Vote now for Austria’s best startup ideas – Find your favorite project, join the team and get first-hand experience in building a startup within a weekend.
This is your chance to get in contact with the who-is-who of the startup-scene, land your dreamjob at one of the startups or just have a great time!
The right people at the right moment can make or a break a startup!
Our vision is to create a global community of entrepreneurial minds and startup influencers to support each other and grow together. No matter if high-profile team members, potential investors, experienced mentors or relevant media representatives: Our Startup Live events always make sure you’ll meet the right people.
Who can join?
Applications for startups are closed already! If you’re convinced your startup will be the next gamechanger and you need to participate, shoot us a message!
Chose your favorite business idea, join a team and get to work!
No matter if business guy, marketing guru, design enthusiast or programmer – Join us in a unique atmosphere, meet people from various backgrounds and develop tomorrow’s businesses.
Top-notch mentors with proven experience in start-ups will guide you with first-hand tips on how to make a successful business.
On Saturday you’ll have the chance to meet investors, media representatives and the who-is-who of the startup scene.
Mingle with an amazing crowd & watch the most promising startups on stage! Ready to be part of one of them?
Opening & Welcoming
90-seconds Initial Pitches
Find your favorite Startup
Complete Team Setup
Your Goals for the Weekend
Meet the Lead Mentors
Work on your Business Concept and get immediate Feedback from your Lead Mentor
The Art of Pitching
How to craft your Perfect Pitch Introduction
Meet the Experts
Ask the Experts
Get Input and Feedback from successful Entrepreneurs and Industry Experts
Refine your Pitch
Submit your Pitch
Practice your Pitch
Rock the Stage!
Jury Consultation & Community Award Voting
Throw around Confetti aka Winner Announcement
Networking & Dinner
The F-U-N Part
Markus ErtlerBusiness Angel & Founder, Immobilien.net Markus is truly an Austrian digital pioneer. 1994 he co-founded together with his brother Immobilien.NET, the first immo platform in Europe and market leader in Austria. In 2014 he exited Immobilien.NET successfully. Since then Markus is a passionate serial entrepreneur and as an active business angel also invests in promising Austrian startups. 2015 he gained the title "Super Angel" of the Austrian Angels Investors Association and since 2016 he is board member of Startup300.
Vladlena TaraskinaManaging Director, Botmanufaktur Vladlena Taraskina is a female entrepreneur. She studied, worked and lived in Russia, USA, UK, Luxembourg and Austria. Now she lives in Vienna, where she founded Botmanufaktur an agency specialized in building chatbots for Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Slack. Prior to this, she founded several startups (KEY TO OFFICE, Rusini) and worked in the online gaming and venture capital industries. Vladlena has over 10 years of experience in development and implementation of digital strategies and business development. She shares her experience online on Udemy and Skillshare and has over 10 000 people enrolled in her online courses from all over the world,
Thomas SchranzCEO & Cofounder, blossom.io Thomas dropped out of Software & Information Engineering at Vienna UT and built countless high traffic applications and campaigns on the Facebook platform. He is currently founder and CEO at Blossom, a project tracking service used by globally distributed companies like Twitter, Nasa, DriveNow and many more. Thomas spent the past years in San Francisco and thrives in environments that cherish the intersection of design, technology and distribution. He is into service design, user experience, positioning, product strategy, functional programming and tea.
Alex KuceraCEO, startup.graphics Alex has more than 10 years experience in web design and digital user experience. In 2007, he plunged into the start-up scene, supporting tripwolf and yasssu. His start-up “way2stage” expresses his passion for music. With the newly founded design agency “startup.graphics” – dedicated to start-ups - he combines experience + competence with the love to work on new ideas together with great teams. THINK BIGGER!
Chris HoughtalingFounder | Managing Director, VisioneersPartner Chris Houghtaling, MBA brings international sales and marketing expertise to Start-ups, Small and Medium Enterprises and corporations across industries. He specializes on the development and execution of strategies surrounding marketing and sales, bridges people and processes empowering teams and resulting in sustainable impact on marketing and sales performance. Chris has helped launch products, start new teams, turn around underperforming organizations and improve the performance of people from over 100 countries. With experience working for and with companies from over 12 industry verticals as a: coach, consultant, mentor, manager, trainer, university lecturer, guest author and founder of VisioneersPartner, Chris has the flexibility to work with you in the method most appropriate for your success.
Gregor-Robert PoschProject manager for start-up programs, Vienna Business Agency Gregor 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.
Theresa Sophie BreitschingContent Consultant, Storywriter, Character Designer for Chatbots Theresa loves to create and start new projects from scratch to launch. After publishing books under a pseudonym and working in journalism and PR, she moved to Berlin as one of the first team members of the nowadays well-known FinTech Number26. She then learned about the very hard and rocky road of a startup by trying to kick off the crowdfunding platform elibrix. After being in the organising team of an exhibition in Saint Petersbourgh, she was busy building up the startup- and innovation platform “DerBrutkasten” as Editor in Chief based in Vienna. She is also Alumni of the Artificial Intelligence and Chatbot Incubator Lemmings.io. Nowadays she is working on Ideenvalley, designing Chatbots and writes about Artificial Intelligence.
Florian ReschInvestment Manager, aws Gründerfonds Prior to his appointment at aws Gründerfonds, Florian Resch was in charge of business development activities at Jollydays GmbH in Vienna, where he gained operating experience as the co-founder of an internet start-up. Until 2014, Florian Resch spent four years working in the area of M&A advisory, including for Ernst & Young. He studied International Economic Law in Vienna and Stanford. Florian Resch joined aws Gründerfonds as an investment manager in 2015.
Miriam BoubachtaCrowdfunding Expert Through her experience as a co-founder of the startup Stabylizr Miriam became a crowdfunding pro. Now she is supporting startups during their whole journey of their crowdfunding campaign. From strategy to execution, from online marketing to press work - for Miriam preparation is key to success! Miriam holds a master's degree in Finance and Accounting from IMC Krems as well as a bachelor's degree in Media Management. Before her startup career, Miriam also gained working experience in an international IT company.
Anita RaffetsederStartup Community Manager, akostart oö In Anita’s current role as a Startup Community Manager at akostart oö, together with her team members she provides several services for the upper Austrian startup ecosystem. Additionally she volunteers for the AustrianStartups as local representative.
Stefan ZimaCEO, Leonid Consult Stefan is connected with the startup community in several ways thanks to a diverse background. As consultant within the financial industry at the Capital Markets Company CAPCO, he is on the one hand part of the digital revolution brought up by fin- and insurtechs, as well as he is experienced in affected project and change management. As CEO of Leonid Consult and Managing Partner of Curiosity Ventures, he is continuously involved in management and leadership coaching, strategic mentoring und PR and communications training especially for startup teams and entrepreneurs. With an international network and deep industry insight, he is looking forward to share knowledge and commitment with you and your ideas at Startup Live in Vienna.
Christoph JeschkeCo-Founder, AustrianStartups Over the last 10 years Christoph gained experience in the fields of arts and cultural management, private wealth management and online marketing. He is also a specialist in online marketing with a focus on Social Media and worked for two marketing agencies. In 2013 Christoph co-founded AustrianStartups with 5 fellow entrepreneurs to promote and support startups in Austria and since then plays an important role within the startup ecosystem.
Adis PezerovicDigital Marketing Strategist, Adis.io Adis had the opportunity to help a number of interesting small and medium-sized enterprises as well as start-ups utilizing their digital potential for better growth, which helped him gain insights in a variety of industries. Among others Adis worked with the mobile service provider Red Bull Mobile, the TV channels of ProsiebenSat-1 PULS4 Group and the Austrian version of the well-known Forbes Magazine. Adis has is own
Christoph RichterCo-Founder | Intellyo Christoph helped already at the end of the 90ties in building derStandard.at, the first german-speaking newspaper on the internet. His deep involvement in pioneering Austrian web companies gained him a lot of experience that he happily shared with the rising startup scene. And has spoken an moderated on several Conferences around europe like the World Financial Symposium or Forum Alpbach. After cofounding zoomsquare.com, one of the biggest real estate startup in Europe he is now CEO of intellyo, an intelligent research and process automation tool, giving marketers and storytellers greater freedom to create groundbreaking content.
Michael RaabCEO, MINTED - MR Public Communication After several years in the field of human resources development of an Austrian Corporate consultancy Michael decided to devote his expertise and professional energy to the support of entrepreneurs and founders. He is specialized in the issues surrounding the financing of innovative projects and all things related to PR and communication. Expert in: Crowdinvesting, Public Subventions, PR, Communications
Lisa PecnikLead Project Manager | WhatAVenture Coordination and execution of our customer’s projects, is Lisa’s daily business. She is responsible for the successful scouting of startups and experts and the realization of the innovation camps and workshops across various industries. Previously Lisa gained experience with a head hunting agency and knows what it takes to find the best people and institutions.
Jakob ReiterCo-Founder, TheVentury Entrepreneur, IT nerd and debater has been active in the startup scene for many many years. He started his first company when he was 18 years old and build his own IT/Web consulting company with customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. His newest startup theVentury (www.theventury.com) is helping startups to grow by injecting critical resources such as IT Development, Social Media Marketing and Growth Hacking. Furthermore, Jakob is a passionate debater and rhetorics specialist - taking part in World- and European championships all over the globe.
Palmiro TorreAustrian Patent Office Palmiro is an electronic engineer, who has studied at the University of Bologna and is currently employed at the Austrian Patent Office. His function is the examination of patent application in order to assess their patentability. The most relevant tasks are to carry out searches to the state of the art and to assess novelty and inventive step of the filed patent application. He is further involved in different services which have the goal to inform and support startups and SME having questions relating patent, trademarks and design.
Karin SommerEconomic Expert, FFG Karin worked several years for and in startups before joining the FFG where she is currently mainly involved in financial process improvement and the controlling of EFRE budget. Her dissertation in the field of knowledge management (WU Wien) focused on the ability of start-ups to deal with knowledge deficits.
Jürgen TöglhoferPartner | Grant Thornton Jürgen is a partner at Grant Thornton in Austria an audit, tax and advisory firm and brings international tax, audit and advisory expertise to Start-Ups, SME’s and public corporations. Jürgen has also been working for five years in China, providing him with an international perspective and experience from a very different business and start up environment. For several years Jürgen was also part of a pharmaceutical start up in Vienna as a member of the supervisory board, until a successful investment from a major investor could be concluded. Grant Thornton’s aim is to help dynamic organisations unlock their potential for growth. On a global perspective Grant Thornton has been over the last three years the fastest growing large accounting organisation, constantly evolving and developing.
Maria BichlMarketing & Business Development Director | UsersGems Maria is a Marketing & Communication strategist, an MBA graduate and social media pioneer with close to 15 years’ professional experience in this area. As an entrepreneur she gained in depth experience in building start-ups on global product launches and developing as well as executing digital marketing strategies. Maria’s cross industry experience includes e-commerce, fintech and travel covering mobile and online products for B2B & B2C business models. She is currently working with Usergems responsible for the global launch of a new product for the hospitality sector.
Thomas EckerSenior Investment Manager, tecnet equity As investment manager at tecnet equity, Thomas has been responsible for the acquisition and analysis of, and negotiation with prospective portfolio companies since June of 2003. He supports existing investments and monitors exits. In addition, Thomas is in charge of deal flow generation and sits on advisory boards of various portfolio companies.
Florian KandlerEntrepreneur, Co-Founder Ulmon GmbH Florian co-founded Ulmon GmbH, a leading mobile travel platform based in Vienna. He grew downloads from zero to 15 million and lead the efforts to raise over 1 million Euro from Oliver Samwer’s venture firm Global Founders Capital in 2014. Ulmon is Florian’s third start-up after four years in the IT industry in Munich. He loves building businesses and helping young founders with MilestoneHunters.com
Tobias HombergerCEO & Founder, myClubs Founder and CEO of myClubs the leading digital sports aggregator in Austria and Switzerland. myClubs allows access to over 400 boutique gyms and provides integrated health solutions for corporate clients.
Regina PlasInnovation-Service WKO Vienna Regina has many years of experience in consulting and supporting entrepreneurs in Vienna. Together with her team she supports entrepreneurs on their way from idea to market and provide fast expert advice on all business topics. 2015 they started the projekt (called) „Innovation to Company“ which ist a Startup-Challenge - existing and aspiring companies or teams are generating new business that will bring benefits to everyone. Further they arrange the competition „Mercur“ which ist the Vienna Innovation Award.
Wolfgang FallmannCo-Founder & CPO, Primed Group Wolfgang is a hardware product developer and serial entrepreneur. He is educated in electronic and mechanical engineering as well as technical management. He has developed several different hardware products like a carbon fibre flex disc for DTM cars, fatigue testing machines or chassis for race cars. With his first own Start-up he sold a hardware consumer product into 45 countries and won the Mercur innovation award. He also has knowledge in lean Start-up methods, cross industry innovations, bootstrapping a Start-up and public funding’s. Currently he is working as CPO at Primed Group. Primed Group is a young and dynamic Start-up and investment company who does strategical investments in Start-ups, developing in-house products and incubate/accelerate hardware Start-ups.
David AignerAssociate, aws Gründerfonds David Aigner joined aws Founders Fund in 2015. He studied business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, banking and finance at the Aarhus School of Business (Denmark) as well as at the Innsbruck University. Previously he gathered several years of professional experience, both domestically and abroad, including at Raiffeisenbank. In his last position prior to joining aws Founders Fund, he worked in the trading department for index and equity derivatives as well as alternative products at UniCredit Bank AG in Munich.
Steve SudyEntrepreneur in Residence, NN Insurance Hungary Steve is Entrepreneur in Residence at NN Insurance Hungary, in charge of fostering innovation within the company. He is head of Sparklab, an incubator that aims to find and mentor startups that can potentially be a partner for NN. Steve has 6 years experience with startups as a startup founder and mentor in many events including Pioneers Festival, WebSummit and The World Bank Investment Readiness Program, among others.
Amar CavicFounder & CEO | Kaffeetschi Amar is Founder and CEO of Kaffeetschi, a Vienna based cold brew coffee company dedicated to bringing specialty grade cold brew coffee into retail stores across Austria and beyond. Amar has been working in the b2b coffee industry since 2010 and has gathered experience in business development, b2b Sales, distribution strategy as well as business model innovation. His understanding of investor relationships, market developments as well as brand and product positioning was developed during the time he spent in New York where he worked for a specialized marketing agency.
Johanna WizaTax Accountant | Grant Thornton Johanna is a certified tax accountant (Steuerberater) working with Small and Medium Enterprises to multinational groups. She is specialized on corporate taxes. In addition she gained considerable experience regarding financial statements according to Austrian GAAP, IFRS and group taxation issues.
Josef MantlCEO, JMC – Josef Mantl Communications GmbH Josef Mantl is an Austrian communication entrepreneur with a focus on strategy, campaigns, events & digital media and an “Al Gore Climate Leader”. As CEO of the Full Service Communications Agency JMC he focuses on Campaigns, Events and Digital Media.
Philipp StanglManaging Director | Pioneers Ventures eCommerce entrepreneur turned early-stage VC Expert for: early-stage fundraising / investment, eCommerce, startup metrics, startup financials
Christian PapauschekCTO & Co-Founder, journi At journi Chris is responsible for the implementation of the journi app on Web, Backend, iOS and Android managing a team of 4 developers. Before journi Chris started and sold a small bitcoin startup to 21inc and was CTO at Pioneers.io. But Chris already started coding with the age of fourteen. His acadamic background is software engineering and cognitive science. journi is an award winning app used by over 200,000 people to make adventures unforgettable as digital stories but also as photo books, but with ease. You can download the app for free at https://journiapp.com
Angela TesarPresident | Mobile Monday Austria Angela has 13 years of experience in developing comprehensive strategies to position and market products and brands. As CMO at bluesource - mobile solutions gmbh she is responsible for all global marketing strategies and further enhancing the market share of the product mobile-pocket. She’s the President of Mobile Monday Austria, speaker at well-known events such as Forum Alpbach and lecturer at the Donau University Krems.
Bianca BusettiCPO & Co-Founder, journi At journi Bianca is responsible for further developing and designing the product and serves as the intersection of marketing, development and data science. Her UI/UX design of the app was awarded several times best app in various categories by Mobile Monday, Content Award, Adobe Behance, Apple and Google and was featured in the media by LA Times or Forbes. 2017 the former team lead of mysugr was also awarded female entrepreneur of the year. Her academic background is design. At the Angewandte she studied under H. Esslinger who designed the first Apple devices and was founder of Frog Design.
Andreas RöttlCEO & Co-Founder, Journi At journi Andreas is responsible for marketing, finance, hiring and other organizational tasks. He’s responsible for all marketing channels and has a strong focus on organic growth. He also manages relationships with Apple, Google and other partners. Before journi he worked in Singapore and Berlin as backend developer and assistant to serial entrepreneur and investor Michael Brehm. He co-founded his first company during studies at WU Vienna. This company laid the foundation for Pioneers.io where he also worked as CMO.
Georg KuttnerManaging Partner - The Hustler Georg is fascinated with startups, entrepreneurship and the tech industry. He loves supporting and shaping startup ecosystems and is helping fellow entrepreneurs to succeed with their businesses. His passion is public speaking, moderating and pitching in any way possible.
Lisa FasslCEO, Austrian Angels Investors Association Active for several years in the startup scene, Lisa has already been able to go through several stations and get to know the ecosystem from different angles. The passionate hobby photographer is particularly interested in projects with digital components and supports startups hands-on in their further development. In addition to her role at the aaia, she is a co-founder of Female Founders and has an active seat in the advisory board of IdeenTriebwerk Graz.
Markus LangManaging Director, Pioneers Ventures Markus is Managing Director of Pioneers Ventures and is actively scouting innovative startups within the CEE area to invest in. Before joining the Pioneers Team, Markus co-founded the Austrian crowd logistics startup checkrobin.com.
Floor DreesManaging Director sektor5 co-working | 5starts co-foundry Flooris the Managing Director of sektor5, one of Vienna's most important coworking spaces, which is also hosting the monthly AustrianStartups Stammtisch. She is also initiator and program lead of 5starts, the incubator program of sektor5. Floor is also the thriving force behind many Rails Girls workshops, developer meetups and tech conferences in Europe 8+ years in Marketing, Communication for / with Tech start-ups, deep into the Open Source community.
Daniel HorakCo-Founder and COO, CONDA After graduating from his studies, Daniel founded his first startup in 2007, Spoken Language System. In 2012, he co-founded CONDA - the leading Austrian crowdinvesting platform - and is currently the managing director for marketing & sales. Daniel is very well connected in the Austrian startup community and also board member of AustrianStartups, a non-profit organization which supports startups in Austria.
Dejan JovicevicCEO & Co-Founder, derBrutkasten Dejan Jovicevic is a visionary digital intrapreneur, startup enthusiast and media manager. Within the "Die Presse" / WirtschaftsBlatt Media Group, he co-founded DerBrutkasten.com, Austria's leading platform for startups and digital innovation. Dejan began his career as a M&A and transaction lawyer in a global law firm. A subsequent job in a leading media company sparked his passion for the branch and he has been working in top-management positions for some of Austria's weekly and daily newspapers ever since.
Maria BaumgartnerCEO & Co-Founder, Speedinvest Heroes
After helping to found Speedinvest as the first business angel fund in Austria and being a startup founder herself, Maria is now general manager of Speedinvest Heroes, building a network of talents to match suitable candidates with the right opportunity within the Speedinvest portfolio.
Maria’s personal working history already starts 1992 in the early internet area. As the GM of one of the first big dot.com success stories coming out of Austria (Datenwerk/Blue-C), she sold her stake early enough before the bust. Maria continued her entrepreneurial path that included managing a research think tank on Artificial Intelligence (long before the hype), spending time in Silicon Valley and eventually coming back to Vienna.
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