Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Social Sciences

Tuesday, 23 January 2024, 09:00–14:30
Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 09:00–17:00

Jointly organised by the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Vienna and the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences

Are you ready to turn your research results and knowledge into innovative business ideas? In the past few decades, we have witnessed the growth of (social) entrepreneurship and innovation from academic research. As it has been recently recognised by the European Council, equipping researchers from all disciplines with entrepreneurial competencies is key to support their career development in a fast-paced world and to create the premises to meet complex social challenges.

In this workshop, you will learn fundamental methods of business innovation and hypothesis driven entrepreneurship, and how to apply these to your entrepreneurial ideas. We will discuss how to navigate an entrepreneurial journey, from idea generation to starting your own venture (either for- or not-for-profit). You will be trained in state-of-the-art techniques to foster your creativity working in teams, and you will acquire the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively with different audiences, including stakeholders, policy makers, other researchers, journalists, and the public.

The workshop will focus on core concepts in capacity building and active learning, using the approach pioneered by the Harvard Business School, that is currently used by leading Business Schools worldwide.

Target group: doctoral candidates and early postdoctoral researchers in the social sciences at the University of Vienna

Venue: Apostelgasse 23, 1030 Vienna, Seminar Room – ground floor

Trainers: Experts of Academic Entrepreneurship, Clara Conrad-Billroth and Marco Masia, are technology transfer managers at the University of Vienna where they run the entrepreneurial programmes. Marco also serves as Academic Chair for innovation of the European University Initiative alliance Circle-U. The training syllabus draws from their unique experience as start-up founders and as managers of non-profit organisations, and is tailored specifically to researchers from all disciplines.

Registration: via e-mail to roman.pfefferle@univie.ac.at until 17 December 2023, please state your current affiliation and your field of doctoral or postdoctoral research