Michael Altrichter was Business Angel of the Year 2014 and Impact Investor in Austria. Michael has a fascinating story to tell: Before becoming an investor Michael started Paysafecard and Payolution in the down‐fall of the Dot‐Com bubble. After selling his companies to the british company Skrill, he is now involved in wide range of internet Start‐Ups, for example rublys, wikifolio or Diagnosia. Those of you who followed i²c’s Public Lecture Serie in 2014 know Michael already as an inspiring person who has lots of insights to share and plenty of tips on how to get investors money. He is also well known for his deals on the start‐up show "2 Millionen in 2 Minuten" on Puls 4 as well as for discussions as panelist on the startup scene in Austria. Michael holds a degree in technical physics, is married and father of two. He is passionate about music and mountaineering.
Christian Bulfon has close to 20 years in Semiconductor Capital Equipment international experience including residency in Singapore and Silicon Valley/US. At Lam Research AG, Villach, he was Managing Director heading the Operations, before opening his own consulting business in 2015. With his international and broad expertise in Business & Finance Operations, Development & Engineering, Production, Logistics, Purchasing, Quality, Sales and Customer Service he is engaged as Operations Head / Interim COO for various fast growing production related businesses. He is invested as Business Angel in three Start-ups and is also an active mentor in the start-up scene. Christian is married, father of one kid and holds a degree in technical physics (TU Vienna) supplemented by an entrepreneurial leadership program (UC Berkeley).
Mag. Daniel Cronin is a passionate marketer and public speaker. He studied at the Vienna University of Economics and Business where he qualified with a Masters in Economics & Social Science. He wrote his thesis on Mobile Marketing and in 2011 became a founding member of the full-service app-agency “all about apps”, where he was Head of Marketing. Daniel is Co-Founder and Member of the Board of AustrianStartups and lectures Mobile Business and Marketing at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg. He presented the show “2Minuten, 2Millionen – die PULS4 Startup-Show” on national TV. Daniel has also hosted many events and panels including Startup Week 2011, Pioneers Festival 2012 & 2013 as well as the World Business Dialogue and the EBAN Annual Congress, both in 2013.
Thomas Ecker is senior investment manager of tecnet equity and primarily active in the field of information and communication technologies. Beyond a secondary education with a specialisation in computer science, he had an career in the IT (software) and the tourism industry (travel agent, Austrian Airlines) before moving into the area of venture financing in 1997. Mr. Ecker spent several semesters studying international business administration at the University of Vienna and at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh. He is a certified portfolio and fund manager (CPM©) and has participated in courses of the Austrian Association for Financial Analyses and Asset Management (ÖVFA).
"Because experience is almost always parody of the idea, I share my experiences from 7 company foundations." Michael is born in 1980 and has been an entrepreneur for the past 16 years. The HTL Leonding graduate has co-founded the company DIG AG at the age of 20, build up a team of 35 employees, won the market leadership in eProcurement in Austria and managed the exit in 2011. In 2010 he started the startup Wappwolf in parallel with the DropboxAutomator, generated 150,000 users with a medial wave, received 1m € in funding and also lived 2 years in California before the failure was inevitable. He accompanied Talenthouse in Los Angeles and in 2014 he tried the Talentland for the support of children in Linz. Since March 2015, he is working as a consultant for startups and is well connected in the startup scene. In December 2015 together with Bernhard Lehner he founded startup300 - home to 100+ business angels and currently 24 startup investments. With 7 company foundations and a mixture of success and failure, Michael is a "minefield of experience" in many areas.
Lisa-Marie Fassl is the Managing Director of the Austrian Angel Investors Association, Austria’s leading network for business angels which connects promising startups with investors. Before moving to Vienna, Lisa was an active member of the startup community in Styria, where she co-founded the npo IdeenTriebwerk Graz. During her studies she focused on Business Information Systems and Entrepreneurship, which led to various scientific studies on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Austria. Having experienced the Austrian startup community from different perspectives for several years, she’s continually co-founding new projects, her latest being femalefounders.at, a network for women in the startup community.
Alexander Franz has spent over 15 years introducing new products. He lived through times of building new businesses, rapid growth and consolidation. He has developed new products with a mobile phone operator and a large media company. Thus he knows innovation processes and product management in large enterprises. As one of the first employees at a fast-growing internet agency he also knows the startup perspective. During his time at one of the “Fast Five” consulting firms he gained experience with a broad range of business problems. Alexander Franz studied business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and graduated with a Magister degree (equivalent to Master of Science). His concentrations were in entrepreneurship & innovation, as well as in organizational behavior and management. In addition, he has spent an exchange semester at Babson College in the U.S., one of the world’s most highly ranked business schools for entrepreneurship.
Mag. Dr. Birgit Hofreiter is responsible for the business development and activities undertaken by the i²c. What started with the program design and management of a supplementary curriculum on innovation for master students at the Faculty of Informatics at TU Wien, grew within 3 years into a cross-faculty Innovation Center offering different services: amongst other things a StartAcademy for Scientists - a unique concept for R&D transfer at Universities. In this StartAcademy scientists investigate the business potential of conducted R&D projects/PhD topics. Additionally, she fathered the i²c Award - a realisation grant for conducted PhD research with high business potential. Birgit is advisory board member of Austrian Startups and co-initiator & steering committee member of the IEEE International Conference on Business Informatics - An academic conference and outlet for applied informatics. Repeatedly, she acts as innovation scout and jury member.
Dietmar Gombotz is CEO & founder of SPHARES, an early stage start-up from Vienna. SPHARES allows you to share data like with dropbox, only between different systems and different data objects. He previous worked as founder of a small software-consulting company (S3), has been head of the JungeWirtschaft Wien (an organization of young entrepreneur’s) and has strong ties into the start-up community being the director of “StartUp Grind Vienna”. Dietmar was part of the first batch of the I2C Diploma Supplement course on innovation. His background includes a diploma in business informatics, a bachelor in computer science and a bachelor in informatics & economics.
Chris Haughtaling maximizes the returns on investments in marketing and sales organizations across industries by bridging people, processes, strategies and technologies that empower people to meet the hopes, dreams and desires of their customers. Chris is a husband, father of three girls, consultant, coach, mentor, trainer, university lecturer, guest author, and founder of VisioneersPartner and Path2Revenue. He brings international sales and marketing expertise to organizations of all sizes, from startups to global corporations and has improved the performance of 1000’s of professionals from over 100 countries. Path2Revenue is Chris’ most recent initiative and will provide startups and SMEs a roadmap for the marketing and sales of a product from the idea stage to globalization. Path2Revenue is the result of Chris’s determination that everyone, even early stage startups, understands the urgency in focusing -and speaking with - the customer from the day an idea becomes a living startup. Empowering young founders with a path from basic marketing through launch and scaling, to going global helps these startups to reach the results they dream about.
Hon. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Michael Heiss is Principal for Open Innovation at Siemens. He studied Electrical Engineering in Vienna, made a post-doc at M.I.T., started his industry career at Bosch and is since 1996 with Siemens in various leading positions for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology Management. He is also Chair of the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Chapter Central Europe and Vice-Chair of IEEE Austria.
Juergen Jelly founded Idea To Market with the objective to offer full service to people and companies that want to realize their ideas or projects. From the first day on until the successful realization and even further. Jürgen is a serial entrepreneur in several industries, consultant, coach, mentor and author. He studied European Economy and Business Management at the University of Applied Science and the University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria and “Leadership” at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Jürgen founded his first company at the age of 23. While he is really passionate about being an entrepreneur, a part of his heart remains academic. This is why – since 2007 – he is lecturer, coach and mentor at the Institute of “Entrepreneurship and Innovation” at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Even if he calls himself a practitioner, he tends to say, that a good theory generates an enormous amount of practice. Juergen has managed and led dozens of projects in several industries like food & beverages, healthcare, pharmaceutical, renewable energy, IT, technology, research, marketing, sports, consumer goods, arts, restaurants, logistics and many more. If it is not about business, it’s about sports. Jürgen is a very ambitious sportsman and competed in masters swimming, tennis tournaments, ski races, cross-country skiing, military pentathlon and some other sports. Beside that he loves to discover the world and is interested in close to everything.
Florian Kandler has founded or co-funded 3 companies to date – two of which raised a total of several million Euros in funding in three separate funding rounds. For his last startup, mobile travel platform Ulmon, Florian was responsible for business development and user acquisition, growing downloads from zero to 15 million. He led the efforts to raise the first 1,2 million Euros. Florian lived in Silicon Valley for 6 months, ‘where I learned more in 6 months than in the 6 years before’, as he says. After finishing his PhD in computer science and business and before starting his first company, Florian went to Germany to ‘learn how to sell’, as he puts it, ‘because sales is a core competence any entrepreneur must possess to succeed’. He is a passionate business developer, sales guy and growth hacker. His favorite topic is fundraising, ‘the ultimate sales situation’. His entrepreneurial journey includes both wins and losses, which allows Florian to give a very diversified account of startup life. He imported the “paying it forward” mindset from Silicon Valley that says: help other founders by sharing what you have learned. Since 2016 he carries this mindset across European borders by mentoring abroad and giving talks at Universities. He also launched Startup Milestones, the European Startup Podcast to spread startup knowledge across borders. And he does the yearly StartupReport.eu to motivate and inspire young and aspiring founders in smaller, up-and-coming startup ecosystems in Europe. More recently, he started Startup Live Streams, where he invites fellow European founders to chat with him, share know-how about various startup topics, and answer question of live viewers.
Albrecht Karlusc currently works as a Lecturer and Researcher at the Department for Strategy and Innovation at Vienna University of Economics and Business. He teaches innovation-related courses for students from different universities, such as from business school, technical university or medical university. His research focuses on how the right intervention can effectively increase the outcomes of teams with interdisciplinary backgrounds. Besides his activities at university, Albrecht Karlusch is an experienced consultant for IT-related innovation projects and a reviewer in public funding programs. He was the CEO of a tech company for more than six years, wherein he was responsible for the financials, the shareholder management and international relationships. In his time the company raised more than EUR 2,5 millions, built up production capacities in Romania and agreed a license partnership with a company in the United States. Albrecht Karlusch holds a bachelor and master degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Vienna. He completed a professional MBA program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at Danube University Krems. He also completed additional study programs at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (Asia Business Program), Technical University Munich, Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Entrepreneurship Programs).
Mark A. M. Kramer is an early adopter, participatory observer and informed critic of information and communications technologies and social-media services. He is an experienced university lecturer, academic researcher and participatory observer, actively reflecting upon and covering the intersection between mobile technology usage and its impact on our societies. Mark lectures at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr and Hagenberg while conducting his doctoral research at the ICT&S Center of the University of Salzburg. He is applying theory into practice engaged in service design for healthcare delivery and e-patient scenarios.
Stefan Kreppelis the start-up representative of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and responsible for the start-up related funding and financing schemes with in this organisation. Moreover he is an economical expert and strategically advisor for the entrepreneurial topic. Stefan has a Diploma in environmental engineering and a Master of Business Administration.
Born in 1961 in Vienna, completed his education in Austria and USA. Creative Director in Vienna, New York and Shanghai. He supervised projects, among others for Erste Bank, T-Mobile, Vontobel, Expo Shanghai. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of cdc | Brandcreation. • Activities: Positioning, intercultural communication, brand identity, communication design, • Teaching activity: • Lecturer at the University of Vienna / Journalism (Branding since 2006) • Various lectures (such as Shanghai University, Communication Design Dep.). • Education: Parson School of Design, NYC Communication Design Danube University Krems Dep. Intercultural Studies Master's course
Thomas Peruzzi acts as an advisor and board member to different tech companies all over the world and he invests in companies like shareIQ, adespresso, waytation and more. Tom often takes over CxO duties for digital native companies, supports large corporates in becoming digital and acts as an external lecturer on tech Universities and he has run his own company -aicooma- for roughtly 10 years.
Gerald Reitmayr is a senior executive in the electronics industry with a strong track record in General Management and Sales. He spent more than 20 years with the number one companies of their time, Sony and Samsung. Being one of the ‘founding members’ of Samsung Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia and Balkan region in 2006, he spent the last two years as Vice President and Head of Channel Group in Samsung Electronics Europe. Reporting to the European President & CEO, the role encompasses the Go to market strategy for Samsung’s 30 Bio EUR European Business as well as the top-2- top relationship with the largest European retailers and distributors. Gerald has a major passion to help phase-4 startups grow and scale. Currently he acts as an executive advisor to two startups: Swiss-based mila.com is revolutionizing customer service the same way Uber changed the transportation industry. Bernsteininnovation. com are Europe’s number one experts for high-end 3D printing. Gerald’s main role however is Partner & Chief Operating Officer with techbold technology group AG. This fast growing tech company is the only startup which all three of Austria’s most famous business angels chose for a joint investment: Stefan Kalteis, Hansi Hansmann and Michael Altrichter. Gerald holds a degree from Vienna University of Economics and is a certified Non Executive Director accredited by The Financial Times.
Christine Spernbauer has more than five years of experience in the field of social entrepreneurship, innovation and venture acceleration. It is her passion to promote social change and diversity. Christine leads the Accelerate Circle of the Impact Hub Vienna, which focuses on the support of social enterprises at all stages of development. She is responsible for programs that focus on renewable energy, mobility, urban development, integration or scaling, providing a detailed knowledge of the needs of (social) enterprises and their best possible support.