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Women Startup Competition – Why we do it!

Together with Female Founders, a non-profit organization to connect female entrepreneurs in Austria, we want to support female entrepreneurial spirits. Therefore we are proudly hosting the Vienna Semifinals of Women Startup Competition, which gives our participants access to an international network of female supporters, investors, mentors and media representatives.

About the Event

The regional Women Startup Competition in Vienna is a pitching event for startups, where the majority of founders are women (over 50% shares). This competition is a great opportunity for local women-led startups to express themselves, meet peers, gain invaluable experience, and find investment.

How to attend?

Apply online. We will select a shortlist of applicants who then will be able to pitch.

Who can attend?

Startups and project ideas, where the majority of the founders are women or over 50% of the startup are owned by women. Furthermore your business idea / startup should be addressing a relevant market need, should be scalable and tech-oriented.

What to expect?

Selected projects will be able to attend a expert speeddating session and receive a professional pitch-training in order to be prepared best to to pitch in front of our panel of judges. Winners will be chosen based on their pitches and the potential success of each project. The Winners will get invited to London to pitch at the Finals of Women Startup Competition.

Competition’s official website:




15:00 - 15:15

Pitcher Welcome

15:15 - 15:30

Opening & Expert Introduction

15:30 - 17:30

Expert Speed Dating

17:30 - 18:00

Check-in Guests

18:00 - 18:30

Welcoming & Keynote by Silvia Hecher, Juno

18:30 - 19:30

Female Founders Pitches

19:30 - 20:00

Public Voting & Jury Decision
Audience will be invited to vote for their favorite project

20:00 - 20:15

Winners Announcement

20:15 - 22:00

Dinner & Networking


Global Partners

Pioneers Ventures

City Partners


Network Partners

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.
Verena Maria Mai
Co-Founder & CEO, UNIspotter Verena is co-founder and CEO of UNIspotter, an App guiding students to find the perfect-fit university program. Verena is passionate about innovation in the field of higher education, especially how the digital age changes the industry. She has international work experience in Sales (Austria: Campus Group; Splashline), Human Resources (Liechtenstein: Swarovski) and International Trade (Israel: Austrian Embassy).
Renata Fourmanova
Founder | 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.
Regina Plas
Innovation 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.
Petra Wolkenstein
CEO, Konsultori - boutique consultancy As CEO of konsultori, Petra works with startups and mid-sized companies on their business development and getting expansion financed. She looks back at 18 years M&A in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and building mobile startups. konsultori is the Austrian boutique consultancy for business development. We work with startups, investors, and mid-sized companies on scaling strategy, cooperations, growth hacking, and attracting the right investors.
Roman Rericha
Partner, Brandl & Talos Attorney at Law Roman Rericha is partner at Brandl & Talos Attorneys at Law and specializes in M&A transactions, corporate law and financing. He is in charge of complex and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. As a permanent member of the AWS Seedfinancing Evaluation Panel, he determines the eligibility of projects and companies in the area of high-technology. Roman has recently launched the start-up funding programm “BTP Nährboden” which supports promising young entrepreneurs with high-value legal advice and provides them access to the law firm’s network.
Hildegard Etz
Patent Examiner, Austrian Patent Office By education, Hildegard is a genetic engineer who worked in immunology research. Now at the Patent Office in the department of mechanical engineering her main job is to examine patent applications and do research in the patent databases in order to find out whether to grant the patent or not. She is also involved in informing the public about the Austrian Patent Office, in giving technical support to patent applicants, and in giving patent talks and patent search workshops. Thus Hildegard is specialised in patents and utility models, but also has a very good knowledge about trade marks and designs.
Silvia Hecher
CEO & Co-Founder, Juno Fertility Silvia has an international education in information management, public health, scientific communication and coaching. Prior cofounding the Juno Institute, she worked for 13 years as a medical journalist with a focus on gynecology and as a knowledge manager in the field of Evidence Based Medicine. She is also mother of two girls.
Katharina Ehrenfellner
CEO | 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.
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
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.
Tülay Tuncel
Startup Services, Vienna Business Agency Tülay is project manager with focus on start-up programs.
Gabor Dehelan
Founding Partner GAP Consulting - The Solution Provider Gabor is a visionary business development strategist, business coach & mentor. He has 20+ years of professional career – working for industries such as online & traditional business management, commercial, automotive, IT related, consultancy. In the last years he contributed at many early stage companies & startups by validating and building their business models and concepts.
Andrea Kurucz
Brand Strategy Consultant International freelance consultant for innovative and branding strategies.
Laszlo Hradszki
Senior Adviser, Hiventures Ltd

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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.

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