Then you've come to the right place!
In the Start-up Garage Accelerator Programme, you or members of your team work on the further development of your business idea for one volume (semester) and receive supported from our interdisciplinary network. You can contact experienced mentors and experts from the field to exchange experiences and receive coaching. In addition, you will get all the information you need to start a business – from developing the draft of a business model to making the pitch. At the end of the semester, you will present yourself and your business idea at the final pitching event in front of an exclusive audience, which includes not only high-ranking representatives from the universities and industry, but also potential investors.
To ensure that all participants get optimal support, the number of participating start-up projects is limited: 10 ideas are accepted into the Start-up Garage each semester. Apply now and get started!
Supporting people and helping them turn their (business) ideas into reality is my passion. Innovative ideas need support from competent mentors – you’re sure to get this support at the Start-up Garage!
50,000 EUR consultancy value per start-up project
300+ hours of coaching, workshops and mentoring
Support through our interdisciplinary non-profit initiative, which has been established at the University of Graz and TU Graz since 2013:
The Institute of General Management and Organisation (UFO Institute) provides advice and support for all TU Graz students and employees who are interested in starting a business. We will gladly arrange further contacts within the TU and in the network insofar as possible.
In addition to providing counselling and support, the UFO Institute offers interesting courses on the topic, e.g. founding a company (German), entrepreneurship (English), MOOC Start-up Journey: creating a business model and even more for in-depth study of management topics. Courses offered
The Start-up Garage kicks off each volume at the beginning of the winter or summer semester. The top 10 business ideas are selected in a hearing process and can then take part in the Accelerator Programme. Apply with your business idea by filling out the Start-up Garage online form at any time.
The Start-up Garage Growth Garden is our new form of support, which has the character of a bootcamp. Here, cool people network with one another and new innovative ideas are developed. More information on how to apply and the next Growth Garden date can be found on our Growth Garden website.
If you don't have a specific business idea yet, but want to immerse yourself in the Graz start-up scene and gain some experience, then apply as a volunteer at the Start-up Garage.
If you’re looking for a co-founder or are interested in working in a start-up, you have the opportunity to submit applications for open positions to us via our Co-founder Matching or let us find you at start-ups.
We look forward to seeing you!