I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship

What is the idea?

I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship will show participants the way to successfully commercialize their ideas by guiding them through the processes of protecting their ideas, investigating and pinpointing the market, raising finance, building teams and selling their ideas. It has been specifically designed for the budding entrepreneur or corporate innovator who requires practical know-how in the development of a new business.

I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship provides tools on how to start a business, valuable contacts with renowned entrepreneurs and experts and encourages post-docs and students to turn their ideas into reality.

This intensive week will focus on the development of winning action plans for new business ideas through mentored due diligence and on the development of a process for next steps of taking the idea forward in the commercial area.

Who is it for?

The overall aim of the Summer School is to coach early-stage start-ups, students and researchers on how to assess the commercial viability of their research and projects and develop plans for new venture creation with global potential.

The target group of the Summer School are Master and PhD students, post-docs and researchers from the fields of technology, science, advanced engineering, life science, physics, mathematics, IT and AI as well as early-stage start-ups with technology or science projects.

You are the right person to attend the Summer School, if you answer one of the following questions with „yes“:

      • Do you have an idea which you think can be turned into a business?
      • Are you ready to take the next steps and make your business innovation a reality?
      • Do you want to learn about commercialization – what it takes to bring a new idea to market?

Key Facts

Cambridge goes Tyrol

I.E.C.T. and the Summer School offer a nationally and internationally linked network of partners and knowledge, especially from the Cambridge hub and Austria.

Experienced entrepreneurs from Cambridge and Austria meet post-docs and PhD students with entrepreneurial spirit

I.E.C.T. – Summer School on Entrepreneurship means:

6 intensive days with:

 Keynote sessions

 Mentor sessions

 Get-together events

 Outdoor activities

More than 45 internationally renowned keynote-speakers, experts and mentors from the fields of:


 Start-up development

 Business Models

 IP and Law

Life Science


Finance and Tax


Marketing for start-ups

Industrial Innovation Management

Team Building

Presentation Skills

What are the benefits?

  • Gain the inspiration, motivation and tools required to take the next steps in terms of commercialising ideas and progressing a global business.
  • Understand the process of taking novel technologies to market.
  • Determine the best business models and marketing strategies to commercialise a new idea.
  • Have a great week of thinking time to accelerate your ideas, develop key entrepreneurial skills and contacts to exploit new ideas in response to customer needs more effectively.
  • Meet and experience global mentoring from senior entrepreneurs.
  • Be a part of a vibrant, like-minded community.
  • Improve social networking skills and the ability to pitch an idea.

That was 2017…

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