Tailor-made support for academic founders
Road Programme
LBG Innovator´s
LBG Innovator's
Road Programme

Programme Design

The Innovator’s Road Programme focuses on the specific issues of start-ups from the academic environment and follows the life cycle of a startup company. Tailor-made content supports the development of the founder and the project idea. Hence during the programme founders with academic backgrounds will acquire the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills necessary for founding and scaling new businesses. For the modular approach, the Triple Chasms Principle, a scientific method from the Cambridge cluster, was further developed, adapted and successproven by the programme partners.


The structure applied in the Innovator’s Road Programme is based on the combination of 12 vectors (major topics that affect the commercialization journey) and the modified TRL system (characterizing maturity). This unified framework provides a powerful tool to identify the key vectors that need to be in the focus of the founder’s attention at certain levels of the journey. Additionally, the I.E.C.T. – Network acts as supporting resource in order to show the comprehensive assessment of each project, enabling mentors, experts and startups to maintain a structured and open discussion grounded on a common language.

Method & Tool

An online ecosystem for founding, scaling and innovating businesses.

Connecting start-ups, investors, mentors and corporates

Aggregated assessment for a holistic picture of the product‘s maturity based on the vectors

Integration of programmes, initiatives and relevant information

Exclusive communication within the ecosystem

Online portal on all devices as stand-alone software and browser application

Closed, trusting communication system with GDPR & NDA integration

Building Blocks

At a glance

Comprehensive support for start-ups on the way to marketability

Individual evaluation on the respective degree of commercialization of a start-up including the creation of a roadmap for the further process

Tailor-made workshops that use state-of-the-art start-up methods

Individually tailored 1-to-1 coaching and mentorings including a key contact person

Participation in events, access to markets, financing and expertise as well as concrete matchings with established companies

Peer-2-Peer Learning within the participants and with other founders

NVS and I.E.C.T. are embedded in the scientific and economic environment and thus offer the advantages of both worlds

Access to the I.E.C.T. – Network in order to track progress, assess the project and establish an online expert network


Download the brochure for more information about the programme and get to know the alumni, mentors and experts.

Meet the mentors



30th – 31st October, 2019

Wattens, Austria

Tailor-made mentoring programme for academic founders.


9th – 10th of January 2020

Talent Garden, Vienna

The LBG Innovator’s Programme goes into the next round. Together with the programme’s sponsor – the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft – the project partners New Venture Scouting and I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser as well as external experts were able to work in depth with the ten start-ups on the topics of Finance, IP and Leadership & Culture.


27th March, 2020

Innsbruck, Austria

Werner Wutscher, founder of New Venture Scouting, welcomed the participants of the LBG Innovator’s Road to the first mini workshop on Leadership & Team at the end of March.


April 16th – 17th, 2020

Innsbruck, Austria

In mid-April, the participants, the project team, the program sponsors and experts from the UK and Germany gathered in front of their screens at home to participate in the third module of the LBG Innovator’s Road.

The program was implemented online due to the current situation and covered topics such as commercialization strategies, business models, products & services and start-up & corporate cooperation.

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