The focus in the 6-day-programme will be on the development of winning action plans for innovative business ideas or projects. The tailor-made support through mentoring and clinics provide competent advice on individual business ideas and specific topics such as investment readiness, technical and market due diligence etc.
The schedule includes lectures, workshops and practical mentor sessions. There are topics for every day, from marketing and business models to teams and finance. These topics relate to the core development of business ideas.
The mentors and facilitators will support the participants in preparing a pitch in front of a panel of investors and entrepreneurs for the last Summer School day.
During the week individual sessions, called 1-to-1 clinics, are offered with lawyers, accountants, marketing experts and other professional service providers to discuss the specific questions of each participant and his or her project.
APPLICATION IS OPEN ON THE 18th FEBRUARY 2019!
Participants from Austria and Europe as well as from abroad get the chance to develop commercialization strategies for their business ideas in an intense programme. They receive input and mentoring from internationally successful entrepreneurs, profit from experienced mentors of the University of Cambridge and Austria 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.
Global Vision & Entrepreneurial Ambition
Markets & Marketing
Business Models & IP Strategy
Finance & Building a great Team
Selling your Idea & Pitch Training
Demo Day & Gala Dinner with Alumni
Optional: Technology Symposium at European Forum Alpbach
Each day starts with an inspirational keynote presentation delivered by a highly successful entrepreneur or innovator. These sessions introduce the specific theme of the day, provide background knowledge, an understanding of key issues and the opportunity to consider any specific questions related which you may wish to raise with mentors or experts in subsequent sessions over the coming days.
The workshops continue the theme of the day with practical tools and techniques on the specific topic. A number of highly interactive and targeted workshops are offered.
The mentor sessions enable participants to work more closely with an expert, to clarify the business proposition and to prepare the demo day. Selected participants are placed in mentor groups consisting of approximately five participants to each mentor. These groups are carefully developed to match suitable mentors with participants from similar industry sectors or backgrounds in order to optimize the learning experience. The mentors work with each participant, acting as a sounding board for ideas and providing specialist advice on practical issues. These interactions with the mentor provide the chance to raise questions on topics, issues or angles not addressed within the keynote sessions.
Assistance is also available from high quality facilitators. The facilitators are assigned to each mentor group. They assist with the mentoring process, helping participants to navigate their way around the School, and to progress individual projects through insight derived from their own skills and experience.
Individual private sessions with lawyers, accountants, marketers and other professional service providers are offered to cover some of the key issues in advancing individual business projects. Participants are able to apply for business, legal and pitch sessions.
Every participant delivers a pitch in private to a panel comprising of entrepreneurs, business angels and venture capitalists. This presentation will be held in a “safe environment” meaning you are allowed to make mistakes and ask for feedback, in order to be able to rely on that when presenting for an investment or funding. The panel will give the participants feedback directly and in written form, which will be sent out to each participant upon completion of the Summer School.
The networking events held during the evenings, enabling participants to continuously communicate, refine and validate their ideas with contributors, such as high-profile entrepreneurs, investors, corporate intrapreneurs and business professionals. They also help to build that vital network of contacts needed to progress business ideas beyond the week.
Our experienced national and international mentors are there all week to help our participants to apply the input to their business ideas.
Yupar MyintHead of programme for IMPULSE at the Maxwell Centre in Cambridge
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Yupar has more than 10 years of experiences in building up entrepreneurship programmes and international collaborations. She has been involved in developing IECT Hermann Hauser Summer School in Austria and serves as a programme director and mentor there. Yupar worked previously at CfEL, CJBS where she led Ignite for over 11 years and at EFER in the Netherlands that trains European professors to teach entrepreneurship. She has a particular interest in understanding the social capital effect in entrepreneurial development.
Yupar is currently working as head of programme for IMPULSE at the Maxwell Centre in Cambridge – a programme she developed and now runs for the second time this year.
Previously Yupar developed and worked as programme director for IGNITE and Collaborative Programmes as well as a Director of International Development at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
Shailendra VyakarnamDirector of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University
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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.
Miranda Weston-SmithMWS Consulting
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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.
Werner WutscherFounder - New Venture Scouting
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Werner Wutscher has many years of experience in top management positions in public service administration and corporate management. In the last few years he has invested in startups and shared his knowledge and experience as a Business Angel („Austrian Business Angel of the Year 2012“). Understanding both worlds puts him in an excellent position to bridge the gap between corporations and startups.
He is the founder and CEO of New Venture Scouting, where he connects the worlds of established (global) companies and startups to generate innovation and develop new business models. His professional competence lies within the public administration, food production, trade and the green-tech sector.
Andrew CollinsFounder - SurfaceRF
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Andy Collins gained his PhD in bio-inorganic nanomaterials chemistry at the University of Bristol. Andy has previously the Industrial Research Fellow for the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials where he acted as an interface between the BCFN and their industrial partners. During a postdoc position, he was involved in the development of reservable silk/bone composite for Oxford Biomaterials and Orthox. He is currently the manager of the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre and is involved in the education and development of entrepreneurs seeking to establish their own deep tech companies. Andy is also the founder of SurfaceRF, a company specializing in tamper-proof enclosures.
more about Carola Gosch
After completing her studies in technical mathematics, Carola Gosch had a small company for management consultancy and information technology since 1980. Founding of Gosch Consulting GmbH in 1994: Over 30 employees, above all services in (multi) project management and database individual software. After selling the company in 2001, she worked as a management consultant in Austria as well as at group level in France and in the boards of German sister companies. From 2006 reorientation to manager coaching and training with a focus on processes in the SME and start-up environment. Certification as supervisory board manager at the WU Vienna and MBA / MBE at the University of St. Gallen / Berkeley. 2013 Foundation of the NGO “Roots for Life” to strengthen women and children in Nepal. Under the motto Action – Advocacy – Empowerment direct cooperation on the ground in terms of building up local capacities and financing necessary infrastructure.
Her motto: empowerment and leadership
Jane GarrettDeputy Director
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Deputy Director Enterprise, University of Bristol Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) & Director Zellabox
Jane Garrett is an experienced business manager, with a scientific background with over 25 years in technology company management. She has a degree in Physics and spent many years as an employee learning the ‘ropes’ before embarking on developing her own Internet software business, Netcentric Systems, which she bootstrapped, raised equity funding and eventually floated on London’s AIM in July 2000. Jane has spent many years mentoring and coaching technology based start up business founders and has recently taken a role at Bristol University’s Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) where she is responsible for developing the year long entrepreneurial teaching programme and mentoring the delegates. She is driving the development of Zellabox’s business in the UK and Europe.
Siegfried KrainerLead principal for emerging applications at Infineon Technologies
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DI Dr. Siegfried Krainer, lead principal for emerging applications at Infineon Technologies is, amongst other things, responsible for scouting and screening of emerging applications, e.b. Biomed, Drones and new Space as well as the integration of universities and startups in Infineon integration activities. Siegfried studied technical physics at TU Graz and made his PhD at the Austrian Institute of Technology and University Mainz on biophysics. Siegfried joined Infineon in 1996 in the R&D department. He was responsible for lead projects in the field of operations, communication and automotive with more than 200 Mio. revenue. He currently lectures at University Stuttgart, Graz, MCI Innsbruck and Fh Villach and functions as technical lead for autonomous electric aviation and new space activities.
Our Keynote Speakers
Hermann HauserFounder of I.E.C.T. – Hermann Hauser and CEO Amadeus Capital Partners
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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
more about Marcus Malek
Marcus is CIPO and leads the strategy team at the London based big data analytics start-up 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 larger 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.
Birgit GasserIP Österreich
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Birgit has more than 15 years of sales experience in all relevant types of media. From 2002-2008 she worked as a key account manager and team leader for the ORF Enterprise, focusing on TV and Radio sales. The following 2,5 years she spent at the Verlagsgruppe NEWS, where she held the commercial responsibility for 3 different print magazines. As Managing Director at the Manstein Verlag (2011-2013) she collected a lot of experience in the Print business to business field. 2013 she returned to the Verlagsgruppe NEWS to lead the digital sales unit. In 2015 she took over as Managing Director of Trend and Format, responsible for budget and profit of these two business magazines. During almost all of my activities she was in a leadership role heading different sized teams, in sales as well as in marketing.
From January 2014 – June 2015 she completed a Business Coaching Training at the dehner academy Konstanz/Berlin.
Currently she’s working at IP Österreich establishing Unit 3. Unit 3 develops Media for revenue share models, addressing particularly startup companies offering them the possibility to utilize TV-advertising as a very effective and -for them- new marketing channel.
She’s a focused, consequent and communicative person with a great sense of humor. Her professional career is characterized by authenticity and hands-on-mentality. She believes that in my private and professional environment honesty and openness are key.
Georgia DienstInvestor, Coach and Mentor
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Georgia Dienst started her career in New York’s startup scene at aSmallworld, before she worked for Google.
Georgia is a deeply humanitarian futurist, disruptor and business entrepreneur, with a strong notion that we can create radically positive change in the world through science, technology and business. Having worked with companies like Youtube, Google X, Singularity University as well as many global brands and start-ups, she has deep insight into future trends and how these are affecting business and the media landscape. Her passion lies in harnessing the power of brands and business to do good in the world.
Combined with 15+ years of meditation, personal development and mindfulness studies, she wants to enable individuals and teams to reach their full potential, professionally and personally.
Marko CuravićHead of the Unit "Space Research" in the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission
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Marko Curavić is the Head of the Unit “Space Research” in the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission. The Unit administers the space research part of the Horizon 2020 Programme supporting European research to develop innovative technologies for scientific, public or commercial purposes and strengthening the competitiveness of the European space sector.
Between May 2009 and May 2015 Marko was the Head of the Unit “Entrepreneurship and Social Economy” in the “Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission.” As such he was engaged in the establishment of the European exchange programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, the promotion of entrepreneurial education, the support of female entrepreneurs and the fostering of a second chance for honest bankrupt entrepreneurs.
Before joining the European Commission, Marko worked in the ICT sector for the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) in Istanbul/Turkey, as assistant director of strategy for T-Croatian Telecommunications (Deutsche Telekom Group) in Zagreb / Croatia and with McKinsey & Company, in Munich / Germany. His main areas of professional interest are entrepreneurship, venture financing, change management and human resource development. Marko holds a degree in business administration from the Freie Universität Berlin and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Michael AnsteyInvestment Director at Cambridge Innovation Capital
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Dr Michael Anstey is an Investment Director specialising in healthcare investments.
Before joining CIC he was a Principal in the Healthcare Practice Area at The Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Toronto office. Michael has experience in advising multinational healthcare businesses across North America, Europe, India, and Japan on a broad range of topics, including corporate strategy, sales and marketing, new launches, R&D and medical strategy, and M&A.
Michael was co-founder and COO of an early stage biotechnology company focused on developing small molecule drugs that target protein-protein interactions implicated in disease.
Prior to BCG, Michael worked in venture capital, where he focused on investing in early stage healthcare and life science businesses.
Michael earned his DPhil in Zoology in the field of neurobiology, jointly supervised by professors at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.
Michael sits on the board of Bicycle Therapeutics, Congenica and Storm Therapeutics.
Olav CarlsenCo-Founder - Taixa
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Olav has over 20 years of experience in managing tech companies in the US, Europe and South America. In 2010 he co-founded a company as part of the Tiaxa Group in Chile that evolved into one of the world´s leading innovative financial services provider for telecommunication companies. The company expanded its client base from South America to Asia, China and Africa. Before Tiaxa, Olav spent 10 years in Silicon Valley as CFO of PortalPlayer Inc. where he was leading the company´s IPO and Transmeta Corp. PortalPlayer is known as the exclusive provider of key chip and firmware technology to the first generations of Apple iPods while Transmeta developed low power computing chips enabling the design of the first thin and long-battery life notebooks for most major computer manufacturers.
Olav has an MBA (Diplom) from LMU, Munich and is a US Certified Public Accountant. He has lived with his wife and three children in Germany, the UK, US and Chile and is angel investor and mentor to many start-ups where he also holds various board or advisory board positions. Olav has also been advising public development agencies in South America and Germany in topics related to start-up ecosystems and is an occasional lecturer at Universities.
Pavel ProkushenkovLecturer on entrepreneurship and business planning
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Pavel Prokushenkov is a lecturer on entrepreneurship and business planning at Tallinn University of Technology and at Estonian Business School and a visiting lecturer on enterprise strategy at University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France. Pavel became an entrepreneur in 1991 and was involved in several international projects in real estate development, fashion and consulting. He has considerable experience in governing people and managing processes both in rapid growth and in crisis. Since 2018, Pavel has been working on his doctoral thesis on corporate governance at Estonian Business School.
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Johannes ZillerWarbek Rechtsanwälte
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MMag. Dr. Johannes Ziller is associate at the law office of WARBEK in Innsbruck, Austria, since 2011. He studied law and business administration at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck and obtained his doctoral degrees in law in 2011.
MMag. Dr. Ziller published his doctoral thesis on the topic “The attorney’s obligation to provide information on litigation risks” and received several awards for this thesis. He co-lectures the course “Cultural Law” at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck, focusing on intellectual property rights, fundamental rights and data protection.
At the law offices of WARBEK, he is specialized on general civil law and corporate law, including the funding of businesses.
Stefan WarbekFounder - Warbek Rechtsanwälte
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Dr. Stefan Warbek: Born 1965 in Innsbruck. Working for Alliance Francaise (cultural department French Ministry of Forgein Affairs) until 1994. Since 1994 working in internationally active business law firms. Admitted to the Vienna bar in 1997. 1999 WARBEK law office was founded in Innsbruck to protect creative and innovative ideas and hence help to promote their break-through. The firm’s expertise lies in the area of start-ups and strategic patents, trademarks, designs or copyrights as well as data protection and other important personal rights.
The lawyers of WARBEK law office are delivering lectures on selected legal topics, as e.g. for the University of Innsbruck, the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) or the Chamber of Trade, Commerce and Industry. With Bernd Ebersberger Stefan Warbek shares the responsibility for the MCI executive program about patent and license management, both are the backbone of the MSc in Innovation and IPR.
WARBECK’s client base ranges from companies operating in engineering, research, art and culture to show business and sports. They support national and multi-national companies of any size, including start-up entreprenuers, international designers and fashion labels, representatives of the international patent industry, universities, public institutions, as well as artists and charities.
Andreas BrakonierManaging Director of BRAKONIER Consulting
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Andreas is Managing Director of BRAKONIER CONSULTING and Partner at Consilium Management Services. Based on his professional Brand Management and Marketing Experience in global Senior Management functions at companies such as Swarovski, Leica Camera AG and Olympus for more than 25 years as well as international experience as Senior Management Consultant he is actually offering Top Management Consultancy Service and Interim Management Service to SME’s and family owned businesses.
Andreas is also well as guiding Start-ups in setting up their business plans and go to market strategy and preparing them for the perfect pitch towards investors.
Gerald HörhanInvestment Punk Academy
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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.
more about Georg Huber
Dr. Georg Huber, LL.M. is an attorney-at-law and has been a partner in the law firm Greiter Pegger Kofler & Partner in Innsbruck since 1998. In addition to his studies at the University of Innsbruck, he also studied at the University of Chicago. He is admitted to the bar in Austria and New York. His main areas of practice include advising national and international clients in the areas of IT/IP law (e.g. R&D cooperation agreements including patent license regulations, software development agreements, data protection), distribution law, antitrust law and corporate law.
more about Melanie Gassler-Tischlinger
Melanie Gassler-Tischlinger is a partner of the international law firm Greiter Pegger Kofler & Partner in Innsbruck. After completing her legal degree at the University of Vienna, she did her legal clerkship at the District Court Josefstadt and the Vienna Regional Court. Melanie has a master’s degree in international business and tax law from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. She is specialised in employment law, corporate law, intellectual property law and contract law. She is also a lector for various courses held in English at the Management Center Innsbruck.
MIchael RaabCEO of MINTED
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Michael Raab studied economic and social science in Vienna and Basel. After years working as human resource developer in an Austrian Business consultancy he decided to change careers and use his know-how and his work energy to help founders. His main focus point is the funding of innovative projects. The CEO of MINTED helps founders to find alternative ways of financing to realize their projects like crowd investing or funding campaigns.
Andreas RieglerAPEX Founding Partner
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Andreas has a degree in mechanical engineering and business administration from the Technical University in Graz, Austria and Harvard University, MA.
In various executive roles within the Sony corporation he helped establish a leading global media service company and was heading international teams in Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Brussels and Salzburg. Within his 20 years in the media services business he supported music labels, Hollywood Studios and Video Game Publishers in their transition to digital workflows.
Prior to joining APEX Andreas helped establish various technology and media start-up globally and supported VR/AR initiatives between the US and Europe.
Gordon EullerDigital Health Partner with APEX
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Gordon Euller is a Digital Health Partner with APEX Ventures, an European Venture Capital fund. Before joining APEX in 2019 Gordon worked as a board-certified Radiologist at Medical University Vienna (AKH Wien) where he also passed through his residency program in Radiology and graduated from medical school (Dr.med.univ.). Before starting his medical career he founded two companies in Eastern Europe, one of them focusing on the recruitment of nurses providing domestic care for elderly patients . As a management consultant with McKinsey&Company in London Gordon developed and implemented various digital strategy transformations for his healthcare clients (payors/providers, pharma, med-tech). Gordon was also a project manager for the set-up of a private hospital in Abu Dhabi.
Lilia StoyanovCEO and angel investor at Transformify
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Lilia Stoyanov is a chief executive officer and angel investor at Transformify. As fintech and digital transformation expert, she is also a professor at Zigurat Business School and expert evaluator Horizon 2020 at the European Commission. She received the 2013 Coca-Cola Enterprises Finance Excellence Award, the 2017 First Women Award and the 2018 Female Entrepreneur Enterprise Award in the UK. Her areas of expertise are fintech, blockchain and strategy.
Michael MüllneritschManaging Director - Aracuba GmbH
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Michael Müllneritsch has many years of experience in strategy consulting with an emphasis on the energy sector, and is currently Managing Director at Aracuba GmbH, a renewable energy consulting firm and think tank. As such, he is responsible for sustainable strategy consulting, project development and start-up coaching.
Michael mainly handles the expansion of a worldwide network of established and aspiring experts in the field of renewable energies – the online platform “Aracuba Experts”. ,
In his work, Michael places special emphasis on supporting interested young adults from developing nations. As a member of the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group and as a partner in the Organization of African Youth he helps interested young adults all over the world to receive continuously improving (career) training and helps strengthen their entrepreneurial spirit. He also serves as a volunteer mentor for students and startups at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) and the Science Park Graz.
Michael is a certified Climate Protection Manager, Business Coach, and holds a MSc in Renewable Energy Technologies of the Vienna University of Technology as well as a Master of Laws of the University of Graz.
Michaela LindingerCo-founder think300
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Michaela Lindinger is part of the startup300 family and CEO / co-founder of think300 as well as co-CEO of pioneers.io. Michaela’s experience is based on 15+ years working with international organizations like DAX30 and Fortune500 around topic such as digital strategy, value creation, innovation and supply chain. She is the only Austrian who is an official member of the FORBES Coaches Council and holds a business degree from Austria and a coaching psychology degree from London / UK. Born in Upper Austria and still living here, she has not only spent her time in large corporats but also started her own company back in 2014 namend braininspa – an employee experience firm.
Stefan PletzerMentor for startups
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Stefan has a technical background as a wood technology engineer. Early in his career he found his preferences in marketing & sales.
As Marketing Director in one of europe´s leading wood product producers he was responsible for branding, corporate design and corporate communication worldwide.
1996 he became Managing Director, responsible for Marketing & Sales, innovation and organisation in a new founded Division for wood based flooring, which he builded up from scratch.
2018, when he retired, the company has grown up to one of europe´s leading wood flooring producers with manufacturing sites in Germany and Russia, a worldwide sales organisation and a yearly turnover of app. 300 Mio €.
He has extensive experience in B2B and B2C Marketing and Sales on a strategic and operational level in Europe, Asia as well as North – and South America.
Since then he follows his passion to market Austrian wines and he is engaged as a mentor for startups, supporting them especially in structuring the organisation as well as Marketing and Sales.
Benjamin SuitnerStartup consultant
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After graduating Benjamin has gathered a broad range of knowledge in an international context by consulting corporations regarding their business processes and the implementation of management information systems. Thereby, he focused on industry customers and their specific requirements regarding complex supply chain processes. From 2014 on, Benjamin has been involved in several startup projects and has founded his own business in 2017 while also sharing his experience with other startups in his role as a startup consultant at Startup.Tirol.
Alex van SomerenManaging Partner – Amadeus Capital
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Alex is Managing Partner of the Early Stage Funds at Amadeus and sits on the boards of several Amadeus portfolio companies. Alex has a current investment focus on UK deep technology including artificial intelligence & machine learning, cloud computing/enterprise SaaS, cyber security, digital healthcare, medical technology and optical & quantum technologies.
Alex is a co-founder of CyLon , which finds, grows and invests in the world’s best emerging cyber businesses. During 2019, Alex will hold the Clore Visiting Innovation Professorship of the Royal College of Art, and will be a member of the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee.
Alex left school to join Acorn Computers in the 1980s, where he was involved in the development of the BBC Microcomputer & Acorn Electron. He subsequently co-founded ANT Ltd in 1990 to produce networking products, including web browser software licensed to the Oracle Corporation. ANT plc was listed on the London AIM market in 2005 and later acquired by Espial.
In 1996 he co-founded nCipher with venture capital backing to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banks, finance companies and governments among its customers. As nCipher’s CEO he raised a total of £14 million in venture capital funding before leading the company to an IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 at a £350 million valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008 and is now Thales e-Security.
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Werkstaette Wattens is an international company centre for startups, entrepreneurs, movers & shakers and service providers at various stages of development. The focus is on technology and innovation, the creation of regional value and sustainable growth.
In addition to a co-working space, team offices and production & workshop units, Werkstaette Wattens also offers a Fablab for individual use at its 2,400m² facilities. Partnership contacts into the entrepreneurial ecosystem, services and programmes for both, business and prototype development, are paired with professional support to offer platforms and opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and networking.