Music Engineering in Boston, USA. In the course of his career he has won several awards, including the Dr. Ernst Fehrer Prize and the Leibinger Innovation Award. Balthasar has authored several international patents.


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.***

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.***

Jun
5
Tue
2018
Workshop: A step-by-step guide to gathering competitive intelligence – CANCELED @ Innovation Incubation Center -i²c (seminar room ground floor)
Jun 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

EVENT CANCELED!

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 go4health & Erfolgsfabrik

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.

Note

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

By registering you agree to appear in photographic and video material taken at the event and you allow the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) to use this material for printed and electronic media, including the Internet, for publication, education, lectures, radio, public performances, exhibitions or other promotional purposes.

Jun
6
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: “Lessons learned while scaling a B2D start-up from Austria” by Christopher Müller @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Jun 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: "Lessons learned while scaling a B2D start-up from Austria" by Christopher Müller @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

More about the talk

Scaling a company from Austria is not easy. Finding product market fit, attracting VC funding, entering different markets like the US, APAC, LATAM etc. needs some special tactics. In his talk, Christopher Müller will describe how the Bitmovin team found its bridgehead into the market and what mistakes they made. He will give insights into their start as a research project at the university in Carinthia, how they raised millions of dollars in the US and established Bitmovin as a successful company in Silicon Valley with currently more than 65 employees worldwide and offices in San Francisco, New York, Vienna, Berlin and Klagenfurt.


More about Christopher Müller

Christopher Mueller is the CTO and Co-Founder of Bitmovin, a multimedia technology company providing adaptive streaming infrastructure for video publishers and integrators. He leads Bitmovin’s long-term technology vision and is responsible for overseeing product development, industry thought leadership and advanced technology incubations. Christopher published more than 40 research papers in the areas of multimedia streaming, networking and multimedia adaptation and currently holds several U.S. patents. He co-created the MPEG-DASH video streaming standard which is used by Netflix and Youtube. MPEG-DASH alone accounts for 50% of the total internet traffic in North America at peak times. Christopher is the author of the MPEG-DASH reference software libdash and a contributor to multiple open source projects.


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.***

Jun
20
Wed
2018
i²c Curriculum DEMO DAY 2018 @ TUtheSky
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
i²c Curriculum DEMO DAY 2018 @ TUtheSky | Wien | Wien | Austria

i²c Curriculum DEMO DAY 2018

On June 20th 2018, the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) TU Wien invited everybody, who is interested in innovation projects coming from TU Wien, to the i²c Curriculum Demo Day at TUtheSky – the pitch challenge of the i²c Curriculum batch #6, where 12 student-teams were competing for pre-seed prizes.

 

About the i²c Curriculum

The supplementary curriculum offered by the i²c provides a premium, hands-on education on intra- and entrepreneurship for TU Wien-students of all faculties. Within two semesters, a selected group of students receives input and mentoring in all relevant topics preparing them for a company foundation or a career in corporate innovation management. Under the close guidance of experienced mentors, the students shape innovative ideas and implement the lessons learned in their own projects. The result of one-year supplementary education is presented to a jury of investors and community experts at the final pitch challenge – the Demo Day.

 

 

Welcome Note and Alumni Impulse Talk

Birgit Hofreiter, director of the i²c, and Nathalie Köck, Program Manager of the i²c Curriculum, opened the event with a welcome note. The event was moderated by Daniel Cronin, who handed over the microphone afterward to Christoph Krofitsch, alumnus of the curriculum batch #4 and Co-founder & COO of byrd technologies. In his alumni impulse talk, Christoph shared his “Success Story Byrd: From University Project to Logistic Start-up of the Year 2017 – About Pivoting, Expanding and Disrupting the Logistics Industry”. He gave many exciting and entertaining insights into their last years’ process from i²c project to internationally successful start-up.

 

The Pitch Challenge: Jury + Projects

Next on the agenda was the highlight of the evening: The pitch challenge of the batch #6 projects. The students pitched in front of the critical eyes of the early-stage investors Thomas Ecker, Senior Investment Manager at tecnet equity and Markus Lang, Managing Director of Pioneers Ventures Other jury members were the community experts Gabriele Tatzberger, Head of Start-up Services at the Vienna Business Agency, Katja Müller-Happe, Project Manager Innovationsradar at Außenwirtschaft Austria and Marlis Baurecht, Director Entrepreneurship, Property Rights and Seed Finance at the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws). The sixth jury member was Birgit Hofreiter, Director of the i²c and CEO of the TUWi²ncubator.

 

The following 12 projects from class 2017 were participating in the pitch challenge:

  1. ARIOT: ARIOT helps companies to save time in managing their buildings by providing easy access to all relevant building data of different systems in one coherent dashboard.
  2. FlashMail: Flashmail makes dealing with your daily e-mail fast and stress free.
  3. Intrsts: Intrsts is an app, which helps young people to find their interests and educational offerings by swiping through facts of different knowledge areas.
  4. nuDB: nuDB is a cloud platform that helps small businesses to manage customer data and projects.
  5. RegioVeritas: RegioVeritas shows what the vineyard really needs.
  6. ShareMotions: ShareMotions creates your personalized marathon video with zero effort.
  7. Simply Good Topos: Simply Good Topos is a digital rock climbing guide, supporting route builders.
  8. SMART LIGHTS: SMART LIGHTS offers a smart city IoT controller that saves energy, money and takes care of the environment.
  9. io: tandlr.io is a friendly chatbot who helps you find the best products.
  10. Turbulence Solutions: Turbulence Solutions is making flights turbulence-free.
  11. Weed2Vapor: Weed2Vapor produces the vaporizer for the early majority of legal cannabis consumers.
  12. WITIT: WITIT is an adaptive learning platform, which enables teachers to help their students achieve maximum of their learning abilities.

One of the students of class 2017, Roland Prinz, summarized the last year as follows: “It was an awesome year, we learned a lot and we will definitely never forget it. We started with our ideas, we had a seminar regarding creativity and idea generation in the beginning. After that, everyone selected a project, team members joined and we turned out to be 12 different teams with reasonable ideas to build a start-up with. Today was the big day of presenting them and I hope everybody liked the results!”

 

The Pitch Challenge Winners

The jury indeed liked the results and awarded the best teams with special prizes. Here are the winners:

  • Simply Good Topos won the “10h Individual Face-2-Face Expansion Coaching for Start-ups” sponsored by the Vienna Business Agency and the “Acceptance into the TUWi²ncubator incl. Office Space at the i²c FounderSpace”.
  • RegioVeritas received also two awards: “Investment Mentoring Session & Fast Lane To Pioneers Ventures” from the early-stage investor and the “Participation in the Alpbach Summer School on Entrepreneurship” sponsored by i²c.
  • ARIOT was awarded with the “Wildcard for the aws First Startup Camp and free IP-Coaching Session with our Experts” by Austria Wirtschaftsservice.
  • io won a ticket for a “Blockchain Workshop – Convergence of Future Technologies Blockchain, AI and IoT” sponsored by WKO.
  • Turbulence Solutions received the award “500 in Cash & Individual IP & Financing Consulting” by Tecnet Equity.

 

We asked the jury members how they liked the pitch challenge and here is what they said:

  • Markus Lang, Managing Director of Pioneers Ventures: “Having been amongst the first investors in three i²c companies, it is super cool for us to be back every year and to see what happened with the last class. It is always amazing how tech-heavy the solutions are. For us, as tech-focused investor, this is crucial. Also, the quality of the pitches increases year over year – apparently you are doing a great job here.”
  • Gabriele Tatzberger, Head of Start-up Services at the Vienna Business Agency: “As we heard today, there are so many good technologies and good teams that are supported very well by i²c. I’m always happy to be here and i²c is doing an amazing job.”
  • Marlis Baurecht, Director Entrepreneurship, Property Rights and Seed Finance Austria Wirtschaftsservice: “It were fantastic pitches today, I really enjoyed the highly motivated teams.”

Congratulations to all teams for their great performance! It was an intensive but instructive year and all students can be proud of their development. We will for sure hear more about their projects in the near future.

Thanks to our cooperation partners Vienna Business Agency and Austria Wirtschaftsservice, our award sponsors Außenwirtschaft Austria, Pioneers Ventures and tecnet equity and to all our guests, who made this evening so special! We are already looking forward to next year!

Nov
21
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #43 – TUW Alumni Edition: “A serial entrepreneuse – Ask her anything!” by Barbara Ondrisek @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Nov 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

Barbara Ondrisek will talk about her road from a freelancer to CEO of a successful company. This talk is about upsides/downsides and many lessons learned, the transition from being an engineer to a manager, about teaming up with other people, building a team, core values and strategies how to make a company work.


Biography

Dr. Barbara Ondrisek is an entrepreneur, public speaker and enthusiastic software developer with more than 17 years professional experience. At the TU Wien she wrote her dissertation about IT-security of e-voting. With Mica, the Hipster Cat Bot, a chatbot that helps you discover hip places, she created one of the first chatbots on the Facebook Messenger and Skype platforms worldwide. With its success she founded the Chatbots Agency. She is also a community person and co-organized the BotBarcamp, a two days event & hackathon about AI, chatbots, Machine Learning in Vienna. She also co-organized monthly meetups such as “Geek Girl Dinner”, “BotsHub” and “Facebook Developer Circle” in Vienna. She recently co-founded Women&&Code, a non-profit initiative to teach women* to program in Vienna.


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.***

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.***

Dec
19
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #44 – TUW Alumni Edition: “From Lab to World Market Leadership” by Johannes Homa @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

Lithoz is system provider for additive manufacturing of high-performance ceramics and is a spin-off of the TU Wien. Johannes Benedikt and Johannes Homa have developed the technology during their PhD time at the TU Wien and founded Lithoz in 2011. They have developed Lithoz from an university spin-off to the innovation and world market leader. Lithoz employs today 60 people in Vienna and Troy, NYS, USA. Johannes Homa will tell the story and show how it is possible to build up a company without investors.


Biography

Dr. Johannes Homa holds a PhD in materials science from the Vienna University of Technology and has worked in additive manufacturing since 2003. He is co-founder and managing director of Lithoz GmbH (www.lithoz.com), the world leader in additive manufacturing of advanced ceramics. He also co-founded the company Cubicure GmbH (www.cubicure.com), which deals with the development and marketing of machines and materials in the field of lithographic high-performance plastics. In addition, Dr. Homa is on the board of directors of an American company and is also president and founder of the initiative AM Austria (www.am-austria.com). He is the technical director of the Austrian 3D Printing Forum (https://www.3d-printing-forum.at) and co-inventor of several patents and author of numerous publications in the field of additive manufacturing.


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.***

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.***

Jan
16
Wed
2019
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #45 – TUW Alumni Edition: “3 Start-ups, 3 Different Outcomes ” by Nicholas Trieb @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Jan 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

Starting and scaling companies is probably one of the most difficult experiences you will ever have in your life. Nicholas Trieb, a TU Wien Alumni, has first-hand experience of failure (losing a startup before even starting), successfully exiting the startup tripwolf, and helping lead TourRadar to a $50 million dollar investment and scaling the company to over 200 people in 3 different office locations (Vienna, Toronto and Brisbane). In his talk, Nicholas will discuss his journey, key lessons learned and how important it is to pivot to new directions fast to help successfully grow your company.


Biography

Nicholas Trieb was born in Vienna, Austria and grew up in Austria, Costa Rica and the United States. He holds a Masters (with distinction) in Computer Science from the Technical University of Vienna and spent the year between his Bachelors and his Masters in India working for the 4th-largest Indian IT consulting firm (Satyam Computer Services). After his studies he spent a year at the consulting firm Capgemini before co-founding tripwolf and successfully selling the company to a renowned German publishing house. Over the past 4 years Nicholas was the COO of TourRadar helping lead the company to its $50m dollar Series C investment and growing the company to 200+ people in 3 office locations (Vienna, Toronto, Brisbane). As chief operating officer, Nicholas is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations at TourRadar, with a special focus on the product & technical side of the company.

 


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.***

Feb
22
Fri
2019
i²c Networking Friday 2019 @ TU Wien Kuppelsaal
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The i2c Networking Friday is the “Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit” of the TU Wien. It offers the unique opportunity to get in contact with an entrepreneurial interested audience consisting of scientists, students, industry representatives, investors, funding agencies and enthusiasts of the startup ecosystem and to network cross-disciplinary.

 

PROGRAM (bilingual event)

08:30 – 10:00 Registration (including breakfast)

 

10:00 – 10:15
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Prof. DI Dr.techn. Johannes Fröhlich, Vice Rector Research & Innovation TU Wien
Dr. Birgit Hofreiter (Director Innovation Incubation Center – i²c TU Wien)
10:15 – 10:25 Statement „3 Gründe für die Förderung eines Gründer-Ökosystem an der TU Wien“

Mag. Marlis Baurecht (Geschäftsfeldleiterin Innovation, aws)
10:30 – 11:00 Talk „The Stanford Entrepreneurial Spirit and Its Role in the Silicon Valley Ecosystem“

Dr. Karin Immergluck (Executive Director Stanford Office of Technology Licensing)

Stanford’s entrepreneurial spirit began as early as the 1951, when it established the Stanford Industrial Park and its first startup, Varian, moved in. That moment is generally coined as the birth of Silicon Valley. Currently, over 40,000 active companies can trace their roots to Stanford. What happened in between is the result of the snowballing interactions between the faculty and students of the University, and the Silicon Valley companies that they have started.

11:00 – 12:15
Panel Discussion „Business models at the limit of the technically feasible – The role of universities in assessing economical and societal risks of innovation“

Like every year, the first part of this tripartite event as regards content focuses on a relevant topic in the context of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. While the assessment of the market potential of an innovation can be supported by well-known approaches to market research, the assessment of the technical feasibility is much more difficult. This applies in particular to innovations that are presented as a result of new scientific findings. The assessment of new scientific knowledge can be very difficult and thus, can lead to significant misjudgments.
Most recently the case of the initially very successful start-up of the American founder Elizabeth Holmes (Founder and ex-CEO of Theranos), shows that this is not a marginal problem. Who else except of universities or high profile research institutes possess the expertise necessary in order to assess the feasibility of innovation based on latest not yet established research results?

 


Dr. Johannes Adler
Senior Investor, eQventures

Mag. Michael Hirschbrich
Updatemi Inc.

Dr. Karin Immergluck
Stanford University

Mag.iur. Peter Karg
TU Wien

Ao.Univ.Prof. DI Dr.techn.
Robert Sablatnig
TU Wien
 

12:15 – 13:45

 

Innovation Roadshow & Networking Lunch (Flying Buffet)
Exhibition of TUW Technologies, TUW Spin-Offs, TUW Student Projects

The second part of the event is dedicated to the exhibition of outstanding TU Wien innovations. TU Wien scientists and students will exhibit their patents, research results, research work, and spin-outs/startups. Thus, important contacts for the next steps in the individual endeavor can be made. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and food while networking.

This year we cover domains like state of the art curing technologies, passive arm-exoskeletons with optional gravity support, sustainable, standing wave technology, construction technologies for bridge and structural engineering, rapid and cost-effective DNA extraction from bacteria, methods for measuring physical and chemical composition in process streams, 3D digitalization of real places, secure architectures for smart grid operations, nanoelectromechanical systems for highly sensitive infrared and terahertz radiation detection, turbulence suppressing program, EdTech, BioTech, 3D printing

13:45 – 14:45 i²c STARTacademy Pitch Challenge
In the afternoon, the projects of the STARTacademy 2019, the start-up bootcamp for scientific spin-outs, recently awarded the European Enterprise Promotion Award, will be pitching their developed business models to a prestigious jury for the first time and compete for prizes totaling € 30,000. Afterward, we will celebrate together with the awarded winners in a relaxed finale.
 

14:45 – 15:00

 

Science Slam (Pause für Jury-Entscheidung)

15:00 – 15:30 Pitch Challenge Award Ceremony
Moderation: Daniel Cronin

 

Supported by

 

Please note the limited number of participants! Registrations will be ranked according to their arrival.

***Note: 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.***

Mar
6
Wed
2019
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #46: “”…and then we were called a unicorn.” – The 3 secrets to succeed as a start-up” @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal, Ground Floor, TU Wien
Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

“Ideas don’t make you rich. The correct execution of ideas does.” is a famous quote by billionaire Felix Dennis. Most young entrepreneurs are driven by the great passion for their ideas, some love the vibrant spirit of a startup-culture and a few just want to become super-wealthy very quickly. Who of them will succeed, who of them will fail? How to balance product, sales, team, financing,…? Wolfgang Platz, founder of Tricentis, shares his experiences and findings on the way to build an Austrian unicorn.


More about Wolfgang Platz

Wolfgang Platz brings over 20 years of technology experience to Tricentis. Wolfgang founded Tricentis in 2008 as a testing consultancy and laid the cornerstone for the development of our enterprise software testing product, Tricentis Tosca. Today, he is responsible for global product management, R&D and delivery of product-related support and services to our customers. Prior to Tricentis, Wolfgang was at Capgemini as a group head of IT development for one of the world’s largest IT insurance-development projects. There, he was responsible for architecture and implementation of life insurance policies and project management for several projects in banks. Wolfgang holds a Master’s degree in Technical Physics as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Technology.

 


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.***

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.

Mar
20
Wed
2019
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #47: “Fail fast. Fail forward. Not really.” by Dejan Stojanovic @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal, Ground Floor, TU Wien
Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

Dejan Stojanovic will talk about his journey of leaving a promising career in a corporate and law firm and creating his own entrepreneurial world. He will share the fuckups and learnings he took away from founding his first start-up crowd-o-moto. Dejan will reveal his experiences in the Silicon Valley and why he thinks we could do much better than the Americans. Furthermore, he is going to explain the reasons he founded the Fuckup Nights Vienna and give insights into the biggest failures from young entrepreneurs as well as big corporates.


More about Dejan Stojanovic

Dejan is a passionate entrepreneur and supporter of the Austrian startup ecosystem. His personal conviction that failure is the mother of innovation, motivated him to start and host the Austrian version of “Fuckup Nights.” This groundbreaking series of events introduces the U.S. perspective of a healthier startup and business culture, where business failure stories are publicly shared and questioned while the learning effects are celebrated. Due to his extensive experience in entrepreneurship and error culture, Dejan has landed coverage in different print and broadcast outlets in Austria while also being invited to give speeches at venues such as TEDx Klagenfurt, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, BMW Startup Garage and Urban Future Global Conference. Dejan holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Vienna.


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.***

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.

i²c Founder & Investor Talk #48: “Runtastic: From start-up to grown-up, from founder to business angel” by Alfred Luger (Runtastic) @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Apr 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #48: "Runtastic: From start-up to grown-up, from founder to business angel" by Alfred Luger (Runtastic) @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

Runtastic is one of the world’s number one health and fitness apps and managed to put Austria on the big-money tech acquisitions map after they were acquired by sportswear brand Adidas Group for €220 Mio. The idea for Runtastic was born in 2009 during a college project and developed into the running app for leisure athletes by the four co-founders, René Giretzlehner, Florian Gschwandtner, Christian Kaar, and Alfred Luger and since then they have been focusing on accompanying and supporting the users on their journey to a better, healthier and more conscious lifestyle. In 2013 the German media corporation Axel Springer acquired 50.1% shares at a valuation of 22 Mio. Today Runtastic encompasses over 23 nationalities and 110 employees and has a mix of software (apps) and hardware products.

As COO and co-founder of Runtastic, Alfred Luger, in addition to managing the company finances and HR topics, is also responsible for all Marketing topics and organizational development at Runtastic. Recently he joined the digital management team at adidas together with his co-founder Christian.

In his talk Alfred will touch topics like the startup & acquisition phases they underwent with Runtastic, his learnings as a founder and then manager and since he is also acting as a business angel (e.g. tractive, linemetrics, cleen energy mimo) and investor in the startup community (e.g. Startup 300, Speedinvest, capital 300) his learnings as an active business angel and investor.

 

 

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.***

May
6
Mon
2019
INFO EVENT i²c Extended Studies on Innovation @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

At this info event you will learn more about the Extended Studies on Innovation offered by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) of TU Wien. The Extended Studies on Innovation is an international supplementary curriculum providing a premium, hands-on education on intra- und entrepreneurship for bachelor/master/PhD students of TU Wien.

The Extended Studies on Innovation is designed for you if …

  • … you have an innovative (business) idea but no clue how to realize it
  • … you are interested in bringing your research or (seminar) project result to market
  • … you want to learn more about intra- and entrepreneurship
  • … you want to found your own company or work in the corporate innovation field

In the curriculum you will …

  • … get trained in innovation management, creative idea generation, design thinking, business modelling, finances (national and international), legal issues (business law, intellectual property rights, patent right and research, licensing), teambuilding, leadership, conflict management, human resources, marketing, sales, PR, pitching and more
  • … generate and shape your own innovative idea
  • … implement the “lessons learned” in your own project
  • … have access to our inter-/national network of lecturers, mentors, founders, investors, industry and science partners and i²c alumni
  • … work together with like-minded students from different backgrounds in interdisciplinary teams
  • … get the chance to be accepted into the TUW i²ncubator to further develop your project

Facts

Duration: October 2019 – June 2020 (two semesters)
Language: English
Total workload: 30 ECTS
Group size: max. 25 students
Format: Part-time (evening and weekend lectures)
Format of lectures: Input-sessions, individual and group exercises, discussions, presentations, workshops, events, excursions and outdoor seminars

Application

  1. Check out the detailed application process online
  2. Send your application to application@i2c.tuwien.ac.at

Application Deadline: May 26th 2019

Questions?

Contact the i2c office via e-mail (office@i2c.tuwien.ac.at) or phone (+43-1-58801-406671).

May
15
Wed
2019
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #49: “From pitch to investment and beyond – our experiences with founders and co-investors” @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal, Ground Floor, TU Wien
May 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

If you watch the various pitching shows on TV, you could get the feeling that an investment in a start-up is fixed after 5 minutes. Or even not. Investors don’t need any longer to make their decision. Start-ups don’t anyway. Everybody likes each other. Believes in the idea. Ask a few questions about figures and the market. Agrees on shares and price. And everything is “paletti”. Until the big exit all positive and friendly. On the contrary, our experience says so: Bullshit. Before the investment and after the investment there are various hurdles to overcome which need time & patience. Let´s talk about them.


More about Karin Kreutzer and Stefan Artner

Karin Kreutzer, MAS is the founder and CEO of AUBMES Invest GmbH, startup investor/business angelina and communication expert. Since 2015 she is active in the startup scene (investor, business angel, columnist) and has 25 years of joyful commitment to communication management (PR, advertising, coaching). Prior to that she spent many years in leading functions in large and medium-sized companies (Aral, Grundig, Generali), since 2002 she is self-employed (until 2017 owner and CEO of the pr agency konzept pr). She holds a Master of Advanced Studies (PR) and is a certified business coach and advertising consultant/intermediary. She is author of several publications. AUBMES Invest GmbH is currently invested in 8 startups and in the SpeedInvest industry fund.

MMag. Stefan Artner, MRICS, is the founder and CEO of AUBMES Invest GmbH, startup investor/business angel and attorney-at-law. Since two decades he is active as lawyer for national and international clients (partner and head of the real estate practice group at DORDA: real estate, M&A, corporate law). Since 2015 he is also active in the startup scene (investor, business angel, advisor). He holds a law degree from the University of Vienna, an economics degree from the Vienna University of Business and studied International Property Valuation at the European Business School. He is holding lectures at University of Vienna and Danube University Krems and he is author of several expert publications on real estate law and corporate law.


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.***

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.

May
21
Tue
2019
Your checklist for company foundation @ Innovation Incubation Center
May 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Your checklist for company foundation @ Innovation Incubation Center

This workshop will focus on the overall process of setting up a business in Vienna. What are the forms of business entities, their advantages and disadvantages and what are the steps and documents needed to register your company.  Learn what is a shareholder agreement, when should you sign it and discover the rules and regulations you should follow when founding a company.

 

About the lecturer:

Wolfgang Graf

Partner Graf Patsch Taucher (since 2004) admitted as attorney-at-law both in Austria and New York

Dr. Wolfgang Graf  is an attorney-at-law in the Viennese law firm Graf Patsch Taucher. Mr. Graf holds degrees from the University of Vienna law school (Mag. iur. Dr. iur.) and the Pennsylvania State University (LL.M.). He is admitted to practice law both in Austria and N.Y. Mr. Graf specializes mainly in corporate and mergers & acquisitions. He is a lecturer at the University for Applied Sciences Wr. Neustadt and author of a book on data protection law and several articles on corporate law. Mr. Graf is vice-president of the “Institute for Forensic Analysis”, a private institute analyzing capital market related publications and the prevention of business and capital markets related white collar crime.

May
29
Wed
2019
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #50: From Parking Spots to BioDrones (and back) by Christian Adelsberger (CEO & Founder of Parkbob) @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal, Ground Floor, TU Wien
May 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #50: From Parking Spots to BioDrones (and back) by Christian Adelsberger (CEO & Founder of Parkbob) @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal, Ground Floor, TU Wien

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 free drinks.

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“From Parking Spots to BioDrones (and back)

Parkbob organizes the world’s parking-related data and transforms it into actionable information to enable better mobility decisions. They are a VC-funded, quickly growing startup founded in 2015 with an international team that thinks and acts globally. CEO Christian Adelsberger gained a lot of experience in while working for Google, Yahoo and Skype. With Parkbob, he took the leap into self-employment. Today, Parkbob has raised a total of €850K in funding over 2 rounds, has over 1,121 monthly app downloads and an estimated annual revenue of $3.2M.

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*** 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.***

Jun
4
Tue
2019
How Product Thinking helps to turn Inventions into Products @ Kontaktraum
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The success of any valuable product is not just a function of its efficacy, but of a complex business operation influenced by the interaction of the product with users and customers. That being said, the process of turning a new scientific solution into a product is rarely straightforward. Simple practices and linear processes don’t do it’s justice – they regularly lead to false assessments, failure, and frustration. Product Thinking is a mindset and methodology that addresses this situation. It treats product innovation as a complex system and aims to maximize its positive impact on all stakeholders. The Product Field helps you with that: It’s a model, a canvas and a toolbox to develop better products and increase your capacity for innovation. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the Product Field’s core ideas and learn how to use it to augment and enhance our Product Thinking and persistently improve collaboration.

After the workshop you’ll be able to:

– navigate the context your product will be build and used in
– methodically hone the value proposition of your product
– identify risks and potential for improvement

About the lecturer:

Peter Frahm (Head of Innovation at Deutsche Presse-Agentur)

KP Frahm is a husband and father from Hamburg, Germany. He is Head of Innovation at DPA, the leading German news agency. Since the start of his professional career in 1995, he has been building products in various roles, such as product manager, product executive, product coach, co-founder, consultant, and CTO. In addition to his day-to-day work, KP is always dedicated to at least one side-project at a time. Recently, he has co-created the Product Field, a cognitive medium for product innovation.

 

 

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.***

Jun
17
Mon
2019
i²c Curriculum DEMO DAY @ TUtheSky
Jun 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Pitch Challenge of the i²c Curriculum batch #7 projects – 12 projects competing for pre-seed prizes

Come and join us for an entertaining evening & sunset above the rooftops of Vienna:

  • i²c alumni impulse talk: “How I turned my dissertation into a Startup – The story of Prewave” by Lisa Smith, alumna of curriculum batch #4, Co-founder & Managing Director Prewave

(Lisa Smith, was awarded the ‘Unternehmerinnen Award 2019’ in the category Innovation and received the i²c Award, a 5 months scholarship granted to PhDs with a high potential research result for spinning out.)

  • Pitch challenge batch #7
  • Award ceremony
  • Networking, buffet, drinks, music, and fun guaranteed

 

About the i²c Curriculum:

The Extended Studies on Innovation offered by the TU Wien Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) provides a premium, hands-on education on intra- and entrepreneurship for TU Wien-students of all faculties. Within two semesters, a selected group of students receives input and mentoring in all relevant topics preparing them for a company foundation or a career in corporate innovation management. Under the close guidance of experienced mentors, the students shape innovative ideas and implement the lessons learned in their own projects. The results of one-year supplementary education is presented to a jury of community experts at the final pitch challenge.

Come and join us for an entertaining evening in a nice atmosphere where you gain a first-hand impression of the current batch projects and student teams. After the pitch challenge, we invite you for networking accompanied by snacks and drinks to connect with entrepreneurs, young talents, (future) founders, alumni, lecturers, investors and other members of the i²c community – all in a unique location above the city’s rooftops.

 

PROGRAM

17:00-17:30   Registration & Drinks

17:30-17:45   Welcome Note 

 
Univ.Prof. Dipl.Ing. Dr. Kurt Matyas
Vice Rector for Academic Affairs
Mag. Dr. Birgit Hofreiter
Director Innovation Incubation Center –i²c

17:45-18:00   i²c Alumni Impulse Talk

“How I turned my dissertation into a Startup – The story of Prewave” by Lisa Smith, alumna of curriculum batch #4, Co-founder & Managing Director Prewave

18:00-19:30  Batch#7 Pitch-Challenge 

Jury members:

19:30-19:50    Community Voting and Jury Decision

19:55-20:10    Award Ceremony 

20:15-22:00   Networking

 

We are looking forward to seeing you on June 17th, 2019 at TUtheSky!

 

Please note: Tickets are limited. Registration is required.