The Future of Early-Stage Deep Tech Investments in Europe

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2006 was a fantastic year. The colossal crisis that hit the western world as the bubble burst was long forgotten, and capital seemed to be available at every corner. Nobody was aware yet of the coming doomsday of the global financial sector in 2008.

Many new companies started to take off in the first decade of the new millennium in life science.

These are just a few examples of companies that started alongside major financial crises, like the burst of the bubble and the 2008 financial crisis after the collapse of the Lehman brothers.

Starting a company was a massive adventure in those years as no start-up ecosystem existed like Europe has today. Also, finding mentors, coaches, and seasoned life science investors was hard work when the ecosystem was young.

A lot has changed since 2006; the ecosystem evolved into a great support system for scientific founders, with the first successes of life science companies; more knowledge about the secrets of structuring deep tech companies is available than two decades ago.

But is the world perfect now, or are there still challenges that need to be overcome to create a better breeding ground for deep tech teams and their technologies that have the potential to change the world?

McKinsey digs deeper into Biotech.

As discussed in a previous blogpost, the consulting firm McKinsey looked at the Biotech sector in Europe very closely and came to some fantastic conclusions in a recent study.

A lot of work still needs to be done, and I wanted to look at these hot topics with people who are proficient in the field.

IST Austria and IST Cube

In 2009 - also in the first decade - development companies started, and one of the world’s best research institutions was officially inaugurated. The first research groups moved into the novel campus in Lower Austria.

Meanwhile, IST has grown into one of the world’s best research organizations and recently secured funding until 2036.

In 2013 IST hired Markus Wanko to organize the Tech Transfer for the Institution, and he started the Early Stage Deep Tech Investment Fund IST Cube in 2017.

IST Cube is one of the first deep tech early-stage investment Funds in Austria, with the mission to invest in an area usually not touched by Venture Capital Firms.

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Since its inception, IST Cube has been recognized in Pitchbook with 18 investments and one exit.

Recently, in February 2021, IST Cube closed another financing round of 40 Million euros - Fresh Capital for investments in novel teams with novel technology.

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In the last episodes, I have talked with investors and decision-makers of the pharmaceutical industry about the importance of having a vision and passion for the life science company.

I want to explore this topic further and ask the life science entrepreneur Christof Goetz to chat with me about finding your vision and passion for your company.

Christof is a Serial Entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience managing complex business, software, and hardware development projects. 

MyMind is a life science company based in Vienna. MyMinds vision is to help people with neurological impairments to live towards their full brain potential with affordable and easy-to-use brain training and assessment technology. MyMind currently focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), whether comorbid with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Intellectual Disability (low IQ), Epilepsy, and Anxiety. Subsequently, MyMind will extend to other neurological issues such as dementia or stroke recovery.

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