Vienna #13


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Share your idea or get inspired, build your team and get to work!
In a unique atmosphere, people from various backgrounds come together and develop early business concepts. Be part of it!

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!



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 Innovationbox Intro
Idea to investment-Readiness WhatAVenture

20:30 - 23:59

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

08:00 - 09:00

Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:30

Day Opening

09:30 - 10:15

Christoph Richter, CEO Zoomsquare

10:15 - 10:30

Meet the Lead Mentors

10:30 - 13:00

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

13:00 - 14:00

Working Lunch

14:00 - 14:15

Meet the Mentors

14:15 - 18:30

Working session
Get input and feedback from successful entrepreneurs and experts

18:30 - 19:30

Working Dinner

19:30 - 20:0

Pitch Introduction
How to craft your perfect Pitch
Steven Sudy, Chief Pitch Trainer @ Pioneers Festival

20:00 - 23:59

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

08:00 - 09:00

Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 13:00

Working session
Refine your Pitch and get your Slides ready

13:00 - 14:00

Working Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Working session
Pitch Rehearsals

15:30 - 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 - 18:30

Award Ceremony

18:30 - 20:00

Networking and Dinner


Global Partners

Pioneers Ventures

City Partners

WKO Wien


All I need

Network Partners

Entrepreneurship Avenue
startup pirates
Thomas Schranz
CEO & Cofounder | Thomas dropped out of Software & Information Engineering at Vienna UT and built countless high traffic applications and campaigns on the Facebook platform. He is currently founder and CEO at Blossom, a project tracking service used by globally distributed companies like Twitter, Nasa, DriveNow and many more. Thomas spent the past years in San Francisco and thrives in environments that cherish the intersection of design, technology and distribution. He is into service design, user experience, positioning, product strategy, functional programming and tea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Steve Sudy
Entrepreneur in Residence, NN Insurance Hungary Steve is Entrepreneur in Residence at NN Insurance Hungary, in charge of fostering innovation within the company. He is head of Sparklab, an incubator that aims to find and mentor startups that can potentially be a partner for NN. Steve has 6 years experience with startups as a startup founder and mentor in many events including Pioneers Festival, WebSummit and The World Bank Investment Readiness Program, among others.
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.
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."
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.
Christoph Richter
Founder | Richter Richtets Christoph helped already at the end of the 90ies building up, the first German-speaking newspaper on the internet. His deep involvement in pioneering Austrian web companies gained him a lot of experience that he happily shared with the rising startup scene while founding 4 startups on the way. He has spoken and moderated on several Conferences around Europe like the World Financial Symposium or Forum Alpbach and supported in building up the NGO Chay Ya. Currently, he is supporting startups succeed as Advisor and Consultant sharing his knowledge. He is specialized in Business Models, Growth, and Pitching.
Georg Kuttner
Managing Partner - The Hustler Georg is fascinated with startups, entrepreneurship and the tech industry. He loves supporting and shaping startup ecosystems and is helping fellow entrepreneurs to succeed with their businesses. His passion is public speaking, moderating and pitching in any way possible.
Michael Eisler
Co-Founder & CEO, startup300 Michael co-founded DIG AG in 2000 - a software company based in Linz. As a CEO he grew the company up to 35 employees and got acquired in 2011. Michael started his next venture and co-founded Wappwolf in early 2010. Overall 16 years of entrepreneurship both in Austria an California is what Michael calls his “minefield of experience”. He recently started startups300, an accelerator to invest in startups and support them along their journey.
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.
Larisa Stanescu
Co-Founder, Girls n' Code Online marketeer by profession and procrastinator by heart, Larisa has gathered over 5 years experience in marketing: she explored the creative world of an advertising agency and gathered experience on branding, switching then to consulting startups on performance marketing at INiTS while building up the TEDxVienna community. She co-founded the Girls n' Code initiative and is currently the CMO of the SmartNinja coding school.
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.
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!
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.
Florian Resch
Investment Manager | aws Gründerfonds Prior to his appointment at aws Gründerfonds, Florian Resch was in charge of business development activities at Jollydays GmbH in Vienna, where he gained operating experience as the co-founder of an internet start-up. Until 2014, Florian Resch spent four years working in the area of M&A advisory, including for Ernst & Young. He studied International Economic Law in Vienna and Stanford. Florian Resch joined aws Gründerfonds as an investment manager in 2015.
Karl Biedermann
Investment Manager, aws Gründerfonds Karl Biedermann joined aws High Technology Funding (HTF) in 2011 as an Investment Manager. Prior to his appointment he was a Key Account Manager (Industry Segment) at CSC (Computer Science Corporation and before that at voestalpine and Henkel. He studied Computer Sciences (Dipl. Ing.) in Graz and  holds an MBA(business)  and an MSc degree  (in Communications) from Krems.
Stefan Zima
CEO | Leonid Consult Stefan is connected with the startup community in several ways thanks to a diverse background. As consultant within the financial industry at the Capital Markets Company CAPCO, he is on the one hand part of the digital revolution brought up by fin- and insurtechs, as well as he is experienced in affected project and change management. As CEO of Leonid Consult and Managing Partner of Curiosity Ventures, he is continuously involved in management and leadership coaching, strategic mentoring und PR and communications training especially for startup teams and entrepreneurs. With an international network and deep industry insight, he is looking forward to share knowledge and commitment with you and your ideas at Startup Live in Vienna.
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.
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.
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.
Christoph Richter
Founder | Richter Richtets Christoph helped already at the end of the 90ies building up, the first German-speaking newspaper on the internet. His deep involvement in pioneering Austrian web companies gained him a lot of experience that he happily shared with the rising startup scene while founding 4 startups on the way. He has spoken and moderated on several Conferences around Europe like the World Financial Symposium or Forum Alpbach and supported in building up the NGO Chay Ya. Currently, he is supporting startups succeed as Advisor and Consultant sharing his knowledge. He is specialized in Business Models, Growth, and Pitching.
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.
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.
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
Nina Woess
Speedinvest | Principal Nina joined Speedinvest in 2012 as a Principal after her studies in Strategic Management at WU. Part of Nina's job is the screening of several hundreds ambitious startups. She has a particular interest in working with early stage startups in the B2C space and is currently engaged in Flaviar and Inkitt.
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Startup Live Academy Acceleration Program (actually priceless)
Tickets for the Pioneers Festival 2016, one of the largest tech start-up events in Europe (worth a lot!)
Crowdinvesting Businessplan & Financing Workshop by CONDA (worth € 1.500)
Startup-Package - sponsored by Der Brutkasten & Styria Ventures (worth over € 10.000)
Premium accounts from Github for 1 year
Fairphone 2 - sponsored by T-Mobile (worth over 500 €)
1 Month Coworking-Space powered by primeCROWD Airport (worth 600 €)
1 Month Coworking-Space powered by Cocoquadrat (worth 800 €)


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.

Juan Guerra
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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1030 Vienna, AUSTRIA

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