Towards Digitalization in Academic Start-ups - An Attempt to Classify Start-up Projects of the Gruendungsgarage


  • Elisabeth Maria Poandl Graz University of Technology



entrepreneurship education, digitalization, start-up accelerator


Founded in 2013 as a playground for implementation-oriented start-up ideas, the Gruendungsgarage is now an established academic start-up accelerator and an integral part of the regional start-up scene. Starting with a brief in-troduction to the program of the Gruendungsgarage as a best practice example with five years of experience in academic entrepreneurial education, a model with a practical-oriented focus for classifying the degree of digitalization in start-up projects is presented. Successful start-ups and promising start-up projects from the Gruendungsgarage are classified according to their degree of digitalization and illustrated by examples. Finally, implications for the practice in engineering education on entrepreneurship are derived and suggestions for future research are identified.

Author Biography

Elisabeth Maria Poandl, Graz University of Technology

Elisabeth Maria Poandl is a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Institute of General Management and Organisation at Graz University of Technology, Kopernikusgasse 24/IV, 8019 Graz, Austria. Her research interests focus on the fields of Entrepreneurship and Business Models. Elisabeth is a PhD candidate in Business Administration and has an interdisciplinary background with several years of professional experience in business. As a member of the board of the Gruendungsgarage she advises academic entrepreneurs and supports the local start-up scene.




How to Cite

Poandl, E. M. (2019). Towards Digitalization in Academic Start-ups - An Attempt to Classify Start-up Projects of the Gruendungsgarage. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP), 9(3), pp. 112–119.



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