A lot has happened since the first Spin-off Austria conference in autumn 2020: The concept of spin-offs as the third mission of universities – alongside research and teaching – is receiving more and more attention, both politically and socially. The relevance of successful technology transfer is more tangible than ever, not least because of the significant contribution of a research spin-off to the development of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Why a spin-off dashboard?
The aim of the dashboard is to create transparency about the current figures in the Austrian spin-off ecosystem and to bring best-practice examples to the forefront.

Data Collection

All Austrian universities, non-university research institutions and universities of applied sciences will be personally invited to share their efforts and results with the Spin-Off Austria Initiative, i.e. background information on the institution’s strategy and activities for start-up support (e.g. curricular and extracurricular programmes), number of exploitation spin-offs and academic start-ups and good practice cases with particular successes (funding, prizes, cooperations, etc.).

The Austrian Knowledge Transfer Centers (WTZ) support the survey by coordinating among the project partners if necessary (e.g. in case of double nominations). The Knowledge Transfer Centers are funded by the Austria Wirtschaftsservice, with funds from the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development (Österreich-Fonds), and are an association of universities and universities of applied sciences (project duration of WTZ: July 1, 2019-December 31, 2021).

The period of the survey contents is defined from 1.1.2018 to 1.7.2021

Crosses, Circles, Arrow
Strategy of the institution in the field of Third Mission
Supporting activities (e.g. extracurricular programmes)
Number of exploitation spin-offs and academic start-ups
Good Practice Cases

When will the results be available?

An expert jury will evaluate the submitted projects at the beginning of October and nominate the most convincing submissions. The nominated institutions will have the opportunity to present their concepts and successes and share their experiences at the second Spin-off Austria Conference on 23.11.2021.


Hermann Hauser (Jury)
Dr. Hermann Hauser
Co-Founder Amadeus Capital Partners, Vice-Chair EIC Pilot Advisory Board
Sabine Herlitschka (Jury)
Dipl-Ing. Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, MBA
CEO & CTO at Infineon Technologies Austria
Herbert Gartner (Jury)
DI Herbert Gartner
Co-Founder & CEO eQventure
Carolin Häussler (Jury)
Prof. Dr. Carolin Häussler, MBR
Chair of Organisation, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship University of Passau

We are pleased to be able to provide up-to-date data and first-hand experience. Nationwide practical examples can help us to jointly position Austrian Science-Based Entrepreneurship internationally.

If you have any questions about the dashboard, please do not hesitate to contact the Spin-off Austria team at

Hermann Hauser and Herbert Gartner Spin-off Austria Committee

In cooperation with

Austrian Angels Investors Association
Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development
Austrian Private Equity and Venture Capital Organisation
Austria Wirtschaftsservice
Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Education, Science and Research
Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Digital and Economic Affairs
Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
Female Founders
Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
FWF - Die Wissenschaftsfonds
Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft
Austrian Universities of Technology
Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz
Wiener Boerse
Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
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