Oct
21
Wed
2020
Panel Discussion – Spinning-off @ TU Wien @ Online event
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Panel Discussion - Spinning-off @ TU Wien @ Online event

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

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

At the end of the workshop you will:

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

Guests:

Nermina Mumic – CEO & founder Legitary

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

Benjamin Mörzinger – Founder Campfire Solutions

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

Julie Rosser – CEO Pregenerate

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


Important Information:

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

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

 

Nov
11
Wed
2020
Innovation and the power of the entrepreneurial mindset @ Online event
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

• the practical application of the entrepreneurial mindset in Higher Education 

• the benefits of thinking and acting like an entrepreneur

• the role of the mindset in increasing innovation and productivity

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


Lecturer: Paul CoyleFounder and Director, Entrepreneurial Mindset Network

Paul Coyle

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


Important Information:

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

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

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.

Dec
16
Wed
2020
#E4s – Corporate Branding @ Online Event
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
#E4s - Corporate Branding @ Online Event

Corporate Branding is said to be expensive and time-consuming, its impact on a companies success simply not quantifiable. Furthermore, brand strategies require fundamental know-how on marketing – a vital obstacle for startups, small or medium enterprises. But without an authentic and convincing communication even good ideas remain unseen, their sales under their potential.

The Viennese branding experts Hämmerle & Luger want to clear up misunderstandings. By focussing on tools that are intuitively applicable they help create and maintain strong brands that do not require any marketing expertise. The workshop „Let me tell you a story … a shortcut to powerful branding“ delivers insights into their core method „Archetypal Branding”. It shows an easy way to focus a brands communication by finding an emotional and meaningful key message.

 


Important Information:

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

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

Jan
13
Wed
2021
#E4s – How to promote your technology & yourself at trade shows like a pro! @ Online Event
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
#E4s - How to promote your technology & yourself at trade shows like a pro! @ Online Event

Conferences, trade shows and other business gatherings can be used to super-charge your business success… if you know how. Too many founders are too shy or too uneducated about how to do it, especially now when everything happens online.

The right preparation, the right behavior at the event, and the right follow-up strategy are the deciding success factors.

Guest lecturers

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Florian Kandler  Fundraising Expert and Startup Mentor

Florian Kandler, startup coach and 3-time founder will share his popular 3-point strategy that he has developed over 15 years as a sales and business development professional in corporations and his own startups. He’ll also answer any and all of your questions in a Q&A. So come prepared and learn some crucial entrepreneurial competencies.

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Peter Heimerl – Marketing Research Manager, TU Wien

Peter Heimerl has been active as organiser, trainer and internal consultant to researchers in the field of innovation and co-operation with industry. Within the workshop, he will share from his experience with the TUW Service Unit of Research Marketing, the best way to put the spotlight on your research project and will introduce you to the support TU Wien offers for attending trade shows. These events are an excellent means of communication with innovative companies as well as media from all around the world about know-how and new technologies created by researchers at TU Wien. His expertise includes marketing and research-to-business matchmaking as well as IP-issues, entrepreneurial and contractual issues.


Important Information:

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

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

Jan
20
Wed
2021
#E4s – Healthy High Performance @ Online Event
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
#E4s - Healthy High Performance @ Online Event

Description of the workshop

You are expected to perform despite high stress levels. You are expected to shine despite strong competition. You are expected to move fast despite scientifically challenging experiments. You are expected to succeed despite failing every once in a while.

What if we could not only accept failure but re-learn the wrong relationship we have with things that go wrong. What if we could start seeing the positive side of failing? What if we learned to see the enormous benefit of failure and could eventually enjoy what’s happening? What if there are tools and techniques that make a scientist’s life including failure still joyful and exciting instead of stressful and desperate?

It’s time to see failure as a chance to use as acquired learning and as a way to refine your strategies to come out better, stronger and more resilient. Together with Michaela Lindinger we will take a look behind the scenes and discover why failure gives us such a hard time. We will actively work on the factors and feelings that play a role in success as well as failure and define your personal way how to handle perfectionism, fierce academic competition and your fear of failure best possibly.

Guest Lecturer
Michaela Lindinger is founder & CEO of braininspa, an executive sparring and employee experience company, nudging visionary leaders to maximize their healthy high performance, enjoying clarity, productivity and passion.
Michaela worked with Fortune 500 organizations around the world on digital strategies and large scale transformation projects, value creation and innovation assignments in multi-million-dollar projects. She has also worked with several startups and corporate talents to prepare their mindset for the digital transformation and adjusting their business models to become agile and purpose-driven.
Michaela is a millennial serial founder (3x CEO / Co-Founder) and experienced corporate executive, but also enjoys her role as mom and family-manager. She is author and university lecturing professor for innovation and business models since the age of 29, a member of the international Forbes Council and the International Society for Coaching Psychology. She holds an international Business Masters Degree from Austria and a Masters Degree in Coaching Psychology from the UK / London

Important Information:

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

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

Mar
16
Tue
2021
#E4s – What to consider when splitting the founding equity @ Online Event
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
#E4s - What to consider when splitting the founding equity @ Online Event

Description of the workshop

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:

  • know what to consider when splitting the founder’s pie
  • 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

Guest Lecturer

Lucanus is Founder and Managing Partner of Calm / Storm Ventures, a founder network and boutique venture capital firm based in Vienna, Austria. Prior to founding his own fund, he was a General Partner at Speedinvest where he personally led investments focused on digital health companies including Playbrush, Ourpath, or Diagnosia. Prior to Speedinvest, Lucanus was managing director of whatchado.com a portfolio company of Hansi Hansmann’s “hansmengroup”. Lucanus holds Master degrees in Entrepreneurship (WU Vienna) and International Management (CEMS). Lucanus is passionate about supporting founders with purpose. He helps entrepreneurs solving problems that really matter by leveraging his nearly 20 years of experience in business & corporate development. As a passionate sailor and father of 3, you ‘

Apr
21
Wed
2021
#E4s – Your checklist for company foundation @ Online Event
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
#E4s - Your checklist for company foundation @ Online Event

Description of the Workshop

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.

                  

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