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i²c STARTacademy - Open Call for Application

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Healthy societies, resilient economies and thriving ecosystems have one thing in common: breakthrough innovations. Through your research, you have the privilege to be among those who actively build the world of tomorrow and tackle humankinds’ biggest on-going challenges. With the i²c STARTacademy, we provide TU Wien scientists with the infrastructure, focus and guidance needed to understand what it takes to implement your research and ideas into new products and services – and bring it to society. 

The European acclaimed i²c STARTacademy format provides you with a personalized framework for investigating the business potential of your researchdeveloping a first business model and thoroughly planning your market entry by bringing you together with 30+ experienced national & international mentors, coaches, investors and industry representatives over the course of three full days in order for you to work together with them on the following aspects of your research projects:

  • How to describe the key features of your research and the benefits it brings to the customers.
  • Market & competitor analysis methods to discover the specific needs of the market your prospective customers belong to.
  • How to determine and effectively reach your customers (market segmentation, market targeting, product positioning).
  • Marketing MIX: product, price, place, promotion.
  • Tools and methods for developing a business model and a financial plan.
  • Financing strategy & pitch training (targeting investors, customers, whoever you want to target with your storytelling)

Participation is free of charge for TUW scientists and the number of projects participating in the bootcamp is restricted to maximum 10.

Key Points
i²c STARTacademy: January 31st – February 2nd  2023, TU Wien Seminarraum AE U1 -4
i²c STARTacademy Pitch Challenge: 3rd of February 2023, TU Wien Kuppelsaal
Online application:, opens an external URL in a new window  
Info Event: October 10th, 2pm – TU Wien Innovation Incubation Center, Taubstummengasse 11, 4th floor
Application Deadline: October 28th, 2022


We support breakthrough innovations through the i²c Award 

Participation in the i²c STARTacademy is a pre-condition for the i²c Award, opens an external URL in a new window, a  €5,000, - scholarship granted to PhD candidates/PhDs with a high potential research result who want to spin out their research. It offers PhD graduates an entry to an alternative career path and the opportunity to focus on the commercialization of their PhD result with a basic monthly income after finishing their contract with TU Wien. This award comes with admittance into the TUW i²ncubator and desk space at the TU Wien Founder Space for 1 year. 

Find out more about the i²c STARTacademy:

What scientists say about the i²c STARTacademy over the past 7 years, opens an external URL in a new window

What the industry mentors say about the i²c STARTacademy, opens an external URL in a new window

For further details, please visit our website, opens an external URL in a new window

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Alexandra Negoescu

Scientific Program Manager TU Wien Innovation Incubation Center