I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship 2017

17th – 23rd August, 2017

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, 17.08.2017

  • Global Vision & Entrepreneurial Ambition
    Friday, 18.08.2017

  • Markets & Marketing
    Saturday, 19.08.2017

  • Business Models & IP Strategy
    Sunday, 20.08.2017

  • Finance & Building a great Team
    Monday, 21.08.2017

  • Selling your Idea & Pitch Training
    Tuesday, 22.08.2017

  • Demo Day & Gala Dinner with Alumni
    Wednesday, 23.08.2017

  • Optional:
    Technology Symposium at Forum Alpbach
    Thursday, 24.08.2017

Send info request to mh@iect.at

Deadline extension until 20th June 2017

The Mentors

Our experienced national and international mentors are there all week to help our participants to apply the input to their business ideas.

Yupar Myint
Yupar MyintProgramme director for the I.E.C.T. Summer School on Entrepreneurship

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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.

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

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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.

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.

Ulrich Trog

more about Ulrich Trog

Ulrich Trog works at the Joanneum Research Center and is responsible for innovation marketing at the MATERIALS Institute for surface technology and photonics. On behalf of the BMVIT he builds up the national technology platform Photonics Austria, organizes conferences, networking and represents the platform in the European Platform Photonics21.

In 2015 he started the Bootcamp for Photonics Entrepreneurs in cooperation with European projects and he worked as facilitator and coach at the Enterprisers Programms at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning in Cambridge.

Stefan Engl
Stefan EnglCo-Founder & COO Kjero

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Stefan Engl is tech and digital economy enthusiast, alpinist and co-founder and COO at Kjero – Word of Mouth Marketing & Consumer Insights. Stefan started his entrepreneurial career as web developer and already founded his third company up to now. Aside from his engagement as serial entrepreneur Stefan does a great deal for the start-up ecosystem in Tyrol by organizing different programmes like “Start-up Class”, “Start Ahead” or “Founders Talk” within his work as start-up representative at the “Jungen Wirtschaft Tirol”.

Astrid Kaltenböck
Astrid KaltenböckLife Science Expert

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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.

The Keynote-Speakers

Hermann Hauser
Hermann HauserFounder of I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser and CEO Amadeus Capital Partners

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Hermann Hauser, fellow of the Royal Society, of the Institutes of Physics at the Royal Academy of Engineering and honorary fellow of the Kings College, is a worldwide recognised and successful computer- and venture capital entrepreneur. He got well known due to his involvement in ACORN Computer 1978, who developed the ARM processor, which can be found in billions of mobile phones. In 1997 Hermann Hauser founded, together with Anne Glover and Peter Wynn, Amadeus Capital Partners and a couple of other very successful companies in the years after. He founded the Hauser Forum in Cambridge which contains among other things an ideaSpace, Cambridge Enterprise and Cambridge Networks. All these institutions help start-ups to create a successful venture.

This year he co-founded the I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser together with his cousin Josef Hauser to enhance the potential of start-ups in the alpine region.

A few milestones of Hermann Hauser:

–  Founder of ACORN Computer – IPO
–  Founder of Amadeus Capital Partners
–  Investment in Icera – sold to Nvidia for $367 million
–  UK´s Computer Personality of the Year 1984

Andy Hopper
Andy HopperHead of Department of the Computer Laboratory & Co-Founder of Acorn Computers

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Andy Hopper is Professor of Computer Technology at the University of Cambridge and Head of Department of the Computer Laboratory. His research interests include computer networking, pervasive and sensor-driven computing, and using computers to ensure sustainability of the planet.

Andy Hopper has pursued academic and industrial careers simultaneously. In the academic career he has worked at the Computer Laboratory and the Department of Engineering at Cambridge.  In the industrial context he has co-founded thirteen spin-outs and start-ups, three of which floated on stock markets, as well as working for multinational companies. In recent years the companies he co-founded have received five Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. He is Chairman of RealVNC Group.

Professor Hopper received the BSc degree from the University College of Swansea (1974) and the PhD degree from the University of Cambridge (1978). He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1996) and of the Royal Society (2006). He was made a CBE for services to the computer industry (2007). He was President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (2012). He is a recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award (2013) and the Royal Society Bakerian Medal (2017).

Gerald Hörhan
Gerald HörhanInvestment Punk Academy

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Gerald Hörhan is an Austrian investment banker, free thinker and publicist. He earned his degree in Economics and Applied Mathematics, and graduated from Harvard University with Magna Cum Laude. He was then lector for statistics at Harvard University and investment banker at JP Morgan in New York and McKinsey in Frankfurt. Since 2003, Hörhan successfully works as an entrepreneur in the field of investment banking, corporate finance and real estate business. Among his  function as board director and companion of Pallas Capital Holding, a leading corporate finance company for mid-sized enterprises, he is part of the  supervisory committee in a number of mid-sized enterprises in Austria and Germany.

Furthermore, Hörhan works as lecturer at the University of Economics in Vienna. He is also cofounder of „Die Finanzschule”, where participants are given an understanding of the basics and tools of how to deal and handle money and investments. With his books „Investment Punk“, „Gegengift“, „Null Bock Komplott“, he became bestselling author. Hörhan is concerned with the aim to teach the right way of dealing with money, therefore he founded the Investment Punk Academy where interested parties can improve their skills in financial economy.

Christoph Richter
Christoph RichterCEO Intellyo

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Christoph Richter – Enterpreneur, Technology Evangelist, Software Developer with 10+ experience in .net Development & Architecture Christoph helped already at the end of the 90ties in building derStandard.at, the first german-speaking newspaper on the internet.  At bwin, where he managed as Technical lead a lot of key projects, helped him getting a lot of high level knowledge early in his career. His deep involvement in pioneering Austrian web companies gained him a lot of experience that he happily shared with the rising startup scene.

He is Mentor at the WU Vienna Entrepreneurship Academy, at the incubator INiTS and also involved in Austrian governmental research groups supporting the startup scene. He has appeared as guest lecture in WU Vienna, TU Vienna. Currently, he is Co-Founder of zoomsquare.com, a real estate startup that was awarded Austrian Startup of the Year 2013.

Birgit Gasser
Birgit GasserIP Österreich

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Birgit has more than 15 years of sales experience in all relevant types of media. From 2002-2008 she worked as a key account manager and team leader for the ORF Enterprise, focusing on TV and Radio sales. The following 2,5 years she spent at the Verlagsgruppe NEWS, where she held the commercial responsibility for 3 different print magazines. As Managing Director at the Manstein Verlag (2011-2013) she collected a lot of experience in the Print business to business field. 2013 she returned to the Verlagsgruppe NEWS to lead the digital sales unit. In 2015 she took over as Managing Director of Trend and Format, responsible for budget and profit of these two business magazines. During almost all of my activities she was in a leadership role heading different sized teams, in sales as well as in marketing.

From January 2014 – June 2015 she completed a Business Coaching Training at the dehner academy Konstanz/Berlin.

Currently she’s working at IP Österreich establishing Unit 3.  Unit 3 develops Media for revenue share models, addressing particularly startup companies offering them the possibility to utilize TV-advertising as a very effective and -for them- new marketing channel.

She’s a focused, consequent and communicative person with a great sense of humor. Her professional career is characterized by authenticity and hands-on-mentality. She believes that in my private and professional environment honesty and openness are key.

Andreas Brakonier
Andreas BrakonierManaging Director of BRAKONIER Consulting

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Andreas is Managing Director of BRAKONIER CONSULTING and Partner at Consilium Management Services. Based on his professional Brand Management and Marketing Experience in global Senior Management functions at companies such as Swarovski, Leica Camera AG and Olympus for more than 25 years as well as international experience as Senior Management Consultant he is actually offering Top Management Consultancy Service and Interim Management Service to SME’s and family owned businesses.

Andreas is also well as guiding Start-ups in setting up their business plans and go to market strategy and preparing them for the perfect pitch towards investors.

Rudolf Ball
Rudolf BallCEO Symvaro

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Rudolf Ball studied Computer Science and worked in technology research for several companies since 2007. He is a certified trainer and coach who founded his first company in 2007. Over the last 10 years, Rudolf created companies, products and did a lot of projects in the field of smart cities. Since 2010, he is founder and CEO of Symvaro. Rudolf has a passion for starting new business ideas and pitching them to customers, partners and investors.

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 programs 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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