Gruendungsgarage: A five-year-experience at Graz University of Technology

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This semester the Gruendungsgarage starts its 10th volume, an occa-sion to analyze the development of this special education format in entrepre-neurship. The Gruendungsgarage is a cooperation between the University of Graz (KFU) and the Graz University of Technology (TUG). Originally it was designed as an interdisciplinary and interuniversity teaching format offered as an elective course where students were able to work on their own real business ideas while getting assistance from university experts as well as from successful practitioners with a wide range of experience. Because of its popularity and constant improvement, Gruendungsgarage became more and more professional and over time changed its format into an academic start-up accelerator. Setting up university start-up accelerator programs has been a worldwide proven model that enables students to intensively develop their business idea into a marketa-ble product or service in just a few months. Since the winter semester 2017/18 Gruendungsgarage has admitted not only students but also scientific staff. Uni-versity and postdoctoral researchers of the engineering faculties benefit from a wide range of Gruendungsgarage services, as technical scientists with high-tech innovation get supported by experts and entrepreneurs, creating a business model suitable to their scientific discoveries. Because of this comprehensive service offer, one of the two located universities of applied science recently showed interest in becoming a partner of the Gruendungsgarage.
Translated title of the contributionICL 2018
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education
EditorsM. Auer, T. Tsiatsos
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-11934-8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event21st International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning: ICL 2018 - Kos Island, Greece
Duration: 25 Sept 201828 Sept 2018
Conference number: 21

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing


Conference21st International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning
Abbreviated titleICL2018
CityKos Island
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  • Entrepreneurship Lecture
  • Best Practice
  • Academic Start-Up Accelerator

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