In this conversation, we will talk about the future of the Early-Stage Ecosystem in Europe.
Speaker in the Episode:
Alexander Schwartz joined IST cube in 2018 as a Partner. He has more than 15 years of experience in management consulting, eight of which with McKinsey & Company.
Ingrid Kelly Spillman joined the IST Tech Transfer team in October 2018. Ingrid worked as a patent attorney in and for the pharma industry for more than a decade.
IST cube focuses on startups with a strong background in science and technology, such as academic spin-offs or young deep tech companies.
Topics we discuss in the show:
In this conversation, we discuss:
(02:50) Introduction Alexander
(04:12) Introduction Ingrid
(06:05) How are IST, Twist, and IST Cube linked?
(09:21) The Success Story of IST – from Greenfield Operations to Top 3 in 15 years
(13:20) IST Cube’s Role in the Early-StageCommunity
(16:45) The People behind IST Cube
(19:00) Investment Focus of IST Cube
(21:50) What is the attractive opportunity in early-stage investments?
(26:00) When is the right time to reach out to VCs?
(29:30) How Academic and Business Mindset work Together in Early-Stage Development
(34:45) The Attitude for Fundraising Companies
(38:20) What is the right timing for creating a spin-out company?
(43:14) What deal structures are possible for early-stage companies?
(48:25) Entrepreneurial Expertise in the European Eco-System
(58:50) Startup Business Models in the Early-Stage Investment Eco-System
(01:03:00) How Investors and Start-Ups Work Together to bring positive change to the World
(01:06:00) The IST Cube Eco-System in 2021 – Build Around Collaboration and Open Innovation
(01:09:15) How The Innovation Eco-System in Austria Collaborates to Support Companies to go from Zero to One
(01:12:00) How IST Cube Helps Scientists Making the Transition from Academia to Business
(01:17:00)Ideas for the European Eco-System
(01:20:10) Failure Culture in Europe
(01:23:30) Exit Strategies for Founders and Investors
(01:28:35) Four Attributes Startups Should Have to Fit into VC Models.
(01:32:40) What is the essential first step in the creation of a new company?
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