In Austria, intensive discussions are currently taking place about organising universities more entrepreneurially and also offering university graduates opportunities for entrepreneurial activities. In Europe, the ETH Zurich with 24 spin-offs in 2018 and the University of Cambridge with 258 granted patents, 127 commercial licences and over 25 million pounds in funding and investment alone in spin-outs in 2018 are leading in this area.
The Ludwig Boltzmann Society (LBG) is the central, multidisciplinary research institution at the interface of science and society in Austria. In recent years, the LBG has positioned itself as an incubator for new topics and formats in the research landscape and, with open innovation in science methods and their concrete implementation, has achieved the development of previous research policies.
The LBG Innovator´s Road Programme in cooperation with the I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser and New Venture Scouting is intended to expand the instruments in the direction of “Entrepreneurial Skills” in science.
The offer of the LBG Innovator´s Road Programme tries to address the particularities of start-ups from the academic environment and follows the life cycle of a start-up. This means that tailor-made contents support the development of the founder and his start-up idea at the right time.