The focus in the 6-day-programme will be on the development of winning action plans for innovative business ideas or projects. The tailor-made support through mentoring and clinics provide competent advice on individual business ideas and specific topics such as investment readiness, technical and market due diligence etc.

The schedule includes lectures, workshops and practical mentor sessions. There are topics for every day, from marketing and business models to teams and finance. These topics relate to the core development of business ideas.

The mentors and facilitators will support the participants in preparing a pitch in front of a panel of investors and entrepreneurs for the last Summer School day.

During the week individual sessions, called 1-to-1 clinics, are offered with lawyers, accountants, marketing experts and other professional service providers to discuss the specific questions of each participant and his or her project.

The Programme

Participants from Austria and Europe as well as from abroad get the chance to develop commercialization strategies for their business ideas in an intense programme. They receive input and mentoring from internationally successful entrepreneurs, profit from experienced mentors of the University of Cambridge and Austria and at the same time experience the inspiring and spectacular scenery of the Tyrolean mountains. The extensive framework programme also provides the possibility of networking with regional, national, and international partners.

  • Opening & Welcome Reception
    Thursday, 16.08.2018

  • Global Vision & Entrepreneurial Ambition
    Friday, 17.08.2018

  • Markets & Marketing
    Saturday, 18.08.2018

  • Business Models & IP Strategy
    Sunday, 19.08.2018

  • Finance & Building a great Team
    Monday, 20.08.2018

  • Selling your Idea & Pitch Training
    Tuesday, 21.08.2018

  • Demo Day & Gala Dinner with Alumni
    Wednesday, 22.08.2018

  • Optional:
    Technology Symposium at European Forum Alpbach
    Thursday, 23.08.2018


Each day starts with an inspirational keynote presentation delivered by a highly successful entrepreneur or innovator. These sessions introduce the specific theme of the day, provide background knowledge, an understanding of key issues and the opportunity to consider any specific questions related which you may wish to raise with mentors or experts in subsequent sessions over the coming days.


The workshops continue the theme of the day with practical tools and techniques on the specific topic. A number of highly interactive and targeted workshops are offered.


The mentor sessions enable participants to work more closely with an expert, to clarify the business proposition and to prepare the demo day. Selected participants are placed in mentor groups consisting of approximately five participants to each mentor. These groups are carefully developed to match suitable mentors with participants from similar industry sectors or backgrounds in order to optimize the learning experience. The mentors work with each participant, acting as a sounding board for ideas and providing specialist advice on practical issues. These interactions with the mentor provide the chance to raise questions on topics, issues or angles not addressed within the keynote sessions.

Assistance is also available from high quality facilitators. The facilitators are assigned to each mentor group. They assist with the mentoring process, helping participants to navigate their way around the School, and to progress individual projects through insight derived from their own skills and experience.

Miranda Weston-Smith
Miranda Weston-SmithMWS Consulting

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Miranda helps early stage biomedical businesses to attract investment and develop their business strategy. She founded and runs BioBeat, a programme to inspire the next wave of bioentrepreneurs and business leaders.

Miranda has worked with many entrepreneurs and is experienced in fundraising, business planning and technology transfer. She is an Access to Finance Coach for the UK Business Growth Service, member of St John’s Innovation Centre Training Team, long standing Mentor for the Ignite Programme at Cambridge Judge School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and contributes to the University of Cambridge Masters in Bioscience Enterprise course. She brings experience as a Technology Manager at Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge, where she assessed and marked life science technologies, negotiated licences and spun-out companies. She was responsible for technology transfer at the University of Cambridge for the Cambridge-MIT Institute. In her five years at the seed capital firm, Cambridge Research and Innovation, she identified and invested in early stage technologies. Miranda  co-founded Cambridge Network with Hermann Hauser.

Miranda holds an MA (Cantab) in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and holds the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ Diploma in Management Accounting. She has edited eight books and contributes regularly to industry publications.

Shailendra Vyakarnam
Shailendra VyakarnamDirector of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University

more about Shailendra Vyakarnam

Dr Vyakarnam worked in industry for several years before completing his MBA and PhD. He has combined academic, practitioner and policy interests to provide advice to government agencies and UN agencies in several conutries, on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship education. He has mentored entrepreneurs and held non-executive directorships of small firms in addition to developing growth programmes for SMEs over se veral years.

He is co-founder of AcceleratorIndia which takes UK technologies into India and is Chairman of Kisanhub, an earlystage agro-tech venture that provides real time decision support for farmers. He is presently mentor for an alumnus of Ignite also involved in agriculture – a company that provides micro-climate data to vineyards. Shai is trustee of the Gen Initiative which support work being done for education and economic sustainability in India.

Yupar Myint
Yupar MyintProgramme Director I.E.C.T. - Summer School on Entrepreneurship

more about Yupar Myint

Yupar takes a special interest in entrepreneurship and building practical skills necessary for innovations in high growth sectors. Yupar works together with a large number of international partners in training undergraduates, postgraduates, entrepreneurs and researchers with a focus on building entrepreneurial mindset, capabilities and commercialisation of research. Yupar built up Cambridge Ignite course for more than 11 years and during her leadership Ignite has generated over 250 business ventures; more than £200 million in funding was raised and approximately 4,300 jobs were created by Ignite alumni ventures in the last four years. Yupar was a Director of International Development as well as Programme Director of IGNITE and Collaborative Programmes at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Judge Business School.

Yupar was previously a Programme Director at the European Forum for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER) to manage the EC funded EFER European Entrepreneurship Colloquium (EEC) which trains European professors and educators to teach entrepreneurship. She has a particular interest in understanding the people aspects and the social capital effect of business formation in entrepreneurial cluster development. Her research on the “Social Capital of Cambridge Cluster” was awarded one of the top 50 articles in the Emerald Management Review 2005. Her recent research is “European Spin‐Off Practice: A Comparative Study at Four European Universities at University of Cambridge, KU Leuven, ETH Zurich, and TU Munich” published as a book chapter in Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective in 2016. Yupar’s previous experience includes business development, project management and enterprise development. Yupar completed her MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School in 2002.

Astrid Kaltenböck
Astrid KaltenböckLife Science Expert

more about Astrid Kaltenböck

Astrid Kaltenböck is an accomplished professional with over 15 years of R&D experience in the life science industry and academia in Europe and the US. She has served as a strategic business partner and held several global leadership positions in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry including clinical development and business operations; most recently as Chief of Staff to the Global Head R&D at Baxter.

Astrid has successfully led international cross-functional teams to develop and sustain healthcare products. She has extensive experience in product development / clinical development, program and portfolio management, business operations, site management, governance, strategy, organizational development and change management. She also successfully managed the development of a Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine from phase 2 to regulatory approval.

Astrid graduated from the University of Innsbruck (PhD in Pharmacy), completed a post-graduate at Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg and continuous professional trainings in general management, coaching, change management and most recently in organizational development. Her passion is striving for innovation and sustainability in the life science sector and developing high performing teams. Words to describe Astrid: energetic, creative, challenging, and ​open.


Individual private sessions with lawyers, accountants, marketers and other professional service providers are offered to cover some of the key issues in advancing individual business projects. Participants are able to apply for business, legal and pitch sessions.


Every participant delivers a pitch in private to a panel comprising of entrepreneurs, business angels and venture capitalists. This presentation will be held in a “safe environment” meaning you are allowed to make mistakes and ask for feedback, in order to be able to rely on that when presenting for an investment or funding. The panel will give the participants feedback directly and in written form, which will be sent out to each participant upon completion of the Summer School.


The networking events held during the evenings, enabling participants to continuously communicate, refine and validate their ideas with contributors, such as high-profile entrepreneurs, investors, corporate intrapreneurs and business professionals. They also help to build that vital network of contacts needed to progress business ideas beyond the week.

The Location

Werkstaette Wattens is an international company centre for startups, entrepreneurs, movers & shakers and service providers at various stages of development. The focus is on technology and innovation, the creation of regional value and sustainable growth.

In addition to a co-working space, team offices and production & workshop units, Werkstaette Wattens also offers a Fablab for individual use at its 2,400m² facilities. Partnership contacts into the entrepreneurial ecosystem, services and programmes for both, business and prototype development, are paired with professional support to offer platforms and opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and networking.

Werkstaette Wattens is an initiative of Destination Wattens Regionalentwicklung GmbH, a Public-Private Partnership between the Wattens municipality and Swarovski to stimulate the regional economic development.

The European Forum Alpbach (EFA) is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture. Established in 1945, the annual European Forum Alpbach and their events throughout the year address the relevant socio-political questions of our time.

They connect international decision-makers from all sectors of society with an interested audience and committed young people. The goal is to create a dialogue across the generational, ideological and other lines that divide us.

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