Programme and Timeline

  1. Opening and Welcome Reception

    Registration | Opening Ceremony

  2. Entrepreneurial Ambition

    Keynote | Workshop | Mentor Session | Inspirational Event

  3. Marketing

    Keynote | Workshop | Mentor Session | Business One-to-One Clinics

  4. Business

    Keynote | Workshop | Mentor Session | Legal One-to-One Clinics

  5. Finance

    Keynote | Workshop | Mentor Session | Outdoor Event

  6. Selling your Idea

    Keynote | Workshop | Pitch-Trainings | Idea Meets Business

  7. Demo Day

    Pitch-Trainings | Demo | Celebration Event

Optional:
Technology Symposium at European Forum Alpbach

THE SUMMER SCHOOL WEEK

The focus in the 6-day-programme will be on the development of winning action plans for innovative business ideas or projects. The tailor-made support through mentoring and clinics provide competent advice on individual business ideas and specific topics such as investment readiness, technical and market due diligence etc.

The schedule includes lectures, workshops and practical mentor sessions. There are topics for every day, from marketing and business models to teams and finance. These topics relate to the core development of business ideas.

The mentors and facilitators will support the participants in preparing a pitch in front of a panel of investors and entrepreneurs for the last Summer School day.

During the week individual sessions, called 1-to-1 clinics, are offered with lawyers, accountants, marketing experts and other professional service providers to discuss the specific questions of each participant and his or her project.

Application opens in february 2020!

Location

Keynote Session

Each day starts with an inspirational keynote presentation delivered by a highly successful entrepreneur or innovator. These sessions introduce the specific theme of the day, provide background knowledge, an understanding of key issues and the opportunity to consider any specific questions related which you may wish to raise with mentors or experts in subsequent sessions over the coming days.

Workshops

The workshops continue the theme of the day with practical tools and techniques on the specific topic. A number of highly interactive and targeted workshops are offered.

Mentor Sessions

The mentor sessions enable participants to work more closely with an expert, to clarify the business proposition and to prepare the demo day. Selected participants are placed in mentor groups consisting of approximately five participants to each mentor. These groups are carefully developed to match suitable mentors with participants from similar industry sectors or backgrounds in order to optimize the learning experience. The mentors work with each participant, acting as a sounding board for ideas and providing specialist advice on practical issues. These interactions with the mentor provide the chance to raise questions on topics, issues or angles not addressed within the keynote sessions.

Assistance is also available from high quality facilitators. The facilitators are assigned to each mentor group. They assist with the mentoring process, helping participants to navigate their way around the School, and to progress individual projects through insight derived from their own skills and experience.

One-to-One Clinics

Individual private sessions with lawyers, accountants, marketers and other professional service providers are offered to cover some of the key issues in advancing individual business projects. Participants are able to apply for business, legal and pitch sessions.

Demo Day

Every participant delivers a pitch in private to a panel comprising of entrepreneurs, business angels and venture capitalists. This presentation will be held in a “safe environment” meaning you are allowed to make mistakes and ask for feedback, in order to be able to rely on that when presenting for an investment or funding. The panel will give the participants feedback directly and in written form, which will be sent out to each participant upon completion of the Summer School.

Networking Events

The networking events held during the evenings, enabling participants to continuously communicate, refine and validate their ideas with contributors, such as high-profile entrepreneurs, investors, corporate intrapreneurs and business professionals. They also help to build that vital network of contacts needed to progress business ideas beyond the week.

Location

Werkstätte Wattens is an international business and creative centre for founders, startups, movers & shakers and service providers at various stages of development. We focus on technology, innovation, and the creation of regional value and sustainable growth.

In addition to a Co-Working Space, Team Offices, and Production & Workshop units, we also offer a Fablab for individual use at our 4,200m² facilities. Our partnership contacts in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and our services and programmes for both business and prototype development are paired with professional support to offer space and opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and co-creation.

For your information: The entire Summer School Programme takes place in the Werkstätte Wattens.

Contributors

Hermann Hauser

CO-Founder of I.E.C.T, CEO & Founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, Business Angel and Venture Capitalist

Yupar Myint

Head of programme für IMPULSE am Maxwell Centre in Cambridge

Miranda Weston-Smith

Business Development Consultant

Michael Anstey

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Olav Carlsen

Tiaxa Group

Partners we love to share our vision with.