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.

Selection criteria and costs

 The Summer School addresses itself to academics, who want to commercialize or transfer their high scientific ideas and have experience in the fields of technology, science, advanced engineering, life science, physics, mathematics, IT or AI as well as to early-stage start-ups with science and technology projects.

Personal criteria

Applicants currently in pre-start-up stage/initial stage are in no need of a business plan.

Candidates should possess an ambitious and energetic mind set.

The owner/originator of the idea or key member of the team in the business/ project is preferable.

Fluency in English. Participants need to discuss their businesses with their mentor, other contributors and fellow colleagues during the week and must pitch their idea to the investors in English.

Selection process

Candidates must submit the online application for the I.E.C.T. – Summer School by the extended of 15th June 2020.
The number of participants per project or start-up is limited to one person.

Once we receive your application, the I.E.C.T. – Team will contact you for a skype interview. The project will be assessed in terms of innovation, novelty and sustainability. The project idea descriptions will be also measured with the help of the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2-4. The NASA TRL defines the stages of technological development of a project. The Technology Readiness Levels 2-4 reassess the research to prove the feasibility of a technology.

After detailed review applicants will receive an acceptance or refusal by the beginning of July 2020.

All the participants who are accepted on the Summer School are required to prepare a pre-course assignment. This comprises background reading and a short task identifying the key issues of the proposed project in the specific areas of marketing, business models, finance, team, etc. The aim is to encourage comprehensive preparation so that you can make the most of the Summer School.

How to apply?

Applications have to reach I.E.C.T. by 15th of June 2020 and be submitted digitally. If you have any questions regarding the application, please send an email to kb@iect.at.

Prepare the following documents:

Application form (online)

Curriculum vitae (1 page)

Approval of your supervisor concerning your IP

Short description of your project idea (1 page)

Your idea should have the potential of commercialisation, please describe this point in your application.

Motivation statement

Letter of recommendation (optional)

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