Creative project ideas wanted: Youth Entrepreneurship Week at the UAS Technikum Wien

For three and a half days, students of the HTL Mödling developed their own project and business ideas during the Youth Entrepreneurship Week at the UAS Technikum Wien. At the end, the best concepts were awarded prizes.

During the Youth Entrepreneurship Week, students spend three and a half days dealing with the topic of start-ups and develop their own project and business ideas. The initiative is a cooperation of the Federal Ministry for Digitalization and Business Location, the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research, the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Austrian Startups and IFTE. For the implementation of such an idea workshop, interested school classes are networked with universities and other institutions as "hosts". The campaign has been running since June, and five Entrepreneurship Weeks will be held in each province until December. The FH Technikum Wien is also participating as a partner organization and held an Entrepreneurship Week from September 27 to 30.

The aim of the campaign is to arouse young people's interest in the topics of start-ups and entrepreneurship. As part of the initiative, the FHTW hosted 4th grade students from the Department of Industrial Engineering at HTL Mödling. Divided into teams, the participants developed their own concepts and project ideas. They were coached by Thomas Wala, Maximilian Lackner and Katharina Felleitner-Goll, with the support of trainers Florian Schenk (Porsche) and Steve Lourdesamy (Adverity). At the end of the creative workshop, the students had to present their ideas in a pitch, and a jury selected the best concepts.

The "DigiKey" project was chosen as the winner. This is an app that uses a non-fungible token (NFT), i.e. a type of digital proof of authenticity, to replace an access card in a company, for example. The students received 150 euros in prize money. Two teams came in joint second: The "Winecut" project is based on upcycling old wine bottles into lamps, candles or storage containers. "Moovin Kangaroo", on the other hand, is an app for carpooling for pupils and students, including secure payment processing, the possibility of establishing contact and legitimization of the participants. The two second places were rewarded with 100,- each.

FHTW Rector Sylvia Geyer attended the award ceremony to congratulate the winning teams at the end of a successful Entrepreneurship Week.