General information

New year – new format: the IECT Challenge will happen again this year.

You are looking for potential investors and / or corporate partners to take the next big step? Go, get ready and apply for the IECT – Challenge.

You will work with a selected lead (industry expert) in a team. As a duo, you face the biggest challenges your startup has right now. Selected investors, corporates and other experts are part of your round. With critical questions from investors and corporates, ideas from the various players and the expertise of the attendees, you can take the next step with the help of the know-how gathered.


Your goal: build a strong network, find partners and attract potential investors and corporate partners.

And win a one-to-one session with Hermann Hauser as well as a day-pass to the renown I.E.C.T. – Summer School!

Programme and Timeline


14.00 Start Challenge

14.15 Official welcome

14.30 Keynote: Matthias Lehleiter

15.30 Elevator Pitch Start-Ups & Presentation of Leads

16.00 Challenge Sessions / Break-Out Sessions

17.00 Presentations Key-Take-Aways of the start-ups

17.30 Audience Voting – winner 1-to-1 session with Hermann Hauser

17.45 Recap & Feedback

18.00 Networking & Flying Buffet


Send your pitch deck until 25.09.2019

Costs & Requirements

Which requirements should your start-up fulfill?

  • You have a highly scalable business model with great market potential
  • You are a strong, competent team
  • Ideally you are in the field of IT, new innovative technologies or services
  • You can already demonstrate tractions in the form of customers and initial market experience

Participation is free for you as a start-up.


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.

Here you can get guest tickets for the breakout sessions!


Keynote Speaker: Matthias Lehleiter

Berenberg Bank

Picture of Patrick Pirchegger

Lead: Patrick Pirchegger