The accent makerspace for green transformation was established by accent, the business incubator of the state of Lower Austria, in collaboration with its start-ups in an old, revitalised agricultural school building. accent's support services and the infrastructure of existing equipment, tools, arable land, meadows and greenhouses form a place for focused prototyping and experimental development of innovators, primarily start-ups, academic spin-offs and those interested in founding a company.
The makerspace offers 5 hectares including 3 hectares of experimental fields, several rooms for laboratory analysis, a 200 m² greenhouse with temperature regulation (e.g. to simulate droughts), a metal workshop and demonstration hall, co-working and meeting options, storage areas as well machines for immediate and direct use in the development of sustainable, innovative products.
Thematically, the accent makerspace covers prototyping and small series production in the areas of agricultural technology, new materials, green chemistry, bioeconomy, food safety and green transformation.
Mag. Dr. Julia Uhlik
A team is available to users on site with various services relating to the use of the infrastructure and business model development. This includes, for example:
• individual coaching
• support in the development of a sustainable business model
• knowledge transfer from external experts
• support in finding cooperation partners in R&D
• advice and guidance in the acquisition of funding and prizes including proposal checks
• facilitation of national and international cooperation with other start-ups, SMEs, NGOs, etc.
• support in negotiating with equity investors
External experts may be called in to operate and clarify possible use cases and handling of the infrastructure.
Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure
Cooling and heating of materials
Extrusion of renewable raw materials
Drying of renewable raw materials
Sterilization of materials
Fruiting of e.g. mushrooms
Cultivation in the field
BOKU:BASE - Entrepreneurship Support from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
TechnologyKids association - gender mainstreaming and “maker” projects with students and teachers
AgroBiogel, 2021 - ongoing, https://www.agrobiogel.com/
Frehm-Med, 2022 - ongoing, https://www.frehm-med.com/
C-Square Bioscience, 2023, https://c-square.at/
GATE Space, 2022 - ongoing, https://gate.space/
eduMakerspace Tulln, 2022 - ongoing, https://makerspaces.ph-noe.ac.at/emstulln/