24 international start-ups and numerous mentors and experts were part of the I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship, which was offered this year for the first time as a completely digitalised programme.

Read more about the start-ups, the programme and the public events of the I.E.C.T. – Summer School here.

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.

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.

Under the heading “Fellowship Partner of I.E.C.T. – Summer School 2020” you can find out who of our partners are looking for a Fellow and who can best support you and your idea.

In our application form (“Information sheet”) you can indicate that you are interested in a Fellowship and then choose your favourite. Your idea will then be forwarded to the partner company. They will then decide if you are interesting for them and if they want to work with you together.

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.

I.E.C.T. – Summer School 2020 Fellowship Partner

In the following the partners of I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser are introduced. Our partners will gain a promising insight into the dynamics of start-up ecosystems especially in Austria and Great Britain – hotspots and new understanding of entrepreneurial activities, cooperations and innovations.
Through their years of experience and their network, they can support the start-ups in the best possible way.
This cooperation leads to an intensive exchange of ideas and a growth that guarantees success.

Open Fellowships

UNIQA Ventures GmbH is the venture capital entity of UNIQA Insurance Group AG, one of the leading insurance carriers in Austria and the CEE region, pioneering corporate-backed venture capital in Austria. UNIQA Ventures invests in outstanding insurtech, fintech, and healthtech startups across Europe, leveraging profound domain expertise, strong international network, and entrepreneurial spirit. Currently, 21 startups are in the portfolio.

UNIQA Ventures is open to start-ups in the following areas: Insurtech, Fintech, Healthtech, Digital Health and Mobility/ Smart Home

The Global Incubator Network Austria (GIN) is the connecting link between Austrian and international startups, investors, incubators and accelerators with a focus on selected hotspots in Asia (Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Mainland China, Singapore and South Korea).

GIN is a programme initiated by the Austrian Federal Government, managed by the public funding agencies Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws) and Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG), and financed by the Österreichische Nationalstiftung für Forschung, Technologie und Entwicklung (NFTE).


GIN is open to start-ups in the following areas: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Robotics, Sensor Technology, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Blockchain

More on that here.

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 492 highly trained and enthusiastic employees at 52 locations, which serve more than 153,000 customers in Innsbruck city and surrounding areas. With total assets exceeding € 3.85 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.


The Tiroler Sparkasse is open to start-ups in the following areas: open to all topics and industries

The Tiroler Sparkasse is looking for a fellow. Read more about what they are looking for in a fellow here.

Partners with Fellow

Infineon is a world leader in semiconductors. Combining entrepreneurial success with responsible action, at Infineon we make the world easier, safer and greener. Barely visible, semiconductors have become an indispensable part of our daily lives. Chips from Infineon play an essential role wherever electric energy is generated, transmitted and used efficiently. Furthermore, they safeguard data communication, improve safety on roads and reduce automotive emissions.

Infineon designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductors and system solutions. The focus of its activities is on automotive electronics, industrial electronics, communication and information technologies, and hardware-based security. The product range comprises standard components, customer-specific solutions for devices and systems, as well as specific components for digital, analogue, and mixed-signal applications.

About 60 percent of Infineon’s revenue is generated by power semiconductors, about 20 percent by embedded control products (microcontrollers for automotive, industrial as well as security applications), and the remainder by radio-frequency components, sensors and other product categories. Infineon generates 32 percent of its revenue in Europe, 58 percent in Asia and 10 percent in the Americas.

Infineon organizes its operations in four segments: Automotive, Industrial Power Control, Power Management & Multimarket and Chip Card & Security.

Company fellowships

Your company wants to support a Summer School participant with a fellowship? Please get in contact for more information: office@iect.at

Location: Werkstätte Wattens

Werkstätte Wattens is an international business and creative centre for founders, startups, movers & shakers and service providers at various stages of development. We focus on technology, innovation, and the creation of regional value and sustainable growth.

In addition to a Co-Working Space, Team Offices, and Production & Workshop units, we also offer a Fablab for individual use at our 4,200m² facilities. Our partnership contacts in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and our services and programmes for both business and prototype development are paired with professional support to offer space and opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and co-creation.

For your information: The entire Summer School Programme takes place in the Werkstätte Wattens.

I.E.C.T. - Summer School 2019 fellowship partner

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