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Mission Statement


The Institute conducts research in the field of entrepreneurship, offers practice-oriented courses and supports JKU company founders on their path to self-employment.

Our principles are:

  • High practical orientation: Involvement of start-up experts and entrepreneurs in teaching, processing of practice-relevant problems through cooperation with young companies, field interviews
  • Close cooperation with the regional and Austria-wide start-up network: start-up experts are regularly involved in the courses as guest speakers or lecturers
  •  Integration of our entrepreneurship research into teaching (e.g. studies on students' start-up activities, evaluation of the impact of entrepreneurship education)
  •  Current developments are researched and integrated into university teaching (currently e.g. entrepreneurial skills and self-development, IT entrepreneurship, cooperation between start-ups and large companies, social entrepreneurship, sustainable entrepreneurship, burnout prevention, meaning- and value-oriented business start-ups or intrapreneurship). These topics are also dealt with in the form of diploma, bachelor's and master's theses
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Our mission in a nutshell:

  • Positioning and developing the topic of entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship, especially at the JKU
  • Raise awareness among JKU students for the development option of becoming self-employed in order to increase the start-up and succession potential in the medium term
  • Training and further education of students for work in the start-up infrastructure
  • Acquiring entrepreneurial skills for our students
  • Establishing a network of contacts with business practice for students during their studies
  • Enabling practical experience with or in start-ups wherever possible
  • Interdisciplinary basic research in the areas of (sustainable) entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, company succession and development
  • Applied research projects and practical projects in cooperation with the business world to support prospective founders, start-ups and SME