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24.06.2020

TECC 2020: These 3 ideas emerged from the entrepreneurship programme

At the Training On Entrepreneurship & Company Creation (TECC), three new business ideas were developed, which have now been presented at a final pitch event.
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  • Manuel Karner, Fabienne Burger, Sara Maria Oberleitner, Andreas Kollmann:
"We are DigiBills, a startup which aims to revolutionize receipts and digitalize them. We wanna create a more sustainable everyday life and improve the availability and categorization of receipts. Our app will provide a throughout solution for customers and businesses alike. Our team appreciates especially the possibility and guidance throughout the testing phase and selection of possible MVPs."
  • Sandra Fröhwein, Anton Heidinger, Carolin Kobierski, Stefanie Lukas, Christina Niederl:
"We are BAUERPUMPkin and our mission is to offer local produced protein bars to health-conscious people. We want to create a fitness snack that does not only support local farmers but also offers a tasty alternative to artificial shakes. TECC helped us to realize that any idea can lead to great success. You just need to believe in your dreams and be agile - because the first idea does not have to be the last one! Constant changing and adapting is key and what we also learned: it is ok to fail - because you will come back stronger."
  • Ivana Civsa, Collasius Yannick, Rothschädl Markus, Schadinger Julia, Waltenstorfer Tobias:
"Our project is called afloAT and it's a platform that connects companies with highly skilled individuals who do not speak the local language. What's in it for them? For the companies we are filtering out the best candidates for the job posted, and for candidates we are providing consultancy services in terms of reviewing the application documents, CVs etc.; What TECC told us (amongst so many things!) is that even when nobody believes in your idea at first, you can work on it and prove everyone wrong because you adapt it your potential customer's needs and show that any idea can be feasible."

The Corona crisis taught that the environment around us can change very quickly and we need to be more flexible and to constantly adapt our mindset to different situations, trying to catch new opportunities.

In such a complex environment, educational institutions and organizations are today closer than ever. They are working together to train young students, providing them with the skills and competences necessary to face the challenges of the future.

TECC – Training On Entrepreneurship & Company Creation – is an example of how universities and organizations can cooperate through innovative training formats which ehance the transfer of knowledge and the development of both hard and soft skills.

Students develop their own startup ideas with TECC

At the beginning of March 2020, the Institute for International Management at FH JOANNEUM together with its partners AVL List, Raiffeisenlandesbank Steiermark and 360Lab launched TECC (Training On Entrepreneurship & Company Creation), a new training program focused on the development of entrepreneurial skills and practical knowledge within the university.  

„With the TECC training programme, we want to give students, together with our partners, both the theoretical basics as well as the mindset and our entrepreneurial spirit, so that they develop the tools they need to react flexibly to future challenges and find innovative solutions as founders or entrepreneurs in the company,“ says AVL at Raiffeisen Landesbank Steiermark again emphasises the concern to promote creativity and innovation in the Styrian economy: „Qualities that are in great demand – in times of crisis all the more so. Young people who invest their energy in innovation are shaping the world of tomorrow and contribute with their ideas and implementation to the future of Styria as a business location“.

During these months, the teams have worked hard on the development of their projects, facing always new challenges and issues related to their potential markets. Partners have supported each team through coaching and mentoring sessions where students had the chance to get some practical insights about the startup and corporate’s world.

„We are very proud to be able to implement this entrepreneurship training at FH JOANNEUM together with our corporate partners“, says Doris Kiendl, FH JOANNEUM, about the programme: „The general conditions are of course difficult at the moment, but it has been shown that even in virtual space thoughts can sparkle and that entrepreneurial ideas can be worked on with fun and energy. This gives our students very important additional skills.

„Especially in challenging times, innovative ideas and passionate people are needed to make them become reality. We are very pleased to support students within the framework of TECC, together with our partners. With proven tools, our experience and expertise we want to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs for this journey“, says also the team of the 360 Innovation Lab

Three business ideas as a result of TECC

The project involves students from different courses of study who have the motivation to develop their own business ideas and to acquire the necessary skills. During the program, students have attended online lectures and meetings with professors and experts in the fields of business development, business modeling and business planning. As result, they came up with three business ideas in different sectors and with the creation of multidisciplinary teams.

These are the three Teams

  • Manuel Karner, Fabienne Burger, Sara Maria Oberleitner, Andreas Kollmann:

 „We are DigiBills, a startup which aims to revolutionize receipts and digitalize them. We wanna create a more sustainable everyday life and improve the availability and categorization of receipts. Our app will provide a throughout solution for customers and businesses alike. Our team appreciates especially the possibility and guidance throughout the testing phase and selection of possible MVPs.“

  • Sandra Fröhwein, Anton Heidinger, Carolin Kobierski, Stefanie Lukas, Christina Niederl:

„We are BAUERPUMPkin and our mission is to offer local produced protein bars to health-conscious people. We want to create a fitness snack that does not only support local farmers but also offers a tasty alternative to artificial shakes. TECC helped us to realize that any idea can lead to great success. You just need to believe in your dreams and be agile – because the first idea does not have to be the last one! Constant changing and adapting is key and what we also learned: it is ok to fail – because you will come back stronger.“

  • Ivana Civsa, Collasius Yannick, Rothschädl Markus, Schadinger Julia, Waltenstorfer Tobias:

„Our project is called afloAT and it’s a platform that connects companies with highly skilled individuals who do not speak the local language. What’s in it for them? For the companies we are filtering out the best candidates for the job posted, and for candidates we are providing consultancy services in terms of reviewing the application documents, CVs etc.; What TECC told us (amongst so many things!) is that even when nobody believes in your idea at first, you can work on it and prove everyone wrong because you adapt it your potential customer’s needs and show that any idea can be feasible.“

Presentation of the start-up ideas at a pitch event

The first semester was closed with the Final Pitch Event which took place on 23rd June 2020 at FH JOANNEUM. During the final event, each team had around 5 minutes to pitch its business idea and to convince guests that it could become a business opportunity.

The students showed to the audience how they have structured their business models and how they have built and validated their first MVP (Minimum Viable Product). The pitches were evaluated by a jury of four experts. At the end, the students received a feedback on the basis of the criteria of value proposition, market potential, innovation, business model, design of the presentation and pitch.

The event was also an opportunity to exchange valuable experience concerning the collaboration between corporates and institutions as way to enhance innovation and to spread the entrepreneurial culture.

Slideshow: The highlights of the TECC closing event

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Wie Microsoft das Wiener Digitaldaten-Startup Jentis beim „Big Bang“ unterstützt

Jentis hat große Pläne, die durch eine aktuelle Entwicklung weiter beflügelt werden. Die notwendige Skalierung der Lösung wird mithilfe der Microsoft-Cloud sichergestellt.
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Robert Voitleithner von Microsoft und Klaus Müller von Jentis | (c) Fotogarage / Jentis
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Vor etwas mehr als einem Jahr, im April 2020, also mitten im ersten Lockdown, launchte in Wien das Startup Jentis – der brutkasten berichtete. Das Unternehmen will mit seiner Daten-Tracking-Technologie nichts Geringeres, als das gesamte Daten-Business besser und zukunftssicher machen. Inzwischen kann das Startup, dessen Lösung sich zwischen die Websites seiner Kunden und gängige externe Tools für Analytics, Advertising etc. schaltet, um deutlich mehr und wertigere  Daten zu liefern, einige große Referenzkunden vorweisen. Und es sollen bald noch viel mehr werden.

Jentis: Großer Kundenandrang dank Aus für Third Party Cookies

Denn eine aktuelle Entwicklung spielt dem Unternehmen in die Hände. „Beim größten Internet-Browser Chrome wird demnächst die Unterstützung von Third Party Cookies eingestellt“, erklärt Jentis Founder und Co-CEO Klaus Müller. Hintergrund ist eine Datenschutz-Diskussion rund um die Cookies, mit deren Hilfe User-Verhalten getrackt und Nutzer-Profile erstellt werden können. „In der Umstellung auf First Party Cookies müssen alle Unternehmen ein Produkt wie unseres nutzen. Ansonsten droht für sie vieles zusammenzubrechen“, sagt der Gründer. Man erwarte also einen „Big Bang“ – schon jetzt würden sich viele große Konzerne an Jentis wenden. „Schließlich sind es bis Ende des Jahres nur mehr ungefähr 100 Arbeitstage“, so Müller.

Um die große Skalierung zu bewältigen, setzt Jentis maßgeblich auf Cloud-Services von Microsoft Azure. „Das zu dimensionieren wäre für uns alleine unmöglich. Aber Microsoft kommt natürlich locker mit – so viel können wir gar nicht verkaufen“, sagt der Jentis Co-CEO. Generell sei ein Produkt wie seines überhaupt nur durch die Cloud möglich über die alle Daten fließen. „Das muss sehr schnell gehen und daher hoch performant sein“, so Müller. Microsoft biete das mit Azure. Dass nur gezahlt werden muss, was man tatsächlich verbraucht, sei gerade in der Skalierung ein extrem wichtiger Faktor für Jentis.

Technologieführerschaft: „Microsoft Azure ist für viele Kunden die einzige Cloud, die infrage kommt“

Robert Voitleithner von Microsoft gibt das Lob zurück: „Solche Vollblut-Entrepreneure, die ‚All-in‘ gehen und die Welt erobern wollen, auf ihrer Reise zu begleiten, macht uns sehr stolz“. In der Zusammenarbeit gehe es darum, immer Zugriff auf die neueste Technologie zu bieten und hinsichtlich internationaler Skalierung als Partner auf Augenhöhe zu agieren. „Ein Cloud-Service entwickelt sich ständig weiter und bietet die notwendige Flexibilität auf sich ändernde Marktgegebenheiten zu reagiern. Die permanente Optimierung der Architektur spiegelt sich in Performancesteigerung, Mehrwert-Features und Kosteneffizienz“, so Voitleithner. Schließlich wolle man  Jentis nachhaltig begleiten und auch in Zukunft gemeinsam stark wachsen.


Tipp: Klaus Müller von Jentis und Robert Voitleithner von Microsoft sind am Montag, 28. Juni 2021 um 16:00 im brutkasten-Video-Talk zu sehen!


Müller bestätigt das: „Letztlich müssen die Techniker das Gefühl haben, dass ihnen bei Problemen gut geholfen wird. Und die sagen: Die Zusammenarbeit funktioniert brillant“. Sehr zufrieden seien auch die Großkunden. Für die sei ein weiterer Aspekt essenziell: „Microsoft verbindet leistungsstarke Cloud-Services mit einer starken europäischen Brille beim Datenschutz. Viele Kunden sagen daher auch, dass Microsoft Azure die einzige Cloud ist, die für sie infrage kommt“.

„Vertrauen ist für uns ein zentrales Thema“

„Vertrauen ist für uns ein zentrales Thema“, bestätigt Voitleithner. Und gerade bei einem Service wie Jentis sei Datenschutz umso wichtiger. „Wir ermöglichen die Speicherung und Verarbeitung von Daten ausschließlich in der EU. Sprich, der Kunden hat die Kontrolle, wo seine Daten gespeichert und welche Daten aus der EU hinaus transferiert werden, falls das notwendig ist“, sagt der Experte. Generell baue man die sogenannten „Azure Regions“ mit Data Center-Standorten in Europa stetig aus.

Für Klaus Müller geht es bei all dem nicht nur um die Kundenzufriedenheit, sondern noch um viel mehr: „Datenschutz hat eine starke europäische DNA und Österreich ist eines der führenden Länder. So wie Österreich sich in den 1980er-Jahren früh im Thema Umweltschutz positioniert hat und weltweit führende Technologien hervorgebracht hat, ist es auch im Datenschutz möglich. Die anderen können von uns lernen“.

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TECC 2020: These 3 ideas emerged from the entrepreneurship programme

24.06.2020

At the Training On Entrepreneurship & Company Creation (TECC), three new business ideas were developed, which have now been presented at a final pitch event.

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TECC 2020: These 3 ideas emerged from the entrepreneurship programme

  • Manuel Karner, Fabienne Burger, Sara Maria Oberleitner, Andreas Kollmann:
„We are DigiBills, a startup which aims to revolutionize receipts and digitalize them. We wanna create a more sustainable everyday life and improve the availability and categorization of receipts. Our app will provide a throughout solution for customers and businesses alike. Our team appreciates especially the possibility and guidance throughout the testing phase and selection of possible MVPs.“
  • Sandra Fröhwein, Anton Heidinger, Carolin Kobierski, Stefanie Lukas, Christina Niederl:
„We are BAUERPUMPkin and our mission is to offer local produced protein bars to health-conscious people. We want to create a fitness snack that does not only support local farmers but also offers a tasty alternative to artificial shakes. TECC helped us to realize that any idea can lead to great success. You just need to believe in your dreams and be agile – because the first idea does not have to be the last one! Constant changing and adapting is key and what we also learned: it is ok to fail – because you will come back stronger.“
  • Ivana Civsa, Collasius Yannick, Rothschädl Markus, Schadinger Julia, Waltenstorfer Tobias:
„Our project is called afloAT and it’s a platform that connects companies with highly skilled individuals who do not speak the local language. What’s in it for them? For the companies we are filtering out the best candidates for the job posted, and for candidates we are providing consultancy services in terms of reviewing the application documents, CVs etc.; What TECC told us (amongst so many things!) is that even when nobody believes in your idea at first, you can work on it and prove everyone wrong because you adapt it your potential customer’s needs and show that any idea can be feasible.“

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