LBS Innovation CenterWhere Innovation and Business Come Together
Welcome to the LBS Innovation Center
Since its founding years as a University of Applied Sciences, Lauder Business School has been based on industry market needs and the latest private sector developments. The academic agenda, the hands-on approach in teaching as well as real-life projects have shaped the interconnectedness between education and business.
Moving one step further, we have established the LBS Innovation Center that works hand in hand with the industry sector and has set the goal of promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and developing future technologies in Austria.
The current primary function of the LBS Innovation Center is to act as an incubator for the tech start-up Insticore and to help shape and support the IT research and development project Instigo: The World’s First Autonomous Growth Hacker. Growth hackers are marketing experts who focus primarily on growing the company’s sales. Using creativity and analytical thinking, they seek digital ways and tricks (hacks) to increase conversions or sales. Conversion in online marketing is a process in which the website visitor takes a desired action. An example of a conversion would be turning a visitor of an online store into a buyer.
Our activities include:
- Incubator for tech start-up Insticore
- Sponsoring for IT development project Instigo (partly financed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency – FFG)
- Development & expansion of the future Start Up & IT Center in the 20th district of Vienna
Our aim is to design the landscape and the industries of the future. As we move forward, an increasing number of new exciting fields are opening up while very few have the expertise to undertake the tasks involved.
Intertwining Lauder Business School know-how in finding solutions for future transportation systems in cooperation with the prospective partner ÖBB. The goal is to create smart solutions for the digitalization of the passenger services. Stay at the forefront with us and lead the agenda of tomorrow.
Instigo, under development by Insticore, is a cloud-based marketing & growth platform backed by AI that connects a digital marketer’s existing touchpoints under one roof, enabling a smooth operation of marketing tasks, while learning from datasets from various sources, to allow it to autonomously plan, build, optimize and execute marketing campaigns relevant for the customer across all channels.
With a centralized center of control, and on-the-go creation of target-audiences based on hard facts rather than gut feelings, and a continuous process of extracting actionable insights, Instigo poses a shift in the way marketing operations are being performed, providing a full-stack marketer that never sleeps, or the world’s first autonomous growth hacker.
The project started in January 2020 and is partially funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
In times when vanity metrics (key performance indicators that make the company look good but say little about its actual economic development) play only a minor role in marketing decisions, and as the focus has shifted to deep data analysis, digital marketers are becoming key players in the workplace of the 21st century. They need to constantly read, learn and be creative as well as adapt strategies in a flexible way to volatile demand patterns.
The advertising use of Google, Facebook, MailChimp, Instagram or YouTube, which are now part of nearly every marketing strategy and department can quickly lead to overwhelming data sources and information. Due to the high volume of data, the constantly changing algorithms as well as market saturation tendencies, digital marketing doesn’t offer a sustainable competitive advantage anymore and won’t be of help in differentiation from competing companies. To address these business challenges there is a need for an automated, cross-platform solution.
Solution through Instigo
With Instigo, a software-as-service (SaaS) tool, we are developing a novel, innovative technology designed to solve these problems and reorganize digital marketing. Through the use of artificial intelligence as well as data science, the goal is to create a cross-platform, data-driven, automated marketing solution that learns, modifies, optimizes, and maximizes marketing activities. It is essential that these processes run fully autonomously.
The ability of this SaaS solution to centrally operate and execute all activities on the various platforms of the customer’s digital marketing portfolio from one platform (=Instigo) is essential. The platform analyzes the performance of previously executed campaigns, learns to identify relevant elements and influencing factors, and uses the insights gained to autonomously optimize current and future campaigns. By bundling marketing activities, the efficiency of digital marketers is increased while costs are reduced.
Instigo will offer an all-encompassing intelligent marketing automation solution designed to bring together various activities, platforms and data-sources under one roof. While current state-of-the-art tools typically focus either on a specific platform or type of a marketing task (e.g., email marketing, Facebook ads, viral campaigns) or conflate data and touchpoints, Instigo offers a highly- integrated solution in the form of process automation, data and results unification, and analytics that deliver actionable results.
After analyzing similar existing marketing products, Instigo was found to be particularly innovative in the following areas: (1) definition of clusters for customized segmentation; (2) intelligent insights generation; (3) NLP-based recommendation engine; (4) advanced autonomous trigger customization; (5) full utilization to maximize output.
After almost two years of development, early users can test the first Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for 14-days free of charge – visit the Instigo App. The first phase of prototype development has thus been successfully completed. In the next phase, further functionalities will be developed and additional providers will be integrated; currently Facebook, Instagram and the LinkedIn Advertising platforms are integrated.
Furthermore, the experience and results of the Instigo research and development project are constantly flowing directly into the teaching and academic agenda at Lauder Business School. The course “Introduction to Data-Driven and Growth Marketing” is taught by Moish Raanan, who shapes the development of Instigo as its founder and is responsible for the start-up Insticore as its CEO.
Students at LBS thus gain insights into the current state of application technology and benefit directly from the rapidly advancing product development. LBS has thus become a pioneer in research, teaching and technology transfer in the field of digital marketing and automation.
Insticore, incubated by Lauder Business School, is an end-to-end digital agency, providing a wide spectrum of services to small ventures, big customers and aspiring entrepreneurs in the online universe. The agency specializes in tailor-made solutions, made by combining a strong creatives, production, control of media channels and extensive technological know-how.
Services include a wide spectrum of growth & viral marketing, web development, creatives & branding, advertising & social media, as well as SEO. Based on the extensive in-house knowledge and experience the agency has set to develop Instigo, a SaaS (software as service) tool that will automatize digital marketing with the help of artificial intelligence.
LBS Innovation Center is pleased to announce our latest project with Green Fox Academy, a super-intensive, impact-driven coding boot-camp with the mission to help motivated business professionals build a career in IT.
Our joint experience in business and IT education was merged to develop Tech4Biz educational offer, a tailored solution for business professionals willing to advance the skills necessary to run tech-related projects more effectively. Our intensive Tech4Biz course consists of 2 parts over 3 weeks: 20 hours of coding and 6 hours of IT project management.
How Does This Course Help You Level Up Your Business?
After course completion, you will be able to make more informed decisions with raised tech awareness, you will collaborate better with your IT team and lead strategic discussions about key IT decisions, as well as facilitate the digitization of your business with a holistic understanding of tech trends
Future Direction in our Business Programs
At Lauder Business School we educate the FUTURE for the FUTURE. In our academic programs there are courses covering the digital transformation, innovation, FinTech and future technologies that are relevant for the business world of tomorrow. For instance, our students trade with StockTrak, they learn how to use SAP, they are comfortable with statistical software packages (R, SPSS), they are familiar with the internet of things, they know how to use project management tools as well as Bloomberg effectively. The use of further business analysis tools is incorporated in several courses. We are convinced that our graduates must understand the relevant KPIs so that they can make the correct strategic decisions for their prospective employer or for their own company.
The groundbreaking future changes will affect us as individuals, but also in the way we do business. Future leaders must be ready to drive innovation and organizational change while embracing digital trends. That is why the overwhelming majority of our lecturers are real-world practitioners with tremendous experience from the respective industries
LBS is proud to announce that students can now access the Bloomberg Terminal/Bloomberg Finance Lab on campus – a tool that is used by leading business and financial professionals worldwide. The Bloomberg Terminal is a software platform that provides real-time and historical data, market moving news and analytics to help business and finance professionals make better informed investment decisions.
From a distance the digital and analog blue planet looks the same – but for present and future business leaders it is crucial to know the difference in order to understand their digital transformation.That´s where the Internet of Things (IOT) Futuretrail Course conducted by our lecturer Ing. Mag. Robert Kotal CFP® EFA® kicks in, using a complete new teaching approach W-A-V-E.
WKO | Innovation & Business
The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich or WKO) represents the interests of more than 517,000 member companies. As the voice of Austrian business, WKO is committed to forward-looking policies which benefit the economy e.g. tax relief, cutting red tape, subsidies, etc. Moreover, WKO offers fast expert advice on various topics, everything from labour laws to customs information.
Through its educational facilities WKO contributes to improving the competitive ability of domestic companies.
VBA | Startup & Investments
The Vienna Business Agency offers a “360° service” for companies in Vienna. Funding and advice, workshops and coaching for start-ups, assistance with the search for industrial space or office premises, contacts to potential partners in the technology scene or creative industries.
The Vienna Business Agency positions Austria’s capital city in the international economic environment, looks after international companies settling in Vienna, and is the first point of contact for expats arriving in Vienna.
AWS | Innovation & Investments
Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws) is the Austrian Federal promotional bank. Their mission is to support young innovative start-ups, founders, as well as growth and internationalisation projects of Austrian companies with low-interest loans, guarantees for bank loans, grants and equity. We also support investments in Austria carried out by international corporates.
aws enhances several thousand entrepreneurial projects every year. The aws project financing volume amounts to 1.2 billion EUR. aws services trigger investments, mobilize innovative entrepreneurial projects, and secure and create a large number of jobs.
AustrianStartups | Startup & Support
AustrianStartups is an independent non-profit platform for innovative entrepreneurship in Austria. It is an open place for startups, changemakers, and interested persons and focuses on three realms of influence: Inspire. Connect. Change. The people behind AustrianStartups believe that entrepreneurial thinking and acting are key for positive change.
AustrianStartups provide information to support young entrepreneurs with great ideas and the vision to change the world…
weXelerate | StartUp & Support
weXelerate is the CEE’s largest Innovation Hub in the heart of Vienna. Each year, 100 high potential startups from all over the world are accepted into our multi-corporate accelerator program. Each 4 month accelerator program aims at supporting start- and scale ups with market entry, growth and expansion to new markets by connecting them to relevant stakeholder groups.
ImpactHub Vienna | Startup & Social
The Impact Hub Vienna community is made up of social businesses addressing challenges both locally and globally. Its members are entrepreneurs, social investors, freelancers, advocates, campaigners, creatives, artists, consultants, coaches and more. Members enjoy a global platform connecting them to 15000+ like-minded entrepreneurs. They have access to training and support, work spaces, lectures, training workshops, community networking events and incubation programs.