i²c Networking Friday 2019

February 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Europe/Vienna Timezone
TU Wien Kuppelsaal
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien

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


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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.***