On February 19th, 2016 the annual i²c Networking Friday took place in the Kuppelsaal. More than 300 guests came to the all-day public event on entrepreneurship & innovation at the Vienna University of Technology, whose crowning completion was a pitch challenge with prizes worth a total of € 50,000.
Dr. Megan Jones, Chief Scientific Officer at Lantern and assistant professor at Stanford University (California/USA) delivered insights into sciencepreneurship in Stanford and Mag. Georg Kopetz, Co-Founder & Executive Board Member of TTTech contrasted his own founder story with today's possibilities. After the impulse talks, a panel discussion took place, where Dr. Megan Jones and Mag. Georg Kopetz discussed with Mag. Jürgen Jelly (itom invest GmbH), Mag. Bernhard Weber (Science Park Graz), Edward Hartwig, LLC (Strategist, USA-Austria) and Dr. Birgit Hofreiter the topic "framework for academic spin-offs and state-of-the-art". The discussion was moderated by Mag. Daniel Cronin (Co-Founder Austrian Startups).
The TU Startup & Ideas Roadshow was an opportunity to present TU-projects or -startups to the interested guests. This year there was a wide range – Bachelor-, Master-, PhD- and research-results – exhibited to get an idea of the variety of excellent results generated on different levels. In addition, public (funding) institutions such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Vienna Business Agency, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), aws, INiTS and StartupLeitner were invited to exhibit and to inform about their offer at the event.
The Networking Friday concludes, as every year, the i²c StartAcademy, a three-day workshop for researchers of TU Wien to examine the business potential of their research projects with the support of numerous experienced mentors and trainers (see own report about the StartAcademy). The event is aimed at sciencepreneurs, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, representatives of public funding institutions, politics and industry as well as many more who are interested in this topic. This year the event offered, in addition to the opportunity for networking, a comprehensive program on the subject of scientific spin-offs.