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.
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
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.
i²c STARTacademy Alumni, Founder Procedural Design
Penaranda Moren Maria Soledad
i²c STARTacademy Alumni, Research Division of Building Physics and Sound Protection
i²c STARTacademy Alumni, Founder Huber Scientific
i²c STARTacademy Alumna, Co-Founder and CSO of UGP materials, Researcher and Lecturer at TU Wien
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
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
Applications have to be submitted by 31st of October digitally via this application form.
Your online application should contain:
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
Scientific Program Manager