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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.
Ametsreiter Marie-Helene

Ametsreiter Marie-Helene

Marie-Helene Ametsreiter

Partner SpeedInvest

Marie-Helene Ametsreiter studied Business Administration in Vienna and California, US. She obtained deep experience in the Telecom field working for sixteen years with Telekom Austria Group in different Marketing and General Management positions. During that time she was the President of the management board of VIPnet, the first...read more

Marie-Helene Ametsreiter

Partner SpeedInvest

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

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.
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".
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.
Frauenberger Christopher

Frauenberger Christopher

Christopher Frauenberger

Senior Researcher Human Computer Interaction Group Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology

I am an academic researcher in Interaction Design, residing in Vienna and leading a research project on designing technology with autistic children - thinking OutsideTheBox. My main disciplinary fields are Human-Computer Interaction (e.g. Workshop Co-Chair at CHI2017),...read more

Christopher Frauenberger

Senior Researcher Human Computer Interaction Group Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology

I am an academic researcher in Interaction Design, residing in Vienna and leading a research project on designing technology with autistic children - thinking OutsideTheBox. My main disciplinary fields are Human-Computer Interaction (e.g. Workshop Co-Chair at CHI2017), Interaction Design and Children (e.g., Associate Editor of the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction), Participatory Design (e.g., member of the PDC Advisory Board), and Ethics (e.g., member of the ACM SIGCHI Ethics board), but I also venture into assistive technologies, disability studies, philosophy, social sciences, design research, ubiquitous computing, active-assistive living amongst others. As a father of two I am sleep deprived, but typically well behaved. I cycle, cook, climb and take coffee a little too seriously.
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.
Gartner Herbert

Gartner Herbert

Herbert Gartner

Herbert Gartner is a serial entrepreneur & business angel investing smart and hard capital in Austrian high-tech productcompanies; focusing on electronics, mechatronics and ICT start-ups with strong growth potentials.

Herbert Gartner

Herbert Gartner is a serial entrepreneur & business angel investing smart and hard capital in Austrian high-tech productcompanies; focusing on electronics, mechatronics and ICT start-ups with strong growth potentials.
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.
Gschwandtner Florian

Gschwandtner Florian

Gschwandtner Florian

CEO and Co-Founder of Runtastic

Gschwandtner Florian is CEO and Co-Founder of Runtastic. Runtastic combines mobile applications, proprietary hardware & the services of Runtastic.com to create a comprehensive fitness and health ecosystem that enables users to track daily activities, monitor progress and achieve personal goals. Florian studied Mobile Computing in...read more

Gschwandtner Florian

CEO and Co-Founder of Runtastic

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

Hauser Hermann

Dr. Hermann Hauser

Engineer, Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist

Dr. Hermann Hauser is an Austrian engineer, computer and venture capital entrepreneur living in Great Britain. He played a central role in the foundation of various enterprises in the British Silicon Valley (Silicon Fen) near Cambridge. As a student, Hauser attended a language school...read more

Dr. Hermann Hauser

Engineer, Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist

Dr. Hermann Hauser is an Austrian engineer, computer and venture capital entrepreneur living in Great Britain. He played a central role in the foundation of various enterprises in the British Silicon Valley (Silicon Fen) near Cambridge. As a student, Hauser attended a language school in Cambridge. He studied Physics at the University of Vienna (diploma degree) and in Cambridge, where he earned his PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory. He is probably most well-known for his contribution to the formation of Acorn with Chris Curry in 1978. The company developed personal computers in Great Britain, among others the BBC Micro, which was more successful than Apple in England in the 80’s and brought him the nickname "British Steve Jobs". Founded with only 100 pounds, the company’s stock market value was 200 million within five years. He co-founded the chip designer ARM, whose technology is in almost all smartphones and tablets and was the biggest competitor of Apple back then. Recently, the company was sold for 28 billion euros. He founded his companies in Cambridge and thus laid the cornerstone for the popularity of technology in this area and the foundation of the British Silicon Valley. Today, the Silicon Fen in Cambridge is a flourishing start-up cluster with 1,500 high-tech companies in the fields of software, electronics and biotechnology. Hermann Hauser also played a dominant role as a venture capitalist in space Cambridge. For this purpose, he founded in 1997 Amadeus Capital Partners to invest in technology companies at all stages. He is the engine of the I.E.C.T. Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge – Tirol and has become a figurehead of successful entrepreneurship.
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.
Izdebski Damian

Izdebski Damian

Damian Izdebski

Founder techbold technology group

Damian Izdebski born in Poland in 1976, moved to Austria with his family in 1992. After studying four semesters economic computer science at the Technical University of Vienna, he was working as a software developer and later as a self-employed IT technician. In 1999 at the...read more

Damian Izdebski

Founder techbold technology group

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

Kalteis Stefan

Stefan Kalteis

Business Angel & serial entrepreneur

Stefan Kalteis is a serial entrepreneur and (co-) founder of i.a. 123people, payolution and allaboutapps. Since October 2015 he is as the owner and managing director of blaulichtSMS also active in the “old economy”. As an active investor he was and is engaged in Runtastic,...read more

Stefan Kalteis

Business Angel & serial entrepreneur

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

Klaffl Carina

Carina Klaffl

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

Carina Klaffl

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

Klaus-M. Schremser

Klaus-M. Schremser

Head of Growth at Usersnap

Klaus-M. Schremser is a serial entrepreneur, who literally founded his first company in a garage together with two friends. In 12 years he learned many of his skills by sliding through almost all positions in his company like professional services, product development, sales, marketing, finance,...read more

Klaus-M. Schremser

Head of Growth at Usersnap

Klaus-M. Schremser is a serial entrepreneur, who literally founded his first company in a garage together with two friends. In 12 years he learned many of his skills by sliding through almost all positions in his company like professional services, product development, sales, marketing, finance, legal and funding. His company got acquired as the leading Content Management Software vendor in Austria with 40 employees. A side project, Wikidocs, providing collaborative real-time editing for HTML, which was also recognized by basecamp and Dropbox, got acquired after only 18 months by Atlassian, the Australian software company of Jira & Confluence. The last 3 years he invested into enhancing his knowledge in sales & growth hacking as he believes that traction (revenue) is the main problem of startups. Now he's helping companies to increase their growth.
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.
Kriglstein Simone

Kriglstein Simone

Simone Kriglstein

Postdoc Human Computer Interaction Group Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology

Simone Kriglstein, studied computer science at the Vienna University of Technology and graduated with distinction in 2005. Her thesis dealt with “Visual Perception and Interface Design”. She received her Doctoral degree (Dr. techn., Computer Science, with distinction) from...read more

Simone Kriglstein

Postdoc Human Computer Interaction Group Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology

Simone Kriglstein, studied computer science at the Vienna University of Technology and graduated with distinction in 2005. Her thesis dealt with “Visual Perception and Interface Design”. She received her Doctoral degree (Dr. techn., Computer Science, with distinction) from the University of Vienna in 2011. In her doctoral thesis she described an approach to the development process for ontology visualizations aided by human-centered design. From 2005 to 2007 she worked as Usability Engineer Consultant/User Interface Designer for several companies. Between 2007 and 2011 she worked at the University of Vienna as research assistant and teaching staff member (Faculty of Computer Science, Research Group Workflow Systems and Technology). Since 2011, she has worked on several projects at the University of Vienna (e.g., OCIS, Viz4PAIS, playthenet) and the Vienna University of Technology (e.g., CVAST). Between 2012 and 2014 she also worked as postdoctoral researcher at SBA Research. Resourceful and proactive, she specializes in designing and evaluating of user interfaces and interaction methods in different fields, e.g. visualizations and games, to provide utility and user-friendly design concepts. Her work has been published in international journals as well as conference and workshop proceedings, e.g. ACM SIGCHI.
Kyle Borchardt

Kyle Borchardt

Kyle Borchardt

Creating the ultimate employee experience. Head of People @ Braintribe. Culture Change. People Data. Engagement.

I am a passionate People Leader who has worked in a variety of people-centric roles across the United States and Europe. I pride myself on a successful track record of helping startups and early-growth companies...read more

Kyle Borchardt

Creating the ultimate employee experience. Head of People @ Braintribe. Culture Change. People Data. Engagement.

I am a passionate People Leader who has worked in a variety of people-centric roles across the United States and Europe. I pride myself on a successful track record of helping startups and early-growth companies foster a dynamic culture via an end-to-end employee experience program while scaling smartly, shaping them for future success.
Michael Kräftner

Michael Kräftner

Michael Kräftner

CEO of Celum, Co-founder & Advisor contidio GmbH and Chief Investment Officer at Cellian Ventures

Michael Kräftner is a serial entrepreneur who started at the early age of 21 his entrepreneurial career. He is a strong believer in people and has created a culture where people are encouraged to achieve...read more

Michael Kräftner

CEO of Celum, Co-founder & Advisor contidio GmbH and Chief Investment Officer at Cellian Ventures

Michael Kräftner is a serial entrepreneur who started at the early age of 21 his entrepreneurial career. He is a strong believer in people and has created a culture where people are encouraged to achieve goals they never thought they could achieve. We will together discover how he recruits these persons and manages to instill an empowering culture in his organization.
Nikkhoo Ivan

Nikkhoo Ivan

Ivan Nikkhoo MBA, BSc

Founder and Managing Partner at Navigate Ventures

Ivan Nikkhoo is the Founder and Managing Partner at Navigate Ventures, an early growth stage venture fund focused on Software, AI, Data & Analytics and Consumer Internet. Ivan brings significant experience, deep domain expertise, and a broad base of contacts and...read more

Ivan Nikkhoo MBA, BSc

Founder and Managing Partner at Navigate Ventures

Ivan Nikkhoo is the Founder and Managing Partner at Navigate Ventures, an early growth stage venture fund focused on Software, AI, Data & Analytics and Consumer Internet. Ivan brings significant experience, deep domain expertise, and a broad base of contacts and resources to his portfolio companies. Ivan is also an Adjunct Professor at USC Marshall School of Business where he teaches classes on raising capital, venture capital, private equity, entrepreneurship, eCommerce, social media, and founding successful startups. Ivan has deep domain expertise in software and SaaS, eCommerce, marketplaces, platforms, Internet. He has an extensive background in venture capital, private equity, operations & management, sales & marketing, and tech M&A. He has a strong global network with long-standing VC, PEG, and CEO level relationships and regularly hosts a series of Tech CEO Dinners in several cities. He has lectured at several universities around the world. Mr. Nikkhoo received his MBA from USC Marshall School of Business and his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from McGill University. He has completed executive education programs at HBS and Stanford and is a General Securities Principal licensed with FINRA/SIPC.
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 Stefan

Peruzzi Stefan

Stefan Peruzzi

Agile coach bei efectus GmbH.

After studying Wirtschaftspädagogik at the Johannes-Kepler-University in Linz I was in sales for 15 years. I not only learned how important it is to listen to customers but also how emotions drive our behavior and decisions. At the beginning of 2017 I literally stumbled over...read more

Stefan Peruzzi

Agile coach bei efectus GmbH.

After studying Wirtschaftspädagogik at the Johannes-Kepler-University in Linz I was in sales for 15 years. I not only learned how important it is to listen to customers but also how emotions drive our behavior and decisions. At the beginning of 2017 I literally stumbled over agile development and was intrigued right away by its focus on people, learning and quality. So with the help of Wolfgang Seidler I became an agile coach who knows that it’s more about the mindset and values than processes or rules.
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).
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.
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.
Rippitsch Lukas

Rippitsch Lukas

Rippitsch Lukas

MSc, SCPM, Managing Partner

Lukas Rippitsch as a managing director, aims to help his team to constantly outperform stakeholder expectation with a clear focus on making processes more efficient and to guarantee client satisfaction. Having started his career in the investment banking sector, Lukas discovered his passion for combining big...read more

Rippitsch Lukas

MSc, SCPM, Managing Partner

Lukas Rippitsch as a managing director, aims to help his team to constantly outperform stakeholder expectation with a clear focus on making processes more efficient and to guarantee client satisfaction. Having started his career in the investment banking sector, Lukas discovered his passion for combining big chunks of data, econometrics and his social skills to solve complex solutions. A set of forensic skills, translation skills (software engineering team vs. normal people) and a good sense of diplomacy are the pillars of this professional career.
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.
Sityodtong Chatri

Sityodtong Chatri

Chatri Sityodtong

Serial entrepreneur and martial artist from Thailand

Chatri Sityodtong is an entrepreneur and martial artist from Thailand. A self-made Harvard MBA entrepreneur, Sityodtong and his rags-to-riches life story have been profiled on TV on Bloomberg TV’s High Flyers and CNBC’s Entrepreneur Asia. Current business holdings include ONE Championship, Evolve MMA,...read more

Chatri Sityodtong

Serial entrepreneur and martial artist from Thailand

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

Subasi Ozge

Ozge Subasi

Senior Researcher Human Computer Interaction Group Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology

She is a senior researcher at IGW Human Computer Interaction Team (since 2011), former Univ. Ass. Post doc (2010-2011). She worked as experiene and design research leader in different collaborative projects collaborating with more than 40 research...read more

Ozge Subasi

Senior Researcher Human Computer Interaction Group Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology

She is a senior researcher at IGW Human Computer Interaction Team (since 2011), former Univ. Ass. Post doc (2010-2011). She worked as experiene and design research leader in different collaborative projects collaborating with more than 40 research and industry partners (including large companies, SMEs, start-ups, governmental institutions and NGOs). Ozge holds a PhD in Design Anthropology on Creative Potentials of Migration (Angewandte Kunst Wien). Her major was in industrial design (METU,Ankara). Current interests: Design Culture and Leadership,Innovative Entrepreneurship, Less explored models in design business:open design, D.I.Y and start­‐up cultures.
Techt Joachim

Techt Joachim

Joachim Techt

Digital strategist, creator and product team builder

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

Joachim Techt

Digital strategist, creator and product team builder

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

Wolfgang Seidler

Performance over Politics

Having successfully lead IT departments, business departments and classic programs and projects in the banking industry I turned fully towards the agile world and believe. The drive for customer benefit and the focus on people is essential and base for any successfull organisation. As Agile Coach I...read more

Wolfgang Seidler

Performance over Politics

Having successfully lead IT departments, business departments and classic programs and projects in the banking industry I turned fully towards the agile world and believe. The drive for customer benefit and the focus on people is essential and base for any successfull organisation. As Agile Coach I helped many organisations of very different sizes to find their way towards agile thinking and methodology. I'm thankful for all the learnings I was allowed to gather, for the great people I had the chance to work with and the thanks I got from many people. This is motivating me. I'm ready for much more learnings
Wunsch Matthias

Wunsch Matthias

Matthias Wunsch

PhD Student Human Computer Interaction Group Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology

Matthias works as a PhD student at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). His research contributes greatly to the project "Persuasive Urban Mobility", a research collaboration of AIT and the Changing Places group at Massachusetts Institute of...read more

Matthias Wunsch

PhD Student Human Computer Interaction Group Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology

Matthias works as a PhD student at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). His research contributes greatly to the project "Persuasive Urban Mobility", a research collaboration of AIT and the Changing Places group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. Matthias' thesis examines the use of ICT to promote sustainable urban transportation. He develops and evaluates strategies and technologies that encourage and empower citizens to cycle in urban environments. A particular focus herein is the technology-supported development of urban cycling competencies.
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

Lecturers

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.
DI Alexandra Negoescu

DI Alexandra Negoescu

DI Alexandra Negoescu

Scientific Program Manager

DI Alexandra Negoescu

Scientific Program Manager

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

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.
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.
Graf Wolfgang

Graf Wolfgang

Dr. Wolfgang Graf

Attorney-at-law in the Viennese law firm Graf Patsch Taucher & vice-president of the “Institute for Forensic Analysis”

Dr. Wolfgang Graf is an attorney-at-law in the Viennese law firm Graf Patsch Taucher. Mr. Graf holds degrees from the University of Vienna law school (Mag. iur. Dr. iur.) and the Pennsylvania...read more

Dr. Wolfgang Graf

Attorney-at-law in the Viennese law firm Graf Patsch Taucher & vice-president of the “Institute for Forensic Analysis”

Dr. Wolfgang Graf is an attorney-at-law in the Viennese law firm Graf Patsch Taucher. Mr. Graf holds degrees from the University of Vienna law school (Mag. iur. Dr. iur.) and the Pennsylvania State University (LL.M.). He is admitted to practice law both in Austria and N.Y. Mr. Graf specializes mainly in corporate and mergers & acquisitions. He is a lecturer at the University for Applied Sciences Wr. Neustadt and author of a book on data protection law and several articles on corporate law. Mr Graf is vice-president of the “Institute for Forensic Analysis”, a private institute analyzing capital market related publications and the prevention of business and capital markets related white collar crime.
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.
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.  
Holzer Bernhard

Holzer Bernhard

Bernhard Holzer

CEO of woods StartupPR & Storytelling, Head of Communications Austrian Startups

Bernhard Holzer is a PR professional and one of the most well-known communications experts in the Austrian and German Startup scene. He worked in a leading communications position at Germanys biggest Startup-factory Rocket Internet in Berlin. Before that he...read more

Bernhard Holzer

CEO of woods StartupPR & Storytelling, Head of Communications Austrian Startups

Bernhard Holzer is a PR professional and one of the most well-known communications experts in the Austrian and German Startup scene. He worked in a leading communications position at Germanys biggest Startup-factory Rocket Internet in Berlin. Before that he founded zoomsquare, Austria’s Startup of the Year 2013. He also set up the StartupPR and Storytelling company woodspr, focusing on Austria, Germany and Switzerland (DACH-region) as well as international tech media.
Ionita-Ganea Michael

Ionita-Ganea Michael

Michael Ionita-Ganea

CTO, Board Member, Meetup Organizer, Co-Organizer #EUvsVirus, Team Builder

Michael is an entrepreneur with a tech/developer background. He founded his own company back in 2011 and he co-organized the biggest Hackathon in the world #EUvsVirus with the European Commission in 2020. Currently,...read more

Michael Ionita-Ganea

CTO, Board Member, Meetup Organizer, Co-Organizer #EUvsVirus, Team Builder

Michael is an entrepreneur with a tech/developer background. He founded his own company back in 2011 and he co-organized the biggest Hackathon in the world #EUvsVirus with the European Commission in 2020. Currently, he is passionate about giving people superpowers by showing how to create apps without coding skills on his No-Code YouTube channel, at Meetups and via Clubhouse, which ultimately helps people build their digital businesses. He is known as the Chief Problem Solver for R&D where he helps building and cultivating tech teams. Michael is also passionate about prototyping, golfing and Cuban salsa dancing.
Kramer Margherita

Kramer Margherita

Margherita Kramer

Business Developer | Mentor | Bestselling Author

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

Margherita Kramer

Business Developer | Mentor | Bestselling Author

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

Prem Erich

Dr. Erich Prem

CEO of eutema Technology Management GmbH

Dr. Erich Prem, the CEO of eutema Technology Management GmbH, has a degree in informatics and a doctorate in technical sciences from Vienna University of Technology. He was a scientist at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) and at the AI...read more

Dr. Erich Prem

CEO of eutema Technology Management GmbH

Dr. Erich Prem, the CEO of eutema Technology Management GmbH, has a degree in informatics and a doctorate in technical sciences from Vienna University of Technology. He was a scientist at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) and at the AI Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT (USA). He is the author of more than 40 scientific publications. Dr. Prem has worked in many national and international research projects as a scientist or project leader. He also was the Austrian expert in the Information Society Technologies Committee of the EU and the programme manager for the Austrian ICT research program FIT-IT.
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.
Rippitsch Lukas

Rippitsch Lukas

Rippitsch Lukas

MSc, SCPM, Managing Partner

Lukas Rippitsch as a managing director, aims to help his team to constantly outperform stakeholder expectation with a clear focus on making processes more efficient and to guarantee client satisfaction. Having started his career in the investment banking sector, Lukas discovered his passion for combining big...read more

Rippitsch Lukas

MSc, SCPM, Managing Partner

Lukas Rippitsch as a managing director, aims to help his team to constantly outperform stakeholder expectation with a clear focus on making processes more efficient and to guarantee client satisfaction. Having started his career in the investment banking sector, Lukas discovered his passion for combining big chunks of data, econometrics and his social skills to solve complex solutions. A set of forensic skills, translation skills (software engineering team vs. normal people) and a good sense of diplomacy are the pillars of this professional career.
Siebert Walter

Siebert Walter

Walter Siebert

Lecturer at the Universität Wien and Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien for Cooperation and Experiential Learning.

Walter Siebert has been a trainer and consultant for 25 years with core competence in cooperation, leadership and change management. He is specialized in experience based training and development and has been working for major companies in...read more

Walter Siebert

Lecturer at the Universität Wien and Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien for Cooperation and Experiential Learning.

Walter Siebert has been a trainer and consultant for 25 years with core competence in cooperation, leadership and change management. He is specialized in experience based training and development and has been working for major companies in 28 countries. He is lecturer at the Universität Wien and Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien for cooperation and experiential learning.
Voith Bernhard

Voith Bernhard

Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Voith

European patent and trademark attorney at Weiser & Voith Patentanwälte

Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Voith is a European patent and trademark attorney at Weiser & Voith Patentanwälte in Vienna. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from TU Wien. After a 10-year professional experience in engineering, sales and marketing in industrial...read more

Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Voith

European patent and trademark attorney at Weiser & Voith Patentanwälte

Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Voith is a European patent and trademark attorney at Weiser & Voith Patentanwälte in Vienna. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from TU Wien. After a 10-year professional experience in engineering, sales and marketing in industrial automation and telecommunications industry in Austria, Switzerland, France, US and UK, he started working as a patent and license manager in the Austrian promotional environment. Bernhard Voith also studied European management at the Ashridge Business School as well as patent and license management at the Management Center Innsbruck. He lectured on “intellectual property rights” at the Medical University of Vienna, the University of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Vienna.

STARTacademy Mentors

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.