TU Graz/ Studying and Teaching/ Studying at TU Graz/ Students/ Student Teams/

Product Innovation

Enough of theory? In the "Product Innovation" project, teams of innovation-hungry students from a wide variety of fields of study and nationalities take on a real challenge from industry partners. The aim is to develop a product concept, a functioning prototype and a business plan, ultimately presenting them to a broad audience from industry and research during a final event.

A project budget of up to €10,000 is available in order to be able to produce the best solutions. The students benefit from a perfect infrastructure in the rooms of the Schumpeter Laboratory for Innovation. Digital production machines for prototyping, meeting rooms with the latest conference equipment and a design lab with state-of-the-art communication and media technology provide the optimal support for this project.

 

Marion Unegg
Marion UNEGG, Head of the Product Innovation 2021/22 Project

Product Innovation - more than just a university course! Use the opportunity to be curious and inquisitive, to work in interdisciplinary teams with people from all over the world and gain first-hand experience in product development.

Cheering participants of the Product Innovation Project

Profile

  • Name: Product Innovation (PI)  
  • Tasks: Internationally-oriented innovation project on solving real-life challenges from industry
  • Address:
    IIM Institute - Schumpeter Laboratory of Innovation
    Inffeldgasse 11/III
    8010 Graz  
  • Contact:
  • Target group: interested and motivated students of all fields and disciplines

Students go through all phases of an innovation process and benefit from professional advice, a generous budget and the state-of-the-art infrastructure on site.

 

students prototyping at IIM Institute

Services for Students

  • Professional Coaches: Mentors from industry and research share their knowledge about innovation and project management, design thinking and team building
  • Access to the modern Schumpeter Laboratory for Innovation and thus to digital production machines (3D printers, waterjet cutters, laser cutters) and state-of-the-art presentation infrastructure (30 m2 LED wall, video conferencing systems, 7.1. sound system)
  • Final presentation of the results to an audience from industry and research
  • Up to 7 ECTS
  • Possibility of getting certificates (part of the TU Entrepreneurship Certificate)
  • Establishment of private and business networks
Students of the project Product Innovation

Achievements

  • Over 15 years of experience with more than 50 projects and over 34 industrial partners
  • More than 500 students from over 50 nations, 40 universities
  • Multiple patent applications
  • Numerous job offers from the partner companies to students from the project teams
  • increasing popularity with both industry and students
  • Cooperation with international companies such as Google, University of Oxford, Magna, Andritz, Porsche Holding, OMV, Palfinger, LogicData, Philips and many more
  • Cooperation with international universities, including Pace University of New York, University of Maribor and Alto University Finland

Interested?

Are you tired of just sitting in frontal lectures? Are you ready for a 5-month (net time) challenge with focus on innovation and product development? Then apply now for Product Innovation, a course where we do not only teach but live innovation!