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.

Nov
21
Thu
2019
Grant and financing opportunities for spinoffs and startups @ Kontaktraum
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

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

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

Organizations attending:

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

 

Lecturer:

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

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

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

 

 

 

Important Information:

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

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

Nov
18
Wed
2020
Beyond Pivoting: The Degrees of Freedom available to MedTech Entrepreneurs
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Beyond Pivoting:  The Degrees of Freedom available to MedTech Entrepreneurs

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

 

About the lecturer:

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

The Bagrit Chair in Medical Device Design

Department of Bioengineering

Imperial College London

 

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

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

                  

Skip to toolbar