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[Online] TWIST Talk by Jonas Zeuner

How I created a science based startup in Vienna

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 16:00 - 17:00
Speaker: Jonas Zeuner (VitreaLab GmbH)
Location: Online
Series: TWIST Talk
Host: Bernhard Petermeier
Contact: Isabella Riedler

Change: The talk will be an online Zoom-Meeting.


Creating an academic spin-off is an endeavour which many scientists consider at some point during their career. I co-founded VitreaLab in 2018 after finishing my PhD in physics and now work within a team of 9 researchers on laser display technology. VitreaLab GmbH is an integrated photonics specialist with its own facilities at the Tech Park Vienna.
In the talk I will outline the challenges faced during this journey and share my thoughts on academic startup founding. In general, Vienna is an attractive location to create spin-offs and I will give some practical tips towards public funding and setting up a company.



Jonas obtained his PhD in Physics at the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology in July 2018 and is the main author of the idea, on which basis VitreaLab is founded. His expertise in the waveguides sector has been validated during the last 6 years where he worked with a number of world leading integrated-optics groups (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, Universität Rostock), enabling the development of VitreaLab´s idea. He took part in the INiTS Startup Camp of 2018 and the I.E.C.T. Summer School on Entrepreneurship 2019.

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