FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME

About our fellowship programme

Innovative corporates see the opportunity that lies within the startup world where new, disruptive ideas, developed by smart people are revolutionizing the economy. On the other hand startups profit from market know-how, sales channels and credibility of established companies. That is why we want to give corporates as well as startups the chance to connect and collaborate.

In the following we present innovative companies who want to foster your idea by supporting you with a financial contribution for the I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship.

What does that mean to you?

Companies define their target fields or regions, in which or where they want to search for their fellow. If you fit into one of these fields or regions, you are eligible to apply. The company pays for your participation fee and supports you with € 1.000,- for accommodation and travel costs.

During the Summer School you will be presented as their company fellow in the delegate and contributor booklet as well as at the Welcome Reception on the first evening.

As the company defines fields where they can help you the most, you not only profit from financial support but also from a close connection to your possible first customer or supporter in building sales channels.

Selection Process

The selection process will be the same as if you are applying for a regular spot. The I.E.C.T. – team will review all applications and select you for a skype interview with one of our experts. Details about the standard process can be found within the application form.

If you are not selected, but we think your idea fits to our Summer School, we will ask you if you want to apply for a regular spot.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (mh@iect.at).

COMPANY FELLOWSHIPS

We’ll release information about our company fellowships here during the application phase. If you want to know more now, contact Lucas Hauser (lh@iect.at).

EGGER

EGGER has a solid base thanks to its healthy growth, innovative products and high quality standards.
Our dedicated and highly qualified employees play a key role in making us one of the leading European companies in the wood-based material industry.

As a family owned company with a strong equity base, we are able to largely finance investments in our growth from our own resources. We only use external financing in a targeted manner and to a very limited extend.

All of this makes us a powerful and future-proof partner.

The company was established in St. Johann in Tirol (AT) in 1961. Nowadays, EGGER owns plants in Austria, Germany, Great Britain, France, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Poland, the U.S. of America and Argentina, which sell their products on a global scale and currently employ approx. 10,000 employees.

Our core values include protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and employing efficient energy generation. We achieve this through the promotion of sustainable forestry, integrated locations, energy generation in our own biomass power plants, most modern and resource-saving processing technologies and environmentally friendly logistics. Our environmental management system enables the efficient realisation of our environmental objectives and the integration of environmental aspects into our workflows.

Our decorative surfaces are used in many areas of everyday life and need various functionalities to fulfill the requirements. The aim of our future developments is to test and apply a wide range of surface technologies which are already being used with other basic materials or to develop completely new functional surfaces.

You are eligible for this fellowship if your idea fulfills the following requirements:

  • Your idea/ research/ early stage startup operates in the area of functional surfaces which are also applicable for wood based panels. This includes all kinds of surface functionalities.
  • You are experienced with surface modification technologies to ensure different functions of surfaces.
  • No regional focus
  • There are no special requirements regarding educational level (though general Summer School requirements always apply).

Tiroler Sparkasse

Founded in 1822 on charitable principles, Tiroler Sparkasse is the oldest financial institution in Tyrol. From its formation until today, it has always been operating under the premise of creating and ensuring prosperity for the entire region. Throughout the years Tiroler Sparkasse established itself as a modern and innovative full-service bank. With its state of the art online banking system George as well as Telebanking Pro, a business banking service for companies to provide individualized customer experience, Tiroler Sparkasse is adapting to rapid digitization without losing its traditional values.

The company and its subsidiaries employ over 560 highly trained and enthusiastic employees at 54 locations, which serve more than 153,000 customers in Innsbruck city and surrounding areas. With total assets exceeding € 3.5 billion, Tiroler Sparkasse is the paramount financial service provider for companies in Tyrol. Thus, we have a close connection to the Tyrolean economy – the businesses, the entrepreneurs, and their innovative ideas.

You are eligible for this fellowship if your idea fulfills the following requirements:

  • Your idea/research/early stage startup operates in the mobility sector. This includes all technologies concerning the mobility topic.
  • There are no special requirements regarding educational level (though general Summer School requirements always apply).

UNIQA Ventures

UNIQA Ventures is a venture capital company and part of UNIQA Group, a leading insurance group in its core markets Austria and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Based in Vienna, UNIQA Ventures invests in European startups focusing on Fintech/Insurtech, Digital Health, Smart Home and Mobility. In addition to investments, the company also supports its portfolio startups with an extensive network and profound industry knowhow. The venture capital initiatives and first startup investments of UNIQA started in 2016 and consisted of companies working close to the core business and social impact targets.

After a succesful exit to a major corporation, several new startup investments and the formation of a dedicated team, a legal entity (LLC/GmbH) was founded to further professionalize and enable agile partnering and a lean structure similar to classical venture capital funds. The first project of the newly established UNIQA Ventures GmbH is a joint venture project focusing on fintech&insurtech investments together with Speedinvest, the major Austrian VC fund and Raiffeisen Bank International.

Following the vertical strategy, new joint venture programs in the spaces of health smart home or mobility are planned for 2019 and beyond.

You are eligible for this fellowship if your idea fulfills the following requirements:

    • Your idea/research/early stage startup operates within the sector of digital health or fintech incl. insurtech. Regional focus on CEE-countries incl. Israel.
    • There are no special requirements regarding educational level (though general Summer School requirements always apply).

SPONSORED PLACES

What is included?

Cooperation partners offer sponsored places according to their requirements. Each of them contains different offerings, but all of them cover the participation fee if you get selected.

Selection Process

The selection process will be the same as if you are applying for a regular spot. The I.E.C.T. – team will review all applications and select you for a skype interview with one of our experts. Details about the standard process can be found within the application form.

If you are not selected, but we think your idea fits to our Summer School, we will ask you if you want to apply for a regular spot.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (mh@iect.at).

SPONSORED PLACES COOPERATION PARTNERS

Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft

The Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) is a research institution with a thematic focus on medicine, life sciences and the humanities, and is specifically targeting new research topics in Austria. Together with academic and implementing partners, the LBG is currently running 21 institutes and develops and tests new forms of collaboration between science and non-scientific actors such as companies, the public sector and civil society. Socially relevant challenges, to which research can contribute, are to be recognized at an early stage and taken up.

The LBG Open Innovation in Science Center, which unlocks the potential of open innovation for science, and the LBG Career Center, which supports 200 PhD students and postdocs, are part of the LBG. The LBG employs 550 people.

The Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft covers your participation fee.

You are eligible for a sponsored place if your idea fulfills the following requirements:

    • Focus in Health Science, but not a must
    • For Pre- and PostDocs (this includes PhD students)
    • The project or idea must have a connection to an Austrian institution

The Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft provides 10 sponsored places in total.

GIN – Global Incubator Network

The Global Incubator Network (GIN) is Austria’s one stop shop for investors, startups and incubators. It connects the Austrian startup ecosystem with international partners interested in the Austrian and European markets respectively. Based on international cooperation agreements, it has a special focus on hotspots in Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Israel, China and South Korea). GIN is managed by the public agencies aws and FFG and offers customized services for international partners and a variety of programs for Austrian and international startups.

goAustria is a tailor-made incubation and internationalization program for international startups to set up a European base in Austria. You will be matched with a personal startup mentor from Austria, who supports you in your internationalization plan and connects you to key players in the ecosystem.

The 8th batch of goAustria is organized in close cooperation with I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship.
GIN covers the following costs – including your participation fee:
  • Flight costs (max. € 800,- from Asia, € 300,- from Israel / economy class)
  • Train tickets (from Vienna to Innsbruck and back / economy)
  • Accommodation costs (max. € 100,- per night)
  • Mentor costs and co-working space in Vienna (after the Summer School)

You are eligible for a sponsored place if your idea fulfills the following requirements:

  • Early-stage startups
  • from GIN target countries (Israel, Japan, South Korea, Hongkong, China, Singapur)
  • Focus: ICT and applications, but not a must

GIN offers 5 sponsored places in total.

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