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Bulfon Christian

Bulfon Christian

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

Christian Bulfon has close to 20 years in Semiconductor Capital Equipment international experience including a residency in Singapore and Silicon Valley/US.  At Lam Research AG, Villach, he was Managing Director heading the Operations, before opening his own consulting business in 2015. With his international...read more

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

Christian Bulfon has close to 20 years in Semiconductor Capital Equipment international experience including a residency in Singapore and Silicon Valley/US.  At Lam Research AG, Villach, he was Managing Director heading the Operations, before opening his own consulting business in 2015. With his international and broad expertise in Business & Finance Operations, Development & Engineering, Production, Logistics, Purchasing, Quality, Sales and Customer Service he is engaged as Operations Head / Interim COO for various fast-growing production-related businesses. He is invested as Business Angel in three Startups and is also an active mentor in the start-up scene. Christian is married, father of one kid and holds a degree in technical physics (TU Vienna) supplemented by an entrepreneurial leadership program (UC Berkeley).
Cronin Daniel

Cronin Daniel

Daniel Cronin

Entrepreneur | Lecturer | TV-Presenter | Public Speaker | "The Pitch Professor" Daniel is an entrepreneur, lecturer, presenter and keynote speaker. He wrote his thesis on Mobile Marketing, became a founding member of the full-service app-agency allaboutapps (a joint venture of i5invest and runtastic) and advises several startups. Daniel is Co-Founder...read more

Daniel Cronin

Entrepreneur | Lecturer | TV-Presenter | Public Speaker | "The Pitch Professor" Daniel is an entrepreneur, lecturer, presenter and keynote speaker. He wrote his thesis on Mobile Marketing, became a founding member of the full-service app-agency allaboutapps (a joint venture of i5invest and runtastic) and advises several startups. Daniel is Co-Founder and Member of the Board of AustrianStartups (a non-profit to strengthen the entrepreneurial eco-system), Co-Founder of crowdinvesting-platform primeCROWD and lectures at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, the Vienna University of Technology and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In January 2016 he became founding member of startup300 – an early-stage accelerator and in August 2016 founding partner of the Vienna Mentoring Group (viemeg.com), a mentoring program for early stage startups. In June 2019 he took on an additional role, joining FoundersLane, the leading independent corporate venture builder as a Venture Partner. He has hosted more than 250 events on startups and was the presenter of the Austrian version of Shark Tank, "2Minuten, 2Millionen” on national TV. In October 2016 he co-hosted “The Spark – Der Deutsche Digitalpreis” (The German Digital Awards), in June 2017 the “Tag der Deutschen Industrie” (Day of German Industry) followed by the Startup-Academy at Bits & Pretzels 2017 and in February 2018 he gave his US-debut hosting “Moving Forward” (a conference with an innovation focus) in New York. He is nicknamed “The Pitch Professor” and is considered as one of the leading experts and trainers on pitching in Europe with more than 250 trainings held both for startups and large corporations. Daniel has spoken to innovators, top executives and startups at Audi, Deutsche Bank, Lufthansa Technik, PWC, TEDx, Siemens, Peek & Cloppenburg, T-Mobile, Kapsch, Red Bull, Adidas, Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) and several others and at global conferences about startups, culture, transformation, pitching, innovation and corporate - startup collaboration.
Dietrich David

Dietrich David

David Dietrich

Co-founder Hackaboom

The worlds best product launch partner. We believe that hardware start ups are scaleable. Because we did it several times. Now its your turn. We build a unique network for born global hardware products. We do that via a holistic centered view which combines classic service for crowdfunding...read more

David Dietrich

Co-founder Hackaboom

The worlds best product launch partner. We believe that hardware start ups are scaleable. Because we did it several times. Now its your turn. We build a unique network for born global hardware products. We do that via a holistic centered view which combines classic service for crowdfunding and a unique network centered focus.
Gombotz Dietmar

Gombotz Dietmar

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

Dietmar Gombotz is co-founder of UGP materials, a spin-off of TU Wien in the area of high-performance-polymers. He further is one of three Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the TU Wien I2nkubator Programm. He founded SPHARES GmbH and a small software company called S3. He...read more

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

Dietmar Gombotz is co-founder of UGP materials, a spin-off of TU Wien in the area of high-performance-polymers. He further is one of three Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the TU Wien I2nkubator Programm. He founded SPHARES GmbH and a small software company called S3. He has been head of the organization JungeWirtschaft Wien (representing young entrepreneurs) and has strong ties into the start-up community by co-organizing a diverse set of events and mentoring start-ups. Dietmar was part of the first batch of the I2C Diploma Supplement course on innovation. His background includes a diploma in business informatics, a bachelor in computer science and a bachelor in informatics & economics. His focus in his mentoring is market-validation and go-to-market strategy.
Jelly Jürgen

Jelly Jürgen

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

Juergen is a serial entrepreneur in several industries, consultant, coach, mentor and author. He studied European Economy and Business Management at the University of Applied Science and the University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria and “Leadership” at the Theresian Military Academy...read more

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

Juergen is a serial entrepreneur in several industries, consultant, coach, mentor and author. He studied European Economy and Business Management at the University of Applied Science and the University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria and “Leadership” at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Juergen founded his first company at the age of 23. While he is really passionate about being an entrepreneur, a part of his heart remains academic. This is why – since 2007 – he is lecturer, coach and mentor at the Institute of “Entrepreneurship and Innovation” at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Even if he calls himself a practitioner, he tends to say, that a good theory generates an enormous amount of practice. Juergen has managed and led dozens of projects in several industries like food & beverages, healthcare, pharmaceutical, renewable energy, IT, technology, research, marketing, sports, consumer goods, arts, restaurants, logistics and many more. If it is not about business, it’s about sports. Juergen is a very ambitious sportsman and competed in masters swimming, tennis tournaments, ski races, cross-country skiing, military pentathlon and some other sports. Besides that, he loves to discover the world and is interested in close to everything.
Kolbabek Thomas

Kolbabek Thomas

Thomas Kolbabek

Advisor, Business Angel and Lecturer

Thomas is a senior advisor, mentor, business angel and lecturer. He joined Greentubeas an early employee and shareholder and has worked in various roles ranging from Software Developer to Managing Director and CTO before and after the acquisition by Novomatic in 2010. Lecturer on scaling...read more

Thomas Kolbabek

Advisor, Business Angel and Lecturer

Thomas is a senior advisor, mentor, business angel and lecturer. He joined Greentubeas an early employee and shareholder and has worked in various roles ranging from Software Developer to Managing Director and CTO before and after the acquisition by Novomatic in 2010. Lecturer on scaling technology companies and e-Sports / in-game advertising.
Kramer Margherita

Kramer Margherita

Margherita Kramer

Business Developer | Mentor | Bestselling Author

Margherita Kramer, Business Developer at AIT, is responsible for industrial collaborations and strategic development of market relevant processes and services within the Centre for Technology Experience. Coming from a multi-disciplinary, international background (engineering, business administrations, arts), she has a high level of understanding...read more

Margherita Kramer

Business Developer | Mentor | Bestselling Author

Margherita Kramer, Business Developer at AIT, is responsible for industrial collaborations and strategic development of market relevant processes and services within the Centre for Technology Experience. Coming from a multi-disciplinary, international background (engineering, business administrations, arts), she has a high level of understanding for different industries and markets as well as for individual, company-specific challenges. Margherita has several years of experience in multi-stakeholder project management, strategies, innovations and communications, as well as in the fast paced, market driven startup world, where she continues to mentor young ventures in the process of building business models and market diversification.
Lindinger Michaela

Lindinger Michaela

Michaela Lindinger

Founder & CEO of braininspa

Michaela Lindinger is founder & CEO of braininspa, an executive sparring and employee experience company. Braininspa nudges visionary leaders and entrepreneurs to the right structures, habits and mindset for maximizing their healthy high performance.

Michaela worked with Fortune 500 organizations around the...read more

Michaela Lindinger

Founder & CEO of braininspa

Michaela Lindinger is founder & CEO of braininspa, an executive sparring and employee experience company. Braininspa nudges visionary leaders and entrepreneurs to the right structures, habits and mindset for maximizing their healthy high performance.

Michaela worked with Fortune 500 organizations around the world on digital strategies and large scale transformation projects, value creation and innovation assignments in multi-million-dollar projects. She has also worked with several startups and international corporate talents across industries to prepare their mindset for the digital transformation and adjusting their business models to become agile and purpose-driven.

Michaela is a millennial serial founder (3x CEO / Co-Founder) and experienced corporate executive, but also a passionate mom and family-manager. She is author and university lecturing professor for innovation, business models and leadership since the age of 29, a member of the international FORBES© Council and the International Society for Coaching Psychology. She holds an International Business Masters Degree from Austria and a Masters Degree in Coaching Psychology from the UK/London.

Nanz Sylvia

Nanz Sylvia

Sylvia Nanz

Medical Director bei Pfizer

MD by training; Country Medical Director Pfizer Austria since 2009; overall almost 30 years in pharma industry (Eli Lilly, GSK, Sanofi-Aventis) with main interest in medical affairs as well as substantial experience in clinical research, market access and pharmacoeconomics. Substantial network established within Pfizer (incl Headquarter)...read more

Sylvia Nanz

Medical Director bei Pfizer

MD by training; Country Medical Director Pfizer Austria since 2009; overall almost 30 years in pharma industry (Eli Lilly, GSK, Sanofi-Aventis) with main interest in medical affairs as well as substantial experience in clinical research, market access and pharmacoeconomics. Substantial network established within Pfizer (incl Headquarter) as well as in the Austrian Healthcare environment (eg clinic and retail physicians, academia, payors, policy makers). External engagements: Board Member of the Austrian Society of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee for Rare Disease in the pharmaceutical association (Pharmig); Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Vienna; Mentor for startups in the HealthHubVienna (Platform for open innovation in healthcare)
Stekovic Slaven

Stekovic Slaven

Slaven Stekovic

Entrepreneur | Scientist | Forbes 30under30

With previous experience in academic and clinical biomedical research, I focus on application and translation of novel technologies towards preserving human health and expending human life and health span by creating innovation-focused and sustainable ventures. I enjoy optimising performance with limited resources and using...read more

Slaven Stekovic

Entrepreneur | Scientist | Forbes 30under30

With previous experience in academic and clinical biomedical research, I focus on application and translation of novel technologies towards preserving human health and expending human life and health span by creating innovation-focused and sustainable ventures. I enjoy optimising performance with limited resources and using assets to their highest potential, always considering their short-term and long-term impact on the business and its customers. Driven by passion and diligence, I am constantly improving my understanding of emerging trends and beyond-state-of-the-art technologies.
Techt Joachim

Techt Joachim

Joachim Techt

Digital strategist, creator and product team builder

Joachim is a digital strategist, creator and product team builder. He is a father of two, curious and calm and an associative thinker with a like for organizing teams. He works as consultant and in projects for both, small start-ups and large corporates...read more

Joachim Techt

Digital strategist, creator and product team builder

Joachim is a digital strategist, creator and product team builder. He is a father of two, curious and calm and an associative thinker with a like for organizing teams. He works as consultant and in projects for both, small start-ups and large corporates (and everything that is in between) on product innovation and strategy, foundation and development of product teams with a user-centristic view and establishing a structured and self-organized style of work. Before that, Joachim spent 6 years at Runtastic (now adidas Runtastic) - constantly being part of the management team and by that co-creating one of the biggest Austrian start-up success stories. As VP of Product he led product strategy and the Product Management and UI/UX teams. Prior to that, he worked at Die Presse on the future of digital journalism and monetization strategies. Joachim's original background is in Interactive Media Design where he did his master and working as a designer hereafter.

TUW i² Advisors in Residence on Request

Bradley Mitchell

Bradley Mitchell

Mitchell Bradley

Growth Manager at Speedinvest

A rare breed who is most comfortable when sitting at the intersection of marketing, sales and product. Focus: Activation, Monetisation, Retention More specifically: - Growth Strategy, Models & Growth Hacking - Customer Acquisition & Onboarding - Product-Led Growth - Customer Success - Business Development and Analysis - Product & Process Design - Coaching & Consulting -...read more

Mitchell Bradley

Growth Manager at Speedinvest

A rare breed who is most comfortable when sitting at the intersection of marketing, sales and product. Focus: Activation, Monetisation, Retention More specifically: - Growth Strategy, Models & Growth Hacking - Customer Acquisition & Onboarding - Product-Led Growth - Customer Success - Business Development and Analysis - Product & Process Design - Coaching & Consulting - Sales Funnels - SaaS - Product Sprints - Market Validation - User Retention - Building things - Investing - Mentoring
Ecker Thomas

Ecker Thomas

Thomas Ecker

Senior Investment Manager technet equity

As senior investment manager of tecnet equity, Thomas Ecker is primarily active in the field of information and communication technologies. Beyond a secondary education with a specialisation in computer science, he had a long career in IT (software) and the tourism industry (as a travel...read more

Thomas Ecker

Senior Investment Manager technet equity

As senior investment manager of tecnet equity, Thomas Ecker is primarily active in the field of information and communication technologies. Beyond a secondary education with a specialisation in computer science, he had a long career in IT (software) and the tourism industry (as a travel agent and working for Austrian Airlines) before moving into the area of financing in 1997. Mr. Ecker spent several semesters studying international business administration at the University of Vienna and at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh. He is a certified portfolio and fund manager (CPM©) and has participated in courses of the Austrian Association for Financial Analyses and Asset Management (ÖVFA).
Ellenberger Andreas

Ellenberger Andreas

Andreas Ellenberger

Co-founder and CEO at Circonnact

My ambition is to develop and support local and regional circular ecosystems which enable people to live a fulfilling life connected to nature. Working in an agile way to evolutionary improve the current status with a collaborative mindset, principles and tools of a circular and...read more

Andreas Ellenberger

Co-founder and CEO at Circonnact

My ambition is to develop and support local and regional circular ecosystems which enable people to live a fulfilling life connected to nature. Working in an agile way to evolutionary improve the current status with a collaborative mindset, principles and tools of a circular and regenerative economy. To achieve this, we strive to establish an environment where active and engaged people can focus on solutions for a better future. It is all about enabling collaboration and partnership in finding solutions for customer needs without wasting talents, materials and energy. We start by valuing what is there, getting inspired and connecting new ideas to thrive. So, when should you talk to me? - Whenever you want develop your future business in the direction of more using the potential of people you are already working with; - Whenever you want to increase your success in sustainable business by implementing circular economy solutions which fit to your environment; - Whenever you need support in collaboration of companies to establish a circular value chain; - When you need any training or workshop on how to use circular economy, sustainable project management and/or the economy for the common good principles to develop your business. - Whenever you need a friendly, systemic thinking advisor, facilitator or sparring partner to develop your business with sustainable mindset; and all that if you are not afraid to learn continuously, to admit you don´t know everything yourself, to accept there is not the one right solution, to trust in the skills and energy of your teams. Where I come from: Experience in consulting to improve project management solutions in companies. Trainings, workshops, consulting and coaching for companies of different sizes in Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America. Supporting startups as well as SMEs and larger corporates. Inspried by Cradle to Cradle design, Circular Economy solutions, systemic thinking of the Doughnut Economy and Economy for the Common Good values.
Haddad Fadi

Haddad Fadi

Fadi Haddad

Head of Global Business Development at Medicus AI

My focus is on bringing new technologies that can solve real problems in healthcare. I joined Medicus AI in 2019 to lead the company's global expansion and build a global business team. Medicus is present today in 14 markets globally, working with some...read more

Fadi Haddad

Head of Global Business Development at Medicus AI

My focus is on bringing new technologies that can solve real problems in healthcare. I joined Medicus AI in 2019 to lead the company's global expansion and build a global business team. Medicus is present today in 14 markets globally, working with some of the largest healthcare providers and payors. Besides Medicus, I'm involved in building the entrepreneurial community in Vienna, mentoring founders at INiTS, i2C, Student Academy, Elevate, Founders Lab and Investment Ready programmes. I'm most interested in artificial intelligence and the technology's potential to augment our intelligence and free our time and attention so we can focus more on each other and being human.
Kandler Florian

Kandler Florian

Florian Kandler

Fundraising Expert and Startup Mentor. 3-time Founder

Florians Kandler helps startup founders build fundable startups and find the right investors. He is glad to share his 10 years of experience, starting 3 companies that closed 3 funding rounds and raising millions from VCs and Angels in Europe and in the...read more

Florian Kandler

Fundraising Expert and Startup Mentor. 3-time Founder

Florians Kandler helps startup founders build fundable startups and find the right investors. He is glad to share his 10 years of experience, starting 3 companies that closed 3 funding rounds and raising millions from VCs and Angels in Europe and in the US.
Klaffl Carina

Klaffl Carina

Carina Klaffl

Carina is a Sales and Business Development professional and is passionate about Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Startups. She did her Bachelor at Vienna University of Economics and Business, followed by a Master's degree in Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Lund University in Sweden. After graduating, she worked in Amsterdam for...read more

Carina Klaffl

Carina is a Sales and Business Development professional and is passionate about Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Startups. She did her Bachelor at Vienna University of Economics and Business, followed by a Master's degree in Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Lund University in Sweden. After graduating, she worked in Amsterdam for a travel agency before joining Pioneers in Vienna, which was hosting one of the most important startup events in Europe and beyond - the Pioneers Festival. After 2 years at Pioneers, she took over as Head of Partnerships responsible for the main corporate customers and leading the partnerships team. For more than a year now, she is responsible for Sales and Marketing at craftworks, a tech startup that brings artificial intelligence solutions to the industrial sector.
Rappold Dieter

Rappold Dieter

Rappold Dieter

Founder and CEO at Speedinvest Pirates

Dieter Rappold is the founder and CEO of Speedinvest Pirates, the growth marketing unit of Speedinvest and partner for more than 80 European Startups. He founded one of the most successful Digital Agencies in Austria with knallgrau (later Virtual Identity) in 2001 and scaled...read more

Rappold Dieter

Founder and CEO at Speedinvest Pirates

Dieter Rappold is the founder and CEO of Speedinvest Pirates, the growth marketing unit of Speedinvest and partner for more than 80 European Startups. He founded one of the most successful Digital Agencies in Austria with knallgrau (later Virtual Identity) in 2001 and scaled it to 50 employees as part of an independent agency with more than 180 employees and 21 million euro in annual revenue. Thus he has over 17 years of experience working with large Brands like Coca-Cola, Heineken, BMW, Opel, Telefonica, HVB and others on international Web Projects and digital strategies. He is an accomplished speaker with more than 100 keynotes, lectures and interviews on digital marketing, making him an expert on the field.
Rauhala Marjo

Rauhala Marjo

Marjo Rauhala

Research Ethics Coordinator at TU Wien

Marjo Rauhala (PhD, MSSc, BA) is the research ethics coordinator at TU Wien and responsible for establishing the research ethics advisory and review procedures for the entire university. With a background in philosophical and biomedical ethics and social sciences, Marjo Rauhala has...read more

Marjo Rauhala

Research Ethics Coordinator at TU Wien

Marjo Rauhala (PhD, MSSc, BA) is the research ethics coordinator at TU Wien and responsible for establishing the research ethics advisory and review procedures for the entire university. With a background in philosophical and biomedical ethics and social sciences, Marjo Rauhala has broad experience in the field of research ethics. This experience encompasses academic research, ethics management and advisory tasks in engineering projects, as well as ethics review in the research funding programs of the European Union. Since FP7, Marjo Rauhala participates in the European Commission’s working groups on ethics guidance and expert panels in ethics screening, review and check/follow-up of European funded research for the European Commission’s Ethics and Integrity Sector and the European Research Council.
Zimmermann Klaus

Zimmermann Klaus

Klaus Zimmermann

Owner of Danube BioSolutions

Klaus holds a PhD in Biochemistry. During his career he collected a broad expert knowledge in Life Sciences (incl. biotechnology, recombinant and plasmatic proteins, biosimilars, viral vaccines, cell cultures, analytical methods). This includes GxP requirements, business development, technology transfer, patent management, biosafety, and last-not-least mentoring of...read more

Klaus Zimmermann

Owner of Danube BioSolutions

Klaus holds a PhD in Biochemistry. During his career he collected a broad expert knowledge in Life Sciences (incl. biotechnology, recombinant and plasmatic proteins, biosimilars, viral vaccines, cell cultures, analytical methods). This includes GxP requirements, business development, technology transfer, patent management, biosafety, and last-not-least mentoring of start-ups. With these experiences he will also support teams in the STARTacademy.