Michael Altrichter is 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 10 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.
Franz Salzmann is particularly interested in the blockchain, insuretech, fintech, global saas models, deeptech - new technologies that have the potential to change industries or facilitate work flows. Anything that helps you live your life easier./p>
Michael Eisler founded DIG AG (sold), founded Wappwolf, worked at Talenthouse, founded Talentland, founded startup300
Philipp Stangl is an engineer at heart, but gained significant business and management experience in the last couple years; Management consultant at Arthur D. Little in the Telco Industry; Analyst at i5invest, looking at trends in technology and entrepreneurship; Co-Founder, Group COO and CEO of Austrian branch at VC-funded food e-commerce startup KochAbo.com (built from 0 to 7-figure revenues; exit to Marley Spoon); Currently: Investment Manager at Pioneers Ventures doing early-stage investments in digital startups all over Europe
Dr. Peter Lasinger worked as a manager for IT, strategy and M&A at Accenture for six years. He studied at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and the Richard Ivey School of Business (Canada) and received a PhD from the Vienna University of Economics in business informatics. In 2007 he founded a web startup and is currently also a lecturer at universities. Since 2013 he is working as Investment Manager at aws Gründerfonds.</p>
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.
Daniel Horak holds a Master Degree in Business Information Systems, from the Fachhochschule Technikum, as well as a master’s in Business Management from the FH Wien. Before he co-founded CONDA in 2012, he gained experience as an entrepreneur and founder of his first startup, Spoken Language System in 2007. Currently, Daniel is the managing director for marketing & sales at CONDA, the Austrian crowdinvesting platform, and is well connected in the Austrian startup community.
Hossam El-Sifary is leading INiTS business development and internationalization efforts. He is an advocate of bridging INiTS and startups with other innovation hubs around the world, as well as supporting founders in topics like strategy, business development, and marketing. He has more than 15 years of diversified cross functional international experience in the ICT and energy sectors working for multinationals like Schlumberger and Orascom Telecom, as well as co-funding several startup projects. Hossam studied mechanical engineering at the American University in Cairo, and received an MBA with specialization in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
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.