I.E.C.T. – Challenge

10th October 2019

You are looking for an investor for your start-up? Then the I.E.C.T. – Challenge is just right for you.
The I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser is looking for you and your innovative start-up with high market potential.

In the fourth edition of the I.E.C.T. – Challenge IT and innovative technologies / services startups were invited to apply. The top seven will present themselves on October 10, 2019, directly after the Investors Academy, in the Werkstätte Wattens in front of an investor jury led by Hermann Hauser. The winning team will also be invited to Cambridge and can discuss extensively with Hermann Hauser in a private session.

What requirements should your start-up meet?

  • You have a strongly scalable business model with a good market potential?

  • You are a strong team

  • Ideally, you work in the fields of IT, new innovative technology, or services

  • You can already account for tractions with regard to customers and some market experience

If the points above apply to you, you’re just right at I.E.C.T. – Challenge!

Among all participants, 10 nominated start-ups will have the chance to pitch their business to a jury via Skype. The Skype Pitches will take place during the week of September 24-28. The top 5 start-ups will pitch on the 12th of October 2018 before the I.E.C.T. – Capital Partners, led by Hermann Hauser. At the joint get-together after the pitches, the participants can expand their network and make valuable contacts with the team of I.E.C.T., industry partners and investors.

If you have any questions regarding the challenge please click here.

What’s in for you?

For the participating start-ups, a convincing pitch in Wattens can really be worthwhile, because not only Hermann Hauser himself but also the I.E.C.T. – Capital Partners, private investors and industry partners bring a dense network and strong investment interest. Thus, the Challenge participants of the previous years, Anyline and 360kompany, each secured six-figure investments by Hermann Hauser. The winner of this year’s Challenge will get a trip to Cambridge and a private session with Hermann Hauser. But the other finalists won’t go home emptyhanded either. For example, they receive a free promotional check by the Cemit, a valuation check by PwC Austria and other helpful support from our cooperation partners Tiroler Sparkasse, Werkstätte Wattens, Standortagentur Tirol and Startup Euregio.

Motion 4 Kids

Additionally this year start-ups that want to teach children a healthy and active way of living should feel encouraged to apply. These start-ups can count on working with motion4kids, which supports innovative sport and education projects for children between the ages of three and ten.

The goal of motion4kids is to improve the health, learning and social skills of the children, to sustainably increase their quality of life and to promote their integration.

If you are interested in working with motion4kids, please note this in the last section of the registration form!

Jury – Selection of the top 5

Magdalena Hauser
Magdalena Hauser CEO I.E.C.T. - Hermann Hauser

More about Magdalena Hauser

After completing her studies in economics and interior design and her first activities in the start-up scene, Magdalena Hauser founded the I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser, together with Josef, Johannes and Hermann Hauser. Access to international entrepreneurial know-how and smart money were and still are the focus of attention. In February 2018 Magdalena took over the management of the I.E.C.T. and in May 2018, together with three other co-founders, she founded the association AI Austria – Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence.

Frank Hummler
Frank HummlerI.E.C.T. – Investmentteam

More about Frank Hummler

Frank is part of the investment team of I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser and responsible for the deal flow and for start-up evaluations.

Kurt Kofler
Kurt KoflerTyrolean Business Angel – CEO

More about Kurt Kofler

Kurt Kofler holds a PhD in natural sciences from the University of Innsbruck. After the time as research assistant at the Medical University of Innsbruck, he joined Cemit where he was responsible for the development of R&D projects. After a short period as independent consultant for innovation projects he was appointed as CEO of the Tyrolean Business Angel GmbH.

Mag. Johannes Hauser
Mag. Johannes HauserCo-Founder and CEO of Nova Portfolio Management

More about Mag. Johannes Hauser

Mag. Johannes Hauser graduated from business and economics at the University Innsbruck and gained experience in international investments due to 3-years working for a financial management company in Cambridge and London. He was consulting different startups in the Cambridge area as well, in which his cousin Hermann Hauser invested. In his role he made, in cooperation with Hoare Octagon venture fund, analysis and common decisions for new investments as well as further investment rounds.

Location: Werkstätte Wattens

The Werkstätte Wattens is an international business and creative center for founders, startups and manufacturing and service companies at various stages of development with a focus on technology, innovation, regional value creation and sustainable growth. On a total area of currently 3,800 square meters, the Werkstätte Wattens offers, in addition to a co-working space, team offices and production and workshop units, a fablab for individual use.


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