Target group

Entrepreneurial students, Early-stage Start-ups, University Educators.


International Pre-Incubation Program for Early-Stage Start-ups and Individuals/Students, International Incubation Network, Train-the-Trainer for University Educators, Entrepreneurial Student Program for University Courses (all disciplines), Multidisciplinary Team Work

Requirements and Application

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Start for Future

Start for Future (abv. SFF) is the fastest growing, open alliance of academia, startups, industry and public organisations which serves as an open entrepreneurship hub driving the systemic innovation internationally. Start for Future has 4 main elements:

SFF Open Incubation Program

The fastest growing cross-university programme with 3 phases enables synergies between the partners to be exploited in Europe and worldwide to promote systemic innovation and to create societal impact. The 3 phases: LEARN, MATCH & START, DEVELOP & CO-CREATE, run sequentially and comprise one cycle as a whole. This cycle runs twice a year.

SFF Open Incubation Program

SFF Academy

Start for Future Academy is the first pillar of SFF focused on academic and non-academic staff of entrepreneurial HEIs and linked incubators. Through, we organise a Training Program twice a year to advance the entrepreneurial skills of HEI staff, as well as to engage them in co-creation towards new projects, courses, and joint research within SFF.


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SFF Ecosystem Integrator (EUFORIA)

The Start for Future Ecosystem Integrator is the service that SFF provides to regional ecosystems. Its goal is the creation of resilience hubs driven by key challenges communities are facing, applying smart specialisation and enabling dynamic systemic innovation within the hubs, and their connectedness to other SFF ecosystems and key stakeholders.

SFF-Ecosystem-Integrator (EUFORIA)

SFF Open Incubator

The Open Incubator is a decentralised European incubator enabling mobility of staff and mobility of startups across SFF incubators and ecosystems towards fostering multiple market know-how and entries, co-creation across international axes and acceleration.

Duration 24 weeks (2x per year)
Submission Open Call (published in February and August)
Start dates April and October
Requirements Early-stage start-ups with at least one functional prototype (TRL 3), validated business model, 2 letters of intent.
SFF Open Incubator



Transform from a regional actor to an internationally interconnected driver of systemic change. Become a member of SFF Academy and change how entrepreneurship is taught and acted upon.

Students & Startups

Transform your mindset to grow systemically and create an impact on society. Grow professionally within a  company or develop your own startup idea from zero-to-hero.


Become an interconnected entrepreneurial ecosystem attracting international talents and startups to your stakeholders.


Disrupt the innovation process today and help us define how it will look like in the future. Join us as an industry expert, co-creation partner, sponsor or even a strategic partner of Start for Future.

Principles of our actions


“SFF was a great opportunity to learn the skills needed to launch a successful business. Not only was it a chance to network with start-ups and professionals from across the world, it has been a platform to make many new friends who share the same aspirations for success!” - Ben Smits, CEO, Co-founder and Brand Manager of Effekt Footwear, Start for Future Open Incubation Participant 2021


Pavlina Vujović Head of Internationalisation

T: 089 1265 3224


Pavlina Vujović is a project manager at SCE responsible for internationalisation. Main focus of work is concentrated on establishing international partnerships with universities, entrepreneurship centers and industry partners across Europe and wider, with an aim to create sustainable international framework for creation of new and exchange of existing start-up teams. Prior to work at SCE, she worked as a program manager for different NGO's with a focus on socio-economic development in the Western Balkans, in business development for IT companies, and consulting for different organisations and SME's with focus on fundraising on the EU level.

She holds a double degree in Law and English language from the University of Sarajevo and University of Tuzla and Master Degree in Anglo-American Theory of Culture and Literature.

Andreas Hammerl Startup- & Co-Creation Manager

T: 089 1265 3225


Andreas Hammerl is as Start-up & Co-Creation Manager at SCE responsible for national and international projects since May 2020. His focus lies on the establishment of a sustainable Co-Creation framework to accelerate collaboration and innovativeness between new and existing start-ups, industry partners, investors and other entities across Europe and beyond.

Prior to work at SCE, Andreas worked as a project & business development manager on EU funded projects and events to accelerate SMEs through investor and B2B matching in Europe. As a business advisor and coach, he supported Start-ups in defining/improving their “Business Model Strategy” to access private or public funding.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in “Industrial Engineering and Management” from the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) and a master’s degree in “Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship” from the University of Porto (FEUP).

Julia Dorsch Internationalisation

T: 089 1265 3235


Julia has been working at SCE since July 2020 and is involved in various projects. Currently, she is focused on the eBridge Project and is responsible for maintaining the online platform that helps build up the international network. Besides this, she supports the THEI2.0 Project.
Julia grew up in the United States and graduated from the University of Georgia in May, where she studied International Business and Management.

Giorgi Japaridze Project Manager Internationalisation

T: 089 1265 3263


Giorgi Japaridze joined the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship in April 2022, working as an International Project Manager. He is mainly responsible for driving the overall front and backstage processes of the Start for Future Program, including but not limited by stakeholder management, strategy development and administration, business development, budget management, project/sub-project planning and execution.

Before joining the SCE team, he worked and gathered experiences from different business fields and positions. He is a seasoned manager with experience in B2B and B2C marketing, strategy consulting, sales and marketing. His career path includes positions such as Sales & Marketing Manager, Project Manager, Operations Manager, and Project & Procurement Manager. Among others he has also tried himself as an entrepreneur, establishing and successfully running his own start-up.

Giorgi obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economic & Business Administration from “Tbilisi State University” (TSU) and a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Economies & International Management from “Leibniz University of Hannover”. He is currently pursuing his third Master’s degree in “Philosophy of Science and Sociology”.

Maximilian Appel Internationalisation

T: 089 1265 3200


Maximilian joined the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship in August 2020. He started his SCE career as an intern in the new venture program. In addition to working with the start-up coaches, his responsibilities included participating in and co-organizing some (online) events such as the Innovation-Café. He also supported the accelerator program DICA during his time at SCE. 
Following his time in startup support, he moved to the qualification department as a working student until the end of 2021. There he supported the core team in day-to-day business, such as video production of image videos and social media. Furthermore, he supported the preparation and implementation of larger events. 
In 2022, he changed departments again and is currently working as a working student in internationalization. There, he is primarily driving the development and integration of various stakeholders into the new SCE community platform (Start for Future).

Michael Hauck Internationalisation

T: 089 1265 3200


Michael joined the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship in mid-September 2021. After his internship in the area of start-up support, in which he worked with the start-up coaches and also participated in and co-organized the Innovation Café, he switched to the area of internationalization as a working student. His main tasks are the development and support of the Start for Future (SFF) community platform and its social media presence.

He studies Management of Social Innovations at the University of Applied Sciences Munich and is currently writing his bachelor thesis.