Alpbach Summer School on Entrepreneurship

17th – 22nd August, 2016

Update

The three candidates with the most promising ideas of the Summer School will be invited to pitch his/her project at the Falling Walls session of the Alpbach Technology Symposium on August 25. They will have access to the Technology Symposium and we will cover the costs for accommodation from 23rd until 26th of August.

These three candidates will be able to attend the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin (http://www.falling-walls.com).

Winner Falling Walls Lab

Sebastian Scheler
Sebastian SchelerInnerSpace
Julia Tischler
Julia TischlerMicrofluidic Diagnostic Device
Alexander Glätzle
Alexander GlätzleQuantum Enhanced Machine Learning

The Programme

Participants from Austria and neighboring countries get the chance to develop commercialization strategies for their business ideas in the course of a 5-day programme. They receive input and mentoring from internationally successful entrepreneurs, profit from the experienced mentors of the University of Cambridge and at the same time experience the inspiring and spectacular scenery of the Tyrolean mountains. The extensive framework programme also provides the possibility of networking with regional, national, and international partners.

The Mentors

Our experienced national and international mentors are there all week to help our participants to apply the input to their business ideas.

Yupar Myint
Yupar MyintProgramme director for the Alpbach Summer School on Entrepreneurship

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Yupar takes a special interest in entrepreneurship and building practical skills necessary for innovations in high growth sectors. Yupar works together with a large number of international partners in training undergraduates, postgraduates, entrepreneurs and researchers with a focus on building entrepreneurial mindset, capabilities and commercialisation of research. Yupar built up Cambridge Ignite course for more than 11 years and during her leadership Ignite has generated over 250 business ventures; more than £200 million in funding was raised and approximately 4,300 jobs were created by Ignite alumni ventures in the last four years. Yupar was a Director of International Development as well as Programme Director of IGNITE and Collaborative Programmes at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Judge Business School.

Yupar was previously a Programme Director at the European Forum for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER) to manage the EC funded EFER European Entrepreneurship Colloquium (EEC) which trains European professors and educators to teach entrepreneurship. She has a particular interest in understanding the people aspects and the social capital effect of business formation in entrepreneurial cluster development. Her research on the “Social Capital of Cambridge Cluster” was awarded one of the top 50 articles in the Emerald Management Review 2005. Her recent research is “European Spin‐Off Practice: A Comparative Study at Four European Universities at University of Cambridge, KU Leuven, ETH Zurich, and TU Munich” published as a book chapter in Entrepreneurship and Talent Management from a Global Perspective in 2016. Yupar’s previous experience includes business development, project management and enterprise development. Yupar completed her MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School in 2002.

Shailendra Vyakarnam
Shailendra VyakarnamDirector of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University

more about Shailendra Vyakarnam

Dr Vyakarnam worked in industry for several years before completing his MBA and PhD. He has combined academic, practitioner and policy interests to provide advice to government agencies and UN agencies in several conutries, on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship education. He has mentored entrepreneurs and held non-executive directorships of small firms in addition to developing growth programmes for SMEs over se veral years.

He is co-founder of AcceleratorIndia which takes UK technologies into India and is Chairman of Kisanhub, an earlystage agro-tech venture that provides real time decision support for farmers. He is presently mentor for an alumnus of Ignite also involved in agriculture – a company that provides micro-climate data to vineyards. Shai is trustee of the Gen Initiative which support work being done for education and economic sustainability in India.

Peter Kayatz
Peter KayatzOwner at Waterbergh

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Peter holds PhDs in biology and in medical sciences. He headed the life science division of a consulting firm and managed due diligence processes, deal structuring, financing and deal monitoring of life sciences companies for a venture capital firm. He served as interim manager for a VC backed lab-tech  company and took a pharmaceutical start-up company from the lab-bench to a trade sale as CEO.

Since 2008 Peter serves public organisations and life science companies in the fields of entrepreneurship, technology transfer, businesss development, partnering and negotiation using his brand „Waterbergh“.

Miranda Weston-Smith
Miranda Weston-SmithSt John’s Innovation Centre

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Miranda helps early stage biomedical businesses to attract investment and develop their business strategy. She founded and runs BioBeat, a programme to inspire the next wave of bioentrepreneurs and business leaders.

Miranda has worked with many entrepreneurs and is experienced in fundraising, business planning and technology transfer. She is an Access to Finance Coach for the UK Business Growth Service, member of St John’s Innovation Centre Training Team, long standing Mentor for the Ignite Programme at Cambridge Judge School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and contributes to the University of Cambridge Masters in Bioscience Enterprise course. She brings experience as a Technology Manager at Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge, where she assessed and marked life science technologies, negotiated licences and spun-out companies. She was responsible for technology transfer at the University of Cambridge for the Cambridge-MIT Institute. In her five years at the seed capital firm, Cambridge Research and Innovation, she identified and invested in early stage technologies. Miranda  co-founded Cambridge Network with Hermann Hauser.

Miranda holds an MA (Cantab) in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and holds the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ Diploma in Management Accounting. She has edited eight books and contributes regularly to industry publications.

Christoph Richter
Christoph RichterCEO Zoomsquare

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Christoph Richter – Enterpreneur, Technology Evangelist, Software Developer with 10+ experience in .net Development & Architecture Christoph helped already at the end of the 90ties in building derStandard.at, the first german-speaking newspaper on the internet.  At bwin, where he managed as Technical lead a lot of key projects, helped him getting a lot of high level knowledge early in his career. His deep involvement in pioneering Austrian web companies gained him a lot of experience that he happily shared with the rising startup scene.

He is Mentor at the WU Vienna Entrepreneurship Academy, at the incubator INiTS and also involved in Austrian governmental research groups supporting the startup scene. He has appeared as guest lecture in WU Vienna, TU Vienna. Currently, he is Co-Founder of zoomsquare.com, a real estate startup that was awarded Austrian Startup of the Year 2013.

Ulrich Trog
Ulrich TrogJOANNEUM RESEARCH

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Ulrich Trog works at the Joanneum Research Center and is responsible for innovation marketing at the MATERIALS Institute for surface technology and photonics. On behalf of the BMVIT he builds up the national technology platform Photonics Austria, organizes conferences, networking and represents the platform in the European Platform Photonics21.

In 2015 he started the Bootcamp for Photonics Entrepreneurs in cooperation with European projects and he worked as facilitator and coach at the Enterprisers Programms at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning in Cambridge.

The Keynote-Speakers

Hermann Hauser
Hermann HauserFounder of I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser and CEO Amadeus Capital Partners

more about Hermann Hauser

Hermann Hauser, fellow of the Royal Society, of the Institutes of Physics at the Royal Academy of Engineering and honorary fellow of the Kings College, is a worldwide recognised and successful computer- and venture capital entrepreneur. He got well known due to his involvement in ACORN Computer 1978, who developed the ARM processor, which can be found in billions of mobile phones. In 1997 Hermann Hauser founded, together with Anne Glover and Peter Wynn, Amadeus Capital Partners and a couple of other very successful companies in the years after. He founded the Hauser Forum in Cambridge which contains among other things an ideaSpace, Cambridge Enterprise and Cambridge Networks. All these institutions help start-ups to create a successful venture.

This year he co-founded the I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser together with his cousin Josef Hauser to enhance the potential of start-ups in the alpine region.

A few milestones of Hermann Hauser:

–  Founder of ACORN Computer – IPO
–  Founder of Amadeus Capital Partners
–  Investment in Icera – sold to Nvidia for $367 million
–  UK´s Computer Personality of the Year 1984

Shailendra Vyakarnam
Shailendra VyakarnamDirecor of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University

more about Shailendra Vyakarnam

Dr Vyakarnam worked in industry for several years before completing his MBA and PhD. He has combined academic, practitioner and policy interests to provide advice to government agencies and UN agencies in several conutries, on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship education. He has mentored entrepreneurs and held non-executive directorships of small firms in addition to developing growth programmes for SMEs over se veral years.

He is co-founder of AcceleratorIndia which takes UK technologies into India and is Chairman of Kisanhub, an earlystage agro-tech venture that provides real time decision support for farmers. He is presently mentor for an alumnus of Ignite also involved in agriculture – a company that provides micro-climate data to vineyards. Shai is trustee of the Gen Initiative which support work being done for education and economic sustainability in India.

Marcus Malek
Marcus MalekAISTEMOS Limited

more about Marcus Malek

Marcus is CIPO and leads the strategy team at the London based big data analytics startup Aistemos. Before joining Aistemos, Marcus spent 3 years with the IP investments team at Coller Capital, a london based PE fund, generating 70+ $m from IP. Marcus also spent 2 years as a strategy consultant at ClearViewIP advising large multinationals and fast growing tech companies on IP strategy issues. Marcus holds M.Sc. degrees in Finance and Innovation Management. He’s a Swede, living in London since 2009, keen ex-professional golfer and amateur DJ.

Gerald Hörhan
Gerald HörhanCEO Pallas Capital Investment Bank

more about Gerald Hörhan

Gerald Hörhan is an Austrian investment banker, free thinker and publicist. He earned his degree in Economics and Applied Mathematics, and graduated from Harvard University with Magna Cum Laude. He was then lector for statistics at Harvard University and investment banker at JP Morgan in New York and McKinsey in Frankfurt. Since 2003, Hörhan successfully works as an entrepreneur in the field of investment banking, corporate finance and real estate business. Among his  function as board director and companion of Pallas Capital Holding, a leading corporate finance company for mid-sized enterprises, he is part of the  supervisory committee in a number of mid-sized enterprises in Austria and Germany.

Furthermore, Hörhan works as lecturer at the University of Economics in Vienna. He is also cofounder of „Die Finanzschule”, where participants are given an understanding of the basics and tools of how to deal and handle money and investments. With his books „Investment Punk“, „Gegengift“, „Null Bock Komplott“, he became bestselling author. Hörhan is concerned with the aim to teach the right way of dealing with money, therefore he founded the Investment Punk Academy where interested parties can improve their skills in financial economy.

Daniel Bartel
Daniel BartelBusiness Innovation & Design Thinking

more about Daniel Bartel

Daniel is Entrepreneur, Digital Native and professional for Design Thinking, Value Proposition Design, Lean Startup and Business Model Generation. He leads innovative Teams finding their Problem/Solution-Fit. He is Publisher of „Das Handbuch für Startups“, the German Translation of Steve Blanks  Startup Owners Manual. Daniel Bartel experienced Product Innovation at IBM Cloud Computing first  hand. He studied at the School of Design Thinking Berlin and started a P2P Carsharing Startup where he applied Strategyzer’s methodologies. He was part of the Strategyzer Team for almost two years part-time and is a certified LeanLaunchpad Educator by Steve Blank. His fresh background in Digital Businesses and Share Economy comes in handy when talking about Product Trends and Digital Transformation.

Daniel is also a Facilitator of Events like the Business Innovation Hackathon, Startup Weekend & Leancamp. He facilitates accelerator programs like the MedTech Startup School and Corporate Bootcamps in order to bring new innovation teams up to speed by building Minimum Viable Products just like Startups. His network fuels the success of new products and services being invented by his clients.

Kamil Barbarski
Kamil BarbarskiLean Startup & Business Innovation

more about Kamil Barbarski

Kamil is an entrepreneur and startup community builder from Cologne/Germany. He believes that people should spend their time and money on things that matter. For him entrepreneurship is one of the best ways to do that so he wants to make it accessible for everybody. His doing is all about bringing great products and companies to success as efficiently as possible with me thods like Lean Startup, Customer Development and Design Thinking. He is the co-founder of MAK3it where he connects the strengths of startups and large organizations. This includes building and taking care of innovation programs like (corporate) startup accelerators and incubators, trainings, mentoring and hands-on product development support. Some of the organizations he worked with: hub:raum, Google Launchpad, STARTPLATZ, hugething. vc, Avatech Teheran, University of Cologne, RWTH Aachen, Deutsche Telekom, EnBW, AXA, 10fastfingers.com, Wotch, Koawach, Prüfungs.  tv, GOKIXX.

He also volunteers for the startup community as the organizer of the Lean Startup Circle Cologne and as a mentor, speaker and co-organizer at Startup Weekend, Rheinland Pitch and Impact Week in Nairobi/Kenya.

The Panellist

Hermann Hauser
Hermann HauserFounder of I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser and CEO Amadeus Capital Partners

more about Hermann Hauser

Hermann Hauser, fellow of the Royal Society, of the Institutes of Physics at the Royal Academy of Engineering and honorary fellow of the Kings College, is a worldwide recognised and successful computer- and venture capital entrepreneur. He got well known due to his involvement in ACORN Computer 1978, who developed the ARM processor, which can be found in billions of mobile phones. In 1997 Hermann Hauser founded, together with Anne Glover and Peter Wynn, Amadeus Capital Partners and a couple of other very successful companies in the years after. He founded the Hauser Forum in Cambridge which contains among other things an ideaSpace, Cambridge Enterprise and Cambridge Networks. All these institutions help start-ups to create a successful venture.

This year he co-founded the I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser together with his cousin Josef Hauser to enhance the potential of start-ups in the alpine region.

A few milestones of Hermann Hauser:

–  Founder of ACORN Computer – IPO
–  Founder of Amadeus Capital Partners
–  Investment in Icera – sold to Nvidia for $367 million
–  UK´s Computer Personality of the Year 1984

Oliver Holle
Oliver HolleCEO Speedinvest

more about Oliver Holle

Oliver is a serial entrepreneur with deep experience in the mobile and internet industry. He founded one of the first European internet startups in 1992  while still in university.

He later pivoted the company towards mobile and in 2004 formed 3united AG, a 3-way merger that created a top European player in mobile content. Early 2006, 3united was acquired by VeriSign Inc. for € 55M. Oliver managed the integration of 3united into Verisign in Silicon Valley for 2 years.

He then founded a boutique investment bank providing M&A services in 2008 and subsequently raised funds for Speedinvest which commenced operations in 2011 and of which he is CEO.

Gerald Hörhan
Gerald HörhanCEO Pallas Capital Investment Bank

more about Gerald Hörhan

Gerald Hörhan is an Austrian investment banker, free thinker and publicist. He earned his degree in Economics and Applied Mathematics, and graduated from Harvard University with Magna Cum Laude. He was then lector for statistics at Harvard University and investment banker at JP Morgan in New York and McKinsey in Frankfurt. Since 2003, Hörhan successfully works as an entrepreneur in the field of investment banking, corporate finance and real estate business. Among his  function as board director and companion of Pallas Capital Holding, a leading corporate finance company for mid-sized enterprises, he is part of the  supervisory committee in a number of mid-sized enterprises in Austria and Germany.

Furthermore, Hörhan works as lecturer at the University of Economics in Vienna. He is also cofounder of „Die Finanzschule”, where participants are given an understanding of the basics and tools of how to deal and handle money and investments. With his books „Investment Punk“, „Gegengift“, „Null Bock Komplott“, he became bestselling author. Hörhan is concerned with the aim to teach the right way of dealing with money, therefore he founded the Investment Punk Academy where interested parties can improve their skills in financial economy.

Harald Oberrauch
Harald OberrauchDurst Phototechnik

more about Harald Oberrauch

Harald Oberrauch received the master’s degree in 2006 at the University of Bologna in Business Administration. He played for two seasons, from 1995-1997, professional Ice hockey for “Milano 24“.

After that he was CEO of „Trend Event” from 1999-2003, a small company for event management. From 2002-2006 he decided to become coach and business administrator of the „Ferrara Hockey“, a sport company in the first and second Italian division. The period of account manager at “Baker tilly-Revisa” started from 2006 and ended in 2009. In 2009 and 2010 he did some specific courses at the  London Business School for business development, market strategies and executive education strategies. Further on he participated at the London school of English some purposely selected course in business language and negotiation.

In 2010 he became member of the board of directors of “Durst Phototechnik AG” and “Alupress AG”. In 2014 he founded as the ongoing CEO the “TBA Tyrolean Business Angel”.

Slav Hermanowicz
Slav HermanowiczUniversity of California

more about Slav Hermanowicz

Slav Hermanowicz has been at the University of California at Berkeley since 1983 where he has conducted research and teaching in the area of environmental protection with special emphasis on physical sustainability, water and wastewater treatment, and water management. The focus of his research is on metrics of sustainability, integrated water management, water reuse, biological processes in water and wastewater, membrane bioreactors, and bio-stability of drinking water. At the same time, he consulted for public and private clients including utilities, venture capital, engineering companies, attorneys, governmental and supranational organizations in the US, EU and Asia. He is a 111 Program Honorary Visiting Professor and a National High-End Foreign Expert of China at the Tongji University in Shanghai where he manages projects on wastewater treatment and water reuse. Recently, Slav became a Core Principal Investigator at the Tsinghua Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, a collaborative project between Berkeley and Tsinghua University. He will conduct research and teach graduate students on both campuses.

Slav is also involved in entrepreneurship both as an academic activity and as a practitioner He was a co-founder of a start-up company in the U.S. and China and through consulting to VC in the Silicon Valley. For the past few years, he collaborated with Norwegian colleagues in teaching entrepreneurship to undergraduates in the University of Southeast Norway (ex-Telemark University College). Currently, with his doctoral students he is a part of the i-Corps entrepreneurship program organized by the National Science Foundation to commercialize water technology. He is also involved in teaching entrepreneurship at Berkeley at the Center of Entrepreneurship & Technology.

Philipp Marxgut
Philipp MarxgutComplexity Science Hub Vienna

more about Philipp Marxgut

Philipp Marxgut has been Secretary General at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna since December 2015. From 2007 to 2015 he was accredited as Austria‘s Attaché for Science & Technology in Washington D.C. to both the USA and Canada. He served at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology from 2005 to 2007 in the Directorate for Innovation, where he mainly dealt with European and International R&D Policy. Prior to that, he worked in the Office of the Special Coordinator of the Stability  Pact for South-Eastern Europe and the European Commission in Brussels, was a Research Assistant at the University of Innsbruck and an Intern in the Office of the Austrian Foreign Trade Commissioner in Casablanca.

Philipp Marxgut studied law and political science at the University of Innsbruck and the Institut d‘Etudes Politiques de Paris, earned a Master at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and complemented his studies with courses in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Moscow.

Markus Gwiggner
Markus GwiggnerCEO Styleflasher

more about Markus Gwiggner

Born 1978 in Wörgl Markus Gwiggner worked for a software company until 1999. Swapping snowboard course for flash learning sessions he gained experience and know-how that was necessary to found styleflasher.new media – an internet and online shop company with focus on webdesign, web development and online marketing. From 2007 until 2011 he was chairman of the „Jungen Wirtschaft Tirol“.

In 2011 he founded the rewarded online platform www.buergermeldungen.com. With 15 years experience in the field of new media Markus knows how to combine practical situation with theoretical online strategies.

Florian Scholochow
Florian ScholochowCEO Mohemian

more about Florian Scholochow

Florian Scholochow holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Innsbruck, Austria and has been architecting several IT-Platforms. In 2009 Florian and his wife Christina went to San Francisco to work with early stage start-ups. They helped to design their technical architecture, guiding them in key decisions in their development process as well as consulting them on UI/UX matters. This experience in working with start-ups laid the foundation for mohemian in 2011.

Today they have a highly specialized team, which helps start-ups with a strong mobile component to plan and execute complex transactional systems in secure environments. They are focused on the combination of high qualitative technology and user-friendly design. With their company mohemian they have co-founded and funded several start-ups and gained extensive experience in highly scalable and secure mobile applications with a corresponding backend infrastructure.

Pinar Kilickiran
Pinar KilickiranCast

more about Pinar Kilickiran

Pinar holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Technical University of Braunschweig. After a postdoctoral stay at Stanford University and a senior researcher position at the University of Ulm, she decided to stop with academic career and worked many years as project and team manager at Sony Corporate R&D in Stuttgart, Germany.

Since 2013 she is acting as a start-up consultant and patent advisor at the Center for Academical Spin Offs-Tyrol (CAST), covering not only, but mainly Life Science and Physical Sciences related topics. Pinar is also acting as Technology Transfer Officer for the Medical University of Innsbruck, and under the umbrella of WTZ-West she is leading the Biomedical Sciences Project.

Wieland Alge
Wieland AlgeBarracuda

more about Wienland Alge

Wieland Alge studied physics at the University of Innsbruck and until 1999 he worked there as a research assistant. 2000 he founded Phion AG – a computer science company which had a successful stock market launch at the Vienna Stock Exchange. 2009 Barracuda Networks bought 80% of the shares of Phion and Wieland Alge became general manager at EMEA Barracuda Networks.

He also won several prizes including the „Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2000“ and „Ernst&Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008“.

Gernot Bock
Gernot BockExpert on grants and IP

more about Gernot Bock

Gernot Bock holds a master degree in mechanical engineering from TU Graz. He first worked as patent and technology transfer consultant at the Innovati on Relay Centre Network. Then he joined Westcam and Datacon Technology, two companies in the field of mechanical engineering, automotive and semi conductor industry. There he managed research and development projects including IPR issues and project funding.

In 2010 he was appointed head of the Innovation Consultancy Service in the Chamber of Commerce. As founder member of Winner Consulting OG he provides help for start-ups and established companies in terms of project funding (grants), patent searches and IP-strategy.

Michael Kraxner
Michael KraxnerManagement Center Innsbruck

more about Michael Kraxner

Michael Kraxner is head of research, development and technology transfer at MCI – The Entrepreneurial University. After his diploma study in Environmental & Process Engineering, he took his doctoral degree in Mechanical Process Engineering at TU München. Kraxner gained important technical experience during his work abroad as R&D project manager for Petroleum Refineries at PSRI in Chicago, United States. He returned to MCI as professor  for mechanical process engineering in 2013 and took over the responsibility for research, development and technology transfer in 2014.

Within his professorship for mechanical process engineering he is driving solution oriented research activities together with process industry working on disperse phases. The specialization of his research work could be found in various types of fluid-particle separator systems and multiphase transport  phenomena, whereby process optimizations are the major link to industry collaborations.

Kraxner serves as advisory council for five independent research-centers within the central European region and gets nominated to the AIChE – American Institute for Chemical Engineers, as Academic Chair for PTF in 2015. Within his research work he released more than 60 publications, several talks  and is holding five patents.

Angela Rittig
Angela RittigFalling Walls

more about Angela Rittig

Angela’s work at the Falling Walls Foundation is all about outstanding scientific research and its entrepreneurial potential. This translates into formats like Falling Walls Venture and Falling Walls Executive Education for which she is in charge of. Before joining the Berlin based charity, she worked for several years in international corporations as a project manager and communications expert. In 2014, she decided to make a meaningful change to her career by joining the non-profit sector. Angela is a passionate traveller, she lived in Indonesia and India but found a home now in Berlin.

Kurt Kofler
Kurt KoflerTyrolean Business Angel GmbH

more about Kurt Kofler

Kurt Kofler holds a PhD in natural sciences from the University of Innsbruck. After the time as research assistant at the Medical University of Innsbruck, he joined Cemit where he was responsible for the development of R&D projects. After a short period as independent consultant for innovation projects he was appointed as CEO of the Tyrolean Business Angel GmbH.

Markus Wagner
Markus Wagneri5invest

more about Markus Wagner

Born in Vienna, Markus Wagner has worked in mobile & internet communication from the outset of his career. In 2000 he founded Xidris and acted as the company’s managing director until 2004. Xidris soon became one of Europe’s leading providers of mobile communication services. It was subsequently merged into the 3united AG which was sold to the US company VeriSign Inc. in early 2006.

As Vice-President for Product Innovations & Business Development of Veri-Sign Markus divided his time between Vienna and New York and worked with US media companies such as NBC, CBS, FOX and ClearChannel to launch new interactive and content services. In 2007 Markus founded the business incubator i5invest (CEE). He hold several supervisory board positions in European venture capital funds as well as startups.

Markus was awarded as the Austrian Business Angel 2010 and won the Austrian Private Equity & Venture Capital Award 2010. Markus is co-founder of the Austrian web/mobile/high-tech cluster InitialFactor located in Vienna and co-organizer of the STARTUP WEEK.

The Contributors

Walter Ischia
Walter IschiaI.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser

more about Walter Ischia

Walter Ischia studied Management and Economics and worked in several companies in the fields of strategy, finance and marketing since 1997. He was co-founder and CEO at Phion. After that he worked at the BTV (bank of Tyrol and Vorarlberg) first in sales and than as area director for marketing for seven  years. Since 2014 he founded his new start-up called AYUDARUM and works as networker and start-up coach for I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser. Besides he is the contact person for CONDA Crowd-Investing projects in Tyrol.

Daniel Horak
Daniel HorakConda

more about Daniel Horak

Daniel is Co-founder of CONDA, the Austrian crowd investing platform for corporate involvement and corporate finance. Daniel studied business informatics at the university of applied science Technikum Vienna and also received a Master for business management at the university of applied science Vienna.

2007 he started his first start-up, Spoken Language System and worked as IT and business consultant. As Co-founder and CEO of CONDA Daniel is the driving force in marketing and sales.

Georg Huber
Georg HuberLawyer, Greiter Pegger Kofler & Partner

more about Georg Huber

Dr. Georg Huber, LL.M. is a partner of the Innsbruck law firm Greiter Pegger Kofler & Partners. He earned his degrees at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Chicago and has been admitted to practice as an attorney in Austria as well as in New York.

His areas of practice comprise commercial and corporate law, including IP and IT law. He has a vast experience in advising clients of the medical products sector, especially with regard to R&D agreements. Apart from that, for many years he has been a lecturer of law at the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI – University of Applied Sciences).

Christoph Lauscher
Christoph LauscherSOT Süd-Ost Treuhand GmbH

more about Christoph Lauscher

Christoph Lauscher is tax accountant and auditor and worked as partner at an international renowned accounting and consultancy company for many years. In 2005 he founded the SOT Süd-Ost-Treuhand in Innsbruck, the western part of the SOT group. Since 2003 he also works as economic mediator and consultant for company organisations.

Mladen Panov
Mladen PanovLean Startup & Customer Development

more about Mladen Panov

Mladen is co-founder of MAK3it. He founded the company in 2013 with the motivation to stop people from investing too much time, money and passion in products that aren’t in line with the needs of the market or don’t solve existing problems, products that nobody needs. Within his business he is working with product teams in leading corporate startup incubators & accelerators, such as :agile by EON, Innovation Campus by EnBW or hub:raum by Telekom.

In addition, Mladen supports the building of the Cologne startup ecosystem as an organizer and mentor at events such as the Startup Weekend Cologne, Leancamp and the Lean Startup Cologne meetup. He is also a mentor within the startup accelerator program organized by the leading Cologne co-working Startplatz.

Jules Banning
Jules BanningMarketing & PR Strategist

more about Jules Banning

Jules Banning studied Business Administration focussed on Marketing while working in a big Sports Organization – Landessportbund NRW (LSB NRW). After seven years in the Marketing/Communication department at LSB NRW in Duisburg she moved back to her Hometown Cologne and founded her own Startup with a mobile Cocktailservice called REALMIX Cocktails. Quickly she get in contact with the Startup Scene and MAK3it.

Since April 2015 she is working on projects for MAK3it and doing the Marketing, PR & Events for them. She loves to organize and communicate and also share her skills with others.

Radoslav Tsvetkov
Radoslav TsvetkovWeb Development & Software Prototyping

more about Radoslav Tsvetkov

Radoslav Tsvetkov is co-founder and technical director of MAK3it GmbH – connecting corporations and startups in order to create innovative business models. Mainly working on technical prototypes, he concentrates on validating business models using the Lean Startup methodology. As a Web Developer he is experienced in web services, APIs, hybrid solutions and prototyping.

Radoslav has been constantly working with startups in Germany and actively supporting the startup scene in Cologne. In addition, he has strong international connections in Eastern Europe and China and is an alumnus of the first SW NEXT in Cologne. With his co-founders he has supported the development and validation of over 100 products. Among others he has been working with Deutsche Telekom, BMW, Hendricks Logistik GmbH, Goodyear, Repucom, 10FastFingers, Renego etc. Radoslav has also been engaging himself actively as mentor and supporter at Startup Weekend Education and DevCamp4Kids.

Georg Kuttner
Georg KuttnerAustrian Startups

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Georg is Managing Partner at Startup Live. Their mission is to identify and support the best early-stage startups in Europe and develop local start-up ecosystems. Over the years they have hosted more than 70 events in 35 cities with over 6.500 participants. Some of their alumni include Runtastic, Shpock, Qriously, Zoomsquare and Swell.

Georg is also the local representative for AustrianStartups in Tirol and COO of the startup AYUDARUM. His passions include public speaking and moderating and he is an expert on how to deliver the perfect pitch.
Karin Steiner
Karin SteinerFH Kufstein

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Karin Steiner is vice director of studies and senior lecturer for business management, entrepreneurship and managerial accounting at the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein. She is also responsible for the coordination for entrepreneurship by organizing counselling and workshops for start Ups, Business Idea Competitions, coaching and mentoring. Before that she worked as business consultant and management coach specialized in organizational and human resource consulting and change management and as scientific assistant and junior lecturer at the institute for human resources and organizational research at the University of the German Armed Forces Munich.

Stefan Perkmann-Berger
Stefan Perkmann-BergerWhatAVenture

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Stefan is co-founder and managing director of WhatAVenture. WhatAVenture is a virtual learning tool to develop business concepts, provide context-aware guidance and provides access to experts and investors. He is currently also running the Founders Battle. The Founders Battle is a competition to help students and researchers to start an innovative company. Besides that he holds a doctoral degree in the field of innovation management and has extensive experience in the field of open and user innovation.

Stefan has a strong research background in the field of open innovation and has been running many initiatives in the start-up scene. He is well-informed in both the corporate and start-up worlds in order to bring ideas to success. Stefan strongly believes in the positive synergies between start-ups and established companies and loves to support technologies that make the world a better place.

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