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

Ride the 6th wave of computing – or drown?

Keynote & Panel with Hermann Hauser, Alois Saria und Robert Trappl
Friday, 18. August 2017
18.00 Uhr

Our 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
Ulrich TrogJOANNEUM RESEARCH

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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 Kjero & Growth DNA

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Stefan Engl is co-founder & COO at kjero.com, a producttest marketing company, and co-founder at growth-dna.com, a growth hacking firm. Stefan started his entrepreneurial path as freelance web developer and co-founded four companies up to now. Aside from his engagement as serial entrepreneur Stefan does a great deal for the start-up ecosystem in Tyrol by supporting founders, building community and organizing different programmes like Start-up Class, Start Ahead or Founders Talk within his volunteering position as start-up representative at the Junge Wirtschaft Tirol. His professional interests and fields of expertise are product, operations, marketing and growth, he is tinkering with AI and enjoys nature while climbing & skiing in the mountains.
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.

Our 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.

Marcus Malek
Marcus MalekAistemos

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Marcus is CIPO and leads the strategy team at the London based big data analytics start-up Aistemos. Before joining Aistemos, Marcus spent 3 years with the IP investments team at Coller Capital, a London based PE fund, generating 70 + $m from IP. Marcus also spent 2 years as a strategy consultant at ClearViewIP advising larger multinationals and fast growing tech companies on IP strategy issues. Marcus holds M.Sc. degrees in Finance and Innovation Management. He’s a Swede, living in London since 2009, keen ex-professional golfer and amateur DJ.

David Gee
David GeeTowertree Ventures

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David is passionate about helping entrepreneurs develop business, secure funding and accelerate growth. He has over 20 years of industrial and venture capital experience in a range of engineering sectors including automotive, electronics, IT and materials.  Previously he was CEO of TTP Ventures, an early stage technology VC, where his successful realisations included Argenta Discovery, Ocuity, and Oxford Diffraction.  At university his research was in high performance computing and theoretical physics.  His other interests include property development.

Our Contributors

Wieland Alge
Wieland AlgeEMEA Barracuda Networks

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Wieland Alge studied physics at the University of Innsbruck and until 1999 he worked there as a research assistant. He founded Phion AG in 2000 – a computer science company which had a successful stock market launch at the Vienna Stock Exchange. 2009 Barracuda Networks bought 80% of the shares of Phion and Wieland Alge became general manager at EMEA Barracuda Networks.

He also won several prizes including the Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2000 and Ernst&Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008.

Thomas Amadori
Thomas Amadoriat inn Wirtschaftsprüfungs GmbH

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Thomas Amadori works as a manager for at inn Wirtschaftsprüfung GmbH in Innsbruck.

He has worked as manager in audit services for a Big Four accounting firm for more than 5 years. He has profound knowledge in tax consultancy and auditing. Furthermore Thomas Amadori has a focus on the development and the technical implementation of innovative software solutions. Especially his technical Know-How enabled Thomas Amadori to realize new and innovative solutions for tax consultancy and audit with at inn Wirtschaftsprüfungs GmbH as one of the first employees of the firm.

Verena Biedermann-Dreiseitl
Verena Biedermann-DreiseitlCEMIT - Center of Excellence in Medicine and IT GmbH

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Verena Biedermann-Dreiseitl is a senior consultant and project manager at the Cemit GmbH in Innsbruck, Austria. She studied chemistry at the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck for two years and then proceeded with microbiology. After a stay abroad at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston she received her Ph.D. in molecular biology in 2000. In her professional career she worked as a medical consultant, information specialist, clinical research associate and lecturer. In her position as a clinical research associate at the Medical University of Innsbruck she acted as a consultant to the scientific personell about the (legal) requirements for conducting clinical trials in Austria, prepared relevant study documents and accompanied the  submission to legal authorities and the conducting of clinical trials. Furthermore, she held lectures at the Medical University of Innsbruck and the Management Center Innsbruck about diverse aspects of clinical trials with medicinal products and medical devices including data protection requirements and furthermore preclinical development. Her current work at the Cemit GmbH involves besides project development and -management also consulting of start-ups regarding business concept, IPR, financial and legal aspects and funding possibilities, with a focus on life sciences.

Christian von Craushaar
Christian von Craushaar

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After completing school in Italy and his studies in economics in Germany, Christian moved to Innsbruck and spent several years as a research assistant at the University of Applied Science, while achieving an MBA in international management. After a couple of years as a Sales Manager for a global software company in Vienna and Prague, he moved back to Tyrol and joined an SME-tech company as Operations Manager. In 2012 he founded his own consulting business and soon after he started to mentor academic spin-offs and startup-teams at CAST-Center for Academic Spin-offs Tyrol. Christian has a focus on business and operations development for innovative companies and a special interest for new technologies.

Bernd Ebersberger
Bernd EbersbergerMCI Management Center Innsbruck

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In his capacity as a professor for management and economics of innovation Bernd teaches and researches in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. Bernd is also MCI’s Head of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In this capacity he designs and implements measures to increase the entrepreneurship of students and faculty at MCI. Bernd also coaches and counsels students and faculty in their entrepreneurial endeavors and serves on various boards of public bodies investing in startups.

Barbara Egger-Russe
Barbara Egger-RusseGreiter Pegger Kofler & Partner Rechtsanwälte

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Barbara Egger-Russe is a partner of the law firm Greiter Pegger Kofler & Partner in Innsbruck. After her studies of Law, Business Administration and International Business and Economics in Innsbruck und Lausanne she completed her legal clerkship at the Innsbruck District Court and Innsbruck Regional Court.

Barbara Egger-Russe is specialised in corporate law, merger & acquisition, intellectual property law and contract work.

She is lector at the University of Innsbruck and at the Management Center Innsbruck Internationale Fachhochschule GmbH.

Kurt Gassner
Kurt Gassnertrendguide media Gmbh

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Kurt Gassner is entrepreneur, investor and founding member of the Kitzbühler Country Club. He represents the Kitzbühler Country Club with close to 1000 members (KCC) as Support Partner at I.E.C.T. His professional background is marketing, brand consulting and advertising. Before he started his own companies in Vienna, Munich, Kitzbühel – he worked in creative management positions for world leading advertising and marketing companies in New York, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich. Kurt Gassner lectured also at the „Werbeakademie München“. His broad and extensive experience in B2B marketing and branding can be an asset for 2nd stage startups.

Kurt Gassner ist also founder of Trendguide, the 1st international publishing partner network with partners in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and of course Austria (www.trendguide.info).

Markus Gwiggner
Markus GwiggnerStyleflasher GmbH

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Born 1978 in Wörgl, Markus Gwiggner worked for a software company until 1999. Swapping snowboard courses for flash learning sessions he gained experience and know-how that was necessary to found styleflasher.new media – an internet and online shop company with focus on web design, web development and online marketing.

From 2007 until 2011 he was chairman of the Junge Wirtschaft Tirol. In 2011 he founded the rewarded online platform www.buergermeldungen.com. With 15 years of experience in the field of new media, Markus knows how to combine practical situations with theoretical online strategies.

Helmut Haas
Helmut HaasCEO MAS Engineering

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Helmut Haas has been a passionate entrepreneur for more than 15 years mostly in engineering. He knows the ups and downs of running his own business. Those experiences made him grow personally, improved his firms and expanded his knowledge on how to manage a company and lead people. He is now eager to share his wisdom with young entrepreneurs to spare them one or another detour or setback and also help them stay grounded during times of success.

Helmut is founder and CEO of MAS Engineering which produces user-specific industrial gear boxes for worldwide customers since 2006. For him both working in D&R and running your business is all about having the courage to create solutions which did not exist before. He is a hands-on expert for sales, product development and quality management with a great spirit of innovation.

Isabella Hermann-Schön
Isabella Hermann-SchönRound2 Capital GmbH

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Isabella is a finance executive with many years of experience in fund management and private equity. She has been a member of boards in various industries for 13 years. As an investor and former consultant, her passion is to challenge business models and support entrepreneurs in successfully targeting their markets.

From 2007 until 2011 he was chairman of the Junge Wirtschaft Tirol. In 2011 he founded the rewarded online platform www.buergermeldungen.com. With 15 years of experience in the field of new media, Markus knows how to combine practical situations with theoretical online strategies.

Bernhard Hofer
Bernhard HoferCEMIT - Center of Excellence in Medicine and IT

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After school Bernhard Hofer joined the real estate management office of the city of Innsbruck. Besides his work Bernhard Hofer attended and completed several skill enhancement trainings an was awarded the title chief accounted in 2003 followed by studies at the Management Center Innsbruck (Controlling, Personnel- and Processmanagement) which he completed as “Master of Science in Management” in 2006. In 2008 Bernhard Hofer left the granted life time position in public service to find new challenges in private industry.

Initially hired as controller Bernhard Hofer was appointed CEO of Cemit GmbH and Oncotyrol GmbH a few months later. In the last years Bernhard Hofer restructured Oncotyrol into a viable company and such granted its further existence after the planned end of public financing in 2016. During his leadership Cemit GmbH transformed from a supported service unit for researchers into an independent and profitable consulting company.

Birgit Hofreiter
Birgit Hofreiteri²c - Innovation Incubation Center, TU Wien

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Birgit is responsible for the business development and activities undertaken by the i²c. What started with the program design and management of a supplementary curriculum on innovation for master students at the Faculty of Informatics at TU Wien, grew within 3 years into a cross-faculty Innovation Center offering different services: amongst other things a StartAcademy for Scientists – a unique concept for R&D transfer at Universities. In this StartAcademy scientists investigate the business potential of conducted R&D projects/PhD topics. Additionally, she fathered the i²c Award – a realisation grant for conducted PhD research with high business potential. Birgit is advisory board member of AustrianStartups and co-initiator & steering committee member of the IEEE International Conference on Business Informatics – An academic conference and outlet for applied informatics. Repeatedly, she acts as innovation scout and jury member.
Daniel Horak
Daniel HorakCEO CONDA

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After graduating from his studies, Daniel founded his first startup in 2007, Spoken Language System. In 2012, he co-founded CONDA – the leading Austrian crowdinvesting platform – and is currently the managing director for marketing & sales. Daniel is very well connected in the Austrian startup community and also board member of AustrianStartups, a non-profit organization which supports startups in Austria.
Petra Huber
Petra Huberaws - austria wirtschaftsservice GmbH

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Petra Huber joined the Department Seedfinancing of austria wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws) in 2009. Currently, she is holding the position of investment manager for tech-companies. Before joining aws, Petra used to work as PreSales consultant and project manager for tech-companies such as Hewlett-Packard or Kapsch. In addition, she is in charge of a funding program for innovative SMEs. She holds a doctoral degree in Economics. Petra Huber was born in 1972 in Germany.

Walter Ischia
Walter IschiaI.E.C.T. - Hermann Hauser

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Walter Ischia studied Management and Economics and  worked in several companies in the fields of strategy, finance and marketing since 1997. He was co-founder and CEO at Phion. After that he worked at the BTV (bank of Tyrol and Vorarlberg) first in sales and than as area director for marketing for seven years. Since 2014 he founded his new start-up called AYUDARUM and works as networker and start-up coach for I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser. Besides he is the contact person for CONDA Crowd-Investing projects in Tyrol.

Christoph Kanneberger
Christoph KannebergerFounder - APEX Ventures GmbH

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Christoph was born in 1976 in Vienna, Austria. He studied Business Adminstration at the WU Vienna.

Right thereafter he started working for UBS Investment Bank in London. After three years he moved on to work for JP Morgan in Frankfurt for eight years. After more than a decade in Investment Banking he decided to try something new and headed a large HR Service Provider operating in seven countries.

Before he co-founded APEX Ventures Christoph acted as a Business Angel and invested in more than half a dozen startups. He considers the collaboration with young founders as truly inspiring and is happy to support them in the fields of: financial analysis, valuation, financing, business strategy development and providing access to his international network (banks, clients, talent, etc.).

Pinar Kilickiran
Pinar KilickiranHeart Regeneration Technologies GmbH

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After getting her Ph.D. in Chemistry from TU Braunschweig and a Postdoctoral stay at Stanford University, Pinar worked many years at Sony Corporate R&D leading various projects and a research team in the areas of Displays and Bisosensors. Pinar moved to Tirol in 2013 and since recently she was acting as a Start-up Consultant at CAST GmbH, supporting Start-up Teams from Tyrolean Universities. During her CAST time, she was also responsible for the technology transfer issues of Medical University of Innsbruck, acting as an IP consultant. Since June 2017 Pinar is the CEO of a high-tech medical device company; Heart Regeneration Technologies GmbH. HeaRT is a spin-off from the Medical University of Innsbruck and develops cardiac shock wave therapy devices for patients with cardiac failures requiring open heart surgery.

Kurt Kofler
Kurt KoflerCEO - Tyrolean Business Angel GmbH

more about Kurt Kofler

Kurt Kofler holds a PhD in natural sciences from the University of Innsbruck. After the time as research assistant at the Medical University of Innsbruck, he joined Cemit where he was responsible for the development of R&D projects. After a short period as independent consultant for innovation projects he was appointed as CEO of the Tyrolean Business Angel GmbH.

Alexander Koppel
Alexander KoppelCOPULA Ventures

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Alexander Koppel, is Chief Commercial Officer, CCO, of Red Bull Media House. He started his career with Austrians UPC subsidiary in 1997 working in various commercial roles until joining the UPC Media Division in London in 2001as Corporate Business Development Manager. Involved in the set up of Hutchison 3G from the beginning, Alexander Koppel joined Hutchison’s Austrian operation in 2002. Appointed Director of Commercial Development he played a significant role in taking Europe’s first 3G player from launch to operation.

In 2008 Mr. Koppel joined Red Bull’s formed media entity the Red Bull Media House holding responsibility for the global content licensing, Red Bull Media House’s print products (The Red Bulletin, Seitenblicke and Servus in Stadt & Land magazine) and Red Bull’s Mobile and Telecom operations.

Stefan Kreppel
Stefan KreppelFFG - Die Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft

more about Stefan Kreppel

Stefan Kreppel is one of the leading Austrian experts in the fields of innovation and start-up. Through his long experience he has a strong network with in the start-up ecosystem and the Business Angel and venture capital community. He works as a Start-up representative at FFG and is responsible for all Start-up related Funding Schemes and represents the FFG in Start-up Topics.
Beside his job as a start-up representative of FFG he acts as a start-up Mentor and Coach, Speaker at several events like the Pioneers Festival and is lecturer at the technical and economical university for the topics innovation and design thinking and business planning and finance.

Renate Lackinger
Renate LackingerCEO AMITAH - Business Coaching

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Renate Lackinger is a Business Coach, Change Manager and Agile Consultant. She founded her company AMITAH – Business Coaching to help businesses reach their full potential via external inspection, plan, action – thinking outside the box and getting things done.

Renate is a trained systemic, solution-focused coach as well as a certified scrum master and studied philosophy & German studies in Vienna, London & Berlin. During her many years in IT, engineering and other industries, e.g. as Head of IT, COO & Agile Coach, she gained extensive experience in leadership, business operations & strategy, organisational development, product development and change management.

Renate’s focus is on helping customers in developing leadership, sustainable productivity and high-performing teams. As an experienced process coach she has successfully supported start-ups like zoomsquare or Anyline. Renate is also training systemic, solution-focused coaches and high level leaders at numerous large companies in cooperation with systworks.

Christoph Lauscher
Christoph LauscherSOT Süd-Ost Treuhand GmbH

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Christoph Lauscher is tax accountant and auditor and worked as partner at an international renowned accounting and consultancy company for many years. In 2005 he founded the SOT Süd-Ost-Treuhand in Innsbruck, the western part of the SOT group. Since 2003 he also works as economic mediator and consultant for company organisations.
Selma Prodanovic
Selma ProdanovicFounder - Brainworks GmbH

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Selma Prodanovic is the founder of 1MillionStartups – the world’s leading startup gallery. She is an internationally awarded entrepreneur, angel investor and philanthropist. Named Startup-Grande-Dame by the media, she founded the Brainswork Group in 2005, launched a dozen of “made in brainswork” – brands, and supported and advised over 400 startups, global investors, corporates and organizations. Selma is co-founder and Vice-President of Austrian Angel Investors Association, board member of European Business Angel Network, and member of Global Business Angel Network. The Business Angelina has a portfolio of startup investments, was an investor in the startup TV show “2 minutes – 2 million”, and judged in over 100 investment jury sessions. She teaches at universities, authored two books, rocked the stage as a speaker over 1000 times and was featured in media in 40 countries. Married to her first love, she is mother of two fantastic millenials.

Katharina Pühringer
Katharina PühringerCONDA

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Katharina Pühringer (Mag.) is Head of Innovations Scouting at CONDA, the leading Austrian Crowdinvesting Platform. She graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2010, after spending her last term in Toronto, attending an Entrepreneurship MBA class at York University. In 2009, she co-founded StartEurope, an initiative for fostering the European startup environment. She was responsible for coordinating IT projects as well as international marketing and sales strategies for a big online and offline retail company, before coming back to Vienna for her current roll at CONDA. Besides identifying and evaluating innovative business models for crowdinvesting campaigns, she is also a lecturer for early stage financing at FH Krems.

Michael Raab
Michael RaabCEO MINTED

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He studied economic and social science in Vienna and Basel. After years working as human resource developer in an Austrian Business consultancy he decided to change careers and use his know-how and his work energy to help founders. In his main focus point is the funding of innovative projects. The CEO of MINTED helps founders to find alternative ways of financing to realize their projects like crowdinvesting or funding campaigns.

Christina Scholochow
Christina ScholochowCEO & Founder - mohemian services GmbH

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Christina Scholochow holds a degree in International Economics as well as Political Economics, with a focus on Marketing and Tourism and is also working on her doctoral thesis at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

In 2009 Christina and her husband Florian went to San Francisco to work with early stage start-ups. They helped to design their technical architecture, guiding them in key decisions in their development process as well as consulting them on UI/UX matters.

This experience in working with start-ups laid the foundation for mohemian in 2011. Today they have a highly specialized team, which helps start-ups with a strong mobile component to plan and execute complex transactional systems in secure environments. They are focused on the combination of high qualitative technology and user-friendly design.

With their company mohemian they have co-founded and funded several start-ups and gained extensive experience in highly scalable and secure mobile applications with a corresponding backend infrastructure.

Florian Scholochow
Florian ScholochowCEO & Founder - mohemian services GmbH

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Florian Scholochow holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Innsbruck, Austria and has been architecting several IT-Platforms.

In 2009 Florian and his wife Christina went to San Francisco to work with early stage start-ups. They helped to design their technical architecture, guiding them in key decisions in their development process as well as consulting them on UI/UX matters.

This experience in working with start-ups laid the foundation for mohemian in 2011. Today they have a highly specialized team, which helps start-ups with a strong mobile component to plan and execute complex transactional systems in secure environments. They are focused on the combination of high qualitative technology and user-friendly design.

With their company mohemian they have co-founded and funded several start-ups and gained extensive experience in highly scalable and secure mobile applications with a corresponding backend infrastructure.

Michael Schuster
Michael SchusterCo-Founder - Speedinvest

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Michael has worked in the IT industry the past decade, riding the startup rollercoaster on a daily basis. From starting the first commercial bloghoster in Europe, over to semantic technologies for collaboration, social media monitoring and the future of banking he has a broad experience in the daily life of a young tech company. Through his background in Computer Science, Economics and Business Administration he is able to work with startup teams and founders to get their product ready for prime time, address customers early in the life cycle and help build a team with the necessary skills.
Karin Steiner
Karin SteinerFH Kufstein - University of Applied Science

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Karin is senior lecturer in business management, entrepreneurship & managerial accounting at FH Kufstein. As leading project manager for the newly founded Innovationhub Kufstein (i.ku) she coordinates entrepreneurial awareness programs, organizes business idea competitions and coaches start up entrepreneurs. As consultant, researcher and author she is interested in entrepreneurial competencies, business model innovation, intellectual capital & risk management. Karin has 16 years of experience as a business consultant, focusing on intellectual and organizational resources, and worked for 6 years as scientific assistant at the Institute for Human Resources and Organizational Research at the University of the German Armed Forces Munich.

Jamie Urquhart
Jamie UrquhartVenture Partner at Pond Venture Partners Ltd

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Jamie Urquhart is a Venture Partner with Pond Ventures. He is highly experienced in global technology licencing businesses. Jamie was with ARM Holdings plc, from ist inception in November 1990 until November 2002, a company he co-founded. During that time he undertook a number of roles, including Chief Operating Officer at the time of their IPO on LSE and NASDAQ and latterly Chief Strategy Officer. Before that he was with Acorn

Computers Limited, joining in 1984 as a VLSI Design Engineer, becoming VLSI Design Manager of the VLSI Design Group. In the course of his Angel and VC investing activity Jamie has been a non-executive of several start-up companies. Jamie holds a BSc from Bath University in Physics and Physical Electronics and is a Fellow of the IET.

Wolfgang Walcher
Wolfgang WalcherFounder - Robotic Eyes GmbH & Co KG

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I’ve quit my enterprise career at age 50 to focus on incubating and growing world-class IT businesses offering extraordinary and innovative products or services that positively change the way people play, work and do business.

After quitting his job at Microsoft Corporation (2006-2015) he founded Sword Consulting GmbH (est 2016) and Robotic Eyes GmbH, est. 2016, 3D content for AR and VR applications.

Stefan Warbek
Stefan WarbekFounder - Warbek Rechtsanwälte

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Dr. Stefan Warbek: Born 1965 in Innsbruck. Working for Alliance Francaise (cultural department French Ministry of Forgein Affairs) until 1994. Since 1994 working in internationally active business law firms. Admitted to the Vienna bar in 1997. 1999 WARBEK law office was founded in Innsbruck to protect creative and innovative ideas and hence help to promote their break-through. The firm’s expertise lies in the area of start-ups and strategic patents, trademarks, designs or copyrights as well as data protection and other important personal rights.

The lawyers of WARBEK law office are delivering lectures on selected legal topics, as e.g. for the University of Innsbruck, the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) or the Chamber of Trade, Commerce and Industry. With Bernd Ebersberger Stefan Warbek shares the responsibility for the MCI executive program about patent and license management, both are the backbone of the MSc in Innovation and IPR.

WARBECK’s client base ranges from companies operating in engineering, research, art and culture to show business and sports. They support national and multi-national companies of any size, including start-up entreprenuers, international designers and fashion labels, representatives of the international patent industry, universities, public institutions, as well as artists and charities.

Sascha Wehofer
Sascha WehoferCEO/ Founder - at inn Wirtschaftsprüfung GmbH

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Sascha Wehofer, certified tax advisor and auditor, is CEO and founder of at inn Wirtschaftsprüfung GmbH in Innsbruck.

He has worked in a leading position in audit and financial advisory services for a Big Four accounting firm for more than 10 years. Furthermore Sascha Wehofer worked as a facilitator on national and international audit seminars and workshops. He as the founder of at inn Wirtschaftsprüfungs GmbH and at network commits to new and innovative ways for tax consultancy, audit and advisory. New technologies and smart solutions lead to effective and efficient results.

Werner Wutscher
Werner WutscherFounder - New Venture Scouting

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Werner Wutscher has many years of experience in top management positions in public service administration and corporate management. In the last few years he has invested in startups and shared his knowledge and experience as a Business Angel („Austrian Business Angel of the Year 2012“). Understanding both worlds puts him in an excellent position to bridge the gap between corporations and startups.
Johannes Ziller
Johannes ZillerWarbek Rechtsanwälte

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MMag. Dr. Johannes Ziller is associate at the law office of WARBEK in Innsbruck, Austria, since 2011. He studied law and business administration at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck and obtained his doctoral degrees in law in 2011.

MMag. Dr. Ziller published his doctoral thesis on the topic “The attorney’s obligation to provide information on litigation risks” and received several awards for this thesis. He co-lectures the course “Cultural Law” at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck, focusing on intellectual property rights, fundamental rights and data protection.

At the law offices of WARBEK, he is specialized on general civil law and corporate law, including the funding of businesses.

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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