MTOP (More Than One Perspective)
ALUMNI INSIGHTS WITH NINA POXLEITNER, CEO OF MTOP
Well! Our One-Liner is “Sustainable labour market integration for Refugees holding academic degrees”. It’s our vision, mission, one-liner. We can use it for everything.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA?
All our founders are Teach For Austria fellows. For the last few years we worked in middle schools in Vienna in lower income areas and what you see there is that people living in Austria for all their life are actually not integrated. And that’s where we said: “Okay, we we don’t want to have that again with Syrian refugees coming to Austria right now in 20 years from now, but we want to change it now after school and do something against that”. And that’s why the idea has been generated.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
What we started last year, 4 months ago, is that we had ten associates (we call our participants associates) that started the program our services, the MTOP Associate Program, and that’s actually we provide them with workshops and courses to help them. On the one hand side realize how the Austrian labour market works and on the other hand, we also have like cultural dialogues, get to build a network, get to know people. The program is for three months. So we started the program and we actually ended in December and now we help all the people apply for jobs. And ten out of our … No, three out of our ten participants already got a job now, which we are really really proud of.
WHAT ARE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS LEARNED?
Already during Teach For Austria and also now during the startup, it’s just important to take breaks and to really enjoy having it and maybe just start working an hour later, just because you need an hour more sleep or realize: “Okay doesn’t matter if I work until nine or ten at night. I can also go home at seven, because I need my day, my evening off sometimes”.
FIRST STARTUP LIVE EVENT YOU ATTENDED?
I don’t remember what was the first one. I was at one really a long time ago, I guess like 4-5 years, and I was only a participant. I really liked the spirit there and then. And the last time I actually pitched something was at Startup Live Brussels.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A PITCH?
Just write down what you want to say and then do it again and again and again until you actually like it and change things. It doesn’t have to be the same every time you pitch it.
YOUR ADVICE FOR EARLY STAGE STARTUPS?
Yeah! A team and also a supportnet. So try to find friends, people you can talk with about your idea and your business. And it’s a bumpy road, so you really need people to actually just help you out sometimes.