Digital Entrepreneurship Innovation LAB

The Digital iLAB is a new programme of the University of Vienna coordinated by the Research Network Data Science and the DLE Research Services and Career Development. It brings together top notch research with innovators from all disciplines to develop solutions based on digital technologies.

During the programme, participants will work in teams to develop their entrepreneurial idea or solution to a challenge related to the sustainable development goals. The iLAB is articulated in two phases; access to the second phase is granted through a pitch competition.

The goal of the Digital iLAB is to provide the basis for early stage ventures to secure further funding (FFG, AWS, EIT, etc.) or to participate in incubation programmes (INiTS, AustrianStartups, etc.).

Register online to the Digital iLab until 30 May 2022


Phase I Training

The first iLAB phase starts on 13th of June with a full three-day bootcamp on entrepreneurship and digital technologies. Further trainings will be provided one or two evenings per week in 4-hour check-ins where the teams will get the opportunity to be mentored by scientific and business experts.


Pitch Day

On the 27th of July, the teams will pitch to a jury of experts with business and scientific backgrounds.  They jury will rank venture ideas based on their potential to become successful. The winning teams will receive a certificate. In addition, the jury will consider if the first two teams will pass to the second phase of the programme.


Phase II Innovator fellowship

The teams promoted to the second phase will get a fellowship for 6 months to develop their ideas further and possibly start a spin-off of the University of Vienna. During this period, innovator fellows will be mentored by scientific and business experts.


Our trainers

  • Katharina Kozel - Design Thinking
  • Sebastian Tschiatschek - Essentials of Machine Learning
  • Andreas Gschöpf - Sustainability business model canvas
  • Jan Ehmke - Doing Data Science
  • Georg Schoder - Digital business models
  • Sylvia Kritzinger - Measurement
  • Femke Meeuwes - Green Marketing
  • Torsten Möller - Visual Data Analysis
  • Benjamin Epstein - Venture funding
  • Erich Prem & Eugenia Stamboliev - Ethics of Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Tamara Pinterich - Software IP