Jun
15
Fri
2012
In a thunderstorm even pigs can fly – a quick guide by Thomas Neubauer @ TU Vienna, Seminar room Zemanek
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In a thunderstorm even pigs can fly – a quick guide by Thomas Neubauer @ TU Vienna, Seminar room Zemanek | Wien | Wien | Austria

In his quick guide, Dr. Neubauer talks about a long rocky road to an successful entrepreneur and how difficult this path at times proved to be. He demonstrates very clearly the challenges as TU spin-off bearing up his interests in the field of business, how he had to overcome difficulties, including funding, first customers, global sales, strategic positioning for growth and how finally, he becomes a global player.

With his high-tech start up, he embarked on a long and arduous but also on a successful, exciting and extremely educational journey. Very recently, the company was successfully sold to a global market leader, moving the success story to the next level. One of the most effective ways to promote entrepreneurial mindsets is through learning by doing, as the longest journey always starts with the very first, small step.

 

About Thomas Neubauer


Dr. Thomas Neubauer, Symena Software GmbH, is founder and Managing Director of Symena, a global leader for automatic radio network optimization and self organizing networks solutions. He has more than ten years of experience with automatic cell planning (ACP) and mathematical optimization. That experience has been applied to GSM, WCDMA, CDMA, WiMAX and LTE network design and operations. His academic background is in radio network planning and optimization with Smart Antenna and MIMO systems. Both are very relevant for LTE and Self Organizing Network (SON) technologies. Dr Neubauer holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications engineering from the Vienna University of Technology.

Jun
22
Fri
2012
Successful Strategic Entrepreneurship for Start- ups by Herbert Gartner @ TU Vienna, Seminar room Zemanek
Jun 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Successful Strategic Entrepreneurship for Start-  ups by Herbert Gartner @ TU Vienna, Seminar room Zemanek | Wien | Wien | Austria

Particularly for start-up and early-stage companies, business angels are vital figures that fill the gap between self-finance and venture capital. They are an important source of equity in the early stages of an enterprise, before it becomes attractive for venture capital funds.

The synergy “business angel – founder” will be described in this i2c Public Lecture from both sides’ points of view. In a panel discussion, an entrepreneur together with his business angel will draw from their experiences, to share insights on the relationship between their respective entities. This talk will provide both informative and practical advice grounded in first-hand experience of a currently running business venture.

 

About Herbert Gartner


Herbert Gartner is an active business angel investing smart and hard capital in young high-tech product companies. He is focusing on spin-offs with strong growth potentials. He founded SensorDynamics together with 3 co-founders in 2003 and held positions as CFO and CEO. SensorDynamics was specialized on high-volume micro- and wireless semiconductor products for applications in automotive, industry and consumer sectors. The company was acquired by Maxim Integrated Products Inc., California in July 2011 for $164 millions.

 

Sep
12
Thu
2013
Günter Wiesauer
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Günter Wiesauer

About Günter Wiesauer


Günter Wiesauer is founder and CEO of Underground_8, which is a Startup Company trying to revolutionize the field of Network Security Systems. From 1996 up to now he was founder, CTO or shareholder in company’s like Unicom, Webcast Media Group AG, etc. Mr. Wiesauer has also developed patents like SMs-Commerce and mCrm-Management Suite and Media Content Streaming Technology. Since 1998 he has been a consultant and member of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. He received two economic Pegasus awards for special earnings in upper-Austrian commerce and his German startup-company was elected as the sixth successful company in Germany in 2000.

 

Mar
12
Wed
2014
Random Thoughts on Entrepreneurship by Alex Mehr
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Random Thoughts on Entrepreneurship by Alex Mehr

Every venture is constantly tested by a seemingly endless stream of new challenges. “Should we launch early with an incomplete product or wait until the product is fully baked? Should we go for a premium price point or target the lower-end market? How can I go around my established and much larger competitors to get visibility and distribution?” What distinguishes great entrepreneurs from the rest is their ability to make such decisions quickly despite incomplete information and high rate of failure. As an entrepreneur and a startup advisor who has frequently faced such decision points, I have come to the conclusion that no single tool or decision method works across the board. Rather, entrepreneurs are constantly drawing on their own experience as well as advice from others to make a set of “rules of thumb” to successfully navigate such situations. In this presentation, I will share some thoughts and ideas about how to address some of the most commonly faced startup challenges.

 

About Alex Mehr


Alex Mehr is the co-founder and co-CEO of Zoosk, the largest romantic social network. Zoosk’s 15 million monthly active users come from 70 countries and the product is available in 25 languages. Zoosk’s 2011 revenue surpassed $97M — doubling year over year. Alex started Zoosk in 2007 out of his living room while attending the MBA program at the University of California, Berkeley. To date, the company has raised over $40M in venture financing. Alex holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to starting Zoosk, he worked as a scientist for NASA on several manned and robotic space projects.

 

Mar
26
Wed
2014
20 years of Austrian Startup history in 60 minutes! by Hans J. Pfisterer
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
20 years of Austrian Startup history in 60 minutes! by Hans J. Pfisterer

Hans J. Pfisterer is an entrepreneur by heart. Starting his career in the travel industry 1989 he was in the founding team of Austria Online a pre Internet Hotelbooking System of ÖVB and after that head of marketing of the Austropa Hotel group of ÖVB. In 1995 he found one of the worlds first internet startups, the online hotel booking platform NetHotels.com. 1998 NetHotels.com was rated the 10th best travel site at Altavista and in this year the first VC entered the company. In the following years Hans led NetHotels through all ups and downs a startup can go through. As a former member of the Vienna Choir Boys he still sings as a Tenor at the Wiener Singverein and just arrived back from a Japan Tour with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Hans loves to be on stage and work with passionate people. His new startup MYFLY.cc will connect people on a global scale. Hans holds a degree of tourism management and supports official and privat organizations in multiple functions.

Apr
29
Tue
2014
From Founder to Business Angel & Social Investor by Michael Altrichter
Apr 29 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
From Founder to Business Angel & Social Investor by Michael Altrichter

In this talk, Michael Altrichter gives insights from his „soaring and stalling rollercoster ride of ups and downs,“ between founding and selling his first start-up paysafecard. As an alumnus of TU Wien, he describes how to build a multi-million company from scratch and what the main obstacles and success factors are.

Secondly, Michael focuses on the Business Angel situation in Austria with an emphasis on the relationship between the Founders and the Angels. Last but not least he speaks about the responsibility of founders and investors in duly observing sustainability and social impact.

 

About Michael Altrichter


Michael Altrichter co-founded paysafecard.com Wertkarten AG, starting it from scratch in 2000 and selling it to Skrill, a strategic partner in payment. After founding and selling his second payment company, payolution, he now has shareholdings in 12+ start-ups and is simultaneously an active member of the advisory board at Wikifolio (a social trading investment platform, www.wikifolio.com), rublys (digital scratch cards for smart phones, www.rublys.com) and Reef Interactive (3D diving maps, www.reef-interactive.com). Michael is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and serious Business Angel, who loves to help highly committed teams developing brilliant business ideas to become successfull companies. Recently he became the fifth Ashoka Network Support Member in Austria. Ashoka is a global non-profit organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs.

May
7
Wed
2014
Startup, startdown – Life and Learnings by Bernhard Schandl
May 7 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Startup, startdown - Life and Learnings by Bernhard Schandl

In the past few years we have been working on several research projects in the area of inter-organizational systems. New concepts, methodologies, and standards have been developed and been well acknowledged by the research community.Based on results from our last research project, we decided to found our own business in 2011. Will the market accept the results and can we sustain the existing competition on the market? Which compromises have to be made?

In this talk we give an insight into the experiences we have made, and the obstacles we had to master during our journey from university to market.

 

About Philipp Liegl


Philipp Liegl studied Business Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology, where he continued to work in several research projects afterwards. His research focuses on inter-organizational communication, in particular business document and business processes design, as well as electronic data interchange (EDI) in general. Furthermore, he is interested in Java-based Web-application development and frameworks.

Since 2004 he is actively involved in the development of the Austrian e-Invoicing standard ebInterface, which has become the mandatory format of choice for delivering electronic invoices to the Republic of Austria on 1.1.2014. Previously he has also been involved in the activities of UN/CEFACT, where he has been working on UML-based concepts for business document and business process modeling for inter-organizational business processes.

 

May
14
Wed
2014
Start-Up – Heaven or Hell by Duane Nickull
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Start-Up – Heaven or Hell by Duane Nickull

Duane Nickull talked about challenges and choices faced by new technology companies during their most vulnerable and critical early phases. He shared some of the top advice that can only be learned from experience, delved into the challenges faced, and provided ways to migrate threats many face.

 

About Duane Nickull


Duane Nickull is a successful veteran of high tech start-ups (Yellow Dragon Software Corporation, XML Global Technologies, Uberity), an elected Vice Chair of the United Nations CEFACT Steering Group and Architecture, senior standards architect, and senior data architect. During his experience building three companies, including selling one company to Adobe Systems, he has amassed a large amount of knowledge. He published his knowledge in many articles and books (e.g. Web 2.0. Architectures: What Entrepreneurs and Information Architects Need to Know, O’Reilly). He is also an excellent musician (22nd century is leading the punk rock scene in Canada). (slides “Start-Up – Heaven or Hell)

May
21
Wed
2014
From lab to market – will it work? by Philipp Liegl
May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
From lab to market – will it work? by Philipp Liegl

In the past few years we have been working on several research projects in the area of inter-organizational systems. New concepts, methodologies, and standards have been developed and been well acknowledged by the research community.Based on results from our last research project, we decided to found our own business in 2011. Will the market accept the results and can we sustain the existing competition on the market? Which compromises have to be made?

In this talk we give an insight into the experiences we have made, and the obstacles we had to master during our journey from university to market.

 

About Philipp Liegl


Philipp Liegl studied Business Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology, where he continued to work in several research projects afterwards. His research focuses on inter-organizational communication, in particular business document and business processes design, as well as electronic data interchange (EDI) in general. Furthermore, he is interested in Java-based Web-application development and frameworks.

Since 2004 he is actively involved in the development of the Austrian e-Invoicing standard ebInterface, which has become the mandatory format of choice for delivering electronic invoices to the Republic of Austria on 1.1.2014. Previously he has also been involved in the activities of UN/CEFACT, where he has been working on UML-based concepts for business document and business process modeling for inter-organizational business processes.

 

Jun
18
Wed
2014
What I have done right with my startups by Peter Lieber
Jun 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
What I have done right with my startups by Peter Lieber

Peter Lieber talks in detail about life, failures and success as an ICT entrepreneur during the last twenty years. In his presentation Peter Lieber focuses on personal emotions and learnings about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial actions. He will share these experiences with entrepreneurial beginners to start them reflecting on their goals. Peter Lieber talks about how to handle banking institutions and investors, reflects on awards and criticism during a career as well as on strategy, experience, empathy, and ambition. A main point of his reflection is ownership structures in a startup: Which ones are approved, which are dangerous and may bring the company to a standstill or even worse. Peter Lieber describes real examples gained in his own experience at the search of a “blue ocean”: the niches favorable for success!

 

About Peter Lieber


Peter Lieber, LieberLieber software gmbh, is a founder of various companies specialized in software industry. He knows the different business models very well and is an experienced business development manager and software architect. Knowledge transfer of technology and software architecture especially in n-tier environments is his profession for over 15 years. Peter Lieber has always new and innovative ideas for visionary and evolutionary software solutions. Entrepreneurs and Managers, interested in new ideas in information and communication technology, find in Peter Lieber an engaged way companion. (slides “What I have done good in founding startup companies)

Mar
11
Wed
2015
From Founder to Advisor: How managed Advisory Boards can drive Business Success by Peruzzi Thomas
Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
From Founder to Advisor: How managed Advisory Boards can drive Business Success by Peruzzi Thomas

Having survived all startup phases from dusk till down and built a strong business network on operational and commercial level Thomas rejoined community as an angelinvestor and advisor and got insights into the different views on similar problems. Working in a couple of adivsory and director boards mean working with different startup cultures and needs and seeing what supports and what hinders. There are some myths around the willingness to open the network of an advisor and they want to be managed like anyone else.
This is a short overview of how and when to build an advisory board and whom to invite at what stage and why and what this means for the organisation beside organizing a mug of coffee for the event 🙂

 

About Thomas Peruzzi


Thomas Peruzzi founded aicooma in Austria, Switzerland and Germany and built it from scratch till earn-out in 2012. He then rejoined University in York for a second Master Study and took over several interims C*O positions in digital startups like laterpay or gigaset elements. Beside that he angel-invested in digital startups like getwiser, spireglobal, adespresso and advised emerging startups with his strong product and Technology background. He is boardmember of Crate and Advisory Board member of admoment, meinkauf, laterpay, refz.co and roq.ad. Thomas lectures Innovation Management and Technology Leadership and is a respected speaker for European Corporates with regards to lean product management and how to avoid the innovator’s dilemma. International VCs and corporate ventures trust his view on technology during due diligence processes

 

Mar
25
Wed
2015
From the vision of a novel innovation process to the mission of HYVE. – Insights of a leading innovation agency by Füller Hannes
Mar 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
From the vision of a novel innovation process to the mission of HYVE. – Insights of a leading innovation agency by Füller Hannes

In the year 2000 HYVE set off with the vision of a novel innovation process which connects users, customers, vendors and developers via internet and thereby enables the collaborative development of customer-centric and trailblazing innovations. Within 14 years HYVE has established itself as a leading innovation agency, which provides services in Germany and far beyond the national borders.

Because of the continuous research and more than 300 publications, HYVE made a name for itself in the area of science and is considered as innovation pioneer, leader in the field of crowdsourcing, co-creation and the founder of community-based innovation. In this talk, Prof. Dr. Füller tells a story of successful innovations and the creative power of people.

 

About Johann Füller


Prof. Dr. Johann Füller took office at the University of Innsbruck’s faculty for Business Administration, where he holds the recently founded chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism. Since his habilitation on „Communities as a Source of Innovation – Towards a Theory of Innovation and Virtual Co-Creation Communities. Innovation 2.0 – From Fortified Castles to Open Bazars” he has been a senior lecturer of Marketing at the Innsbruck University School of Management.

He is Fellow at the NASA Tournament Lab-Research at Harvard University and CEO of Hyve AG, an innovation and community company. In line with his research focus, he regularly gives guest lectures about co-creation, online branding, creative consumer behavior, online marketing, open innovation, and the utilization of online communities. From 2008-2010, Johann was a visiting scholar and research affiliate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Johann habilitated in business administration at the Innsbruck University. He received his PhD in marketing with distinction about “Community Based Innovations – Virtual Integration of Online Consumer Groups into New Product Development”. Before, he was engaged 3 years as corporate consultant in the field of strategic change at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He further gained experience at McKinsey & Comp., Siemens, and Allied Signal. The graduated mechanical and industrial engineer completed his career with a master of international business as well as the Euro-Certificate for Engineers. Study visits led him to USA, France, and Spain. Johann published more than substantially in journals such as California Management Review, Harvard Business Manager, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Marketing Science, MIS Quarterly, Technovation, and others. His research explores user generated content and co-creation communities from multiple perspectives. As CEO of HYVE AG, Johann consults top corporations with the development of customer focused innovations and online communities.

 

Apr
22
Wed
2015
Hurdle Race of runtastic – DOs, DON ́Ts, do-overs & obstacles by Gschwandtner Florian
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hurdle Race of runtastic – DOs, DON ́Ts, do-overs & obstacles by Gschwandtner Florian

Florian Gschwandtner, CEO & co-founder of Runtastic – a world leader in mobile health & fitness, reflects on the start-up processes and his experiences in building a successful company from scratch. He describes his lessons learned and those of his fellow co-founders, the do’s and don’ts of founding a start-up and what they would do differently if they had the opportunity to go back in time.

Additionally, Florian will share insights collected throughout his journey some of them ending up being less stressful than anticipated, as well as instances where the workload, personally & professionally, was highly underestimated.

 

About Florian Gschwandtner


Florian Gschwandtner is CEO and Co-Founder of Runtastic. Runtastic combines mobile applications, proprietary hardware & the services of Runtastic.com to create a comprehensive fitness and health ecosystem that enables users to track daily activities, monitor progress and achieve personal goals. Florian studied Mobile Computing in Hagenberg, Austria and Supply Chain Management in Steyr, Austria before he started his career as an entrepreneur in 2009. Florian is responsible for most of the ideas and concepts behind the ever-growing suite of exciting Runtastic products and services. He is also the public face of the company and can often be seen at industry events, conferences, and expos. He loves to interact with the crowd and share his enthusiasm for fitness!

 underestimated.

May
13
Wed
2015
Angel-Startup-Relationship: From The Angel’s Perspective by Hansmann Hansi
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Angel-Startup-Relationship: From The Angel’s Perspective by Hansmann Hansi

In this talk, Dr. Johann Hansmann, will give general insights on an angel job profile. Additionally, he will share his personal view on selection criteria for investment as well as how his working day looks like. “There is way more to it than only providing money”… the ingredients on “the more” will be unveiled. Holding a portfolio counting 30 startups, managing processes and expectations on either side must be clearly specified and communicated. Dr. Hansmann will share his own lessons learned and what to expect when approaching an Angel.

 

About Hansmann Hansi


Dr. Johann ‘Hansi’ Hansmann was born in Austria and studied economics in Vienna. He spent the major part of his professional life working as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry in Austria, Germany, UK and Spain. He gathered several years of entrepreneurial experience running successfully his own pharmaceutical company in Spain after conducting a management buy-out of a big pharmaceutical plant, making an exit in 2003. Since this time he is active as investor, regarding himself a business angel. He currently holds investments with a geographical focus on Austria, Germany, UK and Spain both internet and in the health industry. His investments (in total more than 25) include busuu.com(London), renesim.com (Munich), diagnosia.com,  durchblicker.at, runtastic.com, mysugr.com, whatchado.com,tractive.com, shpock.com, linemetrics.com and pioneers.io (all in Austria). He is president of the ‘Austrian Angels Investors Association’ (aaia.at), is now based in Vienna and tries to find spare time to ride his mountain bike.

May
20
Wed
2015
Klausberger Katharina – Battle Field Flea Market: Learnings from a Detour to Success
May 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Klausberger Katharina - Battle Field Flea Market: Learnings from a Detour to Success

Katharina Klausberger, her Co-founder and a small, but extremely motivated team worked on another startup idea when they decided to give the byproduct, Shpock, a try. Today the flea market app counts more than 8 million users.

The successful entrepreneur describes the decision making on which project should be followed and which should be abandoned.
Additionally she gives insight on how to build a product that’s used and loved by millions of users.

 

More about Katharina Klausberger


During her studies of business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Katharina Klausberger worked in the fields of business consultancy, finance and marketing. After finishing her Master´s Degree she gave lessons at the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the WU Vienna. She additionally managed innovation projects and earned her PhD. In 2010 she and her Co-founder opend their own business, finderly GmbH, a platform for product recommendations, and Shpock, a mobile version of a “flea market for pretty things”.

 

Jun
10
Wed
2015
IT as Business Enabler at Eurotours: How Eurotours uses IT as a strategic asset to stay ahead in the World of Travel by Glasauer Horst
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
IT as Business Enabler at Eurotours: How Eurotours uses IT as a strategic asset to stay ahead in the World of Travel by Glasauer Horst

In this informal talk, Horst Glasauer, long-standing Head of IT, at Eurotours will share his practical insights into the indispensability of technological solutions and the dramatic developments in the travel industry over the last years. The face of travel has changed significantly since the world-changing introduction of the internet and in a relatively short period of time, the expectations of and obligations to the traveller likewise. As the world becomes smaller, tourism, still one of the most significant sources of income in Austria, has developed into a very competitive and transparent market.

 

About Horst Glasauer


As long standing IT Head of Department at Eurotours, part of Austria’s leading tourism concern Verkehrsbüro Group, Horst Glasauer has witnessed ,on first level, the dramatic and significant technological changes and developments over the last 25 years in the worldwide tourism industry.
Born in Carinthia in 1955, and having studied informatics in Vienna, Horst took the plunge to move to Kitzbühel, Tirol in 1990 to develop a computer department within the headquarters of Eurotours, where he was able to apply his travel related experience. As key member of the Management team, he has significantly contributed to the substantial success and continous achievements of Eurotours over the years, now listed as Austria’s leading tour operator in the B2B and B2C markets.
Horst is a keen nature buff and enjoys the pleasures of living in the mountains. His nature loving character is a good equalizer to the sometimes stressful challenges of piloting the ever-developing, ever-increasing demands within this competitive industry.
Life motto: Work Hard, Have Fun and No Drama !

 

Apr
6
Wed
2016
Failure as Part of Entrepreneurship and How to Learn from it by Damian Izdebski @ EI 7 Hörsaal
Apr 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Failure as Part of Entrepreneurship and How to Learn from it by Damian Izdebski @ EI 7 Hörsaal

“As an entrepreneur you have to make decisions – hundreds of decisions, big and small, every day. So at the end of the day, you have to take responsibility for that.“ For 15 years, Damian Izdebski made a name for himself as a successful entrepreneur but in the end lost everything in 2014 when DiTech was forced to file for bankruptcy. When informing the public, Damian Izdebski chose to admit his mistakes. He will share them in his talk so that future entrepreneurs can learn from his experiences. Furthermore, he will talk about how people are dealing with bankruptcy in the US and why he decided to write a book. He will give insights of how he finally decided to found another company, knowing well enough that not everything will work out smoothly.

More about Damian Izdebski


Damian Izdebski, born in Poland in 1976, moved to Austria with his family in 1992. After studying four semesters economic computer science at the Technical University of Vienna, he was working as a software developer and later as a self-employed IT technician. In 1999 at the age of 23 he founded the company DiTech with his wife Aleksandra. Within a few years the StartUp became the largest online retailer of electronics in Austria. Due to the innovative combination of Internet and multiple retailer, Izdebski has established himself as one of the pioneers in the Austrian multi-channel commerce. In March 2014, the company had to file for bankruptcy due to excessive expansion and related financing issues and was closed. Early 2015 he founded the techbold technology group, a new company that understands itself as a provider of IT solutions for small and medium enterprises in and around Vienna.

Apr
13
Wed
2016
Learnings from 20+ Startups by Stefan Kalteis @ EI 9 Hlawka HS
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Learnings from 20+ Startups by Stefan Kalteis @ EI 9 Hlawka HS

123people, Payolution, Allaboutapps, Runtastic, Wikifolio, Dvel and Techbold are only a few of those companies, in whose success Stefan Kalteis is or was involved as (co-) founder and/or investor. Working with 20+ startups resulted in a treasure trove of experience, which he wants to share with future entrepreneurs during his talk. Stefan Kalteis will share his learnings regarding the importance of the idea, the timing, the team and the business model. Knowing not only the founder’s but also the investor’s point of view, he will give valuable insights into the funding process as well as tips and hints on how to raise money from investors.

More about Stefan Kalteis


Stefan Kalteis is a serial entrepreneur and (co-) founder of i.a. 123people, payolution and allaboutapps. Since October 2015 he is as the owner and managing director of blaulichtSMS also active in the “old economy”. As an active investor he was and is engaged in Runtastic, Wikifolio, Tripwolf, Tourradar, Dvel and Techbold, among others. Previously he worked as an associate at the Munich-based venture capital company Target Partners.

Apr
20
Wed
2016
From Rags to Riches: International Experiences from a Self-Made Multimillionaire Entrepreneur by Chatri Sityodtong @ EI 9 Hlawka HS
Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
From Rags to Riches: International Experiences from a Self-Made Multimillionaire Entrepreneur by Chatri Sityodtong @ EI 9 Hlawka HS

Chatri Sityodtong has a rags-to-riches life story: His family went through bankruptcy and at one point he lived on one meal per day. But that didn’t keep him from becoming a self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur. After working as investment analyst and management consultant he launched his first startup NextDoor Networks, a provider of e-commerce infrastructure, in San Francisco. He became Managing Director at big hedge funds before launching a US$500 million New York hedge fund himself. After his Wall Street experience, he dedicated himself to other entrepreneurial ventures. The superlative is unavoidable when listing his numerous companies: ONE Championship, Asia’s largest sports media property, and Evolve University, Asia’s largest online university for martial arts, are just two out of his extensive portfolio.
In his talk, Chatri Sityodtong will not only answer the following questions but also give exciting insights in his manifold, international experiences as an entrepreneur: Aside from the general dos and don’ts in terms of strategy, business model and funding, how did he manage to convince investors? What helped him to build up such a strong will and does martial arts play a role in his entrepreneurial life? According to the differences he experienced in the Asian and the American region, what clues can he give regarding the interaction with different cultures in a professional context?

 

More about Chatri Sityodtong


Chatri Sityodtong is an entrepreneur and martial artist from Thailand. A self-made Harvard MBA entrepreneur, Sityodtong and his rags-to-riches life story have been profiled on TV on Bloomberg TV’s High Flyers and CNBC’s Entrepreneur Asia. Current business holdings include ONE Championship, Evolve MMA, Evolve University and several other companies across sports, media, retail, real estate, technology, and beverages. Sityodtong is an official Entrepreneur-in-Residence and guest lecturer at INSEAD, one of the world’s top business schools. He is a regular guest lecturer at Singapore Management University, an advisor to the SMU Entrepreneurship Center and an advisor and mentor at the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Center. A motivational speaker, Sityodtong has also given peak performance talks at Fortune 500 companies and has also been a featured speaker at conferences such as TEDx, Bloomberg ASEAN Business Summit, and others. He has almost 30 years of martial arts experience as a student, a fighter, an instructor and a coach.

 

Apr
27
Wed
2016
Innovation in the Corporate and the Startup World – Framework, Touchpoints & Conflicts by Marie-Helene Ametsreiter @ EI 9 Hlawka HS
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Innovation in the Corporate and the Startup World - Framework, Touchpoints & Conflicts by Marie-Helene Ametsreiter @ EI 9 Hlawka HS

We are in the middle of the 3rd industrial revolution. The digitalization. Corporates are faced with new business models and concepts. They are looking for ways to manage the innovation process to secure their future business. Startups are popping up with excellent new ideas – struggeling with their go to market approach due to limited capital resources and distribution access. What are the main challenges both worlds are facing – and where are the potential touchpoints to find a successful cooperation. Is there an ideal way to bring my innovation to the market?

 

More about Marie-Helene Ametsreiter


Marie-Helene Ametsreiter studied Business Administration in Vienna and California, US. She obtained deep experience in the Telecom field working for sixteen years with Telekom Austria Group in different Marketing and General Management positions. During that time she was the President of the management board of VIPnet, the first private mobile operator in Croatia. Besides Ms. Ametsreiter was appointed to several supervisory board functions and signed responsible for the commercial sector of 8 countries. From March 2011 Ms. Ametsreiter was heading the corporate sustainability department at OMV AG, one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. Since 2014 Ms. Ametsreiter is partner of Speedinvest – the largest early-stage digital Venture Capital Funds in the region. Speedinvest with offices in Vienna, Munich and Silicon Valley is investing in digital startups in the CEE region.

 

Jun
1
Wed
2016
Disrupting Healthcare: How to Transform your Problem into a Business by Bianca Gfrei @ EI 9 Hlawka HS
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Disrupting Healthcare: How to Transform your Problem into a Business by Bianca Gfrei @ EI 9 Hlawka HS

Find out how Bianca Gfrei started out on her mission to shake up the healthcare sector by founding kiweno. She resisted criticism from outdated and established institutions, she managed to scale a business from zero to “Startup of the Year” in only a few months. Gfrei will also share her insights on how to hire the smartest people and how to receive funding as a first time founder. Growth Hacking Deluxe!

 

More about Bianca Gfrei


Bianca Gfrei is the founder and CEO of kiweno, the leading service to offer self-tests for food intolerances in the DACH region. With two co-founders on board, she started out her enterpreneurial carreer at only 24 years old and was elected “Enterpreneur of the Year” by the WKO in 2016. kiweno’s mission: Empowering personal healthcare via do-at-home blood tests and appealing visualisation of medical data. The company’s flagship product “nutriscreen” enables to test everybody’s personal intolerance to 70 different kinds of food with only a few drops of blood.
In 2015, the Austrian startup received funding by renowned business angels Hansi Hansmann and Rudi Semrad. Prior to founding kiweno – which was inspired by Gfrei’s personal health issues and struggles with the outdated medical system – she worked for the Swarovski branding team and was Managing Director of the Junior Enterprise icons.

 

Jun
8
Wed
2016
Start Local, Go Global: Success Factors for Expanding Your Business Internationally by Stefan Ebner @ EI 7 Hörsaal
Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Start Local, Go Global: Success Factors for Expanding Your Business Internationally by Stefan Ebner @ EI 7 Hörsaal

How are traditional IT providers and established organizations with an extensive, legacy technology infrastructure facing digitalization? How can they comply the requests of the new generation of customers when their IT environments aren’t flexible enough? Stefan Ebner and his team developed a revolutionary solution to meet this challenge: tribefire – a Digital Transformation Platform, designed for the third era of enterprise IT – to capitalize on Big Data, Cloud and Mobility. tribefire is Braintribe’s latest product. Stefan founded Braintribe, a global innovative software vendor, in 2005 and expanded it internationally, having main offices in Vienna, London, Zurich and Bangalore. In his talk, Stefan Ebner will talk about how he created a global company from scratch that enables enterprises to open up opportunities and become the disrupters, not the disrupted.

More about Stefan Ebner


Always an entrepreneur, Stefan Ebner founded his first IT company as an university student. After years of research, his company’s innovation ventures resulted in tribefire, the Data Agility & Digitalization Platform, launched October 2013. With the motto “the courage of being different”, Stefan strives to create a cultural and social impact through the other brands under the Braintribe umbrella (Braintribe Culture and Chaya Fuera).

Mar
22
Wed
2017
How to build a developer tool company by Moritz Plassnig @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal
Mar 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
How to build a developer tool company by Moritz Plassnig @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal

Codeship is a startup from Vienna focused on developer tools. It was founded by three people and started out in 2011 with a simple vision: “Build for the builders”. By now, Codeship got thousands of customers, ten thousands of software engineers using their products actively and 30 employees around the world. Building a product for other developers is very fulfilling, but also very different and comes with its own challenges. Moritz will share some of the lessons he learned while building Codeship over the last several years. He will talk about their relocation to Boston in 2013 and participation in the Techstars Accelerator Program, the differences between the US and Austria as well as the challenge to find and manage a team of 30 employees on two continents.

More about Moritz Plassnig


Moritz Plassnig is the co-founder and CEO of Codeship, a developer-tool company with offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Vienna, Austria. Moritz founded Codeship together with Florian Motlik and Manuel Weiss in 2011 with the vision of bringing continuous delivery to every software team. The founding team is originally from Vienna and moved to Boston in early 2013 to take part in the Techstars Accelerator Program. Codeship helps thousands of developers build, test and release the best products imaginable each day. From 2010 to 2012 Moritz was co-founder, CFO & Head of Startup Live, which offers unique event formats creating and growing local startup ecosystems and connecting entrepreneurial minds worldwide.

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Apr
5
Wed
2017
Founder & Investor Talk #33 @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal (Staircase I, Ground Floor)
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Founder & Investor Talk #33 @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal (Staircase I, Ground Floor) | Wien | Wien | Austria

Niko Alm, born in Vienna 1975, holds a master’s degree in philosophy and communication science and is founder of the creative agency Super-Fi. The company joined the international media group VICE in 2013, Alm then became CEO for the CEE region. He is also a founding member of NEOS, a new liberal party in Austria, and has been a member of the parliament since 2013. His policy focus areas include economics (with an emphasis on start-ups), media, cultural affairs, internal affairs, net politics and space. Alm himself is also a nano-business angel.

Jun
21
Wed
2017
The life of an entrepreneur or the thin line between genius & madness by Selma Prodanovic @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal
Jun 21 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am
The life of an entrepreneur or the thin line between genius & madness by Selma Prodanovic @ TU Wien, EI 9 Hlawka Hörsaal

In this talk, you can expect an experienced-based story about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur told by Startup-Grande-Dame Selma Prodanovic. Selma failed & succeeded in launching her own businesses and in addition supported hundreds of entrepreneurs. The Business Angelina has a portfolio of startup investments, was an investor in the startup TV show “2 minutes – 2 million”, and judged in over 100 investment jury sessions. She lives an extraordinary life where reality often exceeds her dreams.

More about Selma Prodanovic


Selma Prodanovic is an internationally awarded entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is passionate about empowering people and shaping the future. Named Startup-Grande-Dame by the media, she is famous for her influence and her ability to create, develop, and connect business potential. Selma is founder & CEO of 1millionstartups which aims to support the million entrepreneurs who are dedicated to the global challenges of our time. Since she founded the Brainswork Group in 2005, she launched a dozen of “made in brainswork”-brands, supported over 400 startups, and advised global investors, corporates and organizations. She had a major impact on the creative industries, the startup, and the business angel eco-systems in Austria and Europe. As a professional speaker, Selma was over 1000 times on stage sharing her expertise in entrepreneurship, connecting, creativity, innovation, and startups. Media covered her expertise in over 40 countries. For her innovative approach to business and commitment to entrepreneurship and social change, Selma received numerous awards. Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Selma lived in several countries in Europe and North Africa and has been based in Vienna (Austria) since 1991.

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Mar
7
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: “Learnings from mySugr to make your life as a start-up founder suck less” by Fredrik Debong @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: "Learnings from mySugr to make your life as a start-up founder suck less" by Fredrik Debong @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

More about the talk

Success not guaranteed, long hours, uncertain outcomes, probably a severe lack of personal time and vacation – welcome to the life as an entrepreneur. Fredrik Debong has been fortunate to be part of some spectacular adventures over the past 10 years. He experienced both abhorrent failure and fantastic success. The biggest ride was definitely mySugr, a mobile health company with the aim to make diabetes suck less. Currently mySugr engages over 70 people in Vienna as well as in San Diego, USA. The little company is now part of one of the world’s leading diabetes technology companies, Roche. The possibility to see an idea rise at such an early stage and to witness it taking shape to impact the lives of over a million people has truly been fantastic. In his talk, Fredrik will share some of the experiences and insights of this journey so others won’t have to dig their way out of the same holes he had to. Primarily this talk deals with the plane of philosophy and leadership, of focus and people.


More about Fredrik Debong

Fredrik Debong is co-founder and head of Research and Development at mySugr GmbH. His professional roots lie in software development and architecture, a path started in his native city Stockholm in 1996. He was a student of medical computer science at the University of Technology of Vienna (2004-2010). During his studies he helped to start Java Student User Group (later JUGAT) and introduced the concept of start-up hackathons in Vienna. As community relations lead and co-founder of what became pioneers.io (2008-2010), one of Europe’s leading innovation companies, he gained a bloodied tooth regarding entrepreneurship. With mySugr he has been part of turning an idea from a few scribbles into a life changing company, touching the lives of millions who live with diabetes. The Austrian company was acquired by market leading diabetes technology company Roche in 2017.


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Mar
21
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: “Everyone said it was impossible, but I did not know that and did it” by Andreas Kern @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Mar 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: "Everyone said it was impossible, but I did not know that and did it" by Andreas Kern @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

More about the talk

About 20 years ago, Andreas Kern was one of many with the ambition to start a business, who recognized the triumphant advance of the World Wide Web as their chance. And he was also one of those players in the so-called New Economy who did not survive the bursting of the dotcom bubble in 2000. Today he is convinced that the damage could not be lower. Because only then does he have the necessary experience a few years later to lead an idea with much greater disruptive potential to success with wikifolio.com. That this has been achieved in the long term approves the USP of the “investor revolution”, which is still unchallenged worldwide even after five years. Why interdisciplinary thinking and the combination of technology, marketing and law were key factors for this success is the subject of this talk.


More about Andreas Kern

Prior to founding wikifolio.com in 2012, Andreas Kern gained his professional experience in the Financial and Payment Industries. As COO of paybox Austria GmbH he managed the positive turnaround with revenues of more than 30 Mio. Euro and was co-founder of payolution GmbH, which was successfully sold to Skrill/moneybookers. Andreas Kern studied Mathematics and Computer Sciences, he holds a Master of Science degree in Innovation Management from Johannes Keppler Business School Linz and is certified exchange trader. He believes that “the major innovations of the coming decades will not only be technological but increasingly social innovations. Social trading has the potential to play a major part in this process by democratizing the financial markets.”


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Apr
25
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: “Bootstrapping – The long road to success” by Peter Steinberger @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: "Bootstrapping - The long road to success" by Peter Steinberger @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

More about the talk

Peter Steinberger will talk about his road from a freelancer to CEO of a successful, growing international company with a deliberate choice of not taking VC money. This talk is about upsides/downsides and many lessions learned, the hard transition from “builder” to “manager”, about teaming up with other people, building a team, core values and strategies how to make a product work that sells B2B.


More about Peter Steinberger

Peter founded and bootstrapped PSPDFKit GmbH in 2011 and has since gradually expanded the company with the goal of providing the highest quality PDF Framework to mobile. While Peter is responsible for the day-to-day management of the team, he never misses the chance to go under PSPDFKit’s hood and continue to improve on the original code he wrote back in 2011. Peter has worked with iOS since the inception of the iPhone and regularly gets invited to speak at various iOS and mobile conferences throughout the world. Prior to PSPDFKit, he worked as a Senior iOS Engineer at a startup in San Francisco and taught iOS and Mac development at the Vienna University of Technology, from which he graduated.”


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May
2
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: “XARION: A laser acoustic sensor start-up. The role of intellectual property” by Balthasar Fischer @ TU Wien, Kontaktraum
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: "XARION: A laser acoustic sensor start-up. The role of intellectual property" by Balthasar Fischer @ TU Wien, Kontaktraum

More about the talk

Since its founding in 2012, XARION has raised several million euros of risk capital and funding. A member of the Porsche family became a shareholder in 2014, the machine tools company TRUMPF invested in 2016. In the same year, XARION has successfully launched its sensor product to the market. XARION employs 20 people. The talk will be presenting several applications where the membrane-free optical microphone has been used, including measurements at CERN. The company’s short history will be told from an inside perspective. A special focus will be put on the role of IP.


More about Balthasar Fischer

Balthasar is a physicist, sound engineer and musician. He is the inventor of the Membrane-free Optical Microphone and has broad experience in R&D and IP Management. Before founding XARION, Balthasar was with Knowles Electronics Austria (formerly PHILIPS) as an R&D acoustics engineer. He received his PhD from the Vienna University of Technology, Photonics Institute, where he also worked as a post-doc scientist. Balthasar holds a Tonmeister degree from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. He studied physics in Fribourg, Switzerland, and Music Engineering in Boston, USA. In the course of his career he has won several awards, including the Dr. Ernst Fehrer Prize and the Leibinger Innovation Award. Balthasar has authored several international patents.


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Jun
6
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: “Lessons learned while scaling a B2D start-up from Austria” by Christopher Müller @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Jun 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk: "Lessons learned while scaling a B2D start-up from Austria" by Christopher Müller @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

More about the talk

Scaling a company from Austria is not easy. Finding product market fit, attracting VC funding, entering different markets like the US, APAC, LATAM etc. needs some special tactics. In his talk, Christopher Müller will describe how the Bitmovin team found its bridgehead into the market and what mistakes they made. He will give insights into their start as a research project at the university in Carinthia, how they raised millions of dollars in the US and established Bitmovin as a successful company in Silicon Valley with currently more than 65 employees worldwide and offices in San Francisco, New York, Vienna, Berlin and Klagenfurt.


More about Christopher Müller

Christopher Mueller is the CTO and Co-Founder of Bitmovin, a multimedia technology company providing adaptive streaming infrastructure for video publishers and integrators. He leads Bitmovin’s long-term technology vision and is responsible for overseeing product development, industry thought leadership and advanced technology incubations. Christopher published more than 40 research papers in the areas of multimedia streaming, networking and multimedia adaptation and currently holds several U.S. patents. He co-created the MPEG-DASH video streaming standard which is used by Netflix and Youtube. MPEG-DASH alone accounts for 50% of the total internet traffic in North America at peak times. Christopher is the author of the MPEG-DASH reference software libdash and a contributor to multiple open source projects.


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Nov
21
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #43 – TUW Alumni Edition: “A serial entrepreneuse – Ask her anything!” by Barbara Ondrisek @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Nov 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

Barbara Ondrisek will talk about her road from a freelancer to CEO of a successful company. This talk is about upsides/downsides and many lessons learned, the transition from being an engineer to a manager, about teaming up with other people, building a team, core values and strategies how to make a company work.


Biography

Dr. Barbara Ondrisek is an entrepreneur, public speaker and enthusiastic software developer with more than 17 years professional experience. At the TU Wien she wrote her dissertation about IT-security of e-voting. With Mica, the Hipster Cat Bot, a chatbot that helps you discover hip places, she created one of the first chatbots on the Facebook Messenger and Skype platforms worldwide. With its success she founded the Chatbots Agency. She is also a community person and co-organized the BotBarcamp, a two days event & hackathon about AI, chatbots, Machine Learning in Vienna. She also co-organized monthly meetups such as “Geek Girl Dinner”, “BotsHub” and “Facebook Developer Circle” in Vienna. She recently co-founded Women&&Code, a non-profit initiative to teach women* to program in Vienna.


Note

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders and investors. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions. The talks are concluding with the possibility for networking with like-minded people accompanied by some free drinks. With the TU Wien Alumni Edition, the i²c wants to showcase especially TU Wien alumni, who decided to take the entrepreneurial path and offer an extra stage for their success stories.


Free entry but registration is necessary!

***During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

Nov
22
Thu
2018
Entrepreneurship for Scientists: Workshop ‘A step-by-step guide to gathering competitive intelligence’ @ Innovation Incubation Center, ground floor
Nov 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Workshop description

Understanding the competition by conducting a market research and analysis is a crucial activity for any researcher who wants to bring their research results from the lab to the market. You want to know what’s out there, what’s worked, and what hasn’t. Take this workshop to experience a deep dive into the subject. The goal of this workshop is to provide you with the tools & strategies needed to understand and evaluate the competitive environment you are operating in, and give you a sense of direction for uncovering how to position your technology, products and services in a way that gains a competitive advantage with potential customers.


About the lecturer:

Dr. Karoline Simonitsch
CEO at go4health, Strategic Development Consulting GmbH & Erfolgsfabrik GmbH

Being a digital pioneer, Dr. Karoline Simonitsch has been dealing with the effects of the digital revolution on economy and society ever since the very beginning of the internet.

After her PhD in mobile business, she has executed transformation projects in international organisations at PwC in Germany and Austria. In her work as a business angel and change manager, she plans and develops innovative business models. In response to increasing challenges of a performance driven society she founded go4health at the end of 2014. go4health develops innovative solutions and expert content for digital health management in the triad of exercise, nutrition and mental health (apps, portal, digital media).

Dr. Karoline Simonitsch is a renowned keynote speaker (UBS Health Forum 2016, FH Nordostschweiz 2017) and moderator (FH Salzburg 2018). In 2016, Dr. Karoline Simonitsch was elected into the international ranking of the “Top 100 Health Tech Influencers”. WKO’s health care industry platform named her “Health Manager of the Month” in January 2017.


***Important Information: This workshop is organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien and is for TUW scientists only. There is no fee, but registration is required via https://bit.ly/2IQG7Hc.

During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the TUW Innovation Incubation team at the registration in case you do not agree with appearing in this material.

The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c for printed and electronic media, including the Internet, for publication, education, lectures, radio, public performances, exhibitions or other promotional purposes.***

 

Dec
3
Mon
2018
Entrepreneurship for Scientists: Workshop IP Fundamentals and IP Business Strategy @ Innovation Incubation Center, ground floor
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Workshop description

The workshop on IP Fundamentals and IP Business Strategy focuses on the principles of Intellectual Property and why IP is so critical to new businesses. The workshop will cover IP as value driver for start-ups, how to monetize IP and various methods to protect your IP. The guest lecturers will draw upon their experiences from working at Dolby Laboratories, one of the most successful licensing companies, as well as from Adobe Systems, a software powerhouse, and TU Wien, the leading research institution in Austria ranked by the number of patent and utility model applications in 2016. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to get first-hand accounts on how business strategy is formed around IP, what opportunities and challenges companies have to face and how to maximize the value of IP as well as how IP is handled at TU Wien. About the lecturers


More about the lecturers:

 

MBA, M.Ec. Matthias Ulrich

Director – IP Protection & Compliance Dolby Germany GmbH

Matthias is a senior IP expert with domain knowledge in the areas of IP strategy, IP monetization, negotiations, IP protection & compliance as well as sales and marketing. As Director, Intellectual Property and Compliance for Dolby Europe, he oversees the execution of all IP compliance initiatives within Dolby Europe. Prior to working for Dolby, Matthias worked for Adobe in Chicago, USA as part of Adobe’s license compliance group. Matthias graduated with a Master’s in Economic Science Degree from the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands and holds a MBA with Distinction from the Keller Business School in Chicago, IL. Matthias serves as vice-chair of industry for LESI Europe and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Expert for: Execution, IP Strategy, IP Protection & Compliance, Monetization, Negotiations, Sales and Marketing


DI DR.Tanja Sovic

Head of Patent and License Management Division, Research & Transfer Support, TU Wien

Tanja Sovic is Head of Patent and License Management Division at Research and Transfer Support Office (R&T), TU Wien. She has been working as a patent and license manager at TU Wien since 2007. During that time she gained experience in patenting and commercialization of university inventions. Prior to entering the technology transfer profession Tanja worked as a scientist at the Research Centre Applied Biocatalysis in Graz and at the Politecnico di Bari in Italy. She studied chemical engineering at the Graz University of Technology and obtained a PhD in Polymer Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Materials (ICTM) in 2006.


***Important Information: This workshop is organized by the TUW Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) in collaboration with the TUW Research and Transfer Support at TU Wien and is for TUW scientists only. There is no fee, but registration is required via https://bit.ly/2Qd5tSs.

During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the TUW Innovation Incubation team at the registration in case you do not agree with appearing in this material.

The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c for printed and electronic media, including the Internet, for publication, education, lectures, radio, public performances, exhibitions or other promotional purposes.***

Dec
19
Wed
2018
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #44 – TUW Alumni Edition: “From Lab to World Market Leadership” by Johannes Homa @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

Lithoz is system provider for additive manufacturing of high-performance ceramics and is a spin-off of the TU Wien. Johannes Benedikt and Johannes Homa have developed the technology during their PhD time at the TU Wien and founded Lithoz in 2011. They have developed Lithoz from an university spin-off to the innovation and world market leader. Lithoz employs today 60 people in Vienna and Troy, NYS, USA. Johannes Homa will tell the story and show how it is possible to build up a company without investors.


Biography

Dr. Johannes Homa holds a PhD in materials science from the Vienna University of Technology and has worked in additive manufacturing since 2003. He is co-founder and managing director of Lithoz GmbH (www.lithoz.com), the world leader in additive manufacturing of advanced ceramics. He also co-founded the company Cubicure GmbH (www.cubicure.com), which deals with the development and marketing of machines and materials in the field of lithographic high-performance plastics. In addition, Dr. Homa is on the board of directors of an American company and is also president and founder of the initiative AM Austria (www.am-austria.com). He is the technical director of the Austrian 3D Printing Forum (https://www.3d-printing-forum.at) and co-inventor of several patents and author of numerous publications in the field of additive manufacturing.


Note

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders and investors. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions. The talks are concluding with the possibility for networking with like-minded people accompanied by some free drinks. With the TU Wien Alumni Edition, the i²c wants to showcase especially TU Wien alumni, who decided to take the entrepreneurial path and offer an extra stage for their success stories.


Free entry but registration is necessary!

***During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

Jan
15
Tue
2019
Entrepreneurship for Scientists: The Power of The Entrepreneurial Mindset @ Kontaktraum, 6th floor
Jan 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop description

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the benefits and practical application of the entrepreneurial mindset. Through short presentations and practical exercises, participants will consider:

  • the potential benefits of thinking and acting like an entrepreneur
  • the entrepreneurial mindset and its associated behaviors
  • the distinguishing characteristics of entrepreneurial leadership
  • the path from starting to scaling a business
  • the lessons for participants and their own entrepreneurial journeys

More about the lecturers:

Paul Coyle

 Founder and Director, Entrepreneurial Mindset Network
Paul Coyle is the founder and director of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network, a global network supporting individuals, team leaders and organisations to benefit from the entrepreneurial mindset. Paul is passionate about the power of the entrepreneurial mindset to deliver personal and organisational transformation. Since starting his consultancy business in 2013, Paul has worked with representatives of over 600 organisations from 59 countries. Prior to this, he enjoyed a highly successful career in higher education, which included a decade at executive level. He has held the titles of pro-vice-chancellor, executive dean, and professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership, and worked in many disciplines including business, design, health and IT. With a career that continues to span the business and academic worlds, Paul remains fully committed to supporting learning and innovation.


***Note: This workshop is organized by the TU Wien Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) in collaboration with the Research and Technology Transfer Support and is for TUW scientists only. There is no fee, but registration is required via https://bit.ly/2UKnB9s.During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the TUW Innovation Incubation team at the registration in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c for printed and electronic media, including the Internet, for publication, education, lectures, radio, public performances, exhibitions or other promotional purposes.***

Jan
16
Wed
2019
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #45 – TUW Alumni Edition: “3 Start-ups, 3 Different Outcomes ” by Nicholas Trieb @ TU Wien, EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Jan 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

Starting and scaling companies is probably one of the most difficult experiences you will ever have in your life. Nicholas Trieb, a TU Wien Alumni, has first-hand experience of failure (losing a startup before even starting), successfully exiting the startup tripwolf, and helping lead TourRadar to a $50 million dollar investment and scaling the company to over 200 people in 3 different office locations (Vienna, Toronto and Brisbane). In his talk, Nicholas will discuss his journey, key lessons learned and how important it is to pivot to new directions fast to help successfully grow your company.


Biography

Nicholas Trieb was born in Vienna, Austria and grew up in Austria, Costa Rica and the United States. He holds a Masters (with distinction) in Computer Science from the Technical University of Vienna and spent the year between his Bachelors and his Masters in India working for the 4th-largest Indian IT consulting firm (Satyam Computer Services). After his studies he spent a year at the consulting firm Capgemini before co-founding tripwolf and successfully selling the company to a renowned German publishing house. Over the past 4 years Nicholas was the COO of TourRadar helping lead the company to its $50m dollar Series C investment and growing the company to 200+ people in 3 office locations (Vienna, Toronto, Brisbane). As chief operating officer, Nicholas is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations at TourRadar, with a special focus on the product & technical side of the company.

 


Note

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders and investors. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions. The talks are concluding with the possibility for networking with like-minded people accompanied by some free drinks. With the TU Wien Alumni Edition, the i²c wants to showcase especially TU Wien alumni, who decided to take the entrepreneurial path and offer an extra stage for their success stories.


Free entry but registration is necessary!

***During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

Mar
6
Wed
2019
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #46: “”…and then we were called a unicorn.” – The 3 secrets to succeed as a start-up” @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal, Ground Floor, TU Wien
Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

“Ideas don’t make you rich. The correct execution of ideas does.” is a famous quote by billionaire Felix Dennis. Most young entrepreneurs are driven by the great passion for their ideas, some love the vibrant spirit of a startup-culture and a few just want to become super-wealthy very quickly. Who of them will succeed, who of them will fail? How to balance product, sales, team, financing,…? Wolfgang Platz, founder of Tricentis, shares his experiences and findings on the way to build an Austrian unicorn.


More about Wolfgang Platz

Wolfgang Platz brings over 20 years of technology experience to Tricentis. Wolfgang founded Tricentis in 2008 as a testing consultancy and laid the cornerstone for the development of our enterprise software testing product, Tricentis Tosca. Today, he is responsible for global product management, R&D and delivery of product-related support and services to our customers. Prior to Tricentis, Wolfgang was at Capgemini as a group head of IT development for one of the world’s largest IT insurance-development projects. There, he was responsible for architecture and implementation of life insurance policies and project management for several projects in banks. Wolfgang holds a Master’s degree in Technical Physics as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Technology.

 


Note

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders and investors. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions. The talks are concluding with the possibility for networking with like-minded people accompanied by some free drinks. With the TU Wien Alumni Edition, the i²c wants to showcase especially TU Wien alumni, who decided to take the entrepreneurial path and offer an extra stage for their success stories.


Free entry but registration is necessary!

***During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

Mar
12
Tue
2019
Spinning-out @TUW – the journey you are likely to experience @ Innovation Incubation Center
Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“Great CEOs face the pain. They deal with the sleepless nights, the cold sweats, and what my friend the great Alfred Chuang (legendary co-founder and CEO of BEA Systems) calls “the torture.” Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. Great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers. They all say, “I didn’t quit.” ‘’ Ben Horowitz, author The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Being a first-time founder has its blessings and its courses. During this session, we want to talk about the realistic goals of embarking on the exciting and challenging journey of starting your first business. Especially if you have been working in the academia for the past years and you want right now to make the leap and start your own company based on your research results, you will have a better experience starting a spinout if you are armed with some expectations about your likely journey. Spinning-out requires a clear time and usually also money commitment, and its success highly depends on the founder team’s passion, irrational optimism and deep faith the technology they’ve developed. From writing their first business plan to their first investment and scaling up, 4 founders from 4 different TU Wien- affiliated companies in different stages share their experience with transforming their research into successful products or services.

 

 Andras Gallffy (Turbulence Solutions)

DI András Gálffy is founder and managing director of Turbulence Solutions GmbH. In his Diploma Thesis he revealed a fundamental phenomenon of flig ht control, which allows to suppress turbulence effects in flight. His PhD research focuses on further improving this technology pursuing the vision of making flights turbulence-free. He founded Turbulence Solutions for handling intellectual property in a transparent way and bringing academic results to industrial application.

 

 

Denise Mandt (upnano)

After her graduation from higher technical college for Material Science, she studied extra-occupationally Biomedical Engineering with focus on Cell and Tissue Engineering at the University of Applied Science Technikum Wien. Based on her material science and biological background she is the interface to customers from industry and research. She is responsible for Marketing and Sales and represents the company to the outside world.”

 

 

 

Wieland Reichelt (Evologic Technologies)

Dr. Wieland Reichelt coordinates the business development and research efforts and is the main operator interface to the advisory board. In an iterative process, the overall business and & strategy is continuously challenged by our business development and scientific advisory board, adapted and sharpened to keep the venture within budget and on schedule. His main technical expertise lies in translating academic approaches into industrial solutions for pharmaceutical bioprocesses. Since the founding of Evologic Technologies, he has overseen financing efforts, conceptualized the R&D strategies and successfully translated them into IP as well as into several highly competitive grants.

 

Lisa Smith (Prewave)

Dr. Lisa Smith is co-founder and managing director of Prewave. After completing her PhD at the faculty for Computer Science at Vienna University of Technology in 2017 she founded Prewave based on a technical prototype developed in her PhD research. Prewave is a data analytics startup that detects and predicts supply chain risks based on social media and news data. Today, the Prewave team consists of six members who develop innovative data products for the supply chain, insurance and financial market.

 

 

Note:

This workshop is organized by the TU Wien Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) in collaboration with the Research and Technology Transfer Office and is for TUW scientists only. There is no fee, but registration is required via  https://bit.ly/2EwlZsG

During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the TUW Innovation Incubation team at the registration in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c for printed and electronic media, including the Internet, for publication, education, lectures, radio, public performances, exhibitions or other promotional purposes.

Mar
20
Wed
2019
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #47: “Fail fast. Fail forward. Not really.” by Dejan Stojanovic @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal, Ground Floor, TU Wien
Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

Dejan Stojanovic will talk about his journey of leaving a promising career in a corporate and law firm and creating his own entrepreneurial world. He will share the fuckups and learnings he took away from founding his first start-up crowd-o-moto. Dejan will reveal his experiences in the Silicon Valley and why he thinks we could do much better than the Americans. Furthermore, he is going to explain the reasons he founded the Fuckup Nights Vienna and give insights into the biggest failures from young entrepreneurs as well as big corporates.


More about Dejan Stojanovic

Dejan is a passionate entrepreneur and supporter of the Austrian startup ecosystem. His personal conviction that failure is the mother of innovation, motivated him to start and host the Austrian version of “Fuckup Nights.” This groundbreaking series of events introduces the U.S. perspective of a healthier startup and business culture, where business failure stories are publicly shared and questioned while the learning effects are celebrated. Due to his extensive experience in entrepreneurship and error culture, Dejan has landed coverage in different print and broadcast outlets in Austria while also being invited to give speeches at venues such as TEDx Klagenfurt, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, BMW Startup Garage and Urban Future Global Conference. Dejan holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Vienna.


Note

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders and investors. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions. The talks are concluding with the possibility for networking with like-minded people accompanied by some free drinks. With the TU Wien Alumni Edition, the i²c wants to showcase especially TU Wien alumni, who decided to take the entrepreneurial path and offer an extra stage for their success stories.


Free entry but registration is necessary!

***During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

Apr
10
Wed
2019
How to receive your fair share of equity @ TU the Sky
Apr 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The most successful ventures are founded by entrepreneurial teams rather than individual entrepreneurs, but a large founder team can be problematic as well. In the special case of establishing a university spin-out, the number of founders is likely to be higher, the team members fulfill various roles and have a different level of commitment to the day-to-day running of the company. As a provider of resources and permissions, you can expect the university to become a significant shareholder as well. Splitting the equity equally among university and/or founder researchers might be detrimental to the spin-out in the long-run. So how to make sure everyone gets his/her fair share of equity?

This workshop covers important topics like the size of the shareholding, how to split founder equity dos and don’ts and possible consequences, how to tackle founders who don’t commit 100% or want to continue their academic path as well as provide you with some tools to ease the process of splitting the founder’s pie.

At the end of the workshop you will:

  • have a good overview on what obstacles to avoid when founding a university spin-out
  • know what to expect when negotiating with your university
  • have gained some insights on how to structure your next steps

 

Lecturer:

Werner Wutscher

Werner Wutscher has many years of experience in top management positions in public service administration and corporate management. In the last few years, he has invested in startups and shared his knowledge and experience as a Business Angel („Austrian Business Angel of the Year 2012“). Understanding both worlds puts him in an excellent position to bridge the gap between corporations and startups.

 

NOTE:

During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the TUW Innovation Incubation team at the registration in case you do not agree with appearing in this material.

The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c for printed and electronic media, including the Internet, for publication, education, lectures, radio, public performances, exhibitions or other promotional purposes.

i²c Founder & Investor Talk #48: “Runtastic: From start-up to grown-up, from founder to business angel” by Alfred Luger (Runtastic) @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal
Apr 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #48: "Runtastic: From start-up to grown-up, from founder to business angel" by Alfred Luger (Runtastic) @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal

Runtastic is one of the world’s number one health and fitness apps and managed to put Austria on the big-money tech acquisitions map after they were acquired by sportswear brand Adidas Group for €220 Mio. The idea for Runtastic was born in 2009 during a college project and developed into the running app for leisure athletes by the four co-founders, René Giretzlehner, Florian Gschwandtner, Christian Kaar, and Alfred Luger and since then they have been focusing on accompanying and supporting the users on their journey to a better, healthier and more conscious lifestyle. In 2013 the German media corporation Axel Springer acquired 50.1% shares at a valuation of 22 Mio. Today Runtastic encompasses over 23 nationalities and 110 employees and has a mix of software (apps) and hardware products.

As COO and co-founder of Runtastic, Alfred Luger, in addition to managing the company finances and HR topics, is also responsible for all Marketing topics and organizational development at Runtastic. Recently he joined the digital management team at adidas together with his co-founder Christian.

In his talk Alfred will touch topics like the startup & acquisition phases they underwent with Runtastic, his learnings as a founder and then manager and since he is also acting as a business angel (e.g. tractive, linemetrics, cleen energy mimo) and investor in the startup community (e.g. Startup 300, Speedinvest, capital 300) his learnings as an active business angel and investor.

 

 

Note

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders and investors. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions. The talks are concluding with the possibility for networking with like-minded people accompanied by some free drinks. With the TU Wien Alumni Edition, the i²c wants to showcase especially TU Wien alumni, who decided to take the entrepreneurial path and offer an extra stage for their success stories.


Free entry but registration is necessary!

***During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

May
15
Wed
2019
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #49: “From pitch to investment and beyond – our experiences with founders and co-investors” @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal, Ground Floor, TU Wien
May 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

If you watch the various pitching shows on TV, you could get the feeling that an investment in a start-up is fixed after 5 minutes. Or even not. Investors don’t need any longer to make their decision. Start-ups don’t anyway. Everybody likes each other. Believes in the idea. Ask a few questions about figures and the market. Agrees on shares and price. And everything is “paletti”. Until the big exit all positive and friendly. On the contrary, our experience says so: Bullshit. Before the investment and after the investment there are various hurdles to overcome which need time & patience. Let´s talk about them.


More about Karin Kreutzer and Stefan Artner

Karin Kreutzer, MAS is the founder and CEO of AUBMES Invest GmbH, startup investor/business angelina and communication expert. Since 2015 she is active in the startup scene (investor, business angel, columnist) and has 25 years of joyful commitment to communication management (PR, advertising, coaching). Prior to that she spent many years in leading functions in large and medium-sized companies (Aral, Grundig, Generali), since 2002 she is self-employed (until 2017 owner and CEO of the pr agency konzept pr). She holds a Master of Advanced Studies (PR) and is a certified business coach and advertising consultant/intermediary. She is author of several publications. AUBMES Invest GmbH is currently invested in 8 startups and in the SpeedInvest industry fund.

MMag. Stefan Artner, MRICS, is the founder and CEO of AUBMES Invest GmbH, startup investor/business angel and attorney-at-law. Since two decades he is active as lawyer for national and international clients (partner and head of the real estate practice group at DORDA: real estate, M&A, corporate law). Since 2015 he is also active in the startup scene (investor, business angel, advisor). He holds a law degree from the University of Vienna, an economics degree from the Vienna University of Business and studied International Property Valuation at the European Business School. He is holding lectures at University of Vienna and Danube University Krems and he is author of several expert publications on real estate law and corporate law.


Note

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders and investors. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions. The talks are concluding with the possibility for networking with like-minded people accompanied by some free drinks. With the TU Wien Alumni Edition, the i²c wants to showcase especially TU Wien alumni, who decided to take the entrepreneurial path and offer an extra stage for their success stories.


Free entry but registration is necessary!

***During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

May
16
Thu
2019
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship – EVENT CANCELED @ TUW Innovation Incubation Center
May 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Entrepreneurship is both an attitude and a mindset. It’s about passion and doing what you love. It’s about creating value and gaining independence. It’s about challenge, risk, persistence, and the ability to innovate – to improve on the old or invent the new. It is not for those who hate ambiguity or want everything in black and white. It is for the self-motivated, independent, persistent individual who has a sense of humor and can learn and bounce back from adversity. We will further discuss how to start and manage a business, develop and validate a concept, recruit a team, fund the organization, and grow the company.

The workshop traces new venture creation from idea generation and validation through opportunity recognition, development, and monetization. We will examine how to determine if a specific concept merits in-depth feasibility assessment and gain a conceptual understanding of the entrepreneurial process as a whole, including topics such as testing/adapting a business concept, defining a market entry strategy, understanding the target market, developing a business model, as well as sources and uses of capital and financing an enterprise.

This workshops is held by a Venture Capitalist from the US and focuses strongly on the US market.

 

At the end of this workshop, you will have an initial understanding of how to identify opportunities, how to form your core team and understand your target market

 

About the lecturer:

With over 34 years of experience in various senior capacities internationally, Ivan is the Founder and Managing Partner at Navigate Ventures, an early growth stage venture fund focused on helping entrepreneurs prepare for rapid growth, scaling, and expansion. Navigate ventures invests in companies that are between series A & B rounds and is focused on Software, AI, Data & Analytics, and Consumer Internet. Ivan brings significant experience, deep domain expertise, and a broad base of contacts and resources to his portfolio companies.

Ivan is also an Adjunct Professor at USC Marshall School of Business where he teaches classes on raising capital, venture capital, private equity, entrepreneurship, eCommerce, social media, and founding successful startups.

Ivan has deep domain expertise in software and SaaS, eCommerce, marketplaces, platforms, Internet. He has an extensive background in venture capital, private equity, operations & management, sales & marketing, and tech M&A. He has a strong global network with long-standing VC, PEG, and CEO level relationships and regularly hosts a series of Tech CEO Dinners in several cities around the world where he brings together CEOs, financial sponsors, PEGs, and industry executives to discuss the latest trends and developments.

 

NOTE:

This workshop is organized by the TU Wien Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) and is for TUW scientists only. There is no fee, but registration is required

During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the TUW Innovation Incubation team at the registration in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c for printed and electronic media, including the Internet, for publication, education, lectures, radio, public performances, exhibitions or other promotional purposes.

Jun
5
Wed
2019
i²c Founder & Investor Talk #51: “Building a FinTech unicorn – and the lessons we learned” by Georg Hauer @ EI 10 Fritz Paschke Hörsaal, Ground Floor, TU Wien
Jun 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Abstract

In 2019, Germany finally saw the birth of its first fintech unicorn. Only six years after its launch, N26 is now the leading mobile bank in almost every European market and aiming to enter the US later this year. In this talk, Georg Hauer will speak about the journey of N26, from starting small to becoming one of the most influential fintech brands around the globe, how to disrupt one of the biggest industries of the world and turn something that people don’t usually identify with – their bank account – into something they love. What lessons has N26 learned along the way? Georg Hauer will give insights on how N26 raised 500 million USD from investors and established N26 as a successful European company with currently more than 750 employees in Berlin, Barcelona and New York.


More about Georg Hauer

Georg is General Manager Austria for N26, the mobile bank. In addition, he leads N26’s global Product Marketing and business development in Germany. Before that he was General Manager at Uber and management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He has an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management in Chicago and a Magister from WU Vienna. N26 was founded in 2013 by Valentin Stalf und Maximilian Tayenthal in Vienna. Today, N26 is one of the fastest growing banks in Europe. Since 2015 the bank obtained more than 2,300,000 customers in 24 countries and investments of $500M. Austria is considered by N26 as its 2nd home market.

 


Note

The Founder & Investor Talks organized by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) at TU Wien enable the audience to learn first-hand from experienced founders and investors. They share their international experiences, dos and don’ts and lessons learned during inspiring talks and answer questions in interactive Q&A-sessions. The talks are concluding with the possibility for networking with like-minded people accompanied by some free drinks. With the TU Wien Alumni Edition, the i²c wants to showcase especially TU Wien alumni, who decided to take the entrepreneurial path and offer an extra stage for their success stories.


Free entry but registration is necessary!

***During the event, photographic and video material will be taken. Please inform the i²c team at the venue in case you do not agree with appearing in this material. The photographic and video material taken at the event will be used by i²c in printed and electronic media for promotional purposes.***

                  

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