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.

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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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

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

 

PROGRAM
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
 

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:

     
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

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:

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.

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
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.

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.

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.***

 

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

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

Being a first-time founder has its blessings and its courses. During this session, we want to talk about the realistic goals of embarking on the exciting and challenging journey of starting your first business. Especially if you have been working in the academia for the past years and you want right now to make the leap and start your own company based on your research results, you will have a better experience starting a spinout if you are armed with some expectations about your likely journey. Spinning-out requires a clear time and usually also money commitment, and its success highly depends on the founder team’s passion, irrational optimism and deep faith the technology they’ve developed. From writing their first business plan to their first investment and scaling up, 4 founders from 4 different TU Wien- affiliated companies in different stages share their experience with transforming their research into successful products or services.

 

 Andras Gallffy (Turbulence Solutions)

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

 

 

Denise Mandt (upnano)

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

 

 

 

Wieland Reichelt (Evologic Technologies)

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

 

Lisa Smith (Prewave)

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

 

 

Note:

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

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

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

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

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

At the end of the workshop you will:

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

 

Lecturer:

Werner Wutscher

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

 

NOTE:

During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the TUW Innovation Incubation team at the registration in case you do not agree with appearing in this material.

The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c for printed and electronic media, including the Internet, for publication, education, lectures, radio, public performances, exhibitions or other promotional purposes.

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

About the lecturer:

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

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

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

 

NOTE:

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

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

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.

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.