Michael Altrichter co-founded paysafecard.com Wertkarten AG, starting it from scratch in 2000 and selling it to Skrill, a strategic partner in payment. After founding and selling his second payment company, payolution, he now has shareholdings in 12+ start-ups and is simultaneously an active member of the advisory board at Wikifolio (a social trading investment platform, www.wikifolio.com), rublys (digital scratch cards for smart phones, www.rublys.com) and Reef Interactive (3D diving maps, www.reef-interactive.com). Michael is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and serious Business Angel, who loves to help highly committed teams developing brilliant business ideas to become successfull companies. Recently he became the fifth Ashoka Network Support Member in Austria. Ashoka is a global non-profit organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs.
Werner Wutscher is an Austrian Business Angel (Business Angel of the year 2012) and founder of New Venture Scouting. His goal is to connect the worlds of startups and corporations. He is also an expert in the field of sustainability, specifically focusing von retail and greentech. He holds several advisory board functions in Austria, India and Jordan. Before that he was 14 years in senior management and federal administration.Born as a son of farmers in the mountains of Carinthia, Werner Wutscher strongly believes that sustainability is the key strategy for the future. Sector wise he gained his expertise in the area of food and green tec. As Business Angel he supported the founders and holds investments in seven start-up companies. Before that he was working for 14 years in top management positions in the Austrian Federal Government and in corporate companies such as the Agrana Beteiligungs AG and REWE International AG. Werner Wutscher holds a law degree from Karl-Franzens-University in Graz and a Master’s degree from Harvard University, USA. He acts globally and serves in the board of various companies in Austria, Mumbai and Amman like Kelag AG, Zielpunkt GmbH and Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. He strongly believes in an active civil society, therefore he is engaged as Member of the board of the Austrian Angel Investors Association, in the Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development (respact) and Vice-President of the National Park “Hohe Tauern”. In 2009 he was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum Davos (WEF) and coordinates the Global Shaper initiative of the WEF.
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.
Gschwandtner Florian is CEO and Co-Founder of Runtastic. Runtastic combines mobile applications, proprietary hardware & the services of Runtastic.com to create a comprehensive fitness and health ecosystem that enables users to track daily activities, monitor progress and achieve personal goals. Florian studied Mobile Computing in Hagenberg, Austria and Supply Chain Management in Steyr, Austria before he started his career as an entrepreneur in 2009. Florian is responsible for most of the ideas and concepts behind the ever-growing suite of exciting Runtastic products and services. He is also the public face of the company and can often be seen at industry events, conferences, and expos. He loves to interact with the crowd and share his enthusiasm for fitness
Chatri Sityodtong is an entrepreneur and martial artist from Thailand. A self-made Harvard MBA entrepreneur, Sityodtong and his rags-to-riches life story have been profiled on TV on Bloomberg TV’s High Flyers and CNBC’s Entrepreneur Asia. Current business holdings include ONE Championship, Evolve MMA, Evolve University and several other companies across sports, media, retail, real estate, technology, and beverages. Sityodtong is an official Entrepreneur-in-Residence and guest lecturer at INSEAD, one of the world’s top business schools. He is a regular guest lecturer at Singapore Management University, an advisor to the SMU Entrepreneurship Center and an advisor and mentor at the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Center. A motivational speaker, Sityodtong has also given peak performance talks at Fortune 500 companies and has also been a featured speaker at conferences such as TEDx, Bloomberg ASEAN Business Summit, and others. He has almost 30 years of martial arts experience as a student, a fighter, an instructor and a coach.
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.
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.
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.
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. Juergen 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. Juergen 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. Juergen 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.
Gregor-Robert Posch is project manager for start-up programs at the Vienna Business Agency and 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. As a result, developing and sustaining the business location and strengthening the position in international competition.
Nicolas Gonzalez Garrido 15 years of experience designing products for a wide range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in USA, South America,Europe and Asia. Nicolas has postgraduate studies in Strategic Design Management and in Marketing. He currently teaches Innovation and Creativity Techniques at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, is the founder of StudioKanso.com, Co-Founder of HardwareTribe.com, mentor at Startup Live and Hardware.CO.
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.
Michael Eisler has a MBA in Strategic Purchasing & Supply Chain Management. He is a very active serial entrepreneur and currently is the co-founder & CEO of startup300 and Wappwolf Inc.
Stefan Kalteis is a serial entrepreneur and (co-) founder of i.a. 123people, payolution and allaboutapps. Since October 2015 he is as the owner and managing director of blaulichtSMS also active in the “old economy”. As an active investor he was and is engaged in Runtastic, Wikifolio, Tripwolf, Tourradar, Dvel and Techbold, among others. Previously he worked as an associate at the Munich-based venture capital company Target Partners.
Damian Izdebski born in Poland in 1976, moved to Austria with his family in 1992. After studying four semesters economic computer science at the Technical University of Vienna, he was working as a software developer and later as a self-employed IT technician. In 1999 at the age of 23 he founded the company DiTech with his wife Aleksandra. Within a few years the StartUp became the largest online retailer of electronics in Austria. Due to the innovative combination of Internet and multiple retailer, Izdebski has established himself as one of the pioneers in the Austrian multi-channel commerce. In March 2014, the company had to file for bankruptcy due to excessive expansion and related financing issues and was closed. Early 2015 he founded the techbold technology group, a new company that understands itself as a provider of IT solutions for small and medium enterprises in and around Vienna.
Marie-Helene Ametsreiter studied Business Administration in Vienna and California, US. She obtained deep experience in the Telecom field working for sixteen years with Telekom Austria Group in different Marketing and General Management positions. During that time she was the President of the management board of VIPnet, the first private mobile operator in Croatia. Besides Ms. Ametsreiter was appointed to several supervisory board functions and signed responsible for the commercial sector of 8 countries. From March 2011 Ms. Ametsreiter was heading the corporate sustainability department at OMV AG, one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. Since 2014 Ms. Ametsreiter is partner of Speedinvest – the largest early-stage digital Venture Capital Funds in the region. Speedinvest with offices in Vienna, Munich and Silicon Valley is investing in digital startups in the CEE region.
Dr. Hermann Hauser is an Austrian engineer, computer and venture capital entrepreneur living in Great Britain. He played a central role in the foundation of various enterprises in the British Silicon Valley (Silicon Fen) near Cambridge. As a student, Hauser attended a language school in Cambridge. He studied Physics at the University of Vienna (diploma degree) and in Cambridge, where he earned his PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory. He is probably most well-known for his contribution to the formation of Acorn with Chris Curry in 1978. The company developed personal computers in Great Britain, among others the BBC Micro, which was more successful than Apple in England in the 80’s and brought him the nickname "British Steve Jobs". Founded with only 100 pounds, the company’s stock market value was 200 million within five years. He co-founded the chip designer ARM, whose technology is in almost all smartphones and tablets and was the biggest competitor of Apple back then. Recently, the company was sold for 28 billion euros. He founded his companies in Cambridge and thus laid the cornerstone for the popularity of technology in this area and the foundation of the British Silicon Valley. Today, the Silicon Fen in Cambridge is a flourishing start-up cluster with 1,500 high-tech companies in the fields of software, electronics and biotechnology. Hermann Hauser also played a dominant role as a venture capitalist in space Cambridge. For this purpose, he founded in 1997 Amadeus Capital Partners to invest in technology companies at all stages. He is the engine of the I.E.C.T. Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge – Tirol and has become a figurehead of successful entrepreneurship.
Johann ‘Hansi’ Hansmann was born in Austria and studied economics in Vienna. He spent the major part of his professional life working as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry in Austria, Germany, UK and Spain. He gathered several years of entrepreneurial experience running successfully his own pharmaceutical company in Spain after conducting a management buy-out of a big pharmaceutical plant, making an exit in 2003. Since this time he is active as investor, regarding himself a business angel. He currently holds investments with a geographical focus on Austria, Germany, UK and Spain both internet and in the health industry. His investments (in total more than 25) include busuu.com(London), renesim.com (Munich), diagnosia.com, durchblicker.at, runtastic.com, mysugr.com, whatchado.com,tractive.com, shpock.com, linemetrics.com and pioneers.io (all in Austria). He is president of the ‘Austrian Angels Investors Association’ (aaia.at), is now based in Vienna and tries to find spare time to ride his mountain bike.
Always an entrepreneur, Stefan Ebner founded his first IT company as an university student. After years of research, his company’s innovation ventures resulted in tribefire, the Data Agility & Digitalization Platform, launched October 2013. With the motto “the courage of being different”, Stefan strives to create a cultural and social impact through the other brands under the Braintribe umbrella (Braintribe Culture and Chaya Fuera).
Matthias works as a PhD student at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). His research contributes greatly to the project "Persuasive Urban Mobility", a research collaboration of AIT and the Changing Places group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. Matthias' thesis examines the use of ICT to promote sustainable urban transportation. He develops and evaluates strategies and technologies that encourage and empower citizens to cycle in urban environments. A particular focus herein is the technology-supported development of urban cycling competencies.
Katharina Pühringer is Head of Innovations Scouting at CONDA, 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 Entrpreneurship MBA class at York University. Already in 2009, she co-founded StartEurope, an initiative for fostering the European startup environment, which was later turned in Pioneers. She was responsible for coordinating international marketing and sales strategies for a big online and offline trading company, before coming back to Vienna and diving into identifying and evaluating innovative business models for financing at her current workplace.
Thomas Peruzzi founded aicooma in Austria, Switzerland and Germany and built it from scratch till earn-out in 2012. He then rejoined University in York for a second Master Study and took over several interims C*O positions in digital startups like laterpay or gigaset elements. Beside that he angel-invested in digital startups like getwiser, spireglobal, adespresso and advised emerging startups with his strong product and Technology background. He is boardmember of Crate and Advisory Board member of admoment, meinkauf, laterpay, refz.co and roq.ad. Thomas lectures Innovation Management and Technology Leadership and is a respected speaker for European Corporates with regards to lean product management and how to avoid the innovatorâ€™s dilemma. International VCs and corporate ventures trust his view on technology during due diligence processes.
Simone Kriglstein, studied computer science at the Vienna University of Technology and graduated with distinction in 2005. Her thesis dealt with “Visual Perception and Interface Design”. She received her Doctoral degree (Dr. techn., Computer Science, with distinction) from the University of Vienna in 2011. In her doctoral thesis she described an approach to the development process for ontology visualizations aided by human-centered design. From 2005 to 2007 she worked as Usability Engineer Consultant/User Interface Designer for several companies. Between 2007 and 2011 she worked at the University of Vienna as research assistant and teaching staff member (Faculty of Computer Science, Research Group Workflow Systems and Technology). Since 2011, she has worked on several projects at the University of Vienna (e.g., OCIS, Viz4PAIS, playthenet) and the Vienna University of Technology (e.g., CVAST). Between 2012 and 2014 she also worked as postdoctoral researcher at SBA Research. Resourceful and proactive, she specializes in designing and evaluating of user interfaces and interaction methods in different fields, e.g. visualizations and games, to provide utility and user-friendly design concepts. Her work has been published in international journals as well as conference and workshop proceedings, e.g. ACM SIGCHI.
With over 30 years of industry experience in various senior capacities internationally, Ivan Nikkhoo is a Managing Director at Siemer & Associates, a leading global technology merchant bank. He is also an advisor at Wavemaker Partners, an early stage fund focused on technology investments globally. He has a strong background in private equity, venture capital, growth capital, M&A, technology ecosystem, finance, and entrepreneurship. He maintains a broad network of industry contacts, and has demonstrated a proven ability to bring early stage companies to life, taking growth companies to the next level, developing teams, raising growth capital, and implementing exit strategies. Ivan is also an Adjunct Professor at USC Marshall School of Business where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes focused on lifecycle investing in tech companies, entrepreneurship, technology finance and ecosystem, the digital economy, and eCommerce. He is also on the advisory council for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneur Studies at USC, and is the Co-President of its incubation and seed investing program, and lectures throughout the world. Additionally, he serves on the board of Digital Jersey, helping build the island's digital economy and tech ecosystem, including its first incubator, and the Board of Trustees of New Entrepreneurs Foundation in London. Ivan has served on a number of corporate, business, and charity boards, including Digital Jersey, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LA Chamber of Commerce, USC Marshall Partners, Junior Achievement of Southern California, and Los Angeles Venture Association to name a few. He is a Wexner Heritage Program Fellow, a member of Young Presidents' Organization, and is very active in the technology community. He was a finalist at the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1999. He maintains a blog for lifecycle of tech companies, is a CNN Guest Contributor, and is published on a number of tech sites. Mr. Nikkhoo received his MBA from USC Marshall School of Business in 1989 and his Bachelors of Science in Engineering from McGill University in 1984 and has completed executive education programs at HBS and Stanford. He is a General Securities Principal licensed with FINRA/SIPC (formerly NASD). He has lived on three continents, has travelled extensively throughout the world, speaks three languages, and is experienced in doing business globally.
She is a senior researcher at IGW Human Computer Interaction Team (since 2011), former Univ. Ass. Post doc (2010-2011). She worked as experiene and design research leader in different collaborative projects collaborating with more than 40 research and industry partners (including large companies, SMEs, start-ups, governmental institutions and NGOs). Ozge holds a PhD in Design Anthropology on Creative Potentials of Migration (Angewandte Kunst Wien). Her major was in industrial design (METU,Ankara). Current interests: Design Culture and Leadership,Innovative Entrepreneurship, Less explored models in design business:open design, D.I.Y and start‐up cultures
I am an academic researcher in Interaction Design, residing in Vienna and leading a research project on designing technology with autistic children - thinking OutsideTheBox. My main disciplinary fields are Human-Computer Interaction (e.g. Workshop Co-Chair at CHI2017), Interaction Design and Children (e.g., Associate Editor of the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction), Participatory Design (e.g., member of the PDC Advisory Board), and Ethics (e.g., member of the ACM SIGCHI Ethics board), but I also venture into assistive technologies, disability studies, philosophy, social sciences, design research, ubiquitous computing, active-assistive living amongst others. As a father of two I am sleep deprived, but typically well behaved. I cycle, cook, climb and take coffee a little too seriously.
Before founding acccoi partners GmbH in 2016 Martin (52) built and lead Cisco’s Open Innovation Programs in EMEAR (‘Entrepreneurs in Residence’ and ‘ChallengeUp!’) where 22 Start Up’s in IoT have been incubated and accelerated in a 6 months cycle and got the opportunity for co-working on a global scale with Cisco Business Units and partners (e.g. Intel and Dt. Telekom). For the Entrepreneurs he could contribute his experience in VC funding, Business Modeling & -Development and integration into Corporate Structures for growth while ensuring the Co- Innovation impact for Cisco and its partners. As member of Cisco’s ‘Founders Round Table’ he contributed with Thought Leadership to the Executive Board of Cisco. Also leading corporates in Finance (e.g. RBI), mobility (KAPSCH) and Agriculture (RWA-Lagerhaus, BayWa) adopted the acccoi innovation methodology. Martin joined Cisco with the acquisition of ‘SolveDirect’, the world’s largest Service Ticket Exchange which he co-founded in 2000 and served as CEO until the first acquisition by Brain Force Holding AG in 2007 where he then joined the leadership team. In 2010 SolveDirect was demerged again and Martin led the globalization until Cisco’s acquisition in 2013. Before founding SolveDirect, Martin held several management positions in IBM in the 90’s where he shaped the transformation of the IBM Services Business from Technical Support Services to IBM Global Services from a Go To Market and Sales perspective. Martin holds a degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and specialized in Computer Science, Marketing and Business Ethics. He guest lectured at the Department for E-Governance and Administration of Danube University. His international experience he gained with Matsushita (Japan), Euro Motorcars (US) and Schoeller Papier (Germany). He is an active supporter of AIESEC and mentors start-up entrepreneurs globally (e.g. GIN – Global Incubators Network). Martin lives in Vienna, Austria, and enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, travel and growing organic food.
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).
Wikifolio is the leading European marketplace for trading and investment strategies by private and professional traders. Traders publish their portfolios as "wikifolios" and Investors can follow the traders of their choice via exchange-listed financial products. I am an internationally oriented start-up enthusiast with diverse business background and a track-record in FinTech. I assess myself as a quick learner, a strong communicator and experienced public speaker who is very active in the Austrian & European entrepreneurship community. Wherever I can, I try to find the right balance between strategic thinking and operational execution in the projects I pursue. I have noticed that one of my biggest strenghts is being openminded and adaptable. I like to be part of driven teams which pursue ideas that have impact. Equally I like empowering others to pursue their ideas. I do believe in the perspective that ultimately "all business is people business".
Philipp Kinsky is founder and partner of Herbst Kinsky attorneys at law, a member of the Vienna mentoring group, involved in the startup business since over ten years and a very active Business Angel.
Stefan Kreppel is 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.
Alex Pinter is co-founder of Trayn, a platform for strength and conditioning coaches to create fully individualized training programs for athletes faster and easier. It was officially launched in 2014 with selected professional sports teams in the US and Canada. Prior to that, he was a strategy consultant at Accenture for many years and worked with numerous international clients across Europe (main industry focus: consumer goods, retail, high-tech, and chemicals).
Wolfgang works at the Energy & Strategy Think Tank at WU Vienna collaborating with OMV AG and Wien Energie GmbH and researching business models and open innovation involving corporate venturing, acceleration and incubation. Beside building a venturing operation for a large corporate, he regularly coaches early stage energy and technology startups. Before, Wolfgang spent some years consulting in the energy, telecoms and mobility industries. He conceptualized and taught an entrepreneurship courses, and is regularly in California to follow the latest technology developments.
Florian has founder 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.
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.
Fadi Haddad is a sales and business development expert. He has been essential to the growth of various businesses and sales teams at multinational companies as well as startups in Dubai, Singapore, Mexico City and Vienna. In his last role as the Managing Director of Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Fadi was responsible for managing the events team that organised Pioneers Festival in Vienna as well as Pioneers chapter events in Munich and Berlin and was involved directly for all event sponsorship and partnerships development, acquisition, and management. During his time at Pioneers, Fadi’s side projects included helping entrepreneurs and startups set up sales and business development and generate revenue which turned into a Training & Consulting business which he now focuses on full time.
Florian Hämmerle studied Intermedia Design in Vorarlberg, worked as a marketer, illustrator and brand designer for various agencies in Vorarlberg, Tirol and Vienna. Tired of constraining job definitions he turned his versatility into business and founded Hämmerle & Luger together with the graphic designer Vinzenz Luger. The branding company works with agile teams, its size adapts to the challenge given and is driven by a simple cause: to make branding accessible to everyone.
Herbert Gartner is a serial entrepreneur & business angel investing smart and hard capital in Austrian high-tech productcompanies; focusing on electronics, mechatronics and ICT start-ups with strong growth potentials.
Klaus-M. Schremser is a serial entrepreneur, who literally founded his first company in a garage together with two friends. In 12 years he learned many of his skills by sliding through almost all positions in his company like professional services, product development, sales, marketing, finance, legal and funding. His company got acquired as the leading Content Management Software vendor in Austria with 40 employees. A side project, Wikidocs, providing collaborative real-time editing for HTML, which was also recognized by basecamp and Dropbox, got acquired after only 18 months by Atlassian, the Australian software company of Jira & Confluence. The last 3 years he invested into enhancing his knowledge in sales & growth hacking as he believes that traction (revenue) is the main problem of startups. Now he's helping companies to increase their growth.
Michael Kräftner is a serial entrepreneur who started at the early age of 21 his entrepreneurial career. He is a strong believer in people and has created a culture where people are encouraged to achieve goals they never thought they could achieve. We will together discover how he recruits these persons and manages to instill an empowering culture in his organization.
I am a passionate People Leader who has worked in a variety of people-centric roles across the United States and Europe. I pride myself on a successful track record of helping startups and early-growth companies foster a dynamic culture via an end-to-end employee experience program while scaling smartly, shaping them for future success.
After studying Wirtschaftspädagogik at the Johannes-Kepler-University in Linz I was in sales for 15 years. I not only learned how important it is to listen to customers but also how emotions drive our behavior and decisions. At the beginning of 2017 I literally stumbled over agile development and was intrigued right away by its focus on people, learning and quality. So with the help of Wolfgang Seidler I became an agile coach who knows that it’s more about the mindset and values than processes or rules.
Having successfully lead IT departments, business departments and classic programs and projects in the banking industry I turned fully towards the agile world and believe. The drive for customer benefit and the focus on people is essential and base for any successfull organisation. As Agile Coach I helped many organisations of very different sizes to find their way towards agile thinking and methodology. I'm thankful for all the learnings I was allowed to gather, for the great people I had the chance to work with and the thanks I got from many people. This is motivating me. I'm ready for much more learnings.