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E&I Touchdown

At the E&I Touchdown, E&I students pitch innovative solutions powered by research, developed by students and implemented by businesses like Microsoft, ÖBB or FESTO.

You are warmly invited to meet the E&I Institute and some of WU’s top students.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation in 45 seconds

The action-oriented teaching approach at the E&I Institute and the creative collaboration models with numerous industry partners (startups, SMEs and well-established corporations) provide all ingredients needed for an exciting Touchdown agenda each semester. This time the audience can expect the following:

1. ELEVATOR PITCHES

Students were challenged by our partners to work on innovative problem statements. Assisted by faculty members and external coaches, they developed academic-driven solutions and this is their exclusive opportunity to pitch the results in only 45 seconds.

Project Example

Digital Transformation with Microsoft

As one of the pioneers in the rapid technological progress, it is of a great importance for Microsoft to be in the frontlines of the digital transformation process. The aim of this project was to map the Austrian digitization landscape and identify relevant indicators for acquisition of new customers - Nikolai Rizzo (CFO)

To get a glimpse into our wide portfolio of around 1000 successfully completed projects, click on the following link.  

2. PANEL DISCUSSION

We will again shake up our panel with an interesting panel discussion. The discussion will be moderated by the Head of Executive Education at WU, Ms. Helga Pattart-Drexler. This semester the panelists (tba.) will adress the Corona crisis. Impulses for innovations to overcome the crisis are provided in a discussion. If you would like to contribute to the discussion, we are currently conducting a survey to gain a picture of businesses' current challenges and coping strategies. The survey’s results will be presented live on June 18.

3. NETWORKING EVENT

At the end of the evening, you can meet and connect with researchers, students and other company representatives, in a festive atmosphere over good wine and enjoyable music vibes.

Get involved

The next Touchdown will take place on June 18, 2020. More information will follow soon.

  • If you are a company representative and would welcome the opportunity to become a project partner, follow this link.


  • If you are a student that wants to undergo such an exciting journey, do not miss to apply for our one & only, SBWL specialization.

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