The programme of the I.E.C.T. – Summer School provides a comprehensive insight into the world of entrepreneurship. The first item on the agenda of each day were keynotes by renowned experts such as Joerg Spreitzer, Olav Carlsen, Marcus Malek, Michael Anstey, Petra Dobrocka, Alex van Someren und Denise Vorraber. They provided the participants with valuable impressions on marketing strategies, business model, IP, finance & investment, building a great team, selling your idea and pitching.
Afterwards, the individual groups got together with their mentor to answer individual questions and to find solutions for possible problems and hurdles together. We were happy to welcome the following experts as mentors: Christian Soschner, Jane Garrett, Miranda Weston-Smith, Stephan Schächer, Uday Phadke, Werner Wutscher und Yupar Myint. The team was supported by mentoring partner Shailendra Vyakarnam.
A special feature this year was that I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser succeeded in bringing three highly relevant entrepreneurs and investors on board. Tony Fadell (inventor of the iPod), Charly Kleissner (Impact Investor from Austria) and Phil O’Donovan (founder of Cambridge Silicon Radio and developer of Bluetooth) They not only talked about their own experiences during their career, but were also available to answer numerous questions.
On two days during the programme, the start-ups were able to contact recognised experts in the fields of business and law and ask them questions about current hurdles. On another day, selected pitch trainers helped the participants to prepare for the upcoming Demo Day.