About our fellowship programme

Innovative corporates see the opportunity that lies within the startup world where new, disruptive ideas, developed by smart people are revolutionizing the economy. On the other hand startups profit from market know-how, sales channels and credibility of established companies. That is why we want to give corporates as well as startups the chance to connect and collaborate.

In the following we present innovative companies who want to foster your idea by supporting you with a financial contribution for the I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship.

What does that mean to you?

Companies define their target fields or regions, in which or where they want to search for their fellow. If you fit into one of these fields or regions, you are eligible to apply. The company pays for your participation fee and supports you with € 1.000,- for accommodation and travel costs.

During the Summer School you will be presented as their company fellow in the delegate and contributor booklet as well as at the Welcome Reception on the first evening.

As the company defines fields where they can help you the most, you not only profit from financial support but also from a close connection to your possible first customer or supporter in building sales channels.

Selection Process

The selection process will be the same as if you are applying for a regular spot. The I.E.C.T. – team will review all applications and select you for a skype interview with one of our experts. Details about the standard process can be found within the application form.

If you are not selected, but we think your idea fits to our Summer School, we will ask you if you want to apply for a regular spot.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (mh@iect.at).



Swarovski Optik headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specializes in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes, rifle scopes, and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects. The turnover in 2017 was 146,3 million euro (2016: 140 million euro) and the export ratio is 91%. The company has around 950 employees.

You are eligible for a fellowship if your idea is part of one of the following fields:

  • Sports Optic  
  • Object Recognition and Smart Services 
  • Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • App Development for Outdoor Applications
  • Fast Prototyping

Tiroler Sparkasse

Founded in 1822 on charitable principles, Tiroler Sparkasse is the oldest financial institution in Tyrol. From its formation until today, it has always been operating under the premise of creating and ensuring prosperity for the entire region.

Throughout the years Tiroler Sparkasse established itself as a modern and innovative full-service bank. With its state of the art online banking system George as well as Telebanking Pro, a business banking service for companies to provide individualized customer experience, Tiroler Sparkasse is adapting to rapid digitization without losing its traditional values.

The company and its subsidiaries employ over 560 highly trained and enthusiastic employees at 54 locations, which serve more than 153,000 customers in Innsbruck city and surrounding areas. With total assets exceeding € 3.5 billion, Tiroler Sparkasse is the paramount financial service provider for companies in Tyrol. Thus, we have a close connection to the Tyrolean economy – the businesses, the entrepreneurs, and their innovative ideas.

You are eligible for a fellowship if your idea fulfills the following requirements:

    • local, young talents from Tyrol (also included are students and researcher working or studying at the University of Innsbruck, MCI, MUI, UMIT or University related institutions e.g. IQOQI)
    • ideas from all fields of science and technology fulfilling the general Summer School requirements

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