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I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship 2021

16 – 25. August 2021

I.E.C.T. – Summer School 7th edition will be held online. The success proven programme is known for attracting the brightest talents from all over the world – in order to allow cross-border collaborations and foster the international spirit the entrepreneurial programme will take a leap and move to the online world – without neglecting its most relevant assets: focus on capability building as well as allowing room to build up unique social capital

No matter if offline or online – you can count on being part of the I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser Family afterwards.

Apply now! Application process is open until July 15th

What participants can expect

Get ready for a highly intensive bootcamp week!

Workshops with experts from the deep tech area

Mentorships in small groups for individual support and a strong peer-to-peer learning environment

1-to-1 sessions regarding business and legal advice with designated experts

Opening ceremony with Hermann Hauser and representatives of the Austrian and UK ecosystem

Inspirational event State of AI
Listen to international thought leaders within the area of Artificial Intelligence be it entrepreneurs, policy makers or investors – get inspired, participate actively and connect afterwards within the I.E.C.T. – Network

Idea meets Business – Online fair in order to kick-off corporate and start-up collaborations
Prepare your idea to present it in front of corporates and possible partners, gain input regarding the pearls and pitfalls of corporate-startup collaborations and make the most of this kick-off for further partnerships

Demo Day
Pitch in front of highly renowable investors and experts in a safe environment

The idea

I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship will show participants the way to successfully commercialize their ideas by guiding them through the processes of protecting their ideas, investigating and pinpointing the market, raising finance, building teams and selling their ideas. It has been specifically designed for the budding entrepreneur or corporate innovator who requires practical know-how in the development of a new business.

I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship provides tools on how to start a business, valuable contacts with renowned entrepreneurs and experts and encourages post-docs and students to turn their ideas into reality.

This intensive week will focus on the development of winning action plans for new business ideas through mentored due diligence and on the development of a process for next steps of taking the idea forward in the commercial area.

This programme is organised by I.E.C.T. in cooperation with University of Cambridge and the European Forum Alpbach.

For whom

The target group of the Summer School are Master and PhD students, post-docs and researchers from the fields of technology, science, advanced engineering, life science, physics, mathematics, IT and AI as well as early-stage start-ups with technology or science projects.

You are the right person to attend the Summer School, if you answer one of the following questions with YES:

Do you have an idea which you think can be turned into a business?

Are you ready to take the next steps and make your business innovation a reality?

Are you working on a research topic, that has the potential to be commercialized?

You have an idea. You may already have started to implement it, but you are lacking the right network to launch your business successfully?


Profit from a successful running programme from the University of Cambridge combined with the national and international I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser network.

Hard Skills

Understand the process of taking novel technologies to market.

Determine the best business models and marketing strategies.

Set the right milestones to implement your idea and improve your entrepreneurial skills.

Gain the inspiration, motivation and tools required to take the next steps in terms of commercializing ideas and progressing a global business.

Soft Skills

Meet and experience global mentoring from senior entrepreneurs and be part of a vibrant, like-minded community.

Have a great week to accelerate your ideas and develop key entrepreneurial skills and contacts to exploit new ideas.

Improve social networking skills and learn how to tell your story right to convince potential investors, new team members or your first customer.

Alumni 2015 – 2019

Where do our participants come from?

Level of Education

Field of Research

Quantum Technologies


Advanced Materials


Distributed Systems

Smart Sensors

Genome Engineering


Machine Learning

Big Data

3D Printing

Synthetic Biology

In a nutshell

Integrative learning and networking experience through solid tools and tested approaches

I.E.C.T. – Network acts as core pillar – connecting all players of the ecosystem as well as providing a long-lasting entrepreneurial methodology way after the Summer School programme

Connection to internationally experienced experts, mentors and investors from the field of deep-tech whilst the Summer School and beyond

Summer School 2021 Alumni do have the possibility of joining a consolidated programme agenda at I.E.C.T. – Summer School 2022

Slide „Nach einer Pre-Seed Förderung und einer zusätzlichen Finanzierung realisieren wir gerade das erste Kraftwerk im Feld, um potentielle internationale Kooperationspartner mit unseren Ergebnissen zu überzeugen.“ STEFAN STREIN, ALUMNI I.E.C.T. – SUMMER SCHOOL ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP Slide „Ich konnte meine Idee im Rahmen der Summer School verbessern, habe Kontakte mit der Industrie geknüpft, war danach in Tokio, habe eine erste Funding Round erhalten und der erste Prototyp ist fertig.“ MATTHIAS ZÖHRER, ALUMNI I.E.C.T. – SUMMER SCHOOL ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP Slide „Wir haben gerade eine Finanzierungsrunde abgeschlossen, unser Produkt veröffentlicht und in mehrere Länder expandiert.“ GEORG TEUFL, ALUMNI I.E.C.T. – SUMMER SCHOOL ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP


24 international start-ups and numerous mentors and experts were part of the I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship 2020, which was offered last 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.

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