Innovation with Impact


Did you know that in 2020, a total of 522 patents were issued in Styria alone?
Some of these patents were registered by academic institutions like TU Graz. And not all of the filed patents have found their practical application yet.

They need the right idea from someone like YOU to unleash their full potential!

"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses."
henry ford


   work with patent-protected technologies

   be part of an interdisciplinary & international team

   take the first steps on your entrepreneurial journey

   8-week experience

What is SpInnovation?

SpInnovation is a fairly new project of our institute, developed in cooperation with the Research and Technology House of TU Graz. During 7 weeks you will work on established patents of the Graz University of Technology with the aim to investigate the patent, develop it further, and create a business case.

Why should you participate?

  • Expand your network with inventors & start-up experts
  • Improve your problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Participate in valuable workshops & develop new competences
  • Collect experience in a unique environment
  • Use this unique opportunity to start a company based on a TU Graz patent


The name "SpInnovation" - composed of the words "spin-off" and "innovation" - suggests one of the goals of the project: using your results at the end to found a spin-off or start-up. Throughout your journey, you will get the unique opportunity to exchange with the patent inventors and start-up experts, get support via workshops, and of course use the facilities and state-of-the-art machines at our Schumpeter Laboratory for Innovation.


Application Deadline       12.04.

Kick-Off                             17.04.

Info Afternoons:
      17.03. 2pm, 30.03. 5pm


Wanna be part of the next batch? Register via mail to:

Patrick Herst├Ątter