Innovation with Impact

Did you know that in the period from 2011-2021, an impressive number of 204 patents were granted at TU Graz?
While many of these patents have been successfully implemented or licensed to interested parties, not all of them have found their practical application yet. These patents are currently unused and wait for the right idea to unleash their full potential.

Maybe YOU are the missing piece!

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


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 8 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
  • Receive 2 ECTS


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.


       The next cycle will take place in the winter semester 2024. Stay tuned for further updates!


Wanna be part of the next cycle?

Register here