Spin-off AustriA
Conference 2020

Entrepreneurship as Third Mission
25 Nov 2020
Hermann Hauser and Herbert Gartner invite you to join online

About the Conference

About

This conference aims at raising the awareness in Austria that entrepreneurship must be
a third mission for Austrian universities alongside research and teaching. By 2030, Austria shall have a flourishing spin-off ecosystem with a significant number of additional 1,000 new start-up companies. This will raise the GDP, create new jobs and opportunities for young people mobilising scientific talents in all areas.

Statement of the Federal President of the Republic of Austria

“I welcome the Spin-off Austria Conference and its efforts to promote the “Third Mission” in addition to Teaching and Research at Austrian Universities and Technical Colleges. The Third Mission deals with the Translation of Research to the benefit of society. This should not end with the publication of great research papers but must include the application of the findings to real world problems like climate change, electrification of transport, and making our industry more efficient and producing less waste. A key part of the translation process are Spin-offs and I hope this conference can contribute to a rapid acceleration of the formation of Spin-off Companies from Austrian research institutions.”

Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen,
Federal President of the Republic of Austria

376.000
Students

This is the number of students in the academic year 2019/2020 in Austria. In 2017, Austria invested 45% more per student from primary to tertiary education than the OECD average.

12,7 Bill.
R&D

This is the volume that the Austrian government and Austrian companies have invested in research and development in 2019. As a percentage of GDP, within the EU only Sweden invested more in R&D.

19
Spin–Offs

According to the annual reports, this is the number of newly founded spin-offs at public universities in Austria in 2019. The output seems rather low when compared to the investment in students and R&D.

Schedule

11:00 am – 11:20 am
Dr. Hermann Hauser

Introductory Keynote

Introductory Keynote

In 2000, Science Minister Lord David Sainsbury fostered activities that aimed at introducing commercialisation as a third mission alongside research and teaching at UK universities. During the course of the last 20 years, academia implemented highly efficient and standardised processes to spin-off companies in cooperation with government and VC investors. The phenomenal success of this initiative led to 6.000 new companies in Cambridge – the so-called Silicon Fen.

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11:20 am – 11:30 am

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11:30 am – 11:35 am
Video Contribution of Federal Minister Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heinz Fassmann

Federal Ministry Republic of Austria – Education, Science and Research

Federal Ministry Republic of Austria – Education, Science and Research

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11:35 am – 11:55 am
Prof. Mark Ferguson

Creating the Missing Trillions

Creating the Missing Trillions

There is a relation between the quality of research and qualities of companies that a country can produce. If the UK had the same correlation between high quality research and successful companies as in the US, there would have been two trillion more GDP in the years between 1979 and 2013. The EIC will stimulate the scaling up of innovative, deep tech, market creating companies in Europe, crowding in private investment and becoming a global hallmark of innovation excellence.

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11:55 am – 12:05 pm

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12:05 pm – 12:10 pm
Video Contribution of Federal Minister Leonore Gewessler, BA

Federal Ministry Republic of Austria of Climate Action, Environment Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Federal Ministry Republic of Austria of Climate Action, Environment Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

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12:10 pm – 12:30 pm
Prof. Giulio Superti-Furga

Spin-off Austria

Spin-off Austria

In proportion to the number of researchers and students there are not enough spin-offs in Austria.
Based on personal experience: what can be done to empower the community, create incentives
and foster a culture of entrepreneurship that is actively supported and not simply tolerated by the
academic leadership?

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12:30 pm – 12:40 pm

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12:40 pm – 12:45 pm
Video Contribution of Federal Minister Dr. Margarete Schramböck

Federal Ministry Republic of Austria – Digital and Economic Affair

Federal Ministry Republic of Austria – Digital and Economic Affair

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12:45 pm – 01:15 pm

Panel I: about Infrastructure

for Spin-offs in Austria

Panel I: about Infrastructure

for Spin-offs in Austria

Moderation by Klara Brandstätter (I.E.C.T.) with Raphael Friedl (tech2be), Martin Mössler,
(Science Park Graz), Marlis Baurecht (aws) and Silvia Laimgruber (FFG)

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01:15 pm – 01:35 pm
Prof. Yan Gong

Entrepreneurship landscape in China: Reflections and key lessons

Entrepreneurship landscape in China: Reflections and key lessons

This keynote provides a perspective of current frontiers and ongoing challenges in China’s entrepeneurial landscape.

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01:35 pm – 01:45 pm

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01:45 pm – 02:05 pm
Prof. David Gann CBE

Ideas and talent: economic growth and social progress

Ideas and talent: economic growth and social progress

What university entrepreneurship can bring to apost-COVID world

Universities play a pivotal role in developing ideas that shape the world. They need to create the right conditions to foster entrepreneurial ideas and they need to put in place the mechanisms to enable new ventures to start and to grow. Some universities have become hubs at the heart of innovation eco-systems, like Stanford and Berkeley in the Bay area, or Oxford, Imperial, UCL and Cambridge – the ‘golden triangle’ - in the UK.  These research-led universities provide a continuous flow of new ideas and the talented people to work on them. They use their convening power to connect the many different stakeholders necessary for new ventures to succeed. This presentation provides an overview of the approaches that help generate and support new start-ups and spin-offs from universities. It draws on case-studies of firms that have emerged from the London eco-system, and the experience of developing Imperial College’s White City Innovation Campus - home to a vibrant community of university start-ups, venture funders, scale-ups and corporate technology companies.

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02:05 pm – 02:15 pm

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02:15 pm – 02:35 pm
Dr. Tomas Brenner

Entrepreneurship at ETH Zurich: Learnings and success factors

Entrepreneurship at ETH Zurich: Learnings and success factors

In this presentation, we explore key success factors and instruments of ETH Zurich, which enable the successful spin-out of around 30 new high-tech ventures per annum and how ventures succeed to translate disruptive technologies into commercial revenue-generating products.

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02:35 pm – 02:45 pm

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02:45 pm – 03:05 pm
Ken Morse

Critical Success Factors in Innovation & Entrepreneurship: What’s Hot & What’s Not

Critical Success Factors in Innovation & Entrepreneurship: What’s Hot & What’s Not

Innovation is invention x commercialization. If either is zero, there is no innovation. Investors must team up with customer-centric entrepreneurs to bring their breakthrough inventions out of the cool comfort of the laboratory into the cruel crucible of the marketplace. Speed is the handmaiden of innovation. Selling new concepts and products - usually long before they have been built - is one of the key critical success factors. Defining and quantifying the value proposition, identifying and addressing the “jury” and preparing an effective elevator pitch - these skills and attitudes often make the difference between success and failure.

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03:05 pm – 03:15 pm

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03:15 pm – 03:35 pm
Greg Galvin, Ph.D.

Entrepreneurial Awakening

Entrepreneurial Awakening

Over the past forty years there has been an evolution of the relationship between academia and commercial activities in the United States. Cornell University came to this awakening somewhat later and more hesitantly than many of its peers. Nevertheless, the evolution occurred and entrepreneurial activity at Cornell is vibrant spanning all disciplines and all members of the community. Students, faculty, the Ithaca community and the university all benefit from a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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03:35 pm – 03:45 pm

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03:45 pm – 04:15 pm

Panel II: about International

Best Practice

Panel II: about International

Best Practice

Moderation by Anita Ender (CeMM) with Greg Galvin (USA), Ken Morse (USA), Tomas Brenner (CH), David Gann (UK)

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04:15 pm
Prof. DI Dr. Harald Kainz, Ph.D.

Final Words

Final Words

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Speakers and Panelists

hermann-hauser
Dr. Hermann Hauser
Co-Founder Amadeus Capital Partners, Vice-Chair EIC Pilot Advisory Board
mark-ferguson
Prof. Mark Ferguson
Director General Science Foundation Ireland, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland and Chair, Advisory Board of European Innovation Council (EIC)
giulio-superti-furga
Prof. Giulio Superti-Furga
Scientific Director CeMM, Professor for Medical Systems Biology, Medical
University of Vienna
yan-gong
Prof. Yan Gong
Professor of Entrepreneurial Management Practice at CEIBS and Programme Director of CEIBS Entrepreneurial Leadership Camp/CEIBS Venture Capital Camp
david-gann
Prof. David Gann CBE
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) of Oxford University
tomas-brenner
Dr. Tomas Brenner
Managing Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (ieLab), ETH Zurich’s Incubator for Pre-/ Early Stage Deep Tech Start-ups
ken-morse
Ken Morse
Serial Entrepreneur and Investor,
Founding Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center (1996-2009)
greg-galvin
Greg Galvin, Ph.D.
Serial Entrepreneur of Cornell University
harald-kainz
Prof. DI Dr. Harald Kainz, Ph.D.
Rector of Graz University of Technology
raphael-friedl
Mag. Raphael Friedl, MSc
Managing Director of tech2be
martin-moessler
Mag. Martin Mössler, MSc
Managing Director of Science Park Graz
marlis-baurecht
Mag. Marlis Baurecht
Head of Entrepreneurship, IPR, Seed Financing at AWS
silvia-laimgruber
Mag. Silvia Laimgruber
Head of Structural Programmes department at FFG

Conference Committee

herbert-gartner
DI Herbert Gartner
Co-Founder & CEO eQventure
hermann-hauser-2
Dr. Hermann Hauser
Co-Founder Amadeus Capital Partners, Vice-Chair EIC Pilot Advisory Board
harald-kainz-2
Prof. DI Dr. Harald Kainz
Rector of Graz University of Technology
ludovit-garzik
DI Dr. Ludovit Garzik
Managing Director of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development
giulio-superti-furga-2
Prof. Giulio Superti-Furga
Scientific Director CeMM, Professor for Medical Systems Biology, Medical University of Vienna
jasmin-guengoer
Mag. Jasmin Güngör
Investment Manager and Authorised Signatory of Hermann Hauser Investment GmbH

Moderation and Organisation

jasmin-guengoer-2
Mag. Jasmin Güngör
Investment Manager and Authorised Signatory of Hermann Hauser Investment GmbH
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Dejan Jovicevic
Co-Founder & CEO of "Der Brutkasten"
klara-brandstaetter
Klara Brandstätter (Panel 1)
Managing Director of I.E.C.T. Hermann Hauser Management GmbH
anita-ender
Anita Ender (Panel 2)
Administrative Director of CeMM
lucas-hauser
Lucas Hauser
Investment Manager of Hermann Hauser Investment GmbH

Registration

The Spin-off Austria Conference 2020 is an online event in cooperation with the Austrian media company Der Brutkasten that will be live-streamed via hopin.to. To join the conference follow the link below and register at hopin.to to get your free ticket:

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