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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).