Has your startup idea the potential to disrupt an entire industry? Are you eager to make a lasting impact in our world? Join our Program and boost your project with the know-how and network of our leading experts! We support you in building your 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?
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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🤝 Registration & Mingle
Get some coffee, make yourself comfortable
🎙 Pitch Storm
90-seconds initial pitches
👪 Team Exploration
Get to know the projects
🍝 Team Building
Complete team setup
🤓 Business Model Intro
Think big, start small, act bold!
by Georg Kuttner
💻 Working Time
Get to know your team and project, set goals for the weekend
🥐 Early Bird Breakfast
👋 Day Opening
👩🏼🏫 Meet the Lead Mentors
👩🏼🏫 Mentoring sessions
Work on your business concept and get immediate Feedback from the mentor your lead mentors
🌮 Working Lunch
👨🏽🏫 Meet the Experts
👨🏽🏫 Expert Sessions
Get input and feedback from successful entrepreneurs and various industry experts
💻 Working Time
Process the feedback from your mentors & experts, maybe pivot a little or put the finishing touches on your business concept
🥐 Early Bird Breakfast
🎙 Pitch Training
The Art of Pitching
by Georg Kuttner
💻 Working Time
Refine your pitch and get your slides ready
🌯 Working Lunch
🎬 Pitch Rehearsal
Prepare yourself for the final pitches
📌 Check-in Visitor
For our guests, investors & VIPs
📣 Opening Speech
🚀 The Final Pitches
The Big Moment!
🎭 Jury Consultation & Community Award Voting
🎉 Throw around Confetti aka Winner Announcement
🥂 Networking & Dinner
The F-U-N Part
Bettina WittmannFounder | weBOUND marketing Bettina is Founder of weBOUND marketing, a location independent online marketing agency. They help entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized companies to improve their online presence by identifying and implementing the right online marketing and sales strategies. This can be done through website optimization, social media, Google AdWords, sales funnels, and other techniques. Bettina helps startups to strategically increase engagement, traffic, and sales for their brand and automate some of these processes.
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!
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.
Markus ErtlerBusiness Angel | startup300 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.
Christoph RichterFounder | Richter Richtets Christoph helped already at the end of the 90ies building up 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 while founding 4 startups on the way. He has spoken and moderated on several Conferences around Europe like the World Financial Symposium or Forum Alpbach and supported in building up the NGO Chay Ya. Currently, he is supporting startups succeed as Advisor and Consultant sharing his knowledge. He is specialized in Business Models, Growth, and Pitching.
Florian BräuerCo-founder | Waytation Florian is a Co-Founder of Waytation - Alumni of Startup Live Program, which provides a solution for congresses and exhibitions to analyze visitor movements in real-time. Florian will support startups with his extensive knowledge and experience in business and also on the topic of apps development.
Rebecca VogelsCMO | Usersnap Rebecca was Usersnap's first business executive, brought in to define the business and establish positioning, product and brand development. She was responsible for developing a go-to-market strategy, launching the business internationally, and leading growth. Before, Rebecca was CEO of Pfiff Media, a content marketing platform connecting businesses with writers. Rebecca is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, using a narrative approach to report on “Women in Tech.” Rebecca helps startups to create value instead of spending all their marketing $$$ on ads. She loves to roll up her sleeves when it comes to figuring out new strategies for brand communication, though leadership for brands, and PR.
Robert HegedusManaging Partner | Fiedler Capital Robert runs Fiedler Capital, a Vienna based early stage VC focused on early stage startups with global potential in CEE and Baltics. He's also also one of the founders of Mosaik, a 1,000 m2 tech campus and the center of the tech scene in Budapest. Before founding Fiedler Capital, Robert worked 10 years top-tier management consulting. Robert has extensive experience in venture and a very strong international network in the VC, startup and corporate world.
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.
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.
Stefan KreppelStart-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.
Gregor-Robert PoschStartup Services | 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.
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.
Regina PlasInnovation Services | 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.
Renata FourmanovaFounder | talkabout.agency 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.
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.
Karina StrengFounder and Consultant | Flybird At 19, Karina started working at Fabasoft in a programming trainer role. At 24, she was CEO at Sybermon GmbH. Today, Karina helps startups set up Product Management processes and train future leaders at Fly Bird Consulting. Karina's passion is to support startups in their growth phase. Her focus is on Product Management and Leadership Coaching. If you are founding a new company, you are immediately in a senior position, no matter your prior experience. Her aim is to provide guidance where it’s needed in order to make teams successful and happy.
Peter WindischhoferFounder | Refurbed GmbH Before founding refurbed, an online marketplace for refurbished electronics, Peter was a consultant for McKinsey where he worked for the largest e-commerce companies in Europe. He can help with his expertise in digital strategy, marketing & business modeling. Peter is a Startup Live Alumni and happy to share his know-how, from pitching, to founding your startup, to convincing investors.
Martin SternathEnterpreneur & Consultant | BIG SMILE Martin is an enthusiastic marketing and business development specialist. After working in the telco-industry for the last years, he co-founded an FMCG-startup - BIG SMILE, with which he showed up a proof of concept of how to build up a comprehensive lifestyle-beverage brand. Today the products are available in several countries in Europe and Asia. In addition, he works for an Austrian marketing agency in which he advises companies on marketing-strategy and internationalization. He can help with insights into structuring your idea and how to adapt it during the startup-phase, business development in terms of sales and marketing strategies (comparison of MNC’s vs. startups), and finally: how to really start your business.
Camilla SieversHead of Unit 3 | IP Österreich GmbH After 4 years of building her food-tech startup "treats." where Camilla was responsible for sales, product & business development, she decided it was time for a new challenge: TV media planning. She runs Unit 3 at IP Österreich, the advertising time marketing company of the Media Group RTL. She offers startups a special "media for revenue share" deal, giving them an opportunity to advertise on TV without having to give up equity.
Gregor JarischChatbot Lead | EdTech Foundry Gregor has been involved in chatbot development since 2006 and industries such as ecommerce, first-level-support, quality management, education. Currently, he is Chatbot Lead in DIFFER.CHAT and Developer Lead of Enterprise-Ready Open Source Chatbot Platform "E.D.D.I.". Besides, Gergor is also Agile and Innovation Coach with 10+ years work experience in Software Development, in particular, Web Services.
Natalie KorotaevaUser Experience Engineer | craftworks Natalie has worked as IT project manager, UX/UI designer & marketing specialist for over 6 years in Russia & Austria.She is a part of the craftworks team as UX Engineer. Also, she is a curator of the ChatBots community & the Lead of Facebook Developer Circle in Vienna. She could help most in UX/UI, chatbots & social media marketing.
Christoph JeschkeHead of Business Development | FINABRO Over the last 14 years, Christoph gained experience in the fields of arts and cultural management, banking, online marketing, PR & lobbying. After 6 years of experience in arts & private wealth management in Viennese and Liechtenstein banks, he specialized 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. After 4 years of being the CEO, he left AustrianStartups and joint FINABRO: a fintech focussing on digital financial advise & wealth management.
Lisa WeinsbergerFounder, 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.
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.
Manuel WeissCo-Founder | Codeship Manuel is Co-Founder of Codeship, which has recently been acquired by CloudBees, a software company, providing companies with smarter solutions for accelerating software development and delivery. In his keynote, Manuel will give us some insights on how to get from the Startup Live stage (yes, Codeship is a successful Startup Live Alumni!) to build a sustainable company, which gets acquired by an American corporation.
Philipp StanglManaging Director | Pioneers Ventures eCommerce entrepreneur turned early-stage VC Expert for: early-stage fundraising / investment, eCommerce, startup metrics, startup financials
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.
Nina WoessSpeedinvest | 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 EhrenfellnerCEO | CONDA Katharina Pühringer (Mag.) is CEO of CONDA Austria, 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.
Eager to create a supporting community for entrepreneurs worldwide, Tanja focuses on strengthen the connections between startup ecosystems and hubs around the globe.