THE SUMMER SCHOOL WEEK

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.

APPLICATION IS OPEN ON THE 18th FEBRUARY 2019!

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, 15.08.2019

  • Global Vision & Entrepreneurial Ambition
    Friday, 16.08.2019

  • Markets & Marketing
    Saturday, 17.08.2019

  • Business Models & IP Strategy
    Sunday, 18.08.2019

  • Finance & Building a great Team
    Monday, 19.08.2019

  • Selling your Idea & Pitch Training
    Tuesday, 20.08.2019

  • Demo Day & Gala Dinner with Alumni
    Wednesday, 21.08.2019

  • Optional:
    Technology Symposium at European Forum Alpbach
    Thursday, 22.08.2019

KEYNOTE SESSION

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.

WORKSHOPS

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.

MENTOR SESSIONS

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.

ONE-TO-ONE CLINICS

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.

DEMO DAY

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.

NETWORKING EVENTS

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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