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i²c STARTacademy mentors & lecturers

Our mentors are an elite group of professionals carefully selected based on their expertise in business formation and for their skills as advisors as well as their desire and ability to give back. Every year we carefully select mentors actively operating in the domains where the participating projects are innovating. Participants are assured impartial and unbiased advice by a code of ethics to which all our mentors adhere.

Mentors and lecturers i²c STARTacademy 2021

Altrichter Michael

Altrichter Michael

Michael Altrichter

Co-founder paysafecard.com, enthusiastic entrepreneur and Business Angel

Michael Altrichter was Business Angel of the Year 2014 and Impact Investor in Austria. Michael has a fascinating story to tell: Before becoming an investor Michael started Paysafecard and Payolution in the down‐fall of the Dot‐Com bubble. After selling his companies to the...read more

Michael Altrichter

Co-founder paysafecard.com, enthusiastic entrepreneur and Business Angel

Michael Altrichter was Business Angel of the Year 2014 and Impact Investor in Austria. Michael has a fascinating story to tell: Before becoming an investor Michael started Paysafecard and Payolution in the down‐fall of the Dot‐Com bubble. After selling his companies to the british company Skrill, he is now involved in wide range of internet Start‐Ups, for example rublys, wikifolio or Diagnosia. Those of you who followed i²c’s Public Lecture Serie in 2014 know Michael already as an inspiring person who has lots of insights to share and plenty of tips on how to get investors money. He is also well known for his deals on the start‐up show "2 Millionen in 2 Minuten" on Puls 4 as well as for discussions as panelist on the startup scene in Austria. Michael holds a degree in technical physics, is married and father of two. He is passionate about music and mountaineering.
Anastassiou Sebastian

Anastassiou Sebastian

Sebastian Anastassiou

Associate at Nina Capital

Norwegian-Cypriot blend, 5+ years experience in the commercialisation of early-stage biomedical and healthcare research, intellectual property management, technology transfer and venture capital within the life sciences and healthcare industry. Managed portfolio of biomedical and healthcare technologies from ideation stages to proof-of-concept and eventual commercialisation through out-licensing...read more

Sebastian Anastassiou

Associate at Nina Capital

Norwegian-Cypriot blend, 5+ years experience in the commercialisation of early-stage biomedical and healthcare research, intellectual property management, technology transfer and venture capital within the life sciences and healthcare industry. Managed portfolio of biomedical and healthcare technologies from ideation stages to proof-of-concept and eventual commercialisation through out-licensing and spinout company creation. Experienced both sides of the venture capital table by both pitching to VCs as well as collaborating with a VCT on a co-managed university venture fund. Currently an Associate at Nina Capital (healthcare venture capital) while simultaneously completing an MBA at IESE Business School (class of 2021) in Barcelona. Leveraging my experience from the early stages of healthcare innovation to drive the growth of innovative healthcare companies, enabling health and biomedical technologies to truly improve patient lives.
Biedermann Karl

Biedermann Karl

Karl Biedermann

Investment Manager at Austria Wirtschaftsservice

In the last 20 years, Karl Biedermann has worked with voestalpine (an Austrian Steel corporation) and CSC (US Computer Sciences Corporation) with a focus on Industrial IT-Products/Services and B2B-Sales. With AWS, he advises, supports and funds hi-tec-startups as an...read more

Karl Biedermann

Investment Manager at Austria Wirtschaftsservice

In the last 20 years, Karl Biedermann has worked with voestalpine (an Austrian Steel corporation) and CSC (US Computer Sciences Corporation) with a focus on Industrial IT-Products/Services and B2B-Sales. With AWS, he advises, supports and funds hi-tec-startups as an investment manager for over 9 years now and is a member in several (Startup) funding decision boards in Austria. He holds a masters degrees in telecommunications, business administration and corporate communications.

Bouda Christian

Bouda Christian

Christian Bouda

Entrepreneur&Pioneer, Owner&CEO, Business Angel/Investor

After his legal and economic studies in Vienna and St. Gallen Christian earned first spores at a consulting firm and founded then his first start-up in healthcare. His grandfather made sure that each grandchild owned the starting capital for a start-up. This entrepreneurial commitment accompanied Christian...read more

Christian Bouda

Entrepreneur&Pioneer, Owner&CEO, Business Angel/Investor

After his legal and economic studies in Vienna and St. Gallen Christian earned first spores at a consulting firm and founded then his first start-up in healthcare. His grandfather made sure that each grandchild owned the starting capital for a start-up. This entrepreneurial commitment accompanied Christian until today in two industries. One is the healthcare market, with priorities in patient empowerment, outpatient care, home care, clinics and patient management and natural remedies. Chris has deep knowledge and extensive experience in leadership in global healthcare operations, go-to-market strategies, reimbursement, regulatory affairs as preparing regulatory submissions. He "speaks" the language of patients, clinicians and economic stakeholders to successfully drive DigitalHealth & MedTech innovations. His roots are in the medical and wound care industry which he grew up with. The second industry is renewable energy with focus on photovoltaics and biomass. As serial founder and co-founder he grew more than ten companies. In the last years his focus was on optimizing the process of company building. Bloomblisser.com, lummerand-ventures.de and fafoheath.com are now growing businesses as incubator, accelerator and company builder. Christian is a passionate entrepreneur and early stage venture capital investor in new technologies, According to his approach and experience any business idea goes through 7 steps to realization before becoming a viable company. He deems himself lucky to experience much of the ups and downs in only one life. His own family’s social engagement is an important part in their lives. They channel that through their not-for-profit organization Assoc. Papillion International, that they initiated.
Braunsteiner Arnold

Braunsteiner Arnold

Arnold Braunsteiner

Plasmo Industrietechnik GmbH

Education: completed studies of electrical engineering at the Technical University of Vienna, specialization in control engineering Thesis in the field of Laser technologies at the Institute for high power Laser additional education in the field of bio medicine technologies Postgraduate study: European Laser Engineer at Frauenhofer ILT in Aachen, 1993 RGC-education: „Management for...read more

Arnold Braunsteiner

Plasmo Industrietechnik GmbH

Education: completed studies of electrical engineering at the Technical University of Vienna, specialization in control engineering Thesis in the field of Laser technologies at the Institute for high power Laser additional education in the field of bio medicine technologies Postgraduate study: European Laser Engineer at Frauenhofer ILT in Aachen, 1993 RGC-education: „Management for research projects“, Roland Gareis Consulting, 2005 Education at Dale Carnegie (communication training, Sales training, leadership training, Presentation training) 2000-2015 Executive Academy, 2017 WU Executive Academy, Chicago Special Qualification: Years of experience in Laser application Years of experience in der Laser source development education in biomedical technic at the TU-Wien since 1998 working in personal responsibility since 2003 working as CEO since 1998 Entrepreneur, founder of Incision Lasertec GmbH, 1998; plasmo GmbH, 2002; and Technologies4you GmbH, 2017 since 2003 working in the field of international business development and partnership programs and founding international branch 2013: Setup and founding of a USA bases Company in Michigan (plasmo USA LLC)                                                                                                                  2018: Setup and founding of a China-based Company in Shanghai (plasmo Shanghai Co. Ltd.)
Buchmayr Daniela

Buchmayr Daniela

Daniela Buchmayr

CEO & Co- Founder at Sarcura GmbH

Founded in 2019, Sarcura’s team of science and industry experts is enthusiastic to bring cell manufacturing to the next level. By integration of innovative technologies we develop a new, state-of-the-art GAMP manufacturing platform for cell therapeutics.

Daniela Buchmayr

CEO & Co- Founder at Sarcura GmbH

Founded in 2019, Sarcura’s team of science and industry experts is enthusiastic to bring cell manufacturing to the next level. By integration of innovative technologies we develop a new, state-of-the-art GAMP manufacturing platform for cell therapeutics.
Bulfon Christian

Bulfon Christian

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Caggiano Vittorio

Vittorio Caggiano

Technical Program Manager at Facebook AI

Research interests: Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, Motor Control, Movement disorders

Vittorio Caggiano

Technical Program Manager at Facebook AI

Research interests: Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, Motor Control, Movement disorders
Cronin Daniel

Cronin Daniel

Daniel Cronin

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

Daniel Cronin

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

Dahal Sudhir

Sudhir Dahal Product Manager at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Sudhir Dahal is Product Manager of Molecular Spectroscopy group at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, USA. He finished his PhD in 2015 from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he researched and collaborated on developing novel spectroscopy-based technique for brain tumor cell detection. At Shimadzu...read more
Sudhir Dahal Product Manager at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Sudhir Dahal is Product Manager of Molecular Spectroscopy group at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, USA. He finished his PhD in 2015 from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he researched and collaborated on developing novel spectroscopy-based technique for brain tumor cell detection. At Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, his group is responsible for overall sales support of molecular spectroscopy products in North America, Central America and parts of South America. The products include UV-Vis-NIR, FTIR, Fluorescence spectrophotometers and accessories.   Sudhir has passion for teaching and training, and aside from teaching at Shimadzu, he volunteers  in the community to help children get interested in science and mathematics.
Dietrich David

Dietrich David

David Dietrich

Co-founder Hackaboom

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

David Dietrich

Co-founder Hackaboom

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

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Ecker Thomas

Ecker Thomas

Thomas Ecker

Senior Investment Manager technet equity

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

Thomas Ecker

Senior Investment Manager technet equity

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

Eldebo Karl

Karl Eldebo

Innovation Manager, Saab AB

Innovation management at group Saab AB - leading a group of 16 innovation managers from different business units across Saab. Supporting the organization on innovation structure, externa innovation projects with partners and startup collaboration. Supporting our international offices with innovation collaboration projects. Past: 15 years in...read more

Karl Eldebo

Innovation Manager, Saab AB

Innovation management at group Saab AB - leading a group of 16 innovation managers from different business units across Saab. Supporting the organization on innovation structure, externa innovation projects with partners and startup collaboration. Supporting our international offices with innovation collaboration projects. Past: 15 years in the innovation ecosystem of Sweden: * Tech transfer office of Linköping University * Business coach for scalups at Almi (Sweden's AWS) * External expert at Vinnova in digital and medtech startups (Sweden's FFG) * Entrepreneur in 3 startups (all within the area of Femtech - both hardware and software)
Filippova Evgeniia

Filippova Evgeniia

Filippova Evgeniia

Researcher and Lecturer WU Institut for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Evgeniia Filippova is a researcher within Marie-Curie Project STREAM, Smart Sensor Technologies and Training for Radiation Enhanced Applications and Measurements. Within this project, she is responsible for analyzing STREAM technologies with regards to their potential commercial applications and providing entrepreneurial training for...read more

Filippova Evgeniia

Researcher and Lecturer WU Institut for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Evgeniia Filippova is a researcher within Marie-Curie Project STREAM, Smart Sensor Technologies and Training for Radiation Enhanced Applications and Measurements. Within this project, she is responsible for analyzing STREAM technologies with regards to their potential commercial applications and providing entrepreneurial training for scientists from CERN, CIS, TU Berlin, AMS, etc. As a STREAM Researcher, Ms. Filippova is currently employed at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the WU Vienna where she teaches a broad range of courses in entrepreneurship, business modelling and FinTechs. Before joining STREAM and WU Vienna, Ms. Filippova worked at K1 Gründerservice at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena where she supported scientists to transfer their research results into successful business models. Ms. Filippova holds a Master Degree in Economics and Finance from Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena and fluently speaks four languages.

Mentors and lecturers i²c STARTacademy 2020

Altrichter Michael

Altrichter Michael

Michael Altrichter

Co-founder paysafecard.com, enthusiastic entrepreneur and Business Angel

Michael Altrichter was Business Angel of the Year 2014 and Impact Investor in Austria. Michael has a fascinating story to tell: Before becoming an investor Michael started Paysafecard and Payolution in the down‐fall of the Dot‐Com bubble. After selling his companies to the...read more

Michael Altrichter

Co-founder paysafecard.com, enthusiastic entrepreneur and Business Angel

Michael Altrichter was Business Angel of the Year 2014 and Impact Investor in Austria. Michael has a fascinating story to tell: Before becoming an investor Michael started Paysafecard and Payolution in the down‐fall of the Dot‐Com bubble. After selling his companies to the british company Skrill, he is now involved in wide range of internet Start‐Ups, for example rublys, wikifolio or Diagnosia. Those of you who followed i²c’s Public Lecture Serie in 2014 know Michael already as an inspiring person who has lots of insights to share and plenty of tips on how to get investors money. He is also well known for his deals on the start‐up show "2 Millionen in 2 Minuten" on Puls 4 as well as for discussions as panelist on the startup scene in Austria. Michael holds a degree in technical physics, is married and father of two. He is passionate about music and mountaineering.
Bieser Hemma

Bieser Hemma

Hemma Bieser

Managing Partner at avantsmart

Hemma Bieser, MSc is the founder and owner of avantsmart, a consulting and innovation company. Together with her clients and partners she designs new business models - and she support companies and startups to bring their ideas successfully into the...read more

Hemma Bieser

Managing Partner at avantsmart

Hemma Bieser, MSc is the founder and owner of avantsmart, a consulting and innovation company. Together with her clients and partners she designs new business models - and she support companies and startups to bring their ideas successfully into the market. Hemma Bieser supports her clients during the whole innovation process, starting with the first idea until the successful product or service launch. Hemma Bieser is an expert in new methods and tools for innovation and transformation: Lean Startup Strategies, Business Model Innovation, Design Thinking, Open Innovation Processes, Serious Business Games. She works as a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and the University of Applied Arts Die Angewandte in Vienna. Her industry background lies in the field of renewable energy, smart city, smart grids and digitalization in the energy sector. Hemma Bieser holds a diploma in Physics (University of Technology, Vienna) and a master degree in Environment & Management. From 2000 to 2007 she was working as a consultant for Accenture in Frankfurt and Vienna. From 2008 to 2011 Hemma Bieser was responsible for strategy and funding programs at the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. Since 2011 she is working with her company avantsmart in a network of experts. Currently she advises various companies in their digital transformation processes as management consultant and innovation coach.

Bulfon Christian

Bulfon Christian

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Cronin Daniel

Daniel Cronin

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

Daniel Cronin

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

Ditzel Max

Max Ditzel

Partner Germany at WhatAVenture

Max Ditzel joined WhatAVenture after multiple stops in the startup scene, as one of the first employees and since then helped growing the team to more than 30 people in 4 countries before becoming the Lead Partner in Germany. Over the past years he has developed...read more

Max Ditzel

Partner Germany at WhatAVenture

Max Ditzel joined WhatAVenture after multiple stops in the startup scene, as one of the first employees and since then helped growing the team to more than 30 people in 4 countries before becoming the Lead Partner in Germany. Over the past years he has developed and implemented innovation strategies - for niche champions up to multinational corporates alike - across sectors like energy, logistics, automotive and finance. References include A1 Telekom Austria Group, Audi AG, Adidas AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Kapsch AG and Wien Energie GmbH. His key areas of expertise are innovation management, intrapreneurship, synergies between corporates and startups as well as open innovation around technologies. He regularly mentors and speaks for innovation and startup initiatives such as Founder Institute, Entrepreneurship Avenue, Innov8r, Elevate, Nexuslab, Skinnovation, Startup Live and Pioneers Festival. Additionally he is sharing his experience as a Lecturer at the Technical University of Vienna and trainer for the diploma innovationmanagement at BFI.
Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Ecker Thomas

Ecker Thomas

Thomas Ecker

Senior Investment Manager technet equity

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

Thomas Ecker

Senior Investment Manager technet equity

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

Euller Gordon

Gordon Euller

Partner Digital Health Fund APEX Ventures 

Gordon is a board certified radiologist with 7 years of experience at Medical University Vienna (AKH Wien). Prior to starting his medical career he founded two companies in Eastern Europe, one of them focusing on the recruitment of nurses providing domestic care for elderly...read more

Gordon Euller

Partner Digital Health Fund APEX Ventures 

Gordon is a board certified radiologist with 7 years of experience at Medical University Vienna (AKH Wien). Prior to starting his medical career he founded two companies in Eastern Europe, one of them focusing on the recruitment of nurses providing domestic care for elderly patients. As a management consultant with McKinsey&Company in London Gordon developed and implemented various digital and strategy transformations for his healthcare clients (payors/providers, pharma, med-tech). Gordon was also a project manager for the set-up of a private hospital in Abu Dhabi.
Filippova Evgeniia

Filippova Evgeniia

Filippova Evgeniia

Researcher and Lecturer WU Institut for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Evgeniia Filippova is a researcher within Marie-Curie Project STREAM, Smart Sensor Technologies and Training for Radiation Enhanced Applications and Measurements. Within this project, she is responsible for analyzing STREAM technologies with regards to their potential commercial applications and providing entrepreneurial training for...read more

Filippova Evgeniia

Researcher and Lecturer WU Institut for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Evgeniia Filippova is a researcher within Marie-Curie Project STREAM, Smart Sensor Technologies and Training for Radiation Enhanced Applications and Measurements. Within this project, she is responsible for analyzing STREAM technologies with regards to their potential commercial applications and providing entrepreneurial training for scientists from CERN, CIS, TU Berlin, AMS, etc. As a STREAM Researcher, Ms. Filippova is currently employed at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the WU Vienna where she teaches a broad range of courses in entrepreneurship, business modelling and FinTechs. Before joining STREAM and WU Vienna, Ms. Filippova worked at K1 Gründerservice at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena where she supported scientists to transfer their research results into successful business models. Ms. Filippova holds a Master Degree in Economics and Finance from Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena and fluently speaks four languages.
Petra Dobrocka

Petra Dobrocka

Petra Dobrocka

Co-Founder & CCO byrd

Petra Dobrocka is founder and CCO of the Vienna Logistics Start-up byrd. Petra studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is specialized in entrepreneurship and innovation. She is responsible for the commercial area at byrd.

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Petra Dobrocka

Co-Founder & CCO byrd

Petra Dobrocka is founder and CCO of the Vienna Logistics Start-up byrd. Petra studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is specialized in entrepreneurship and innovation. She is responsible for the commercial area at byrd.

Before byrd, Petra worked for the food startup KochAbo in Vienna as well as for the delivery service Foodora in Singapore.

Mentors and lecturers i²c STARTacademy 2019

Ballin Cornelius

Ballin Cornelius

Cornelius Ballin

General Manager at Universal Music Austria

Highly determined and proactive person Strong strategic thinker Entrepreneurial personality Strongcommunicative skill and intercultural experience – Committet to delivering best possible results Versed in organising and leading teams in matrix organisation and international environments

Cornelius Ballin

General Manager at Universal Music Austria

Highly determined and proactive person Strong strategic thinker Entrepreneurial personality Strongcommunicative skill and intercultural experience – Committet to delivering best possible results Versed in organising and leading teams in matrix organisation and international environments

Biedermann Karl

Biedermann Karl

Karl Biedermann

Investment Manager at Austria Wirtschaftsservice

In the last 20 years, Karl Biedermann has worked with voestalpine (an Austrian Steel corporation) and CSC (US Computer Sciences Corporation) with a focus on Industrial IT-Products/Services and B2B-Sales. With AWS, he advises, supports and funds hi-tec-startups as an...read more

Karl Biedermann

Investment Manager at Austria Wirtschaftsservice

In the last 20 years, Karl Biedermann has worked with voestalpine (an Austrian Steel corporation) and CSC (US Computer Sciences Corporation) with a focus on Industrial IT-Products/Services and B2B-Sales. With AWS, he advises, supports and funds hi-tec-startups as an investment manager for over 9 years now and is a member in several (Startup) funding decision boards in Austria. He holds a masters degrees in telecommunications, business administration and corporate communications.

Bieser Hemma

Bieser Hemma

Hemma Bieser

Managing Partner at avantsmart

Hemma Bieser, MSc is the founder and owner of avantsmart, a consulting and innovation company. Together with her clients and partners she designs new business models - and she support companies and startups to bring their ideas successfully into the...read more

Hemma Bieser

Managing Partner at avantsmart

Hemma Bieser, MSc is the founder and owner of avantsmart, a consulting and innovation company. Together with her clients and partners she designs new business models - and she support companies and startups to bring their ideas successfully into the market. Hemma Bieser supports her clients during the whole innovation process, starting with the first idea until the successful product or service launch. Hemma Bieser is an expert in new methods and tools for innovation and transformation: Lean Startup Strategies, Business Model Innovation, Design Thinking, Open Innovation Processes, Serious Business Games. She works as a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and the University of Applied Arts Die Angewandte in Vienna. Her industry background lies in the field of renewable energy, smart city, smart grids and digitalization in the energy sector. Hemma Bieser holds a diploma in Physics (University of Technology, Vienna) and a master degree in Environment & Management. From 2000 to 2007 she was working as a consultant for Accenture in Frankfurt and Vienna. From 2008 to 2011 Hemma Bieser was responsible for strategy and funding programs at the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. Since 2011 she is working with her company avantsmart in a network of experts. Currently she advises various companies in their digital transformation processes as management consultant and innovation coach.

Bulfon Christian

Bulfon Christian

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Cronin Daniel

Daniel Cronin

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

Daniel Cronin

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

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Ebner Stefan

Ebner Stefan

Stefan Ebner

Founder of Braintribe

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...read more

Stefan Ebner

Founder of Braintribe

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).

Ecker Thomas

Ecker Thomas

Thomas Ecker

Senior Investment Manager technet equity

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

Thomas Ecker

Senior Investment Manager technet equity

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

Filippova Evgeniia

Filippova Evgeniia

Researcher and Lecturer WU Institut for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Evgeniia Filippova is a researcher within Marie-Curie Project STREAM, Smart Sensor Technologies and Training for Radiation Enhanced Applications and Measurements. Within this project, she is responsible for analyzing STREAM technologies with regards to their potential commercial applications and providing entrepreneurial training for...read more

Filippova Evgeniia

Researcher and Lecturer WU Institut for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Evgeniia Filippova is a researcher within Marie-Curie Project STREAM, Smart Sensor Technologies and Training for Radiation Enhanced Applications and Measurements. Within this project, she is responsible for analyzing STREAM technologies with regards to their potential commercial applications and providing entrepreneurial training for scientists from CERN, CIS, TU Berlin, AMS, etc. As a STREAM Researcher, Ms. Filippova is currently employed at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the WU Vienna where she teaches a broad range of courses in entrepreneurship, business modelling and FinTechs. Before joining STREAM and WU Vienna, Ms. Filippova worked at K1 Gründerservice at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena where she supported scientists to transfer their research results into successful business models. Ms. Filippova holds a Master Degree in Economics and Finance from Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena and fluently speaks four languages.
Franz Alexander

Franz Alexander

Alexander Franz

Product Portfolio Management and Agile Transformation Lead at RadarServices Smart IT-Security

Alexander Franz currently leads the Agile Transformation at RadarServices. RadarServices was recognized as one of FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies 2018 and as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2017. Before joining RadarServices, Alexander was XO to...read more

Alexander Franz

Product Portfolio Management and Agile Transformation Lead at RadarServices Smart IT-Security

Alexander Franz currently leads the Agile Transformation at RadarServices. RadarServices was recognized as one of FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies 2018 and as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2017. Before joining RadarServices, Alexander was XO to the CPO and founder at software company CELUM, a digital asset management provider recognized by Forrester Research. In total, Alexander has supported around 100 start-ups as self-employed innovation coach. Originally from Germany, Alexander came to Austria in 2002 to help build up the then new mobile operator DREI (“3”). Since then, he has shared his experience at universities by teaching case-based seminars on strategy and innovation in Germany and Austria. Alexander holds a business degree from Vienna’s WU and spent his exchange semester at Babson College near Boston, MA, one of the most highly ranked schools for entrepreneurship in the world.
Gattringer Rafael

Gattringer Rafael

Rafael Gattringer

Innovation manager Infineon Technologies Austria AG & Co-Founder Factory Hub Vienna

Rafael Gattringer has scientific backgrounds in business informatics and psychology. He specialized in innovation management and gained his first start-up experience with crowdranking, which was founded at TU Wien. Later he joined Infineon Technologies Austria AG, where he is responsible...read more

Rafael Gattringer

Innovation manager Infineon Technologies Austria AG & Co-Founder Factory Hub Vienna

Rafael Gattringer has scientific backgrounds in business informatics and psychology. He specialized in innovation management and gained his first start-up experience with crowdranking, which was founded at TU Wien. Later he joined Infineon Technologies Austria AG, where he is responsible for pioneering innovation projects in the tech ecosystem. As a side track he co-founded Factory Hub Vienna, a hardware coworking space with attached manufacturing facilities. Rafael loves connecting corporates with start-ups for knowledge exchange and collaboration.
Giesswein Martin

Giesswein Martin

Martin Giesswein

Co-founder, Society.Institute

Martin Giesswein has been active for ca. 15 years in the IT industry. He was General Manager at Nokia, successfully sold the Immobilien.net and is currently working in parallel  as a freelance author, lecturer, trainer and "Business Designer " with de focus Smart City Development, StartUps, exits, management and...read more

Martin Giesswein

Co-founder, Society.Institute

Martin Giesswein has been active for ca. 15 years in the IT industry. He was General Manager at Nokia, successfully sold the Immobilien.net and is currently working in parallel  as a freelance author, lecturer, trainer and "Business Designer " with de focus Smart City Development, StartUps, exits, management and overall marketing strategies.
Glatt-Wodzynski Florian

Glatt-Wodzynski Florian

Mag. Florian Glatt-Wodzynski

Marketing Consultant

Mag. Florian Glatt-Wodzynski is marketing consultant with a double focus on management accounting and innovation. He has a proven track record of over 15 years across the whole value chain. His last responsibility was as country Marketing Manager for the Austrian subsidiary of an international healthcare company....read more

Mag. Florian Glatt-Wodzynski

Marketing Consultant

Mag. Florian Glatt-Wodzynski is marketing consultant with a double focus on management accounting and innovation. He has a proven track record of over 15 years across the whole value chain. His last responsibility was as country Marketing Manager for the Austrian subsidiary of an international healthcare company. Previously, he performed in marketing and management accounting for IT companies (Oracle and IBM), as well as in Life Sciences (Boehringer Ingelheim, JnJ). Florian’s area of expertise spans from quantitative strategy including developing the business model, targeting and pricing to execution by developing targets, KPIs, initiatives and automation. Clients value his holistic approach to measure rigorously marketing efforts for effectiveness and efficiency – following the rationale that you can only manage what you can measure. Florian graduated with a double degree CEMS Master from HEC Paris and the Vienna University for Economics and Business. He lives in Vienna and is fluent in French, English and German.
Gombotz Dietmar

Gombotz Dietmar

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

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

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

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

Gröller Heinrich

Heinrich Gröller

Partner Speedinvest

Heinrich has extensive hands-on know-how in company building, be it by starting and managing a greenfield project – in particular, a wooden pallet factory in the Czech Republic – or by leading the Austrian technology company Schiebel during the expansion phase – where together with a great team,...read more

Heinrich Gröller

Partner Speedinvest

Heinrich has extensive hands-on know-how in company building, be it by starting and managing a greenfield project – in particular, a wooden pallet factory in the Czech Republic – or by leading the Austrian technology company Schiebel during the expansion phase – where together with a great team, he built two new factories, tripled the workforce and expanded the turnover from single digit to approximately 40m in less than three years. Heinrich holds a Master degree in Industrial Management and Manufacturing Engineering from ETH Zürich and expanded his multi-facetted technical know-how as a management consultant, startup founder, and managing director of various companies, by being inter alia responsible for Research and Development and Production. Heinrich has actively been investing in startups since 2014 with a focus on Industry and Proptech. His portfolio comprises nine startups and one successful exit so far. At Speedinvest i, Heinrich brings in his industry knowledge and contacts and is eager to accompany enthusiastic founder teams in complex and innovative projects.
Haddad Fadi

Haddad Fadi

Fadi Haddad

Managing Director at DADD.at

Fadi Haddad is a sales and business development expert. He has been essential to the growth of various businesses and sales teams at multinational companies as well as startups in Dubai, Singapore, Mexico City and Vienna. In his last role as the Managing Director of Pioneers...read more

Fadi Haddad

Managing Director at DADD.at

Fadi Haddad is a sales and business development expert. He has been essential to the growth of various businesses and sales teams at multinational companies as well as startups in Dubai, Singapore, Mexico City and Vienna. In his last role as the Managing Director of Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Fadi was responsible for managing the events team that organised Pioneers Festival in Vienna as well as Pioneers chapter events in Munich and Berlin and was involved directly for all event sponsorship and partnerships development, acquisition, and management. During his time at Pioneers, Fadi’s side projects included helping entrepreneurs and startups set up sales and business development and generate revenue which turned into a Training & Consulting business which he now focuses on full time.
Hämmerle Florian

Hämmerle Florian

Mag. (FH) Florian Hämmerle

Founder and CEO of Hämmerle & Luger OG

Florian Hämmerle studied Intermedia Design in Vorarlberg, worked as a marketer, illustrator and brand designer for various agencies in Vorarlberg, Tirol and Vienna. Tired of constraining job definitions he turned his versatility into business and founded Hämmerle & Luger together...read more

Mag. (FH) Florian Hämmerle

Founder and CEO of Hämmerle & Luger OG

Florian Hämmerle studied Intermedia Design in Vorarlberg, worked as a marketer, illustrator and brand designer for various agencies in Vorarlberg, Tirol and Vienna. Tired of constraining job definitions he turned his versatility into business and founded Hämmerle & Luger together with the graphic designer Vinzenz Luger. The branding studio works with agile teams, its size adapts to the challenge given and is driven by a simple cause: to make branding accessible to everyone.
Heger Manfred

Heger Manfred

Manfred Heger

Head of Strategy, Innovation & Projects bei Wienerberger AG

Manfred Heger

Head of Strategy, Innovation & Projects bei Wienerberger AG

Heiss Michael

Heiss Michael

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss

Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss is Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens. He studied Electrical Engineering at TU Wien, made a post-doc at MIT in Boston, started his industry career at Bosch. Since 1996 he is with Siemens in various leading...read more

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss

Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss is Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens. He studied Electrical Engineering at TU Wien, made a post-doc at MIT in Boston, started his industry career at Bosch. Since 1996 he is with Siemens in various leading positions for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology Management always with a focus on Open Innovation and Knowledge Networking. He is Vice Chair of IEEE Austria and Chair of the IEEE Technology Management Council, Chapter Central Europe.  
Hirschbrich Michael (Mic)

Hirschbrich Michael (Mic)

Michael (Mic) Hirschbrich

Co-founder & CEO updatemi- Apollo.ai technologies Chairman of the expertcircle on digitalization Political Academy (Polak)

Mic is one of Austria's leading digitization experts. He started in IT and software consulting and later took on leading management roles in Silicon Valley (as CEO, Co-CEO and CTO of various ventures). Over a...read more

Michael (Mic) Hirschbrich

Co-founder & CEO updatemi- Apollo.ai technologies Chairman of the expertcircle on digitalization Political Academy (Polak)

Mic is one of Austria's leading digitization experts. He started in IT and software consulting and later took on leading management roles in Silicon Valley (as CEO, Co-CEO and CTO of various ventures). Over a period of two years he worked on a tech subsidiary in Mumbai, India. In addition to his work, he advises both medium-sized and large companies as well as top politicians. He has headed the digitization think tank for Sebastian Kurz and has also written the book "Schöne Neue Welt 4.0 Chancen und Risiken der Vierte Industriellen Revolution". Before moving to the California 11 years ago, he did business and a MBA program in South East Asia, mainly Hongkong and Shanghai where he became member of the Dr. Helmut Sohmen Foundation (Hongkong). Honours
  • Born Global Champion 2017
  • Most innovative Startup 2016
Book
  • "Schöne Neue Welt 4.0 - Chancen und Risiken der Vierten Industriellen Revolution"
Career Michael (Mic) Hirschbrich Mag., MBA (Emory University, Atlanta, USA)
  • Co-Founder + CEO updatemi, Apollo.ai technologies
  • Chairman of the expertcircle on digitalization (Polak)
  • Boardmember of the Political Academy Vienna
  • Member of the Sohmen East-Asia Foundation (Hongkong)
  • WA TECH Inc - Co-Founder, CEO (Mountain View, CA, USA)
  • Talenthouse - Co-Founder, CTO (Mountain View, CA, USA)
  • Global Management Community Academy, lecturer (SF)
  • Academy for Marketing and Management (WIFI), Teacher
  • Sohmen East Foundation - Cross Cultural Management
Hofreiter Birgit

Hofreiter Birgit

Birgit Hofreiter

Director TUW Innovation Incubation Center ( i²c) the CEO & founder TUW i²ncubator

Birgit Hofreiter is the Director of the of the cross-faculty TUW Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) and the CEO and founder of the TUW i²ncubator. From 2009 until 2011 Birgit was assistant professor at the Chair for Business...read more

Birgit Hofreiter

Director TUW Innovation Incubation Center ( i²c) the CEO & founder TUW i²ncubator

Birgit Hofreiter is the Director of the of the cross-faculty TUW Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) and the CEO and founder of the TUW i²ncubator. From 2009 until 2011 Birgit was assistant professor at the Chair for Business Process Management at the University of Liechtenstein. During that time, she was also Head of the Competence Center on Interorganizational Business Collaborations (CC-B2x) she set up. She finished her master in business informatics at Vienna University of Technology and she received a doctor’s degree from the University of Vienna. From 2006 until 2008 Birgit was a Post Doc Research Fellow at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) based on her research work in Business Informatics that was awarded with a FWF Erwin Schrödinger Grant (J2634-N15) by the Austrian Science Fund. Birgit Hofreiter has a long time working experience in Business-to-Business and e-Government interoperability by working for the United Nations Center For Trade Facilitation and e-Business (UN/CEFACT) to develop standards and recommendations for interoperability used in interorganizational projects. In particular, she was contributor to UN/CEFACT’s Techniques and Methodologies Group (TMG) and in this role co-editor of UN/CEFACT’s Modeling Methodology – a UML-based approach towards B2B and e-Government system design. Birgit Hofreiter is on the PC/organizing committee of several major ebusiness related conferences. She is member of the steering committee of the IEEE Conference on Business Informatics (formerly Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing) as well as of the IEEE Technical Committee on Business Informatics Systems (formerly Electronic Commerce). Additionally, she is on the editorial board of community related journals.
Holzer Markus

Holzer Markus

Markus Holzer

CEO | Co-Founder at contextflow GmbH

Markus Holzer

CEO | Co-Founder at contextflow GmbH

Ilger Viktoria

Ilger Viktoria

Viktoria Ilger

Creators Expedition AVL

Viktoria Ilger

Creators Expedition AVL

Jelly Jürgen

Jelly Jürgen

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

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

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

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

Kandler Florian

Florian Kandler

Fundraising Expert and Startup Mentor. 3-time Founder

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

Florian Kandler

Fundraising Expert and Startup Mentor. 3-time Founder

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

Kolbabek Thomas

Thomas Kolbabek

Advisor, Business Angel and Lecturer

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

Thomas Kolbabek

Advisor, Business Angel and Lecturer

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

Kramer Mark A. M.

Mark A. M. Kramer

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr and Hagenberg

Mark A. M, Kramer is a Nomadic Researcher, Trans-disciplinary Lecturer and UX designer actively engaged in shaping nearfuture solutions to everyday sociotechnical problems. You will find Mark working at the intersections of...read more

Mark A. M. Kramer

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr and Hagenberg

Mark A. M, Kramer is a Nomadic Researcher, Trans-disciplinary Lecturer and UX designer actively engaged in shaping nearfuture solutions to everyday sociotechnical problems. You will find Mark working at the intersections of Marketing, Service Design and New-media experimentation. Mark has been a part of the i²c STARTacademy Family since the very beginning

Kreppel Stefan

Kreppel Stefan

Stefan Kreppel

Head of Open Innovation Palfinger 21st bei PALFINGER Group

Stefan Kreppel is one of the leading Austrian experts in the fields of innovation and digital transformation. Through his long experience he has a strong network with in the start-up ecosystem the venture capital and investment community and the digital Transformation...read more

Stefan Kreppel

Head of Open Innovation Palfinger 21st bei PALFINGER Group

Stefan Kreppel is one of the leading Austrian experts in the fields of innovation and digital transformation. Through his long experience he has a strong network with in the start-up ecosystem the venture capital and investment community and the digital Transformation ecosystem. Beside his job as Head of Open Innovation at Palfinger he acts as a start-up Mentor and Coach, Speaker at several events like the Pioneers Festival and is lecturer at the technical and economical university for the topics innovation and digital transformation, design thinking and business planning and finance. Based on his expertise in the varies fields of innovation he also deployed successfully with in his own inventions and ventures. Due to his expertise 2014 he was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the world economic forum. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and a Dipl.-Ing. in Civil Engineering.
Ljuhar Richard

Ljuhar Richard

Richard Ljuhar

CEO | Co-Founder ImageBiopsy Lab

Together with my team we are aiming to challenge the Status Quo of X-ray based orthopedic assessments. Our solution combines medical image analyses with various patient data points to provide a holistic diagnosis of MSK diseases. I co-founded ImageBiopsy Lab with the aim to use image...read more

Richard Ljuhar

CEO | Co-Founder ImageBiopsy Lab

Together with my team we are aiming to challenge the Status Quo of X-ray based orthopedic assessments. Our solution combines medical image analyses with various patient data points to provide a holistic diagnosis of MSK diseases. I co-founded ImageBiopsy Lab with the aim to use image recognition algorithms to address the challenges of radiologists and orthopedics. We initially started with computer vision tools, migrating to more flexible algorithms like deep learning. My focus within our company is to build the organization from a sales and funding perspective but to also lead strategic QM/product certification and customer relationship tasks.
Marko Wolfgang

Marko Wolfgang

Wolfgang Marko

Head of Strategy Development and Implementation Magna Steyr

Wolfgang Marko

Head of Strategy Development and Implementation Magna Steyr

Moser Thomas

Moser Thomas

Thomas Moser

CEO Aelian Biotechnology

Thomas has extensive experience in financing and corporate development of start-up companies. In his previous position, he was founding CEO of Haplogen Genomics GmbH, a very successful Austrian life science company sold to Horizon Discovery plc in 2015, and after the acquisition Vice President Products at Horizon,...read more

Thomas Moser

CEO Aelian Biotechnology

Thomas has extensive experience in financing and corporate development of start-up companies. In his previous position, he was founding CEO of Haplogen Genomics GmbH, a very successful Austrian life science company sold to Horizon Discovery plc in 2015, and after the acquisition Vice President Products at Horizon, responsible for gene-engineered cell line products and global Head of Corporate Strategy and Compliance. Before he served as managing partner at Pontis Capital for 13 years and had several positions in the area of business development, financing and licensing.
Nodale Alberto

Nodale Alberto

Alberto Nodale

Sales Coach and Speaker

Alberto Nodale, after founding his first startup at 22 and winning multiple awards in Europe, made his way into working with a rapidly growing Y-Combinator company. At Close.io he now helps sales people all over the world increase their sales as a Sales Executive. By learning...read more

Alberto Nodale

Sales Coach and Speaker

Alberto Nodale, after founding his first startup at 22 and winning multiple awards in Europe, made his way into working with a rapidly growing Y-Combinator company. At Close.io he now helps sales people all over the world increase their sales as a Sales Executive. By learning from the best in Silicon Valley, he has closed deals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and now also passes on his knowledge as a speaker and coach.
Peruzzi Thomas

Peruzzi Thomas

Thomas Peruzzi

International Interims CxO, Angel Investor, Lecturer

Thomas Peruzzi acts as an advisor and board member to different tech companies all over the world and he invests in companies like shareIQ, adespresso, waytation and more. Tom often takes over CxO duties for digital native companies, supports large corporates in becoming digital...read more

Thomas Peruzzi

International Interims CxO, Angel Investor, Lecturer

Thomas Peruzzi acts as an advisor and board member to different tech companies all over the world and he invests in companies like shareIQ, adespresso, waytation and more. Tom often takes over CxO duties for digital native companies, supports large corporates in becoming digital and acts as an external lecturer on technical universities and he has run his own company -aicooma- for roughly 10 years.
Petra Dobrocka

Petra Dobrocka

Petra Dobrocka

Co-Founder & CCO byrd

Petra Dobrocka is founder and CCO of the Vienna Logistics Start-up byrd. Petra studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is specialized in entrepreneurship and innovation. She is responsible for the commercial area at byrd.

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Petra Dobrocka

Co-Founder & CCO byrd

Petra Dobrocka is founder and CCO of the Vienna Logistics Start-up byrd. Petra studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is specialized in entrepreneurship and innovation. She is responsible for the commercial area at byrd.

Before byrd, Petra worked for the food startup KochAbo in Vienna as well as for the delivery service Foodora in Singapore.

Radic Sasa

Radic Sasa

Sasa Radic

CEO bei CONDA Crowdinvesting

Sasa Radic

CEO bei CONDA Crowdinvesting

Rappold Dieter

Rappold Dieter

Rappold Dieter

Founder and CEO at Speedinvest Pirates

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

Rappold Dieter

Founder and CEO at Speedinvest Pirates

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

Redlein Alexander

Alexander Redlein

a.o. Univ Prof. at TU Wien

  • Facility and Real Estate Management –international trends and their application
  • CSR – not only energy is important but also people
  • Risk Management and Compliance
  • Business Process Reengineering
  • IT Support...read more

Alexander Redlein

a.o. Univ Prof. at TU Wien

  • Facility and Real Estate Management –international trends and their application
  • CSR – not only energy is important but also people
  • Risk Management and Compliance
  • Business Process Reengineering
  • IT Support within FM

Specialties:

  • International FM/RE training and consulting
  • Research based FM/RE optimization
  • IT Optimization
  • Tendering support
Sailer Johann

Sailer Johann

Johann Sailer

Director and Community Manager innox network E.U.

Hans Sailer has worked for the last 6 years as Country Manager Austria for the German Innovation Agency HYVE. He studied Commercial Science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Today he is a reliable all-rounder with professional experience as Sales Director,...read more

Johann Sailer

Director and Community Manager innox network E.U.

Hans Sailer has worked for the last 6 years as Country Manager Austria for the German Innovation Agency HYVE. He studied Commercial Science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Today he is a reliable all-rounder with professional experience as Sales Director, COO Assistant, Strategy Process Master, Head of Controlling, International Sales & Marketing Manager, Business Developer, Consultant and Lecturer. On his career path, he has always been confronted with the topic of innovation: as sales manager at the copyright company AKM, he introduced the use of cell phones and laptops for the field force in 1998; as strategy process master at Telekom Austria, he accompanied the launch of AON TV and new services; as senior management consultant, he was awarded the State Prize for Electric Mobility in 2011 with a consortium. He also taught Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the New Design University. He has made the innovation agency HYVE known in Vienna and many Austrian big players are HYVE customers today. The zealous and empathic networker has always been interested in new technologies and innovation methods. So he initiated in 2012 the first M2M/IOT Forum in Austria and developed it into the M2M/ IOT Forum CE, until today a big international conference. He also organized the first Austrian 3D Printing Forum in 2013. Since 2012 he has been the initiator and community manager of the INNOX network in Vienna. He organizes innovation journeys and the steady innovation experience exchange in a network of more than 250 innovation managers of the biggest companies in Austria. His passion beside his family, music, travelling and sports are sales, innovation and networking.
Schranz Thomas

Schranz Thomas

Thomas Schranz

Founder & CEO at Lemmings, Mithril, Blossom

Thomas Schranz

Founder & CEO at Lemmings, Mithril, Blossom

Simonitsch Karoline

Simonitsch Karoline

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...read more

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.
Smallegange Frank

Smallegange Frank

Frank Smallegange

Presenting with impact

Frank has been a speaker and trainer for speakers for over 10 years now. He’s always exquisitely managed to combine his knowledge from the world of business services with the creative side of storytelling and improvisation. These worlds are closer together than people would expect. Frank took many...read more

Frank Smallegange

Presenting with impact

Frank has been a speaker and trainer for speakers for over 10 years now. He’s always exquisitely managed to combine his knowledge from the world of business services with the creative side of storytelling and improvisation. These worlds are closer together than people would expect. Frank took many training sessions from national and international tutors, including Keith Johnstone, Hetty Heijting, Jeff mc Bride and Second City Chicago. In addition to his work as a trainer, Frank is frequently engaged as a speaker, energiser and host for the day.
Smith Lisa

Smith Lisa

Lisa Smith

Co-Founder & Managing Director at Prewave - Predicting Risks from Social Media Data

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...read more

Lisa Smith

Co-Founder & Managing Director at Prewave - Predicting Risks from Social Media Data

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.
Soschner Christian

Soschner Christian

Christian Soschner

Develop, Finance and Commercialize life science companies CS Life Science Invest

Christian Soschner - passion for health, innovation and success. Christian supports life science companies with his network to develop, finance and commercialize innovation on a global scale. As an entrepreneur Christian has 25 years of experience in developing and improving business...read more

Christian Soschner

Develop, Finance and Commercialize life science companies CS Life Science Invest

Christian Soschner - passion for health, innovation and success. Christian supports life science companies with his network to develop, finance and commercialize innovation on a global scale. As an entrepreneur Christian has 25 years of experience in developing and improving business models. Trained in economics, psychology and martial arts, he worked in management positions at listed companies in various industries. Since 2006 he focuses his attention on life sciences. As a business angel, executive board member, advisory board member or coach to develop life science companies from spin out to IPO or trade sale to the pharmaceutical industry. He enjoys building business models with great teams developing cutting edge technologies that have potential to increase the standard of the global healthcare system for patients.
Sreckovic Marijana

Sreckovic Marijana

Marijana Sreckovic

Senior Scientist at TU Wien & visiting scholar at MIT

Marijana Sreckovic has a background in economics and architecture. She holds a Master in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna and a doctoral degree in Social and Economic Sciences from TU Wien, Faculty of Architecture. From 2007-2012 she...read more

Marijana Sreckovic

Senior Scientist at TU Wien & visiting scholar at MIT

Marijana Sreckovic has a background in economics and architecture. She holds a Master in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna and a doctoral degree in Social and Economic Sciences from TU Wien, Faculty of Architecture. From 2007-2012 she was a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Real Estate Development and Project Management, Faculty of Architecture. She is involved in research and teaching at the Department of Industrial Building and Interdisciplinary Planning, Faculty of Civil Engineering since 2013. One of her research areas covers innovation, networks, capabilities and the changing fabric of organization in the digital economy, with a focus on the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) industry. Currently she is working on a research project for the optimum metric of innovation. With the MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she has established a research collaboration on the topic of innovation in the built environment. She is a visiting scholar at the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab and MITDesign X, an accelerator for innovation in the human environment.
Stromberger Sandra

Stromberger Sandra

Sandra Stromberger

Initiator and Manager @ Industry meets Makers

Sandra Stromberger

Initiator and Manager @ Industry meets Makers

Tran Daniel

Tran Daniel

Daniel Tran

Lean Startup Evangelist, Design Thinker & Client Whisperer focussing on "B2B Marketing & Sales" & "Customer Development"

Daniel has more than 18 years of experience in marketing and sales in several industries (e.g. advertising, healthcare, IT, media). As a "Lean Startup Evangelist" and “Client Whisperer" Daniel’s focus is tracking and...read more

Daniel Tran

Lean Startup Evangelist, Design Thinker & Client Whisperer focussing on "B2B Marketing & Sales" & "Customer Development"

Daniel has more than 18 years of experience in marketing and sales in several industries (e.g. advertising, healthcare, IT, media). As a "Lean Startup Evangelist" and “Client Whisperer" Daniel’s focus is tracking and serving customers’ needs. Moreover as a good listener he is always eager to help and support companies in setting up a solid sales structure or developing new business fields. Daniel is convinced that closing deals is only a matter of the right moment if all needs are met. He believes in supporting entrepreneurs by questioning the latters about evaluating and validating the market(s). So Daniel doesn't need to judge their business model and restrict their potential. As an entrepreneur Daniel enjoys getting involved in various industries and breaking down specific goals into common and sober approaches. His passions are networking and connecting not only people but - of course - “the dots”. Currently he is serving clients in Austria, Germany, Switzerland as well as countries in CEE.
Wieland Reichelt

Wieland Reichelt

Wieland Reichelt

CEO 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...read more

Wieland Reichelt

CEO 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.

Mentors and lecturers i²c STARTacademy 2018

Bittner Martin

Bittner Martin

Martin Bittner

Founding Partner at accoi partners GmbH

Before founding acccoi partners GmbH in 2016 Martin (52) built and lead Cisco’s Open Innovation Programs in EMEAR (‘Entrepreneurs in Residence’ and ‘ChallengeUp!’) where 22 Start Up’s in IoT have been incubated and accelerated in a 6 months cycle and got the opportunity for...read more

Martin Bittner

Founding Partner at accoi partners GmbH

Before founding acccoi partners GmbH in 2016 Martin (52) built and lead Cisco’s Open Innovation Programs in EMEAR (‘Entrepreneurs in Residence’ and ‘ChallengeUp!’) where 22 Start Up’s in IoT have been incubated and accelerated in a 6 months cycle and got the opportunity for co-working on a global scale with Cisco Business Units and partners (e.g. Intel and Dt. Telekom). For the Entrepreneurs he could contribute his experience in VC funding, Business Modeling & -Development and integration into Corporate Structures for growth while ensuring the Co- Innovation impact for Cisco and its partners. As member of Cisco’s ‘Founders Round Table’ he contributed with Thought Leadership to the Executive Board of Cisco. Also leading corporates in Finance (e.g. RBI), mobility (KAPSCH) and Agriculture (RWA-Lagerhaus, BayWa) adopted the acccoi innovation methodology. Martin joined Cisco with the acquisition of ‘SolveDirect’, the world’s largest Service Ticket Exchange which he co-founded in 2000 and served as CEO until the first acquisition by Brain Force Holding AG in 2007 where he then joined the leadership team. In 2010 SolveDirect was demerged again and Martin led the globalization until Cisco’s acquisition in 2013. Before founding SolveDirect, Martin held several management positions in IBM in the 90’s where he shaped the transformation of the IBM Services Business from Technical Support Services to IBM Global Services from a Go To Market and Sales perspective. Martin holds a degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and specialized in Computer Science, Marketing and Business Ethics. He guest lectured at the Department for E-Governance and Administration of Danube University. His international experience he gained with Matsushita (Japan), Euro Motorcars (US) and Schoeller Papier (Germany). He is an active supporter of AIESEC and mentors start-up entrepreneurs globally (e.g. GIN – Global Incubators Network). Martin lives in Vienna, Austria, and enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, travel and growing organic food.
Bulfon Christian

Bulfon Christian

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Cronin Daniel

Daniel Cronin

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

Daniel Cronin

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

Ditzel Max

Max Ditzel

Partner Germany at WhatAVenture

Max Ditzel joined WhatAVenture after multiple stops in the startup scene, as one of the first employees and since then helped growing the team to more than 30 people in 4 countries before becoming the Lead Partner in Germany. Over the past years he has developed...read more

Max Ditzel

Partner Germany at WhatAVenture

Max Ditzel joined WhatAVenture after multiple stops in the startup scene, as one of the first employees and since then helped growing the team to more than 30 people in 4 countries before becoming the Lead Partner in Germany. Over the past years he has developed and implemented innovation strategies - for niche champions up to multinational corporates alike - across sectors like energy, logistics, automotive and finance. References include A1 Telekom Austria Group, Audi AG, Adidas AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Kapsch AG and Wien Energie GmbH. His key areas of expertise are innovation management, intrapreneurship, synergies between corporates and startups as well as open innovation around technologies. He regularly mentors and speaks for innovation and startup initiatives such as Founder Institute, Entrepreneurship Avenue, Innov8r, Elevate, Nexuslab, Skinnovation, Startup Live and Pioneers Festival. Additionally he is sharing his experience as a Lecturer at the Technical University of Vienna and trainer for the diploma innovationmanagement at BFI.
Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Ecker Thomas

Ecker Thomas

Thomas Ecker

Senior Investment Manager technet equity

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

Thomas Ecker

Senior Investment Manager technet equity

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

Ehrenfellner Katharina

Katharina Ehrenfellner

CEO CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria

Katharina Ehrenfellner (Mag.) is CEO at CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria GmbH, the leading Austrian Crowdinvesting Platform. She graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2010, after spending her last term in Toronto, attending an Entrpreneurship MBA class at York University. In 2009, she co-founded...read more

Katharina Ehrenfellner

CEO CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria

Katharina Ehrenfellner (Mag.) is CEO at CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria GmbH, the leading Austrian Crowdinvesting Platform. She graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2010, after spending her last term in Toronto, attending an Entrpreneurship MBA class at York University. In 2009, she co-founded StartEurope, an initiative for fostering the European startup environment. She was responsible for coordinating IT projects as well as international marketing and sales strategies for a big online and offline retail company, before coming back to Vienna for her job at CONDA. Besides identifying and evaluating innovative business models for crowdinvesting campaigns, she is also a lecturer for entrepreneurship and early stage financing at FH Krems and Vorarlberg.
Ertugrul Can

Ertugrul Can

Can Ertugrul

Head of Partnerships at wikifolio, Board Member at AustrianStartups, Show Host at Pioneers

wikifolio is the leading European marketplace for trading and investment strategies by private and professional traders. Traders publish their portfolios as "wikifolios" and Investors can follow the traders of their choice via exchange-listed financial products. I am...read more

Can Ertugrul

Head of Partnerships at wikifolio, Board Member at AustrianStartups, Show Host at Pioneers

wikifolio is the leading European marketplace for trading and investment strategies by private and professional traders. Traders publish their portfolios as "wikifolios" and Investors can follow the traders of their choice via exchange-listed financial products. I am an internationally oriented start-up enthusiast with diverse business background and a track-record in FinTech. I assess myself as a quick learner, a strong communicator and experienced public speaker who is very active in the Austrian & European entrepreneurship community. Wherever I can, I try to find the right balance between strategic thinking and operational execution in the projects I pursue. I have noticed that one of my biggest strenghts is being openminded and adaptable. I like to be part of driven teams which pursue ideas that have impact. Equally I like empowering others to pursue their ideas. I do believe in the perspective that ultimately "all business is people business".
Fassl Lisa

Fassl Lisa

Lisa Fassl

Managing Director Angel Investors Association (aaia)

Lisa-Marie Fassl is the Managing Director of the Austrian Angel Investors Association, Austria’s leading network for business angels which connects promising startups with investors. Before moving to Vienna, Lisa was an active member of the startup community in Styria, where she cofounded the npo...read more

Lisa Fassl

Managing Director Angel Investors Association (aaia)

Lisa-Marie Fassl is the Managing Director of the Austrian Angel Investors Association, Austria’s leading network for business angels which connects promising startups with investors. Before moving to Vienna, Lisa was an active member of the startup community in Styria, where she cofounded the npo IdeenTriebwerk Graz. During her studies she focused on Business Information Systems and Entrepreneurship, which led to various scientific studies on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Austria. Having experienced the Austrian startup community from different perspectives for several years, she’s continually co-founding new projects, her latest being femalefounders.at, a network for women in the startup community.
Filippova Evgeniia

Filippova Evgeniia

Filippova Evgeniia

Researcher and Lecturer WU Institut for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Evgeniia Filippova is a researcher within Marie-Curie Project STREAM, Smart Sensor Technologies and Training for Radiation Enhanced Applications and Measurements. Within this project, she is responsible for analyzing STREAM technologies with regards to their potential commercial applications and providing entrepreneurial training for...read more

Filippova Evgeniia

Researcher and Lecturer WU Institut for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Evgeniia Filippova is a researcher within Marie-Curie Project STREAM, Smart Sensor Technologies and Training for Radiation Enhanced Applications and Measurements. Within this project, she is responsible for analyzing STREAM technologies with regards to their potential commercial applications and providing entrepreneurial training for scientists from CERN, CIS, TU Berlin, AMS, etc. As a STREAM Researcher, Ms. Filippova is currently employed at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the WU Vienna where she teaches a broad range of courses in entrepreneurship, business modelling and FinTechs. Before joining STREAM and WU Vienna, Ms. Filippova worked at K1 Gründerservice at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena where she supported scientists to transfer their research results into successful business models. Ms. Filippova holds a Master Degree in Economics and Finance from Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena and fluently speaks four languages.
Glatt-Wodzynski Florian

Glatt-Wodzynski Florian

Mag. Florian Glatt-Wodzynski

Marketing Consultant

Mag. Florian Glatt-Wodzynski is marketing consultant with a double focus on management accounting and innovation. He has a proven track record of over 15 years across the whole value chain. His last responsibility was as country Marketing Manager for the Austrian subsidiary of an international healthcare company....read more

Mag. Florian Glatt-Wodzynski

Marketing Consultant

Mag. Florian Glatt-Wodzynski is marketing consultant with a double focus on management accounting and innovation. He has a proven track record of over 15 years across the whole value chain. His last responsibility was as country Marketing Manager for the Austrian subsidiary of an international healthcare company. Previously, he performed in marketing and management accounting for IT companies (Oracle and IBM), as well as in Life Sciences (Boehringer Ingelheim, JnJ). Florian’s area of expertise spans from quantitative strategy including developing the business model, targeting and pricing to execution by developing targets, KPIs, initiatives and automation. Clients value his holistic approach to measure rigorously marketing efforts for effectiveness and efficiency – following the rationale that you can only manage what you can measure. Florian graduated with a double degree CEMS Master from HEC Paris and the Vienna University for Economics and Business. He lives in Vienna and is fluent in French, English and German.
Gombotz Dietmar

Gombotz Dietmar

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

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

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

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

Greiler Fabian

Fabian Greiler

Junior Partner Venionaire Capital

Fabian Greiler is Junior Partner at Venionaire Capital, a company specialized in Venture Capital, Digital Transformation and Innovation Management. He supports portfolio companies, clients and partners at Venionaire in Marketing and PR strategies with focus on growth. Previously, he worked as a Consultant at a PR...read more

Fabian Greiler

Junior Partner Venionaire Capital

Fabian Greiler is Junior Partner at Venionaire Capital, a company specialized in Venture Capital, Digital Transformation and Innovation Management. He supports portfolio companies, clients and partners at Venionaire in Marketing and PR strategies with focus on growth. Previously, he worked as a Consultant at a PR agency. During his study of Communication Science, he gathered journalistic knowledge working for several media houses
Gsottbauer Christoph

Gsottbauer Christoph

Gsottbauer Christoph

Xtrader24 GmbH

Strong security background and extensive experience in the cryptocurrency eco-system. After building an international security company he co-founded the Austrian Cryptocurrency Broker XTrader24 and is actively involved in promoting cryptocurrency projects on different levels.

Gsottbauer Christoph

Xtrader24 GmbH

Strong security background and extensive experience in the cryptocurrency eco-system. After building an international security company he co-founded the Austrian Cryptocurrency Broker XTrader24 and is actively involved in promoting cryptocurrency projects on different levels.
Hauser Magdalena

Hauser Magdalena

Magdalena Hauser

Director of Operations I.E.C.T – Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge - Tirol

Magdalena is Director of Operations at the I.E.C.T. – Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge – Tirol, a private institution based in Innsbruck. Together with their partners from Cambridge/UK, they support entrepreneurs with know-how, smart money and their nationally and internationally...read more

Magdalena Hauser

Director of Operations I.E.C.T – Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge - Tirol

Magdalena is Director of Operations at the I.E.C.T. – Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge – Tirol, a private institution based in Innsbruck. Together with their partners from Cambridge/UK, they support entrepreneurs with know-how, smart money and their nationally and internationally linked network, funding and resources. Magdalena studied Management and Economics and Interior Architecture in Austria and Germany and developed the I.E.C.T. together with her father and uncle three years ago. Being part of several programmes, she coaches young entrepreneurs on their way to a successful market entry and helps them analyzing their ideas/companies from the investor’s and customers’ perspective.
Heiss Michael

Heiss Michael

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss

Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss is Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens. He studied Electrical Engineering at TU Wien, made a post-doc at MIT in Boston, started his industry career at Bosch. Since 1996 he is with Siemens in various leading...read more

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss

Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss is Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens. He studied Electrical Engineering at TU Wien, made a post-doc at MIT in Boston, started his industry career at Bosch. Since 1996 he is with Siemens in various leading positions for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology Management always with a focus on Open Innovation and Knowledge Networking. He is Vice Chair of IEEE Austria and Chair of the IEEE Technology Management Council, Chapter Central Europe.  
Herwig Christoph

Herwig Christoph

Christoph Herwig

Founder and Scientific Advisor Exputec

Christoph Herwig, process engineer from RWTH Aachen, worked in industry in the design and commissioning of large chemical facilities prior to enter his interdisciplinary PhD studies at EPFL, Switzerland in bioprocess identification. Subsequently, he positioned himself at the interface between bioprocess development and facility design...read more

Christoph Herwig

Founder and Scientific Advisor Exputec

Christoph Herwig, process engineer from RWTH Aachen, worked in industry in the design and commissioning of large chemical facilities prior to enter his interdisciplinary PhD studies at EPFL, Switzerland in bioprocess identification. Subsequently, he positioned himself at the interface between bioprocess development and facility design of biopharmaceutical facilities. Since 2008, he is full professor for biochemical engineering at the Vienna University of Technology. The research area focuses on the development of methods for integrated, science-based and efficient bioprocess development along PAT and QbD principles. The product fields are circular economy and biopharmaceuticals within industry driven scientific projects. In 2013 he founded the Data Science company Exputec, successfully providing Software and Services to the biotech industry and heading for enabling affordable drugs for the world..
Hofreiter Birgit

Hofreiter Birgit

Birgit Hofreiter

Director TUW Innovation Incubation Center ( i²c) the CEO & founder TUW i²ncubator

Birgit Hofreiter is the Director of the of the cross-faculty TUW Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) and the CEO and founder of the TUW i²ncubator. From 2009 until 2011 Birgit was assistant professor at the Chair for Business...read more

Birgit Hofreiter

Director TUW Innovation Incubation Center ( i²c) the CEO & founder TUW i²ncubator

Birgit Hofreiter is the Director of the of the cross-faculty TUW Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) and the CEO and founder of the TUW i²ncubator. From 2009 until 2011 Birgit was assistant professor at the Chair for Business Process Management at the University of Liechtenstein. During that time, she was also Head of the Competence Center on Interorganizational Business Collaborations (CC-B2x) she set up. She finished her master in business informatics at Vienna University of Technology and she received a doctor’s degree from the University of Vienna. From 2006 until 2008 Birgit was a Post Doc Research Fellow at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) based on her research work in Business Informatics that was awarded with a FWF Erwin Schrödinger Grant (J2634-N15) by the Austrian Science Fund. Birgit Hofreiter has a long time working experience in Business-to-Business and e-Government interoperability by working for the United Nations Center For Trade Facilitation and e-Business (UN/CEFACT) to develop standards and recommendations for interoperability used in interorganizational projects. In particular, she was contributor to UN/CEFACT’s Techniques and Methodologies Group (TMG) and in this role co-editor of UN/CEFACT’s Modeling Methodology – a UML-based approach towards B2B and e-Government system design. Birgit Hofreiter is on the PC/organizing committee of several major ebusiness related conferences. She is member of the steering committee of the IEEE Conference on Business Informatics (formerly Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing) as well as of the IEEE Technical Committee on Business Informatics Systems (formerly Electronic Commerce). Additionally, she is on the editorial board of community related journals.
Horak Daniel

Horak Daniel

Daniel Horak

Managing Partner & Co-Founder CONDA AG

Daniel Horak received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business informatics at the Fachhochschule Technikum Wien as well as a master’s degree in business management at FHWien. Already before CONDA, he gained experience in the field of business formation by founding a startup called Spoken...read more

Daniel Horak

Managing Partner & Co-Founder CONDA AG

Daniel Horak received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business informatics at the Fachhochschule Technikum Wien as well as a master’s degree in business management at FHWien. Already before CONDA, he gained experience in the field of business formation by founding a startup called Spoken Language System in 2007. Additionally, Daniel has worked as an IT and management consultant for several years. As Co-Founder and managing partner of CONDA, Daniel Horak is the driving force in the area of marketing and sales.
Houghtaling Chris

Houghtaling Chris

Chris Houghtaling

Interim CMO, consultant, coach, mentor and lecturer

Chris Houghtaling is a marketing, sales and performance management expert with 25 plus years of empowering teams and individuals to reach results beyond their own expectations. His experiences range from high-tech, pharmaceutical to service sectors. He holds a dual MBA degree in International...read more

Chris Houghtaling

Interim CMO, consultant, coach, mentor and lecturer

Chris Houghtaling is a marketing, sales and performance management expert with 25 plus years of empowering teams and individuals to reach results beyond their own expectations. His experiences range from high-tech, pharmaceutical to service sectors. He holds a dual MBA degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina, USA and the Business and Economics University of Vienna, Austria where he is a member of the International Alumni Board. Chris has been involved in finding new organizations and has also turned around several teams, raising them to high growth and profitability. In every position, Chris has focused on developing the people he worked with through an emphasis on coaching and consulting. He is passionate about letting his success be the success he brings to others. This passion has lead him to being a lecturer at three University of Applied Sciences and working with Start-ups since 2014 holding workshops, speaking and mentoring, including six category winners between Pioneers of the Balkans and the Pioneers Festival 2016.
Ischia Walter

Ischia Walter

Walter Ischia

Director of Business Development at I.E.C.T Herman Hauser

The „swiss army knife“ for founders. With his over 20 years doer background he combines the points of view of startups, investors and corporates. Walter loves to work hands on on strategy, financing, brand building and marketing challenges. Walter was co-founder of...read more

Walter Ischia

Director of Business Development at I.E.C.T Herman Hauser

The „swiss army knife“ for founders. With his over 20 years doer background he combines the points of view of startups, investors and corporates. Walter loves to work hands on on strategy, financing, brand building and marketing challenges. Walter was co-founder of phion in 2001, which had it's IPO in the year 2007.phion was then sold to Barracuda Networks in 2009.After his time working with phion Walter joined the Bank für Tirol and Vorarlberg where he started with sales and then became the group Marketing Manager.In 2014 Walter decided to be independent again and joined Hermann Hauser. In the last 4 years he worked with the IECT Hermann Hauser on the Austrian startup eco system and he was a member of Hermann's investment team.At the beginning of this year Walter started his company builder MAD Ventures. Together with five more serial entrepreneurs he will support young teams with scalable technologies to build sustainable business.
Jelly Jürgen

Jelly Jürgen

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

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

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

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

Kinsky Philipp

Philipp Kinsky

Founder & Partner Herbst Kinsky attorneys at law

Philipp Kinsky is founder and partner of Herbst Kinsky attorneys at law, a member of the Vienna mentoring group, involved in the startup business since over ten years and a very active Business Angel.

Philipp Kinsky

Founder & Partner Herbst Kinsky attorneys at law

Philipp Kinsky is founder and partner of Herbst Kinsky attorneys at law, a member of the Vienna mentoring group, involved in the startup business since over ten years and a very active Business Angel.
Kramer Mark A. M.

Kramer Mark A. M.

Mark A. M. Kramer

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr and Hagenberg

Mark A. M, Kramer is a Nomadic Researcher, Trans-disciplinary Lecturer and UX designer actively engaged in shaping nearfuture solutions to everyday sociotechnical problems. You will find Mark working at the intersections of...read more

Mark A. M. Kramer

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr and Hagenberg

Mark A. M, Kramer is a Nomadic Researcher, Trans-disciplinary Lecturer and UX designer actively engaged in shaping nearfuture solutions to everyday sociotechnical problems. You will find Mark working at the intersections of Marketing, Service Design and New-media experimentation. Mark has been a part of the i²c STARTacademy Family since the very beginning

Kreppel Stefan

Kreppel Stefan

Stefan Kreppel

Head of Open Innovation Palfinger 21st bei PALFINGER Group

Stefan Kreppel is one of the leading Austrian experts in the fields of innovation and digital transformation. Through his long experience he has a strong network with in the start-up ecosystem the venture capital and investment community and the digital Transformation...read more

Stefan Kreppel

Head of Open Innovation Palfinger 21st bei PALFINGER Group

Stefan Kreppel is one of the leading Austrian experts in the fields of innovation and digital transformation. Through his long experience he has a strong network with in the start-up ecosystem the venture capital and investment community and the digital Transformation ecosystem. Beside his job as Head of Open Innovation at Palfinger he acts as a start-up Mentor and Coach, Speaker at several events like the Pioneers Festival and is lecturer at the technical and economical university for the topics innovation and digital transformation, design thinking and business planning and finance. Based on his expertise in the varies fields of innovation he also deployed successfully with in his own inventions and ventures. Due to his expertise 2014 he was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the world economic forum. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and a Dipl.-Ing. in Civil Engineering.
Leindecker Wolfgang

Leindecker Wolfgang

Wolfgang Leindecker

Vice President Sales & Marketing Industrial, TTTech Computertechnik AG

Wolfgang Leindecker is currently responsible for the Business Unit Industrial at TTTech, focusing on Industrial IoT and Deterministic Networking. Previously, he successfully started up 2 new business units at Kapsch CarrierCom in the field of Internet of Things as Vice President M2M...read more

Wolfgang Leindecker

Vice President Sales & Marketing Industrial, TTTech Computertechnik AG

Wolfgang Leindecker is currently responsible for the Business Unit Industrial at TTTech, focusing on Industrial IoT and Deterministic Networking. Previously, he successfully started up 2 new business units at Kapsch CarrierCom in the field of Internet of Things as Vice President M2M & Public Transport, taking them to 25+ Mio EUR revenue within 3 years. Before joining Kapsch, Wolfgang Leindecker was COO of NextiraOne Austria. Wolfgang has gained some 20 years of experience in the IT, OT and telecommunications field with 15+ years in top management positions. He holds 2 degrees from the Technical University of Vienna as well as an MBA from the WU Vienna.
Nodale Alberto

Nodale Alberto

Alberto Nodale

Sales Coach and Speaker

Alberto Nodale, after founding his first startup at 22 and winning multiple awards in Europe, made his way into working with a rapidly growing Y-Combinator company. At Close.io he now helps sales people all over the world increase their sales as a Sales Executive. By learning...read more

Alberto Nodale

Sales Coach and Speaker

Alberto Nodale, after founding his first startup at 22 and winning multiple awards in Europe, made his way into working with a rapidly growing Y-Combinator company. At Close.io he now helps sales people all over the world increase their sales as a Sales Executive. By learning from the best in Silicon Valley, he has closed deals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and now also passes on his knowledge as a speaker and coach.
Ondrisek Thomas

Ondrisek Thomas

Thomas Ondrisek

CEO and associate of llynx electronic GmbH

Thomas Ondrisek, born 1975 in Vienna Education: • HTL electronics & telecommunications A-Vienna (Electronic Engineer) • business economics + Industrial Management University AVienna (1996 – now) • actual: master thesis on static wind analysis, Franz Wirl Professional background: • Director and Q-manager test-site EMC A 9500 Villach (1996-2005) • director...read more

Thomas Ondrisek

CEO and associate of llynx electronic GmbH

Thomas Ondrisek, born 1975 in Vienna Education: • HTL electronics & telecommunications A-Vienna (Electronic Engineer) • business economics + Industrial Management University AVienna (1996 – now) • actual: master thesis on static wind analysis, Franz Wirl Professional background: • Director and Q-manager test-site EMC A 9500 Villach (1996-2005) • director electronic development, CEO westiform GmbH (2005-2012) • CEO and associate of llynx electronic GmbH (2012-now) www.llynx.at
Pinter Alex

Pinter Alex

Alex Pinter

Co-Founder & CEO Trayn

Alex Pinter is co-founder of Trayn, a platform for strength and conditioning coaches to create fully individualized training programs for athletes faster and easier. It was officially launched in 2014 with selected professional sports teams in the US and Canada. Prior to that, he was a...read more

Alex Pinter

Co-Founder & CEO Trayn

Alex Pinter is co-founder of Trayn, a platform for strength and conditioning coaches to create fully individualized training programs for athletes faster and easier. It was officially launched in 2014 with selected professional sports teams in the US and Canada. Prior to that, he was a strategy consultant at Accenture for many years and worked with numerous international clients across Europe (main industry focus: consumer goods, retail, high-tech, and chemicals).
Rauhala Marjo

Rauhala Marjo

Marjo Rauhala

Research Ethics Coordinator TU Wien

Marjo Rauhala’s (social scientist, ethicist; PhD, MSSc., BA) research interests focus on the ethical dimensions of technology R&D, ageing, independent living and user involvement. In her work, Rauhala investigates theoretical and practical concerns in ethics and technology R&D in the engineering context. In studying ethical phenomena...read more

Marjo Rauhala

Research Ethics Coordinator TU Wien

Marjo Rauhala’s (social scientist, ethicist; PhD, MSSc., BA) research interests focus on the ethical dimensions of technology R&D, ageing, independent living and user involvement. In her work, Rauhala investigates theoretical and practical concerns in ethics and technology R&D in the engineering context. In studying ethical phenomena in their contexts she combines methods of empirical social research and more traditional academic ethics. Rauhala has broad experience in ethics ranging from academic philosophical research, ethics management in international and national cooperation projects, to cooperation with the Austrian Bioethics Commission and ethics screening and review as an ethics expert of the European Commission (HORIZON 2020 and FP7).
Sachsenhofer Wolfgang

Sachsenhofer Wolfgang

Wolfgang Sachsenhofer

Research Associate Energy Stratefy Think Tank

Wolfgang works at the Energy & Strategy Think Tank at WU Vienna collaborating with OMV AG and Wien Energie GmbH and researching business models and open innovation involving corporate venturing, acceleration and incubation. Beside building a venturing operation for a large corporate, he regularly...read more

Wolfgang Sachsenhofer

Research Associate Energy Stratefy Think Tank

Wolfgang works at the Energy & Strategy Think Tank at WU Vienna collaborating with OMV AG and Wien Energie GmbH and researching business models and open innovation involving corporate venturing, acceleration and incubation. Beside building a venturing operation for a large corporate, he regularly coaches early stage energy and technology startups. Before, Wolfgang spent some years consulting in the energy, telecoms and mobility industries. He conceptualized and taught an entrepreneurship courses, and is regularly in California to follow the latest technology developments.
Stangl Gerald

Stangl Gerald

Gerald Stangl

Co-Founder & Design Director mySugr

Since 2000 Gerald has been living and breathing entrepreneurship; before mySugr, he had co-founded two start-ups. Between those ventures, as a freelance consultant, he created the communication strategy and visual identity of dozens of other companies. During this period he designed interactive exhibitions for the Austrian...read more

Gerald Stangl

Co-Founder & Design Director mySugr

Since 2000 Gerald has been living and breathing entrepreneurship; before mySugr, he had co-founded two start-ups. Between those ventures, as a freelance consultant, he created the communication strategy and visual identity of dozens of other companies. During this period he designed interactive exhibitions for the Austrian Parliament and Federal Ministry of Agriculture, co-created the foundations for the on-air design for Red Bull’s first TV station (Servus TV), and backed Austria's two biggest advertising agencies in their digital strategy consultancy. Gerald has degrees in construction engineering & multimedia arts.
Tran Daniel

Tran Daniel

Daniel Tran

Lean Startup Evangelist, Design Thinker & Client Whisperer focussing on "B2B Marketing & Sales" & "Customer Development"

Daniel has more than 18 years of experience in marketing and sales in several industries (e.g. advertising, healthcare, IT, media). As a "Lean Startup Evangelist" and “Client Whisperer" Daniel’s focus is tracking and...read more

Daniel Tran

Lean Startup Evangelist, Design Thinker & Client Whisperer focussing on "B2B Marketing & Sales" & "Customer Development"

Daniel has more than 18 years of experience in marketing and sales in several industries (e.g. advertising, healthcare, IT, media). As a "Lean Startup Evangelist" and “Client Whisperer" Daniel’s focus is tracking and serving customers’ needs. Moreover as a good listener he is always eager to help and support companies in setting up a solid sales structure or developing new business fields. Daniel is convinced that closing deals is only a matter of the right moment if all needs are met. He believes in supporting entrepreneurs by questioning the latters about evaluating and validating the market(s). So Daniel doesn't need to judge their business model and restrict their potential. As an entrepreneur Daniel enjoys getting involved in various industries and breaking down specific goals into common and sober approaches. His passions are networking and connecting not only people but - of course - “the dots”. Currently he is serving clients in Austria, Germany, Switzerland as well as countries in CEE.
Wohlkinger Walter

Wohlkinger Walter

Walter Wohlkinger

CEO and Founder at Blue Danube Robotics

Walter is the CEO od Blue Danube Robotics a start-up dedicated to make working with robots safe. He did both his master and PhD at TU Wien and them continued working as a Post-Doc on the EU-Project Hobbit working on building an assistive...read more

Walter Wohlkinger

CEO and Founder at Blue Danube Robotics

Walter is the CEO od Blue Danube Robotics a start-up dedicated to make working with robots safe. He did both his master and PhD at TU Wien and them continued working as a Post-Doc on the EU-Project Hobbit working on building an assistive robot for elderly before starting Blue Danube Robotics in 2013.
Wutscher Werner

Wutscher Werner

Werner Wutscher

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting and Member of the Board of the Austrian Angel Investment Association

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting Werner Wutscher has many years of experience in leading positions in the public and private sector and has acquired a profound knowledge of management in...read more

Werner Wutscher

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting and Member of the Board of the Austrian Angel Investment Association

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting Werner Wutscher has many years of experience in leading positions in the public and private sector and has acquired a profound knowledge of management in complex organisations and holds numerous board functions. Due to its origins, it has always been closely linked to the agricultural sector and has a broad network in this sector. With the step into selfemployment, he gained experience as a business angel in founding seven start-ups ("Austrian Business Angel of the Year 2012"). With New Venture Scouting (founded in 2013), he combines this experience by combining start-ups and established companies.Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
Zimmermann Klaus

Zimmermann Klaus

Klaus Zimmermann

Danube BioSolutions

Klaus Zimmermann has broad expertise and many years of experience in the biotech and life science industry. These include recombinant proteins, plasma proteins, vaccines, cell cultures and analytics. Currently he is self-employed and advises well-known pharmaceutical companies but also start-ups. His services range from international GMP requirements, intellectual...read more

Klaus Zimmermann

Danube BioSolutions

Klaus Zimmermann has broad expertise and many years of experience in the biotech and life science industry. These include recombinant proteins, plasma proteins, vaccines, cell cultures and analytics. Currently he is self-employed and advises well-known pharmaceutical companies but also start-ups. His services range from international GMP requirements, intellectual property, business development, in-licencing, competitive intelligence, and tech transfer to biosafety.

Mentors and Lecturers i²c STARTacademy 2017

Altrichter Michael

Altrichter Michael

Michael Altrichter

Co-founder paysafecard.com, enthusiastic entrepreneur and Business Angel

Michael Altrichter was Business Angel of the Year 2014 and Impact Investor in Austria. Michael has a fascinating story to tell: Before becoming an investor Michael started Paysafecard and Payolution in the down‐fall of the Dot‐Com bubble. After selling his companies to the...read more

Michael Altrichter

Co-founder paysafecard.com, enthusiastic entrepreneur and Business Angel

Michael Altrichter was Business Angel of the Year 2014 and Impact Investor in Austria. Michael has a fascinating story to tell: Before becoming an investor Michael started Paysafecard and Payolution in the down‐fall of the Dot‐Com bubble. After selling his companies to the british company Skrill, he is now involved in wide range of internet Start‐Ups, for example rublys, wikifolio or Diagnosia. Those of you who followed i²c’s Public Lecture Serie in 2014 know Michael already as an inspiring person who has lots of insights to share and plenty of tips on how to get investors money. He is also well known for his deals on the start‐up show "2 Millionen in 2 Minuten" on Puls 4 as well as for discussions as panelist on the startup scene in Austria. Michael holds a degree in technical physics, is married and father of two. He is passionate about music and mountaineering.
Bittner Martin

Bittner Martin

Martin Bittner

Founding Partner at accoi partners GmbH

Before founding acccoi partners GmbH in 2016 Martin (52) built and lead Cisco’s Open Innovation Programs in EMEAR (‘Entrepreneurs in Residence’ and ‘ChallengeUp!’) where 22 Start Up’s in IoT have been incubated and accelerated in a 6 months cycle and got the opportunity for...read more

Martin Bittner

Founding Partner at accoi partners GmbH

Before founding acccoi partners GmbH in 2016 Martin (52) built and lead Cisco’s Open Innovation Programs in EMEAR (‘Entrepreneurs in Residence’ and ‘ChallengeUp!’) where 22 Start Up’s in IoT have been incubated and accelerated in a 6 months cycle and got the opportunity for co-working on a global scale with Cisco Business Units and partners (e.g. Intel and Dt. Telekom). For the Entrepreneurs he could contribute his experience in VC funding, Business Modeling & -Development and integration into Corporate Structures for growth while ensuring the Co- Innovation impact for Cisco and its partners. As member of Cisco’s ‘Founders Round Table’ he contributed with Thought Leadership to the Executive Board of Cisco. Also leading corporates in Finance (e.g. RBI), mobility (KAPSCH) and Agriculture (RWA-Lagerhaus, BayWa) adopted the acccoi innovation methodology. Martin joined Cisco with the acquisition of ‘SolveDirect’, the world’s largest Service Ticket Exchange which he co-founded in 2000 and served as CEO until the first acquisition by Brain Force Holding AG in 2007 where he then joined the leadership team. In 2010 SolveDirect was demerged again and Martin led the globalization until Cisco’s acquisition in 2013. Before founding SolveDirect, Martin held several management positions in IBM in the 90’s where he shaped the transformation of the IBM Services Business from Technical Support Services to IBM Global Services from a Go To Market and Sales perspective. Martin holds a degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and specialized in Computer Science, Marketing and Business Ethics. He guest lectured at the Department for E-Governance and Administration of Danube University. His international experience he gained with Matsushita (Japan), Euro Motorcars (US) and Schoeller Papier (Germany). He is an active supporter of AIESEC and mentors start-up entrepreneurs globally (e.g. GIN – Global Incubators Network). Martin lives in Vienna, Austria, and enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, travel and growing organic food.
Bulfon Christian

Bulfon Christian

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Cronin Daniel

Daniel Cronin

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

Daniel Cronin

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

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Eisler Michael

Eisler Michael

Michael Eisler

Serial entrepreneur, Co-founder & CEO @ Startup300

"Because experience is almost always parody of the idea, I share my experiences from 7 company foundations." Michael is born in 1980 and has been an entrepreneur for the past 16 years. The HTL Leonding graduate has co-founded the company DIG AG at...read more

Michael Eisler

Serial entrepreneur, Co-founder & CEO @ Startup300

"Because experience is almost always parody of the idea, I share my experiences from 7 company foundations." Michael is born in 1980 and has been an entrepreneur for the past 16 years. The HTL Leonding graduate has co-founded the company DIG AG at the age of 20, build up a team of 35 employees, won the market leadership in eProcurement in Austria and managed the exit in 2011. In 2010 he started the startup Wappwolf in parallel with the DropboxAutomator, generated 150,000 users with a medial wave, received 1m € in funding and also lived 2 years in California before the failure was inevitable. He accompanied Talenthouse in Los Angeles and in 2014 he tried the Talentland for the support of children in Linz. Since March 2015, he is working as a consultant for startups and is well connected in the startup scene. In December 2015 together with Bernhard Lehner he founded startup300 - home to 100+ business angels and currently 24 startup investments. With 7 company foundations and a mixture of success and failure, Michael is a "minefield of experience" in many areas.
Fassl Lisa

Fassl Lisa

Lisa Fassl

Managing Director Angel Investors Association (aaia)

Lisa-Marie Fassl is the Managing Director of the Austrian Angel Investors Association, Austria’s leading network for business angels which connects promising startups with investors. Before moving to Vienna, Lisa was an active member of the startup community in Styria, where she cofounded the npo...read more

Lisa Fassl

Managing Director Angel Investors Association (aaia)

Lisa-Marie Fassl is the Managing Director of the Austrian Angel Investors Association, Austria’s leading network for business angels which connects promising startups with investors. Before moving to Vienna, Lisa was an active member of the startup community in Styria, where she cofounded the npo IdeenTriebwerk Graz. During her studies she focused on Business Information Systems and Entrepreneurship, which led to various scientific studies on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Austria. Having experienced the Austrian startup community from different perspectives for several years, she’s continually co-founding new projects, her latest being femalefounders.at, a network for women in the startup community.
Franz Alexander

Franz Alexander

Alexander Franz

Product Portfolio Management and Agile Transformation Lead at RadarServices Smart IT-Security

Alexander Franz currently leads the Agile Transformation at RadarServices. RadarServices was recognized as one of FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies 2018 and as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2017. Before joining RadarServices, Alexander was XO to...read more

Alexander Franz

Product Portfolio Management and Agile Transformation Lead at RadarServices Smart IT-Security

Alexander Franz currently leads the Agile Transformation at RadarServices. RadarServices was recognized as one of FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies 2018 and as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2017. Before joining RadarServices, Alexander was XO to the CPO and founder at software company CELUM, a digital asset management provider recognized by Forrester Research. In total, Alexander has supported around 100 start-ups as self-employed innovation coach. Originally from Germany, Alexander came to Austria in 2002 to help build up the then new mobile operator DREI (“3”). Since then, he has shared his experience at universities by teaching case-based seminars on strategy and innovation in Germany and Austria. Alexander holds a business degree from Vienna’s WU and spent his exchange semester at Babson College near Boston, MA, one of the most highly ranked schools for entrepreneurship in the world.
Gombotz Dietmar

Gombotz Dietmar

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

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

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

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

Heiss Michael

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss

Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss is Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens. He studied Electrical Engineering at TU Wien, made a post-doc at MIT in Boston, started his industry career at Bosch. Since 1996 he is with Siemens in various leading...read more

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss

Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss is Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens. He studied Electrical Engineering at TU Wien, made a post-doc at MIT in Boston, started his industry career at Bosch. Since 1996 he is with Siemens in various leading positions for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology Management always with a focus on Open Innovation and Knowledge Networking. He is Vice Chair of IEEE Austria and Chair of the IEEE Technology Management Council, Chapter Central Europe.  
Jelly Jürgen

Jelly Jürgen

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

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

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

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

Kandler Florian

Florian Kandler

Fundraising Expert and Startup Mentor. 3-time Founder

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

Florian Kandler

Fundraising Expert and Startup Mentor. 3-time Founder

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

Karlusch Albrecht

Mag. Albrecht Karlusch MBA

Corporate Entrepreneur at PALFINGER

Albrecht Karlusch works as a Corporate Entrepreneur for PALFINGER. In this role he searchs for disruptive technologies and business models to create valuable spin-offs or joint ventures. After the successfull accquisition of the required technologies he acts as the CEO with the responsibility to...read more

Mag. Albrecht Karlusch MBA

Corporate Entrepreneur at PALFINGER

Albrecht Karlusch works as a Corporate Entrepreneur for PALFINGER. In this role he searchs for disruptive technologies and business models to create valuable spin-offs or joint ventures. After the successfull accquisition of the required technologies he acts as the CEO with the responsibility to set-up a team, realize business strategy, direct product development and enter markets. Previously he was a lecturer and researcher at the Department for Strategy and Innovation at Vienna University of Economics and Business. He taught innovation-related courses for students from different universities, such as from business school, technical university or medical university. Besides his activities at university, Albrecht Karlusch was an consultant for innovation projects and a reviewer in public funding programs. Before that he was the CEO of a tech company for more than six years, wherein he was responsible for the financials, the shareholder management and international relationships. In his time the company raised more than EUR 2,5 millions, built up production capacities in Romania and agreed a license partnership with a company in the United States. Albrecht Karlusch holds a bachelor and master degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Vienna. He completed a professional MBA program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at Danube University Krems. He also completed additional study programs at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (Asia Business Program), Technical University Munich, Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Entrepreneurship Programs).
Kramer Mark A. M.

Kramer Mark A. M.

Mark A. M. Kramer

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr and Hagenberg

Mark A. M, Kramer is a Nomadic Researcher, Trans-disciplinary Lecturer and UX designer actively engaged in shaping nearfuture solutions to everyday sociotechnical problems. You will find Mark working at the intersections of...read more

Mark A. M. Kramer

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr and Hagenberg

Mark A. M, Kramer is a Nomadic Researcher, Trans-disciplinary Lecturer and UX designer actively engaged in shaping nearfuture solutions to everyday sociotechnical problems. You will find Mark working at the intersections of Marketing, Service Design and New-media experimentation. Mark has been a part of the i²c STARTacademy Family since the very beginning

Kreppel Stefan

Kreppel Stefan

Stefan Kreppel

Head of Open Innovation Palfinger 21st bei PALFINGER Group

Stefan Kreppel is one of the leading Austrian experts in the fields of innovation and digital transformation. Through his long experience he has a strong network with in the start-up ecosystem the venture capital and investment community and the digital Transformation...read more

Stefan Kreppel

Head of Open Innovation Palfinger 21st bei PALFINGER Group

Stefan Kreppel is one of the leading Austrian experts in the fields of innovation and digital transformation. Through his long experience he has a strong network with in the start-up ecosystem the venture capital and investment community and the digital Transformation ecosystem. Beside his job as Head of Open Innovation at Palfinger he acts as a start-up Mentor and Coach, Speaker at several events like the Pioneers Festival and is lecturer at the technical and economical university for the topics innovation and digital transformation, design thinking and business planning and finance. Based on his expertise in the varies fields of innovation he also deployed successfully with in his own inventions and ventures. Due to his expertise 2014 he was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the world economic forum. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and a Dipl.-Ing. in Civil Engineering.
Mitteregger Werner

Mitteregger Werner

Werner Mitteregger

Managing Partner Gebrueder Stitch

Senior manager offering more than 25 years in general management and business development with a wide range of experience in sales, marketing, M&A and financial related tasks. Capable of leading propostion development for any B2B product group, business line, or market segment, developing new market territory...read more

Werner Mitteregger

Managing Partner Gebrueder Stitch

Senior manager offering more than 25 years in general management and business development with a wide range of experience in sales, marketing, M&A and financial related tasks. Capable of leading propostion development for any B2B product group, business line, or market segment, developing new market territory and organising and delivering strategic programs. Successful track record presenting revenue increases and company start-ups in West and Central Eastern Europe and strategic success. Collaborative dynamic leader who will assemble and motivate cross-functional teams, local or international.
Nouri Michael

Nouri Michael

Michael Nouri, MA

Founder and Managing Partner of cdc | Brandcreation

Michael Nouri, born in 1961 in Vienna, completed his education in Austria and USA. Creative Director in Vienna, New York and Shanghai. He supervised projects, among others for Erste Bank, T-Mobile, Vontobel, Expo Shanghai. He is the Founder and Managing Partner...read more

Michael Nouri, MA

Founder and Managing Partner of cdc | Brandcreation

Michael Nouri, born in 1961 in Vienna, completed his education in Austria and USA. Creative Director in Vienna, New York and Shanghai. He supervised projects, among others for Erste Bank, T-Mobile, Vontobel, Expo Shanghai. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of cdc | Brandcreation. • Activities: Positioning, intercultural communication, brand identity, communication design, • Teaching activity: • Lecturer at the University of Vienna / Journalism (Branding since 2006) • Various lectures (such as Shanghai University, Communication Design Dep.). • Education: Parson School of Design, NYC Communication Design Danube University Krems Dep. Intercultural Studies Master's course
Peruzzi Thomas

Peruzzi Thomas

Thomas Peruzzi

International Interims CxO, Angel Investor, Lecturer

Thomas Peruzzi acts as an advisor and board member to different tech companies all over the world and he invests in companies like shareIQ, adespresso, waytation and more. Tom often takes over CxO duties for digital native companies, supports large corporates in becoming digital...read more

Thomas Peruzzi

International Interims CxO, Angel Investor, Lecturer

Thomas Peruzzi acts as an advisor and board member to different tech companies all over the world and he invests in companies like shareIQ, adespresso, waytation and more. Tom often takes over CxO duties for digital native companies, supports large corporates in becoming digital and acts as an external lecturer on technical universities and he has run his own company -aicooma- for roughly 10 years.
Pinter Alex

Pinter Alex

Alex Pinter

Co-Founder & CEO Trayn

Alex Pinter is co-founder of Trayn, a platform for strength and conditioning coaches to create fully individualized training programs for athletes faster and easier. It was officially launched in 2014 with selected professional sports teams in the US and Canada. Prior to that, he was a...read more

Alex Pinter

Co-Founder & CEO Trayn

Alex Pinter is co-founder of Trayn, a platform for strength and conditioning coaches to create fully individualized training programs for athletes faster and easier. It was officially launched in 2014 with selected professional sports teams in the US and Canada. Prior to that, he was a strategy consultant at Accenture for many years and worked with numerous international clients across Europe (main industry focus: consumer goods, retail, high-tech, and chemicals).
Reitmayr Gerald

Reitmayr Gerald

Gerald Reitmayr

Partner & COO techbold technology group AG

Gerald Reitmayr is a senior executive in the electronics industry with a strong track record in General Management and Sales. He spent more than 20 years with the number one companies of their time, Sony and Samsung. Being one of the ‘founding members’...read more

Gerald Reitmayr

Partner & COO techbold technology group AG

Gerald Reitmayr is a senior executive in the electronics industry with a strong track record in General Management and Sales. He spent more than 20 years with the number one companies of their time, Sony and Samsung. Being one of the ‘founding members’ of Samsung Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia and Balkan region in 2006, he spent the last two years as Vice President and Head of Channel Group in Samsung Electronics Europe. Reporting to the European President & CEO, the role encompasses the Go to market strategy for Samsung’s 30 Bio EUR European Business as well as the top-2- top relationship with the largest European retailers and distributors. Gerald has a major passion to help phase-4 startups grow and scale. Currently he acts as an executive advisor to two startups: Swiss-based mila.com is revolutionizing customer service the same way Uber changed the transportation industry. Bernsteininnovation. com are Europe’s number one experts for high-end 3D printing. Gerald’s main role however is Partner & Chief Operating Officer with techbold technology group AG. This fast growing tech company is the only startup which all three of Austria’s most famous business angels chose for a joint investment: Stefan Kalteis, Hansi Hansmann and Michael Altrichter. Gerald holds a degree from Vienna University of Economics and is a certified Non Executive Director accredited by The Financial Times.
Spernbauer Christine

Spernbauer Christine

Christine Spernbauer

Program Director Impact Hub Vienna

Christine has more than five years of experience in the field of social entrepreneurship, innovation and venture acceleration. It is her passion to promote social change and diversity. Christine leads the Accelerate Circle of the Impact Hub Vienna, which focuses on the support of social...read more

Christine Spernbauer

Program Director Impact Hub Vienna

Christine has more than five years of experience in the field of social entrepreneurship, innovation and venture acceleration. It is her passion to promote social change and diversity. Christine leads the Accelerate Circle of the Impact Hub Vienna, which focuses on the support of social enterprises at all stages of development. She is responsible for programs that focus on renewable energy, mobility, urban development, integration or scaling, providing a detailed knowledge of the needs of (social) enterprises and their best possible support.

Mentors and Lecturers i²c STARTacademy 2016

Altrichter Michael

Altrichter Michael

Michael Altrichter

Co-founder paysafecard.com, enthusiastic entrepreneur and Business Angel

Michael Altrichter was Business Angel of the Year 2014 and Impact Investor in Austria. Michael has a fascinating story to tell: Before becoming an investor Michael started Paysafecard and Payolution in the down‐fall of the Dot‐Com bubble. After selling his companies to the...read more

Michael Altrichter

Co-founder paysafecard.com, enthusiastic entrepreneur and Business Angel

Michael Altrichter was Business Angel of the Year 2014 and Impact Investor in Austria. Michael has a fascinating story to tell: Before becoming an investor Michael started Paysafecard and Payolution in the down‐fall of the Dot‐Com bubble. After selling his companies to the british company Skrill, he is now involved in wide range of internet Start‐Ups, for example rublys, wikifolio or Diagnosia. Those of you who followed i²c’s Public Lecture Serie in 2014 know Michael already as an inspiring person who has lots of insights to share and plenty of tips on how to get investors money. He is also well known for his deals on the start‐up show "2 Millionen in 2 Minuten" on Puls 4 as well as for discussions as panelist on the startup scene in Austria. Michael holds a degree in technical physics, is married and father of two. He is passionate about music and mountaineering.
Bulfon Christian

Bulfon Christian

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Christian Bulfon

Operations & Machinery Expert and Business Angel

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

Cronin Daniel

Daniel Cronin

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

Daniel Cronin

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

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Ehrenfellner Katharina

Ehrenfellner Katharina

Katharina Ehrenfellner

CEO CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria

Katharina Ehrenfellner (Mag.) is CEO at CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria GmbH, the leading Austrian Crowdinvesting Platform. She graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2010, after spending her last term in Toronto, attending an Entrpreneurship MBA class at York University. In 2009, she co-founded...read more

Katharina Ehrenfellner

CEO CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria

Katharina Ehrenfellner (Mag.) is CEO at CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria GmbH, the leading Austrian Crowdinvesting Platform. She graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2010, after spending her last term in Toronto, attending an Entrpreneurship MBA class at York University. In 2009, she co-founded StartEurope, an initiative for fostering the European startup environment. She was responsible for coordinating IT projects as well as international marketing and sales strategies for a big online and offline retail company, before coming back to Vienna for her job at CONDA. Besides identifying and evaluating innovative business models for crowdinvesting campaigns, she is also a lecturer for entrepreneurship and early stage financing at FH Krems and Vorarlberg.
Fernández de Retana Carlos

Fernández de Retana Carlos

Carlos Fernández de Retana

Business Consultant, Entrepreneur and legal representative of INiTS

Carlos Fernández de Retana (Dipl.-Ing, CBA, CTE) is Business Consultant, Entrepreneur and legal representative of INiTS, an Incubator for innovative early stage StartUps. He has more than 20 years’ experience in international Management Consulting for Turnaround and Growth. He...read more

Carlos Fernández de Retana

Business Consultant, Entrepreneur and legal representative of INiTS

Carlos Fernández de Retana (Dipl.-Ing, CBA, CTE) is Business Consultant, Entrepreneur and legal representative of INiTS, an Incubator for innovative early stage StartUps. He has more than 20 years’ experience in international Management Consulting for Turnaround and Growth. He was Board Member at Cap Gemini Ernst and Young responsible for Strategy and Finance. For more than 10 years he runs his own Business and did Turnarounds and Growth Projects as CEO in the industrial sector in Europe. He graduated in mechanical engineering and economics at the Graz University of Technology and is certified business angel and turnaround expert.
Franz Alexander

Franz Alexander

Alexander Franz

Product Portfolio Management and Agile Transformation Lead at RadarServices Smart IT-Security

Alexander Franz currently leads the Agile Transformation at RadarServices. RadarServices was recognized as one of FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies 2018 and as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2017. Before joining RadarServices, Alexander was XO to...read more

Alexander Franz

Product Portfolio Management and Agile Transformation Lead at RadarServices Smart IT-Security

Alexander Franz currently leads the Agile Transformation at RadarServices. RadarServices was recognized as one of FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies 2018 and as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2017. Before joining RadarServices, Alexander was XO to the CPO and founder at software company CELUM, a digital asset management provider recognized by Forrester Research. In total, Alexander has supported around 100 start-ups as self-employed innovation coach. Originally from Germany, Alexander came to Austria in 2002 to help build up the then new mobile operator DREI (“3”). Since then, he has shared his experience at universities by teaching case-based seminars on strategy and innovation in Germany and Austria. Alexander holds a business degree from Vienna’s WU and spent his exchange semester at Babson College near Boston, MA, one of the most highly ranked schools for entrepreneurship in the world.
Garrido Nicolas Gonzalez

Garrido Nicolas Gonzalez

Nicolas Gonzalez Garrido

15 years of experience designing products for a wide range of clients

Nicolas Gonzalez Garrido 15 years of experience designing products for a wide range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in USA, South America,Europe and Asia. Nicolas has postgraduate studies in Strategic Design Management and in...read more

Nicolas Gonzalez Garrido

15 years of experience designing products for a wide range of clients

Nicolas Gonzalez Garrido 15 years of experience designing products for a wide range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in USA, South America,Europe and Asia. Nicolas has postgraduate studies in Strategic Design Management and in Marketing. He currently teaches Innovation and Creativity Techniques at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, is the founder of StudioKanso.com, Co-Founder of HardwareTribe.com, mentor at Startup Live and Hardware.CO.
Giesswein Martin

Giesswein Martin

Martin Giesswein

Co-founder, Society.Institute

Martin Giesswein has been active for ca. 15 years in the IT industry. He was General Manager at Nokia, successfully sold the Immobilien.net and is currently working in parallel  as a freelance author, lecturer, trainer and "Business Designer " with de focus Smart City Development, StartUps, exits, management and...read more

Martin Giesswein

Co-founder, Society.Institute

Martin Giesswein has been active for ca. 15 years in the IT industry. He was General Manager at Nokia, successfully sold the Immobilien.net and is currently working in parallel  as a freelance author, lecturer, trainer and "Business Designer " with de focus Smart City Development, StartUps, exits, management and overall marketing strategies.
Gombotz Dietmar

Gombotz Dietmar

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

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

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

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

Hansmann Hansi

Dr. Hansi Hansmann

President of the ‘Austrian Angels Investors Association‘

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...read more

Dr. Hansi Hansmann

President of the ‘Austrian Angels Investors Association‘

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 buyout of a big pharmaceutical plant, making an exit in 2003. Since this time he is active as investor and 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 30) include busuu (London), renesim (Munich), diagnosia, durchblicker, mysugr, whatchado, tractive, shpock, linemetrics, anyline, kiweno and pioneers (see www.hansmengroup.com). He led runtastic to an extraordinary exit in August 2015. He is president of the ‘Austrian Angels Investors Association’, is now based in Vienna and tries to find spare time to ride his mountain bike.
Hofreiter Birgit

Hofreiter Birgit

Birgit Hofreiter

Director TUW Innovation Incubation Center ( i²c) the CEO & founder TUW i²ncubator

Birgit Hofreiter is the Director of the of the cross-faculty TUW Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) and the CEO and founder of the TUW i²ncubator. From 2009 until 2011 Birgit was assistant professor at the Chair for Business...read more

Birgit Hofreiter

Director TUW Innovation Incubation Center ( i²c) the CEO & founder TUW i²ncubator

Birgit Hofreiter is the Director of the of the cross-faculty TUW Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) and the CEO and founder of the TUW i²ncubator. From 2009 until 2011 Birgit was assistant professor at the Chair for Business Process Management at the University of Liechtenstein. During that time, she was also Head of the Competence Center on Interorganizational Business Collaborations (CC-B2x) she set up. She finished her master in business informatics at Vienna University of Technology and she received a doctor’s degree from the University of Vienna. From 2006 until 2008 Birgit was a Post Doc Research Fellow at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) based on her research work in Business Informatics that was awarded with a FWF Erwin Schrödinger Grant (J2634-N15) by the Austrian Science Fund. Birgit Hofreiter has a long time working experience in Business-to-Business and e-Government interoperability by working for the United Nations Center For Trade Facilitation and e-Business (UN/CEFACT) to develop standards and recommendations for interoperability used in interorganizational projects. In particular, she was contributor to UN/CEFACT’s Techniques and Methodologies Group (TMG) and in this role co-editor of UN/CEFACT’s Modeling Methodology – a UML-based approach towards B2B and e-Government system design. Birgit Hofreiter is on the PC/organizing committee of several major ebusiness related conferences. She is member of the steering committee of the IEEE Conference on Business Informatics (formerly Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing) as well as of the IEEE Technical Committee on Business Informatics Systems (formerly Electronic Commerce). Additionally, she is on the editorial board of community related journals.
Horak Daniel

Horak Daniel

Daniel Horak

Managing Partner & Co-Founder CONDA AG

Daniel Horak received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business informatics at the Fachhochschule Technikum Wien as well as a master’s degree in business management at FHWien. Already before CONDA, he gained experience in the field of business formation by founding a startup called Spoken...read more

Daniel Horak

Managing Partner & Co-Founder CONDA AG

Daniel Horak received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business informatics at the Fachhochschule Technikum Wien as well as a master’s degree in business management at FHWien. Already before CONDA, he gained experience in the field of business formation by founding a startup called Spoken Language System in 2007. Additionally, Daniel has worked as an IT and management consultant for several years. As Co-Founder and managing partner of CONDA, Daniel Horak is the driving force in the area of marketing and sales.
Jelly Jürgen

Jelly Jürgen

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

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

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

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

Kramer Mark A. M.

Mark A. M. Kramer

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr and Hagenberg

Mark A. M, Kramer is a Nomadic Researcher, Trans-disciplinary Lecturer and UX designer actively engaged in shaping nearfuture solutions to everyday sociotechnical problems. You will find Mark working at the intersections of...read more

Mark A. M. Kramer

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr and Hagenberg

Mark A. M, Kramer is a Nomadic Researcher, Trans-disciplinary Lecturer and UX designer actively engaged in shaping nearfuture solutions to everyday sociotechnical problems. You will find Mark working at the intersections of Marketing, Service Design and New-media experimentation. Mark has been a part of the i²c STARTacademy Family since the very beginning

Kreppel Stefan

Kreppel Stefan

Stefan Kreppel

Head of Open Innovation Palfinger 21st bei PALFINGER Group

Stefan Kreppel is one of the leading Austrian experts in the fields of innovation and digital transformation. Through his long experience he has a strong network with in the start-up ecosystem the venture capital and investment community and the digital Transformation...read more

Stefan Kreppel

Head of Open Innovation Palfinger 21st bei PALFINGER Group

Stefan Kreppel is one of the leading Austrian experts in the fields of innovation and digital transformation. Through his long experience he has a strong network with in the start-up ecosystem the venture capital and investment community and the digital Transformation ecosystem. Beside his job as Head of Open Innovation at Palfinger he acts as a start-up Mentor and Coach, Speaker at several events like the Pioneers Festival and is lecturer at the technical and economical university for the topics innovation and digital transformation, design thinking and business planning and finance. Based on his expertise in the varies fields of innovation he also deployed successfully with in his own inventions and ventures. Due to his expertise 2014 he was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the world economic forum. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and a Dipl.-Ing. in Civil Engineering.
Perkmann Berger Stefan

Perkmann Berger Stefan

Perkmann Berger Stefan

Co-Founder, Managing Director WhatAVenture

Stefan has a strong research background in the field of open innovation and has been running many initiatives in the startup scene. He knows both the corporate and startup world to bring ideas to success. Stefan strongly believes in the positive synergies between startups and established...read more

Perkmann Berger Stefan

Co-Founder, Managing Director WhatAVenture

Stefan has a strong research background in the field of open innovation and has been running many initiatives in the startup scene. He knows both the corporate and startup world to bring ideas to success. Stefan strongly believes in the positive synergies between startups and established companies and loves to support technologies that make the world a better place.
Peruzzi Thomas

Peruzzi Thomas

Thomas Peruzzi

International Interims CxO, Angel Investor, Lecturer

Thomas Peruzzi acts as an advisor and board member to different tech companies all over the world and he invests in companies like shareIQ, adespresso, waytation and more. Tom often takes over CxO duties for digital native companies, supports large corporates in becoming digital...read more

Thomas Peruzzi

International Interims CxO, Angel Investor, Lecturer

Thomas Peruzzi acts as an advisor and board member to different tech companies all over the world and he invests in companies like shareIQ, adespresso, waytation and more. Tom often takes over CxO duties for digital native companies, supports large corporates in becoming digital and acts as an external lecturer on technical universities and he has run his own company -aicooma- for roughly 10 years.
Posch Gregor-Robert

Posch Gregor-Robert

Gregor-Robert Posch

Gregor-Robert Posch is project manager for start-up programs at the Vienna Business Agency and has more than 10 years experience as a business consultant in various industries and has supported several start-ups in the Creative Industries. The Vienna Business Agency offers financial support, real estate and urban development incentives...read more

Gregor-Robert Posch

Gregor-Robert Posch is project manager for start-up programs at the Vienna Business Agency and has more than 10 years experience as a business consultant in various industries and has supported several start-ups in the Creative Industries. The Vienna Business Agency offers financial support, real estate and urban development incentives as well as free service and advice for Viennese companies and founders. The objective is to strengthen Viennese entrepreneurs, companies and their innovative force. As a result, developing and sustaining the business location and strengthening the position in international competition.
Tschuchnig Peter

Tschuchnig Peter

Peter Tschuchnig

Start-up Consultant @ INiTS Universitäres Gründerservice GmbH (2009-heute)

Key Issues • information and communication technology • strategy consulting • business model development • High Tech Marketing 2007 – 2009: Consultant, "Open Innovation" Innovationsmanagement 2007 – 2009: MBA Entreprenuership and Innovation, WU/TU Vienna 1999 – 2007: Product Management, Product Group Manager at Telekom Austria AG,...read more

Peter Tschuchnig

Start-up Consultant @ INiTS Universitäres Gründerservice GmbH (2009-heute)

Key Issues • information and communication technology • strategy consulting • business model development • High Tech Marketing 2007 – 2009: Consultant, "Open Innovation" Innovationsmanagement 2007 – 2009: MBA Entreprenuership and Innovation, WU/TU Vienna 1999 – 2007: Product Management, Product Group Manager at Telekom Austria AG, www.telekom.at Education: WU Wien, MBA "Entrepreneurship und Innovation".
Wutscher Werner

Wutscher Werner

Werner Wutscher

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting and Member of the Board of the Austrian Angel Investment Association

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting Werner Wutscher has many years of experience in leading positions in the public and private sector and has acquired a profound knowledge of management in...read more

Werner Wutscher

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting and Member of the Board of the Austrian Angel Investment Association

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting Werner Wutscher has many years of experience in leading positions in the public and private sector and has acquired a profound knowledge of management in complex organisations and holds numerous board functions. Due to its origins, it has always been closely linked to the agricultural sector and has a broad network in this sector. With the step into selfemployment, he gained experience as a business angel in founding seven start-ups ("Austrian Business Angel of the Year 2012"). With New Venture Scouting (founded in 2013), he combines this experience by combining start-ups and established companies.Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

Mentors and Lecturers i²c STARTacademy 2015

Altrichter Michael

Altrichter Michael

Michael Altrichter

Co-founder paysafecard.com, enthusiastic entrepreneur and Business Angel

Michael Altrichter was Business Angel of the Year 2014 and Impact Investor in Austria. Michael has a fascinating story to tell: Before becoming an investor Michael started Paysafecard and Payolution in the down‐fall of the Dot‐Com bubble. After selling his companies to the...read more

Michael Altrichter

Co-founder paysafecard.com, enthusiastic entrepreneur and Business Angel

Michael Altrichter was Business Angel of the Year 2014 and Impact Investor in Austria. Michael has a fascinating story to tell: Before becoming an investor Michael started Paysafecard and Payolution in the down‐fall of the Dot‐Com bubble. After selling his companies to the british company Skrill, he is now involved in wide range of internet Start‐Ups, for example rublys, wikifolio or Diagnosia. Those of you who followed i²c’s Public Lecture Serie in 2014 know Michael already as an inspiring person who has lots of insights to share and plenty of tips on how to get investors money. He is also well known for his deals on the start‐up show "2 Millionen in 2 Minuten" on Puls 4 as well as for discussions as panelist on the startup scene in Austria. Michael holds a degree in technical physics, is married and father of two. He is passionate about music and mountaineering.
Cronin Daniel

Cronin Daniel

Daniel Cronin

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

Daniel Cronin

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

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter

Director of Innovation Incubation Center

Ehrenfellner Katharina

Ehrenfellner Katharina

Katharina Ehrenfellner

CEO CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria

Katharina Ehrenfellner (Mag.) is CEO at CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria GmbH, the leading Austrian Crowdinvesting Platform. She graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2010, after spending her last term in Toronto, attending an Entrpreneurship MBA class at York University. In 2009, she co-founded...read more

Katharina Ehrenfellner

CEO CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria

Katharina Ehrenfellner (Mag.) is CEO at CONDA Crowdinvesting Austria GmbH, the leading Austrian Crowdinvesting Platform. She graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2010, after spending her last term in Toronto, attending an Entrpreneurship MBA class at York University. In 2009, she co-founded StartEurope, an initiative for fostering the European startup environment. She was responsible for coordinating IT projects as well as international marketing and sales strategies for a big online and offline retail company, before coming back to Vienna for her job at CONDA. Besides identifying and evaluating innovative business models for crowdinvesting campaigns, she is also a lecturer for entrepreneurship and early stage financing at FH Krems and Vorarlberg.
Eisler Michael

Eisler Michael

Michael Eisler

Serial entrepreneur, Co-founder & CEO @ Startup300

"Because experience is almost always parody of the idea, I share my experiences from 7 company foundations." Michael is born in 1980 and has been an entrepreneur for the past 16 years. The HTL Leonding graduate has co-founded the company DIG AG at...read more

Michael Eisler

Serial entrepreneur, Co-founder & CEO @ Startup300

"Because experience is almost always parody of the idea, I share my experiences from 7 company foundations." Michael is born in 1980 and has been an entrepreneur for the past 16 years. The HTL Leonding graduate has co-founded the company DIG AG at the age of 20, build up a team of 35 employees, won the market leadership in eProcurement in Austria and managed the exit in 2011. In 2010 he started the startup Wappwolf in parallel with the DropboxAutomator, generated 150,000 users with a medial wave, received 1m € in funding and also lived 2 years in California before the failure was inevitable. He accompanied Talenthouse in Los Angeles and in 2014 he tried the Talentland for the support of children in Linz. Since March 2015, he is working as a consultant for startups and is well connected in the startup scene. In December 2015 together with Bernhard Lehner he founded startup300 - home to 100+ business angels and currently 24 startup investments. With 7 company foundations and a mixture of success and failure, Michael is a "minefield of experience" in many areas.
Fernández de Retana Carlos

Fernández de Retana Carlos

Carlos Fernández de Retana

Business Consultant, Entrepreneur and legal representative of INiTS

Carlos Fernández de Retana (Dipl.-Ing, CBA, CTE) is Business Consultant, Entrepreneur and legal representative of INiTS, an Incubator for innovative early stage StartUps. He has more than 20 years’ experience in international Management Consulting for Turnaround and Growth. He...read more

Carlos Fernández de Retana

Business Consultant, Entrepreneur and legal representative of INiTS

Carlos Fernández de Retana (Dipl.-Ing, CBA, CTE) is Business Consultant, Entrepreneur and legal representative of INiTS, an Incubator for innovative early stage StartUps. He has more than 20 years’ experience in international Management Consulting for Turnaround and Growth. He was Board Member at Cap Gemini Ernst and Young responsible for Strategy and Finance. For more than 10 years he runs his own Business and did Turnarounds and Growth Projects as CEO in the industrial sector in Europe. He graduated in mechanical engineering and economics at the Graz University of Technology and is certified business angel and turnaround expert.
Garrido Nicolas Gonzalez

Garrido Nicolas Gonzalez

Nicolas Gonzalez Garrido

15 years of experience designing products for a wide range of clients

Nicolas Gonzalez Garrido 15 years of experience designing products for a wide range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in USA, South America,Europe and Asia. Nicolas has postgraduate studies in Strategic Design Management and in...read more

Nicolas Gonzalez Garrido

15 years of experience designing products for a wide range of clients

Nicolas Gonzalez Garrido 15 years of experience designing products for a wide range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in USA, South America,Europe and Asia. Nicolas has postgraduate studies in Strategic Design Management and in Marketing. He currently teaches Innovation and Creativity Techniques at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, is the founder of StudioKanso.com, Co-Founder of HardwareTribe.com, mentor at Startup Live and Hardware.CO.
Gombotz Dietmar

Gombotz Dietmar

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

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

Dietmar Gombotz

Co-founder UGP materials Entrepreneur in Residence TUW i²ncubator

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

Hofreiter Birgit

Birgit Hofreiter

Director TUW Innovation Incubation Center ( i²c) the CEO & founder TUW i²ncubator

Birgit Hofreiter is the Director of the of the cross-faculty TUW Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) and the CEO and founder of the TUW i²ncubator. From 2009 until 2011 Birgit was assistant professor at the Chair for Business...read more

Birgit Hofreiter

Director TUW Innovation Incubation Center ( i²c) the CEO & founder TUW i²ncubator

Birgit Hofreiter is the Director of the of the cross-faculty TUW Innovation Incubation Center (i²c) and the CEO and founder of the TUW i²ncubator. From 2009 until 2011 Birgit was assistant professor at the Chair for Business Process Management at the University of Liechtenstein. During that time, she was also Head of the Competence Center on Interorganizational Business Collaborations (CC-B2x) she set up. She finished her master in business informatics at Vienna University of Technology and she received a doctor’s degree from the University of Vienna. From 2006 until 2008 Birgit was a Post Doc Research Fellow at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) based on her research work in Business Informatics that was awarded with a FWF Erwin Schrödinger Grant (J2634-N15) by the Austrian Science Fund. Birgit Hofreiter has a long time working experience in Business-to-Business and e-Government interoperability by working for the United Nations Center For Trade Facilitation and e-Business (UN/CEFACT) to develop standards and recommendations for interoperability used in interorganizational projects. In particular, she was contributor to UN/CEFACT’s Techniques and Methodologies Group (TMG) and in this role co-editor of UN/CEFACT’s Modeling Methodology – a UML-based approach towards B2B and e-Government system design. Birgit Hofreiter is on the PC/organizing committee of several major ebusiness related conferences. She is member of the steering committee of the IEEE Conference on Business Informatics (formerly Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing) as well as of the IEEE Technical Committee on Business Informatics Systems (formerly Electronic Commerce). Additionally, she is on the editorial board of community related journals.
Horak Daniel

Horak Daniel

Daniel Horak

Managing Partner & Co-Founder CONDA AG

Daniel Horak received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business informatics at the Fachhochschule Technikum Wien as well as a master’s degree in business management at FHWien. Already before CONDA, he gained experience in the field of business formation by founding a startup called Spoken...read more

Daniel Horak

Managing Partner & Co-Founder CONDA AG

Daniel Horak received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business informatics at the Fachhochschule Technikum Wien as well as a master’s degree in business management at FHWien. Already before CONDA, he gained experience in the field of business formation by founding a startup called Spoken Language System in 2007. Additionally, Daniel has worked as an IT and management consultant for several years. As Co-Founder and managing partner of CONDA, Daniel Horak is the driving force in the area of marketing and sales.
Jelly Jürgen

Jelly Jürgen

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

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

Jürgen Jelly

Entrepreneur, Generalist, Private Equity and Venture Capital

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

Kramer Mark A. M.

Mark A. M. Kramer

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr and Hagenberg

Mark A. M, Kramer is a Nomadic Researcher, Trans-disciplinary Lecturer and UX designer actively engaged in shaping nearfuture solutions to everyday sociotechnical problems. You will find Mark working at the intersections of...read more

Mark A. M. Kramer

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr and Hagenberg

Mark A. M, Kramer is a Nomadic Researcher, Trans-disciplinary Lecturer and UX designer actively engaged in shaping nearfuture solutions to everyday sociotechnical problems. You will find Mark working at the intersections of Marketing, Service Design and New-media experimentation. Mark has been a part of the i²c STARTacademy Family since the very beginning

Kreppel Stefan

Kreppel Stefan

Stefan Kreppel

Head of Open Innovation Palfinger 21st bei PALFINGER Group

Stefan Kreppel is one of the leading Austrian experts in the fields of innovation and digital transformation. Through his long experience he has a strong network with in the start-up ecosystem the venture capital and investment community and the digital Transformation...read more

Stefan Kreppel

Head of Open Innovation Palfinger 21st bei PALFINGER Group

Stefan Kreppel is one of the leading Austrian experts in the fields of innovation and digital transformation. Through his long experience he has a strong network with in the start-up ecosystem the venture capital and investment community and the digital Transformation ecosystem. Beside his job as Head of Open Innovation at Palfinger he acts as a start-up Mentor and Coach, Speaker at several events like the Pioneers Festival and is lecturer at the technical and economical university for the topics innovation and digital transformation, design thinking and business planning and finance. Based on his expertise in the varies fields of innovation he also deployed successfully with in his own inventions and ventures. Due to his expertise 2014 he was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the world economic forum. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and a Dipl.-Ing. in Civil Engineering.
Perkmann Berger Stefan

Perkmann Berger Stefan

Perkmann Berger Stefan

Co-Founder, Managing Director WhatAVenture

Stefan has a strong research background in the field of open innovation and has been running many initiatives in the startup scene. He knows both the corporate and startup world to bring ideas to success. Stefan strongly believes in the positive synergies between startups and established...read more

Perkmann Berger Stefan

Co-Founder, Managing Director WhatAVenture

Stefan has a strong research background in the field of open innovation and has been running many initiatives in the startup scene. He knows both the corporate and startup world to bring ideas to success. Stefan strongly believes in the positive synergies between startups and established companies and loves to support technologies that make the world a better place.
Peruzzi Thomas

Peruzzi Thomas

Thomas Peruzzi

International Interims CxO, Angel Investor, Lecturer

Thomas Peruzzi acts as an advisor and board member to different tech companies all over the world and he invests in companies like shareIQ, adespresso, waytation and more. Tom often takes over CxO duties for digital native companies, supports large corporates in becoming digital...read more

Thomas Peruzzi

International Interims CxO, Angel Investor, Lecturer

Thomas Peruzzi acts as an advisor and board member to different tech companies all over the world and he invests in companies like shareIQ, adespresso, waytation and more. Tom often takes over CxO duties for digital native companies, supports large corporates in becoming digital and acts as an external lecturer on technical universities and he has run his own company -aicooma- for roughly 10 years.
Posch Gregor-Robert

Posch Gregor-Robert

Gregor-Robert Posch

Gregor-Robert Posch is project manager for start-up programs at the Vienna Business Agency and has more than 10 years experience as a business consultant in various industries and has supported several start-ups in the Creative Industries. The Vienna Business Agency offers financial support, real estate and urban development incentives...read more

Gregor-Robert Posch

Gregor-Robert Posch is project manager for start-up programs at the Vienna Business Agency and has more than 10 years experience as a business consultant in various industries and has supported several start-ups in the Creative Industries. The Vienna Business Agency offers financial support, real estate and urban development incentives as well as free service and advice for Viennese companies and founders. The objective is to strengthen Viennese entrepreneurs, companies and their innovative force. As a result, developing and sustaining the business location and strengthening the position in international competition.
Tschuchnig Peter

Tschuchnig Peter

Peter Tschuchnig

Start-up Consultant @ INiTS Universitäres Gründerservice GmbH (2009-heute)

Key Issues • information and communication technology • strategy consulting • business model development • High Tech Marketing 2007 – 2009: Consultant, "Open Innovation" Innovationsmanagement 2007 – 2009: MBA Entreprenuership and Innovation, WU/TU Vienna 1999 – 2007: Product Management, Product Group Manager at Telekom Austria AG,...read more

Peter Tschuchnig

Start-up Consultant @ INiTS Universitäres Gründerservice GmbH (2009-heute)

Key Issues • information and communication technology • strategy consulting • business model development • High Tech Marketing 2007 – 2009: Consultant, "Open Innovation" Innovationsmanagement 2007 – 2009: MBA Entreprenuership and Innovation, WU/TU Vienna 1999 – 2007: Product Management, Product Group Manager at Telekom Austria AG, www.telekom.at Education: WU Wien, MBA "Entrepreneurship und Innovation".
Wutscher Werner

Wutscher Werner

Werner Wutscher

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting and Member of the Board of the Austrian Angel Investment Association

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting Werner Wutscher has many years of experience in leading positions in the public and private sector and has acquired a profound knowledge of management in...read more

Werner Wutscher

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting and Member of the Board of the Austrian Angel Investment Association

Founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting Werner Wutscher has many years of experience in leading positions in the public and private sector and has acquired a profound knowledge of management in complex organisations and holds numerous board functions. Due to its origins, it has always been closely linked to the agricultural sector and has a broad network in this sector. With the step into selfemployment, he gained experience as a business angel in founding seven start-ups ("Austrian Business Angel of the Year 2012"). With New Venture Scouting (founded in 2013), he combines this experience by combining start-ups and established companies.Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator