VIENNA #16

AUSTRIA

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Pitch your own startup idea or join a 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.

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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 Sunday 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?

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Schedule

15:30 - 16:00

Registration

16:00 - 16:30

Opening

16:30 - 17:30

Pitchers rock the show!
90-Second Pitches

17:30 - 18:30

Team finding
Find your favorite project

18:30 - 19:30

Dinner

19:30 - 20:00

Team building
Complete team setup

20:00 - 20:30

WhatAVenture Innovationbox Intro
Idea to investment-Readiness
WhatAVenture

20:30 - 23:59

Working session
Get to know your team and project, set goals for the weekend

08:30 - 09:30

Day Opening

09:30 - 10:00

Day Opening

10:00 - 10:30

Meet the Lead Mentors

10:30 - 13:00

Working session
Use your Innovationbox provided by WhatAVenture to work on your Business Concept and get immediate Feedback from your Lead Mentor

13:00 - 14:00

Working Lunch

14:00 - 14:30

Meet the Experts

14:30 - 18:30

Working session
Get input and feedback from successful entrepreneurs and experts

18:30 - 19:30

Working Dinner

19:30 - 23:59

Working session
Use your Innovationbox provided by WhatAVenture to work on your business concept

08:30 - 09:30

Registration & Breakfast

09:30 - 10:00

The Art of Pitching
How to craft your perfect Pitch

10:00 - 13:00

Working session
Refine your Pitch & Pitch Rehearsals

13:00 - 13:30

Working Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Working session
Get your slides ready

15:00 - 15:30

Check-in Visitor & Presentation hand-in

15:30 - 16:00

Opening and Short Talks

16:00 - 17:30

Final Pitches
Rock the Stage!

17:30 - 18:00

Jury Consultation & Community Award Voting

18:00 - 18:30

Throw around Confetti aka Winner Announcement

18:30 - 22:00

Networking & Dinner
The F-U-N Part

Contributors

Global Partners

Startup300
Pioneers

Partners

https://pioneers.io/ventures
http://jmc.cc
https://fi.co/s/vienna

Network Partners

Bernhard Holzer
PR Expert & CEO, woods - StartupPR Bernhard is a PR professional and communication expert in the Austrian and German start-up scene. He worked in a leading position at the largest German startup factory Rocket Internet and for its portfolio company Wimdu in Berlin. At the same time, he has been very successful in media work for four years at the real estate search startup zoomsquare.com. Bernhard is now setting up his own company in Vienna with woods, with a focus on startup PR for the DACH region and international tech media. At the same time, he has recently been press officer at AustrianStartups, the umbrella organization of Austrian start-ups.
Barbara Ondrisek
Co-Founder, Chatbots Agency Dr. Barbara Ondrisek, aka “Bot Mother”, is an enthusiastic software developer with 15+ years of experience. With Mica, the Hipster Cat Bot, a chatbot that helps you discover hip places, she created one of the first chatbots on the Facebook Messenger platform worldwide. Mica was the very first bot on Messenger and Skype in Austria, which led to a listing as testimonial in the official Skype FAQs. Together with other experts on their field she founded the Chatbots Agency. Barbara is also initiator of the first BotBarCamp in Vienna and speaker at different conferences around the world.
Renata Fourmanova
StartUp PR & Marketing Consultant, Blogger, StartUp Live Alumni The native Russian manages a marketing and PR agency that focuses on lifestyle and start-ups. Previously she already successfully founded 2 companies in the web and mobile area in Russia and Austria.
Palmiro Torre
Austrian 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.
Daniel Horak
Co-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.
Mag. Dr. Florian Steinhart
Attorney and Legal Expert, Herbst Kinsky
Florian holds master degrees in law and business economics as well as a PhD in law. As a lawyer at Herbst Kinsky he is engaged in the corporate law business with a focus on start-ups. He is constantly advising start-ups, Business Angels and Investors in connection with foundations, financings and exits.

Gregor-Robert Posch
Project 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.
Bernhard Pfaffeneder
Co-Founder, whateverworks With a technical background and years of experience in concept and strategy work for clients in the DACH region, Bernhard is currently focused on Design Thinking as a process for creating better business solutions. He teaches Online Communication and mentors project teams at Vienna's University of Applied Science (FH Wien). Bernhard is a board member of Laafi, an NGO active in the health sector in Burkina Faso.
Lisa Pecnik
Lead 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.
Michael Raab
CEO, 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
Anita Raffetseder
Startup 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.
Ingrid Winkler
Marketing Strategy Consultant | iw marketing Marketing expert for marketing strategy, concept and positioning on market. Consults medium sized company within these topics. Experienced in different branches - from b2c to b2b, Marketing area since 15 years - in companies as well as a self-employed person.
Markus Kainz
CEO & Founder, primeCROWD Markus is founder and CEO of primeCROWD, a crowdinvesting platform for startups. He is also co-founder of courseticket, Austria's largest online marketplace for training and has years of experience in sales and business model development.  into SLAX. He is a passionate mentor for startups and helps turn ideas into practice. In addition Markus supports startups as an investor and business angel. He focuses on sales, testing and development of business models, funding, preparation of business plans and networking.
David Pichsenmeister
Co-Founder, orat.io David is co-founder of oratio, a platform which connects businesses with their customers on messengers and organizer of ChatbotConf in Vienna. He's co-organizer of several meetups and events like the BotsHub Vienna Meetup, BotsHackathon and Vienna Tech Meetup. In his past he studied Software Engineering and Businesses Management in Graz, founded Austria's largest co-working platform sharedspaces.at and worked as a CTO at the Y-Combinator backed startup SmartHires. David is a huge fan of bots, linux, games, AR/VR and space.
Thomas Schranz
CEO & 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.
Thomas Meyer
Head of Sales | Swat.io Thomas Meyer is Head of Sales at Swat.io, a social media management solution that supports companies in content planning & customer service on Facebook & Co. Its customers include RTL Mediengruppe Germany, ZDF, ARD.de, FocusOnline, Burda Intermedia, Austria, Hitradio Ö3, ÖBB u.v.m. He also teaches social media marketing at the FH Kufstein and the Werbeakademie Wien.
Josef Mantl
CEO, 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.
Florian Resch
Investment 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.
Vladlena Taraskina
Managing 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,
Juergen Jelly
Founder & Consultant, itom invest GmbH Juergen is a serial entrepreneur in several industries, consultant, author, mentor and lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Starting at the age of 23 he founded different companies and gained a lot of experience in implementation and the operations of many industries all over the globe until he switched to the investment side and started “itom invest”, a company focusing on the niche between investors and projects, trying to help both sides to get together for the profit of all involved parties.
Michael Kräftner
Founder & CEO, celianventures Michael is an Austrian serial entrepreneur and software innovator. After 16 years of successful work as Founder/CEO of CELUM, it is Michaels mission now to accelerate the journey of others with support of celianventures. CELUM, Michael's first and still thriving company is, with its team of 90 and more than 800 global customers, one of the largest independent software vendors in Austria. The newly founded investment arm celianventures is focusing on supporting and incubating Software Start-Ups in Austria.
Iva Bosanac Hoblaj
Human Resources Consultant Iva has a MA in Psychology and a diploma in Transcultural Management with more than 8 years working experience in Human Resources in Banking and FMCG industry. She is advising companies on different HR topics, specialised in startups, in setting up a professional Human Resources processes, by creating custom HR solutions. Topics she can help with: looking for a co-founder, defining your company's culture and core values, setting up recruitment processes, Arranging working places, organizational structure and working processes regarding your human resources, leadership skills & much more
Jürgen Töglhofer
Partner | 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.
Steve Sudy
Entrepreneur 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.
Konstantin Jakabb
Managing Director | VIRTUE Konstantin Jakabb is Managing Director of VIRTUE, the global agency brand of VICE Media. He was working in industry before he joined the agency Super-Fi in 2011 and became a member of the management board in 2015. At VIRTUE his focus is on the fields beverage, food and retail. Beyond, Konstantin Jakabb is committed to topics like service innovation, brand strategy and future agency in the communication sector's agenda.
Lisa Weinsberger
Founder, designtribe.io

Lisa is a UX/UI/graphic designer and founder of designtribe.io, a platform connecting and empowering digital creatives. She has an academic background in fashion design and architecture. With over 10 years experience in various fields of design, both digital and hands-on, Lisa is actively supporting the startup scene as a designer and mentor. Lisa is into Design Thinking, Branding, Experience Design and always looking for exciting and innovative creative cooperations.


Christoph Richter
Co-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.
Alex Kucera
CEO, 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!
Stefan Kreppel
Start-Up representative, FFG Stefan Kreppel is economical expert and Start-Up representative of FFG, the Austrian Research and Promotion Agency. FFG is financing and funding innovative projects of R&D performing companies and entrepreneurs. He joined FFG in 2007and has been since then in charge of the General Program and the AplusB Incubation Program with a specific focus on Start-Ups and High Tech Start-Ups. Prior to FFG he gained professional experience in various VC and PE companies. Stefan possesses a deep knowledge of the Austrian Start-Up Scene, including the evaluation an creation of business models and supports Start-Ups on their way through the R&D and founding phase. Furthermore he has a deep interest in impact investment and sustainable entrepreneurship He holds Master degrees in Civil Engineering and Business Administration with specific focus on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. Furthermore he also owns a global patent for a consumer product, which is already license out.
Vajo Sekulic
Freelance Product Manager As Product Manager, over the last 5 years Vajo managed software projects through the whole product development cycle, from inception over development to go-to-market and ongoing refinement, taking on multiple roles, from Product Owner, Scrum Master to Product Manager per se. My economic background and my natural curiosity for tech have helped me develop a broad knowledge base and a keen sense for the various aspects that have to come together in order to create, launch and maintain a successful product. Some of the projects I've worked on: - Fintech Customer Service Portal for payolution (part of the paysafe group; used by +2k users daily) - Health Analytics Portal for kiweno (with +10k MAU) - Smart Parking Apps iOS/Android for payuca (received multiple awards in the proptech sector)
Fredrik Debong
Product Guy & Cofounder, mySugr
Nina Woess
Speedinvest, Principal Nina joined Speedinvest in 2012 as a Principal after her studies in Strategic Management at WU. Part of Nina's job is the screening of several hundreds ambitious startups. She has a particular interest in working with early stage startups in the B2C space and is currently engaged in Flaviar and Inkitt.
Katharina Pühringer
Head of Innovations Scouting, CONDA Katharina Pühringer (Mag.) is Head of Innovations Scouting at CONDA, 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 Entrepreneurship MBA class at York University. In 2009, she co-founded StartEurope, the initiative that sparked the Startup Live activities. She then gained experience in international marketing and sales strategies for a big company group as well as IT project management know-how, which she now uses for identifying and evaluating innovative business models.
Markus Lang
Managing 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.
Gabriele Tatzberger
Department Manager, Vienna Business Agency Gabriele is department manager of mingo, the start-up initiative in the Vienna Business Agency and is passionate to support startups and the Vienna startup scene. Since 2010 she is also CEO of the Vienna Region ltd.
Patrick Prokesch
Director Corp. Development | i5invest Specialised in corporate development and M&A activities at i5invest, Patrick is a truly creative thinker and problem solver. He focuses on projects with tech and online multinationals as well as fundraising for early and later staged ventures, translating entrepreneurial ideas into great business models. Before joining the company in 2012, Patrick refined his skills at Bain & Company and Arthur D. Little based in and across the German region. During his studies, Patrick lived and worked in 7 countries within 4 years including experiences at law firms, a bank and the Austrian Embassy in London. Patrick holds a double degree Bachelor of Laws and Business Administration and a Master of Science from the Vienna University of Business and Economics in conjunction with the Copenhagen Business School. Besides that you find him racing down slopes in the Alps.
Daniel Horak
Co-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.
Magdalena Hauser
Director of Operations | IECT Magdalena is a founding member of the the I.E.C.T. – Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge – Tirol ,a private institution based in Innsbruck. Its main objective is to help entrepreneurs achieve permanent economic success. Together with their partners from Cambridge/UK, they offer entrepreneurs an integrated infrastructure and support them with know-how as well as their nationally and internationally linked network, funding and resources.
Lisa Fassl
CEO, 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.
Bernhard Lehner
startup300 AG serial entrepreneur with 10+ (co-)foundings in the last 10 years, several exits, business angel and co-founder of startup300.

PRIZES

2 Tickets for Pioneers Festival, the major Tech Conference in Europe (worth € 1.500)
Media Package by Der Brutkasten (worth over € 5.000)
Crowdinvesting Businessplan & Financing Workshop by CONDA (worth € 1.500)
Wildcard for Startup Launch Program by Founder Institute (worth € 1.000)

Organizers

Contact person

Tanja Sternbauer
Managing Partner - Mastermind

Eager to create a supporting community for entrepreneurs worldwide, Tanja focuses on strengthen the connections between startup ecosystems and hubs around the globe.

Georg Kuttner
Managing 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.
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