Hermann Hauser is an Austrian science-based innovator and serial entrepreneur, who has successfully developed and financed over 100 high-tech companies whilst offering inspiration and mentorship to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Hermann is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. In 2004 he was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science and Technology and in 2013 a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. In 2001, Hermann received an honorary CBE for his innovative service to the UK enterprise sector and an honorary KBE in 2015. As the author of a 2010 influential report, he called for the UK government’s investment in a network of technology and innovation centres. As a result, ‘Catapult’ centres were created, which are helping small firms and university spin-outs to commercialise their prototypes.