Impressions from the STARTacademy 2018

February 13th- 15th, 2018

Impressions from the i²c STARTacademy 2017

February 21st- 23rd, 2017

How to turn research into reality

i²c STARTacademy 2019 – the Bootcamp 4 Scientists

Impressions from the i²c STARTacademy 2018

Up to 10 research projects from our university can participate in a 3 days’ intense workshop for academics who want to challenge the potential to transfer their technology/their research results into successful products or services/ potential spin-off.
The i²c STARTacademy provides you with a personalized framework for rigorously planning your market entry and validating your market assumptions. We do this by offering the necessary input and bringing you together with over 30 experienced national & international mentors, coaches, investors and industry representatives over the course of 3 full days in order for you to work together with them on the commercial aspects of your research projects
Furthermore, the i²c STARTacademy is also an entry point for the opportunity to join the TUW i²ncubator program where throughout 1 year you are guided and supported to bring your disruptive research or promising early-stage projects to market. We facilitate fundraising support through our network, access to personalized trainings, mentorship, an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence) program, well-equipped workspaces and meeting rooms in our FounderSpace, as well as access to a strong inter-/national network of investors and industry partners.

What is the idea of the i²c STARTacademy

Launched in 2015, the i²c START academy offers insights on how to commercialize research results. Over the course of 3 full days, participants will receive guidance in investigating and identifying the potential market, how to derive a viable business model, what to consider in the financing strategy, and how to sell the idea. This program has been designed for researchers who require practical know how for spinning off.

The aim of the START academy is to provide researchers with the know-how from experienced national & international mentors, serial entrepreneurs, industry representatives, and investors.


The bootcamp-style workshop comprising of a combination of input sessions, mentoring sessions, and peer-review sessions spans over 3 days, each with a different focus. The coaches and trainers are hand-picked for your research projects and bring their domain-specific know-how to your quest of turning your research into a business, a product or a service

  • Gain the inspiration and motivation needed for taking the next steps
  • Get familiar with the process of transferring academic research to market and learn what to expect when setting the grounds of a business
  • Identify application fields and market opportunities for your research
  • Derive a viable business model, market & financial strategy for spinning-off
  • Meet and experience mentoring from inter-/national coaches, founders, trainers, and investors
  • Develop a market-oriented mindset and skills
  • Improve the ability to pitch an idea and to present and communicate your research result to non-experts
  • Full access to the vibrant i²c Founder community, Industry and Investor Network
  • Get the chance to win the i²c Award, a scholarship granted to PhDs with a high potential research result. It offers PhD graduates an alternative career path and the opportunity to focus on the commercialization of their PhD result with a basic monthly income for 5 months after finishing their contract with TU Wien. This award comes with admittance into the TUW i²ncubator and thus, an office space in the TU Wien Founder Space for 1 year.

The STARTacademy was the most important week of my whole PhD study. It opened my mind to a huge amount of new knowledge. During intense one-on-one sessions, mentors provided us with valuable feedback which pushed ourselves, our business ideas and skills several levels higher. I enjoyed the atmosphere so much that I started to participate at all kinds of i2c events and enrolled in the Innovation Curriculum. I can absolutely recommend the StartAcademy to any researcher!

The i²c STARTacademy was for me, like its name says, a very good “start-point”. It gave me the necessary knowledge to understand which are our possibilities and where we need to re-think our project. This allowed us a better use of our resources and planning of the necessary next steps. We already filed a patent and we have now a possible local partner with whom we expect to develop further our system.

The i²c STARTacademy is a great setting to get a feeling of the process to get your spin-off up and running. In this view, very intense days with many mentors from different fields you can discuss and learn anything you want to know, develop models and try to understand how to start your own company. If you are thinking about starting you own business, you should definitely not miss this opportunity to discuss your ideas in this setting!

I am completely overwhelmed by all the amazing things I learned in such a short time. I especially value the ratio of mentors to teams. That allowed us to have one-on-one discussions with exceptional and experienced people.

Martin Ilčík
i²c STARTacademy Alumni, Founder Procedural Design

Penaranda Moren Maria Soledad 
i²c STARTacademy Alumni, Research Division of Building Physics and Sound Protection

Tobias Huber
i²c STARTacademy Alumni, Founder Huber Scientific

Miriam Unterlass
i²c STARTacademy Alumna, Co-Founder and CSO of UGP materials, Researcher and Lecturer at TU Wien


Target Group:

TU Wien scientists and PhD candidates from all disciplines


Bootcamp for maximum 10 teams The participants work on their own technology


3 days intensive training and workshop Pitch-event with a jury of experts
at the TUW Innovation Summit - i²c Networking Friday on Day 4.

Bootcamp Date & Location:

February 19th-21st, 2019 Boecklsaal 1040 Vienna, Karlsplatz 13


Participation is free of charge for TUW scientists and includes participation at the workshop as well as drinks and food over the duration of the workshop

The overall fee for non-TUW projects is EUR 1.500/ project


English Fluency in English is a prerequisite

Application Process:

Applications have to be submitted by 31st of October digitally via  this application form.

Your online application should contain:

  • Names and affiliation of your team members
  • A short summary of your research result
  • The state of the art and what makes your project unique in the field of application
  • A synopsis of your expectations on the i²c STARTacademy program
  • Intellectual property rights status

The research has to be in progress or completed. We recommend 2-3 team members per project to attend the workshop. Please note the participation is limited to 10 projects. Your application will be reviewed by an expert jury and upon their decision, you will be notified of the status of your application.

Workshop language and language of submission is English.


If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact

Alexandra NEGOESCU
Scientific Program Manager
+43-1-58801-406 672

STARTacademy in Numbers

Status: September 2018

40 teams

(91 participants)


Spin-offs founded


spin-offs in founding


Employment places generated


spin-offs incubated by the TUWi2ncubator


mentors & trainers


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