Vienna #12


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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!

You can download the Pitch Intro Slide deck of Juan here.



15:00 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:30

Pitchers rock the show! (90-second pitches)

17:30 - 18:30

Team finding - Find your favorite project

18:30 - 19:30


19:30 - 20:00

Team building - Complete team setup

20:00 - 20:30

WhatAVenture Toolbox Intro - Idea to investment-Readiness Philippe Thiltges (WhatAVenture)

20:30 - 23:59

Working session - Get to know your team and project, set goals for the weekend

09:00 - 10:00

Registration & Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00

My Best Mistakes
Damian Izdebski

11:00 - 11:15

Meet the Lead Mentors

11:15 - 13:00

Working session - Use your Toolbox provided by WhatAVenture to work on your Business Concept and get immediate Feedback from your Lead Mentor

13:00 - 13:45

Working Lunch

13:45 - 14:00

Meet the Mentors

14:00 - 19:00

Mentoring - Get input and feedback from successful entrepreneurs and experts

19:00 - 20:00

Working Dinner

20:00 - 20:30

Pitch Introduction
How to craft your perfect Pitch
Juan Guerra

You can download the Pitch Intro Slide deck of Juan here.

20:30 - 23:59

Working session - Use your Toolbox provided by WhatAVenture to work on your business concept

09:00 - 10:00

Registration & Breakfast

10:00 - 10:30

Fireside Chat
Insights: Investments after Startup Live
Niko Alm & Peter Buchroithner

10:30 - 12:45

Working session
Refine your Pitch and get your Slides ready

12:45 - 13:15

Working Lunch

12:45 - 14:00

Digital Lounge

13:30 - 15:45

Working session - Pitch Rehearsals

15:45 - 16:00

Presentation hand-in + break

16:00 - 16:15

Final presentation session - Opening and short Talks

16:15 - 17:45

Final Presentations - Rock the Stage!

17:45 - 18:00

Jury Consultation + Break

18:00 - 18:15

Award Ceremony & Closing

18:15 - 20:00

Networking and Dinner


Global Partners


City Partners

Daniel Horak
Co-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.
Markus Ertler
Business 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.
Florian Kandler
Fundraising Expert | Florian helps startup founders build fundable startups and find the right investors. He shares his 10 years of experience, starting 3 companies that closed 3 funding rounds with VCs and Angels in Europe and the USA.
Vlad Gozman
Founder & Curator, TEDx Vienna The native-born Romanian launched his first company shortly after finishing his business studies in Bucharest. Vlad founded and developed TEDxVienna, one of the largest and most active innovation communities in Austria. In 2012 Vlad joined the successful Austrian incubator i5invest and co-founded the technology startup Adspired Technologies, that develops innovative marketing and e-commerce tools. Vlad is also a founding board member of AustrianStartups, an NGO focused on supporting and promoting startups in Austria.
Josef Mantl
CEO, JMC – Josef Mantl Communications GmbH Josef Mantl is an Austrian communication entrepreneur with a focus on strategy, campaigns, events & digital media and an “Al Gore Climate Leader”. As CEO of the Full Service Communications Agency JMC he focuses on Campaigns, Events and Digital Media.
Dieter Puganigg
Owner & 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.
Manuel Gusterer
Co-Founder & CEO, Avocodo GmbH Manuel has over 10 years of global experience in leading large teams in Telecoms, Consumer Electronics, Digital Media and Gaming. He has a proven record of successfully transforming startup cultures into happy and efficient delivery machineries across Europe. After returning to Vienna in 2012, Manuel founded his own business, which completed a merger with one of Austria’s leading individual software providers in 2014.
Mag. Dr. Florian Steinhart
Attorney and Legal Expert, Herbst Kinsky
Florian holds master degrees in law and business economics as well as a PhD in law. As a lawyer at Herbst Kinsky he is engaged in the corporate law business with a focus on start-ups. He is constantly advising start-ups, Business Angels and Investors in connection with foundations, financings and exits.

Peter Buchroithner
CEO, Dvel Peter Buchroithner is the founder of dvel, an app, that helps people with their decision making, while providing hours of entertainment to it's users. Before getting into startups in 2012 he founded 3 "old economy" companies including fashion retail, fashion distribution/production & various e-commerce projects. He is an expert in Community Building, Product Management and Social Media Marketing.
Vincent Jong
Founder & CEO, RepliMe Vincent focuses his energy into helping teams to get to market as fast as possible and find successful sales approaches. As the founder of RepliMe he is developing a personal sales assistant that tracks progress and can execute next steps automatically based on sales best practices. He builds on 7+ years of sales experience, mainly in startups. Before starting RepliMe he was responsible for Business Development at Ciuvo, which he helped build into a successful global company.
Jakob Reiter
Co-Founder | TheVentury Entrepreneur, IT nerd and debater has been active in the startup scene for many many years. He started his first company when he was 18 years old and build his own IT/Web consulting company with customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. His newest startup theVentury ( is helping startups to grow by injecting critical resources such as IT Development, Social Media Marketing and Growth Hacking. Furthermore, Jakob is a passionate debater and rhetorics specialist - taking part in World- and European championships all over the globe.
Juergen Jelly
Founder & Consultant, itom invest GmbH Juergen is a serial entrepreneur in several industries, consultant, author, mentor and lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Starting at the age of 23 he founded different companies and gained a lot of experience in implementation and the operations of many industries all over the globe until he switched to the investment side and started “itom invest”, a company focusing on the niche between investors and projects, trying to help both sides to get together for the profit of all involved parties.
Bernhard Pfaffeneder
Co-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.
Alex Kucera
CEO | 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 “” – dedicated to start-ups - he combines experience + competence with the love to work on new ideas together with great teams. THINK BIGGER!
Sasan Haji Hashemi
Director, Venionaire Capital Sasan Haji Hashemi is Director at the Venture Capital and Corporate Finance Advisory firm Venionaire Capital. He is responsible for screening and evaluation of ventures as well as research activities at Venionaire. Furthermore, he supports clients in deal structuring and financial engineering. Sasan speaks fluently English, German and Farsi. He studied financial and actuarial mathematics at the Vienna University of Technology and holds a higher-school diploma in information technology.
Fidel Thiessenhusen
Founder, If you need help with finding/honing/reflecting your business model -->Fidel is your "go-to guy". He will tell you: test your product with an MVP!
Bernhard Rzepski
Investment Manager, tecnet As investment manager at tecnet equity, Bernhard is responsible for the acquisition and analysis of new portfolio companies. He negotiates prospective investments and oversees the investment stage and the ensuing exit. He is also in charge of deal flow generation and sits on advisory boards and boards of directors.
Markus Kainz
CEO & Founder, primeCROWD Markus is founder and CEO of primeCROWD, a crowdinvesting platform for startups. He is also co-founder of courseticket, Austria's largest online marketplace for training and has years of experience in sales and business model development.  into SLAX. He is a passionate mentor for startups and helps turn ideas into practice. In addition Markus supports startups as an investor and business angel. He focuses on sales, testing and development of business models, funding, preparation of business plans and networking.
Christine Spernbauer
Program Director, ImpactHub Vienna Christine has more than 4 years experience in social entrepreneurship and innovation and passionately seeks at driving change and diversity. Christine is managing Impact Hub Vienna's Accelerator Program and Social Impact Start, supporting and connecting ventures from idea to market.
Annemarie Harant
Co-Founder, Erdbeerwoche Annemarie studied International Development and Business Administration at the University of Vienna. After completing several internships in the area of Fair Trade and Sustainability, she started working at a business consultancy where she leads projects around Corporate Social Responsibility. Founded in 2011, she founded Erdbeerwoche, the first company in the German speaking world that provides both an awareness raising platform as well as an online shop for sustainable feminine hygiene products.
Bastian Rüther
Co-Founder, VIERECK Bastian was Co-Founder of the Restaurant VIERECK, Austria's first Tablet-Order Restaurant, and of the related software startup Smartmenu. After selling his main business he joined NUMBER26 in Berlin, one of Europe’s hottest Fintech-Startups, as Entrepreneur in Residence. As head organizer of the Entrepreneurship Avenue 2016, Europe's most visited start-up conference for students, Bastian follows his vision of bringing students from interdisciplinary fields to the startup scene.
Jürgen Faè
Entrepreneur, CEO & Co-Founder Negovation Jürgen has been CFO in the Frankfurt based stock listed Demire AG for several years. Before he held managing positions in companies like Accenture, Kraft Foods and Austrian Post. In the last years has been focusing on building and advising startups focusing on SaaS.
Stefan Kreppel
Start-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.
Philippe Thiltges
Business Development & Strategy, WhatAVenture Co-Founder of WhatAVenture. Supporting Startups & established companies in reaching investment readiness. Expertise in: Business Development, Lean Startup, Rapid Prototyping  
Alexander Streihammer
Co-Founder bei WhatAVenture GmbH Alexander is a co-founder of WhatAVenture. He's an expert in User Interface and User Experience Design. It's all about experience. Branding, User Interface, Marketing, Communication. Others refer to him as "the guy who magically makes things pretty."
Elisabeth Gamperl
Journalist, Elisabeth is a reporter and editorial journalist at „Neue Zürcher Zeitung Austria" (, a new innovative, digital-publishing product made in Austria. focuses on in-depth storys, analysis and opinion pieces and is trying to reshape the old-fashioned newspaper industry. Elisabeth startet working as a journalist in 2010 and published her work in various magazines and weekly newspapers in Austria (among others Datum, Falter and der Standard) and Germany (Zeit Online and taz Berlin)
Stephanie Cox
Anthropologist. Facilitator. Coach. Stephanie has been part of the startup movement in Austria from the beginning and part of the Pioneers crew in the early days. This led her to mentor startups in organizational and team dynamics perspective as a coach. With her background in Organizational Anthropology and Psychology, she runs her own consultancy focusing on startups in their rapid growth phase, fixing their company culture and team dynamic bugs. Her customers range from high tech startups to social businesses. Expert for: Pitching, Presentation skills, Growth Hacking, Company Culture
Gregor-Robert Posch
Startup 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.
Chris Houghtaling
Founder | Managing Director, VisioneersPartner Chris Houghtaling, MBA brings international sales and marketing expertise to Start-ups, Small and Medium Enterprises and corporations across industries.  He specializes on the development and execution of strategies surrounding marketing and sales, bridges people and processes empowering teams and resulting in sustainable impact on marketing and sales performance. Chris has helped launch products, start new teams, turn around underperforming organizations and improve the performance of people from over 100 countries.  With experience working for and with companies from over 12 industry verticals as a:  coach, consultant, mentor, manager, trainer, university lecturer, guest author and founder of VisioneersPartner, Chris has the flexibility to work with you in the method most appropriate for your success.
Damian Izdebski
Founder & CEO, techbold hardware services GmbH Damian Izdebski poured his heart and soul into his IT business DiTech. For 15 years, he made a name for himself as a successful entrepreneur but in the end lost everything in 2014. Now he is back from bankruptcy with a new business idea and tells his experience of having to fire 250 employees.
Niko Alm
Business Angel Niko Alm studied Journalism and Communication Sciences, founded 2011 the creative agency Super-Fi and is CEO of the international media company VICE since 2013. Niko is founding member of NEOS and a Member of Parliament since 2013. His areas of expertise include media and internet policy, space and economy He is specialized in startups and is a a Nano-Business Angel himself.
Peter Buchroithner
CEO, Dvel Peter Buchroithner is the founder of dvel, an app, that helps people with their decision making, while providing hours of entertainment to it's users. Before getting into startups in 2012 he founded 3 "old economy" companies including fashion retail, fashion distribution/production & various e-commerce projects. He is an expert in Community Building, Product Management and Social Media Marketing.
Philippe Thiltges
Business Development & Strategy, WhatAVenture Co-Founder of WhatAVenture. Supporting Startups & established companies in reaching investment readiness. Expertise in: Business Development, Lean Startup, Rapid Prototyping  
Selma Prodanovic
CEO Brainswork, initiator of incrediblEurope, enabler Selma is a passionate entrepreneur and philanthropist. With her business developer Brainswork she supported over 300 startups and individuals on their way to success and among others co-founded the Austrian Angel Investors Association. In 2014 she initiated BrainsClub to empower new startups with her network & experience.
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.
Gabriele Tatzberger
Department Manager, Vienna Business Agency Gabriele is department manager of mingo, the start-up initiative in the Vienna Business Agency and is passionate to support startups and the Vienna startup scene. Since 2010 she is also CEO of the Vienna Region ltd.
Bernhard Thalhammer
M&A and Investment Manager, Styria Digital Holding GmbH Within the investment portfolio of Styria Digital are some of the most successful startups in Austria such as, which is the largest marketplace in Austria for second hand goods. Bernhard has many years of experience in the Venture Capital industry and knows exactly what young companies should focus on to successfully attract external funding and successfully launch their product in the market.
Stephan Jung
Professor for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Applied Sciences Krems Stefan has a track record in founding & funding startups for about 10 years. He is co-founder of the IMC FoundersLAB, works as mentor for i5invest and Conda, is austrianstartups local representative for lower austria and advisor or board member to various startups. Prior to that he was a VC investmentmanager and co-founded a SaaS company.
Philipp Stangl
Managing Director | Pioneers Ventures eCommerce entrepreneur turned early-stage VC Expert for: early-stage fundraising / investment, eCommerce, startup metrics, startup financials

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1.000 € in cash powered by Super-Fi
2 Tickets for the Pioneers Festival 2016, one of the largest tech start-up events in Europe
iPhone 6S 32 GB powered by T-Mobile
3 Months free Coworking space + Incubator program "Startup Factory Academy“ by Talent Flow Coworking (worth 9.000 €)
3 Months free Coworking Membership by ImpactHub Vienna
Financial evaluation package for potential crowd investing campaign by CONDA (worth € 1.500)
Premium accounts from Github for 1 year
Three UX-Consulting days by usecon (worth € 3.600)
Wildcard for SLAX (StartupLeitner Axelerator) finals
50% discount on design starter package (including logo, business cards and stationery) at Strike! IT & Design


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Global Community Manager A communications expert, he is the founder of Skills of Life, an organization helping first-time entrepreneurs get ahead by developing their personal communication skills.


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