Alpbach Summer School on Entrepreneurship with Waterbergh


I.E.C.T. Hermann Hauser is a private organization, run by owner-managers, dedicated to supporting promising ventures and auspicious entrepreneurs in their aspiration for success.


Herman Hauser is a Cambridge, UK, Venture Capitalist, founder of Acorn and ARM, a joint venture with Apple, producing the widely-used micro processor in mobile phones of brands e.g. Apple and Samsung. Additionally, he is founder of Cambridge Network, a membership organization dedicated to fostering technology transfer and entrepreneurship in the high technology cluster of Cambridge.


One of the brilliant keynote speakers of the Summer School was Gerald Hörhan, – the Investment Punk -. Gerald is shareholder and CEO the investment firm Pallas Capital Holding, and gave a high impact talk on financing strategies.

The program of the summer school was compiled and run on basis of the well established and successful Cambridge Ignite Program. Now in its sixteenth year, Ignite has an impressive track record of both inspiring successful new business ventures and bolstering internal business development. Peter was a guest mentor at the Ignite Program in June 2015. Please see here: “Peter at Cambridge Judge Business School:  Ignite”.

The three pillars of the program are:

  • “Keynote Sessions” for introducing the specific theme of the day,
  • “Mentoring Sessions” of three to four hours, daily, enabling the delegates to work more closely with an expert, in small groups, to clarify the business proposition and to prepare the final business plan presentation.
  • “Final Pitch” to a panel comprising of entrepreneurs, business angels and venture capitalists.


The Mentor Team in Alpbach

At the 2015 Alpbach Summer School on Entrepreneurship ,Peter completed a team of three well established mentors of the Cambridge Ignite Program:

Shailendra Vyakanam is Director of The Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield School of Management, and until February 2015 was the Director of Centre for entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Shai was contributing to the current program as keynote speaker and mentor.

Yupar Myint is the program manager of the partner program Ignite in Cambridge. Yupar was contributing to the current program as organizer and mentor.

Miranda Weston-Smith has a track record in technology transfer, business development, and financing. In 1998, together with Hermann Hauser she founded the Cambridge Network. Since 2007 she helps early stage companies to attract investments and develop their business strategy. Miranda is a mentor at Ignite since 2009. Miranda was contributing to the current program as mentor.

It was a pleasure for me to meet Miranda, Yupar, and Shai already in June 2015, when serving as a guest mentor and panelist at the Cambridge Ignite Program 2015.
Peter was contributing to the current program as mentor.