ALUMNI INSIGHTS WITH STEFAN STEINBERGER, CEO OF REFUGEES CODE
Our one liner: refugees code, coding school for integration.
WHAT PROBLEM DO YOU SOLVE?
We’re actually solving two problems, first problem Austria is lacking IT talents, and second problem: many refugees came to Austria and now they are searching for a job.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA?
It was more accidentally than remarkable. I met some refugees and just recognized how motivated they are. And then some day I read an article in a newspaper about the lack of IT talents in Austria and later another one, and eventually put those things together.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
First of all I want to mention it’s not just me. It’s a great team behind, and that’s the thing I’m most proud of. And also how far we got without a zero budget.
FIRST STARTUP LIVE EVENT YOU ATTENDED?
I didn’t know Startup Live before and, to be very honest, the reason why I came there was the Facebook ad where they wrote there was an iPhone you could win. And one week before the iPhone of my wife broke down and I was thinking: Oh, I don’t have a Christmas present yet. I will get an iPhone for her. But luckily we won the pitch for the community price, because this price was way more valuable for us than the investors consulting.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A PITCH?
Actually I didn’t prepare too much, I prefer to tell stories more than facts, because I think about when I’m the audience what I would like to hear.
YOUR ADVICE FOR EARLY STAGE STARTUPS?
The most important thing is, if you have an idea – tell as many people as you can, get feedback and then find a team, because it’s way easier in a team, and then just start. Start and learn on the go rather than just prepare the idea in your basement and wait for one year.