Share your idea, build your team and get to work: life is short, so why wasting time? Give all you’ve got and create a new business from scratch in a weekend. In a unique atmosphere, people from various backgrounds come together and develop early business concepts.
Mentors with proven experience in start-ups will guide you with first-hand tips on how to make a successful business. By Sunday, you’ll have the foundations for a functional start-up: the projects developed during the weekend will be evaluated by a panel of judges.
You can either pitch your own business idea or help a presenter develop their idea. From business guy to programmer to designer – everyone is welcome!
Pitchers rock the show! (90-second pitches)
Team finding - Find your favorite project
Team building - Complete team setup
Business model intro - How to develop a sound business model by Stefan Perkmann Berger (WhatAVenture)
Working session 1 - Get to know your team and project, set goals for the weekend
Working session 2 - Use your Toolbox provided by WhatAVenture to work on your business concept
Meet the mentors
Mentoring - Get input and feedback from successful entrepreneurs and experts
Working session 3 - Use your Toolbox provided by WhatAVenture to work on your business concept
Pitch training by Daniel Cronin
Working session 4 - Use your Toolbox provided by WhatAVenture to work on your business concept
Working session 5 - Prepare final presentation
Presentation hand-in + break
Final presentation session - Opening and short talks
Final presentations - Rock the stage!
Jury consultation + break
Award ceremony & closing
Networking and dinner
Daniel Cronin – ModeratorCo-Founder, AustrianStartups Daniel is a passionate speaker with multiple startup experience. He co-founded AustrianStartups, was founding member of “all about apps” & presented the national TV show “2Minuten, 2Millionen – die PULS4 Startup-Show”. He has also hosted many events & panels like Startup Week, Pioneers Festival & EBAN Annual Congress.
Alexander KollCOO | Werkstätte Wattens Alexander is an international executive with many years of experience in the establishment of new business units with focus on the creative industry, its strategy development and the management of the day-to-day business. He has 15+ years experience in intra-preneurial positions at Swarovski. Alexander also built-up Werkstätte Wattens from concept stage to operating business diverse experience in strategy, marketing, and branding/storytelling.
Anton GronesInterim manager and management consultant at SignPool Group AG Law Expert Anton Grones worked in management and partially also as managing partner in technology and high tech enterprises for 14 years. Since 2013 he works as a management consultant and interim manager for SignPool Group AG and mainly consults companies in critical stages. The main focus of his work is development and growth (especially in biotech startups, medical technology & mechatronics) as well as securing of financing. Anton is also a local representative for CONDA in Tyrol.
Bernhard PfaffenederCo-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.
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 FeichtenschlagerInternational business developer, entrepreneur and business angel International projects and positions with eg. Daimler, Bosch, Siemens, Swarovski, UniCredit, CA-Investmentbank in strategy development and new business realization make Christian a valuable partner for the start up community. He is a driver for new ideas and break through innovations combined with a focus on efficiency and is known as a motivating leader. “Not the foundation and the start of a company is the challenge. The sustainability and growth – approach from the beginning is the secret of success!”
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 StojanovicCo-CEO, crowd-o-moto & law expert Dejan, an alumnus of UNIMC Vienna, has a legal background and is experienced in IT Consulting. Last year he co-founded crowd-o-moto, a demand-driven online platform for new car sales. His determination to change the way we deal with failures brought him to organize and host the Viennese edition of "FuckUp Nights", a global movement where stories of failed businesses and projects are told, questioned and celebrated.
Dieter PuganiggOwner & CEO, DigitEcon e.U. Dieter is a senior international business executive with board-level leadership experience in the B2B area. Global market leaders in FMCG, services and technology (most recently Nestlé Nespresso, Microsoft and HP), rely on Dieter to establish, turn-around, develop and lead groups and organizations across Europe and globally with award winning success. Focusing on Business Development, Program Management, Process Development and Sales Excellence on a strategic level, he improves the performance and increases efficiency of Sales Organizations generating higher ROIs.
Dr. Pinar KilickiranStart-up Consultant, CAST - Center for Academic Spin-Offs Tyrol Pinar is a start-up consultant and patent advisor at the Center for Academical Spin Offs-Tyrol (CAST). She holds a PhD in Chemistry and before joining CAST she worked many years as leader of R&D projects and teams at Sony Corporation R&D.
Erwin GutledererEuropean Patent Attorney CAST, Center for Academic Spin-Offs Tyrol EG is currently employed by CAST Gründungszentrum GmbH and thereby mentores High-tech projects. Trained as a theoretical physicist he has extensive knowledge in intellectual properties.
Fabian RauchCEO, Onloom Fabian Rauch is founder of onloom.at, which is a carpet E-Commerce store launched in 2013 with current operations in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. In 2011 he founded Get-a-Taxi, an iPhone and Android App with the aim to make ordering taxis more convenient for the client as well as for the taxi drivers. Funded by business angels from Germany and Switzerland, Get-a-Taxi expanded to several cities in Austria and became one of the most downloaded apps in Austria. In 2013 the company was sold to foreign investors.
Georg MolzerFounder, georgraphics Georg studied visual computing and innovation at Vienna UT and founded his first company in 2006. He is deeply interested in mathematics, programming, visualization and design; trying to cover these themes when approaching new endeavors. Beside being the mobile design lead for Jumio he co-created Flying, an iPhone app for air travelers, which was sold in 2014. Even though he started to reduce his workload to free up time for volunteering, sports and yoga, he just loves to combine his knowledge to create aesthetic, honest and joyful products.
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.
Marius StarckeStrategic Supporter and Active International Mentor Over the last few years, Marius has mentored in many Startup Live events in all over Europe. Being one of the founders of StartEurope in 2009, he is also one of the original founders of AustrianStartups in 2013. Marius has a long career in entrepreneurship boards and strategic consultancy. He was a strategic consultant on Roland Berger Consulting Company and has supported Pioneers, as host of one of the largest start-up festivals in Europe.
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.
Stefan EnglCo-founder and COO, Kjero Kjero is a leading provider of word of mouth marketing in Austria, Germany and Switzerland with customers like Nestlé, Beiersdorf and Henkel. In 2007 Stefan founded an advertising agency and in 2012 an eHealth startup with customers like Raiffeisen, Alder Lacke and DB Schenker. Stefan is also a voluntary local board member of Junge Wirtschaft Tirol and responsible for startups.
Tom ThalerFounder & Consultant, Thaler Enterprises Tom is a skilled compute scientist, consultant, balance sheet expert, and soon lawyer. The passionate tourism expert holds regular speeches at conferences and in seminars about social media marketing and big date. He further teaches eMarketing since 2005 at the university of applied sciences for management & IT in Innsbruck, focusing on SEO and business model optimization of web portals. Being entrepreneur since 1993, Tom for sure knows every up and down of being an entrepreneur.
Dr. Florian BeckeCEO, CAST - Center for Academic Spin-Offs Tyrol
Harald OberrauchCEO Tyrolean Business Angels GmbH & Board Member Durst Phototechnik AG Harald Oberrauch received the master’s degree in 2006 at the University of Bologna in Business Administration. He played for two seasons, from 1995-1997, professional Ice hockey for “Milano 24“. After that he was CEO of „Trend Event” from 1999-2003, a small company for event management. From 2002-2006 he decided to become coach and business administrator of the „Ferrara Hockey“, a sport company in the first and second Italian division. The period of account manager at “Baker tilly-Revisa” started from 2006 and ended in 2009. In 2009 and 2010 he did some specific courses at the London Business School for business development, market strategies and executive education strategies. Further on he participated at the London school of English some purposely-selected course in business language and negotiation. In 2010 he became member of the board of directors of “Durst Phototechnik AG” and “Alupress AG”. In 2014 he founded as the ongoing CEO the “TBA-Tyrolean Business Angel”.
Hermann HauserTechnology entrepreneur and venture capitalist, I.E.C.T. Hermann played an important part in business foundations in the British Silicon Valley near Cambridge as founder as well as venture capitalist. In the future he wants to support Austrian founders on their road to success with the newly founded International Entrepreneurship-Center Tirol.
Ingeborg FreudenthalerCEO, Start Up Fonds Tiroler Adler Runde & CEO, Freudenthaler GmbH & Co KG
Wieland AlgeCEO / General Manager EMEA Barracuda Wieland is responsible for all business activities of Barracuda Networks in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Previously he was CEO and Co-Founder of phion AG, which was merged with Barracuda Networks in 2009. He is very experienced in the conceptualization and implementation of international security projects. In 2008 he received the award "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young.
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