The goAustria program offers participants a personal start-up mentor who will support you in validating your business model and connecting you with relevant stakeholders.
These Mentors are the USP of the program. They create a tailor-made internationalization strategy together with the start-ups and either come from a relevant field of studies or have excellent connections to the start-up ecosystem.
“Where are your customers coming from? What job are people hiring your product or service for? — Understanding your customer’s journey will lead you to improving the entire product experience, define and execute the right business goals at the right time.”
Allan is supporter and advisor of various startups and entrepreneurs in different stages. He is co-founder & COO of the software company Blossom and co-initiator of Lemmings I/O, an incubator focused on art and artificial intelligence. Living in Silicon Valley enriched his business perspectives and experiences which he's happy to share to individuals and teams. His cross-functional expertise ranges from design, user experience, technology, distribution, product development and -management to empowering teams.
"Find an idea you love, and execute, execute, execute!”
Christoph has a strong passion for IT and entrepreneurship, what is reflected in his career too. Before, while and after his studies at the Vienna University of Economi c(Bachelor of International Business with focus on Entrepreneurship an Innovations and Master in Strategy, Innovation and Management Control), he co-founded three startups with focus in the web and IT area. Beside his entrepreneurieal passion he also likes to pass his know-how (more than 10 years of experience in the field) to other startups as mentor, speaker or advisor.
"I am a scientist and manager with 35 years experience in translating ideas into products."
Bernhard is a biotechnology expert and entrepreneurial manager with long standing record in international life science biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. During his professional carrier he has been research scientist and manager in the life science industry sector in start-up and global biotech/pharmaceutical companies in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Austria. He is founder and co-founder of biotech and life science start-up companies as well. With his organisation Biotechnology Consulting, he assists early stage life companies in their product development projects.
"The only place where success comes before work is the dictionary"
He has a proven track record of over 15 years across the whole value chain. His last responsibility was as country Marketing Manager for the Austrian subsidiary of Ecolab Healthcare. Previously, he performed in marketing and management accounting for IT companies (Oracle and IBM), as well as in Life Sciences (Boehringer Ingelheim, JnJ). Florian’s area of expertise spans from quantitative strategy including developing the business model, targeting and pricing to execution by developing targets, KPIs, initiatives and automation. Clients value his holistic approach to measure rigorously marketing efforts for effectiveness and efficiency – following the rationale that you can only manage what you can measure.
Florian graduated with a double degree CEMS Master from the French elite university HEC Paris and the Vienna University for Economics and Business. Currently he teaches at the Innovation Incubation Programme of the Technical University of Vienna. He lives in Vienna and is fluent in French, English and German.
"Thorough experience allows me bridging the gap between startups and numeric goal oriented corporates and investors."
Entrepreneur, executive and investor with a track record of scaling businesses. 20 years experience in various industries, including renewable energy, clean tech, software & internet technologies and digital. More than 25 growth investments empower for growing international businesses and attracting new business while improving effectiveness. Christoph also served on the Supervisory or Management Board at 10 VC backed companies like SolveDirect, an IT company providing cloud-based solutions for smart IT service management integration, Piano Media, Basemedia and FutureLab. He has in-depth knowledge of the investment landscape in Central and Eastern Europe, including Austria.
Christoph´s educational background is a PhD degree in Finance. He also lectures post-graduate courses for new media at Modul University Vienna.
Daniel holds two master degrees, one in entrepreneurship and another in business informatics. While he worked for a big company in the ICT sector, he founded his company “Spoken Language System”, what brought him his first experiences of entrepreneurship. Today he is Managing Partner at CONDA, where he is its driving force in marketing and sales and of Startup Live but also he is a member of the board at AustrianStartups, one of Austrias biggest startup communities.
"Keep up that startup spirit!"
Florian is a serial entrepreneur from Vienna. Two of his own startups have raised several million Euros from Angels and VCs in Europe and the USA, including Oliver Samwer (Rocket Internet). He lived in Copenhagen, Munich and Silicon Valley – and currently in Vienna.
Via his platform GetFunding.how, Florian has coached dozens of startup founders in 15 countries on fundraising, pitching and B2B sales in workshops, 1:1 coaching and online programs like the Fundraising Masterclass.
He supports the innovation ecosystem by publishing the yearly Startup Report, hosting the “Startup Milestones” and the “Gründer & Zünder” podcasts, and teaching and talking at select conferences. In 2019 Florian has become known to a broader audience as the official pitch coach of the Austrian version of the TV show “Shark Tank”.
“Entrepreneurship is an endeavour. Funding and fundraising is a crucial part of a start-up’s growth strategy. Let’s do it right, together!”
Stefan is a corporate finance professional with over 8 years of experience in the execution of structured investor processes. Before founding redtower ventures in 2014 he gained valuable expertise in Investment Banking (M&A) in Frankfurt and Vienna. He holds a masters degree in Finance & Accounting and spent his exchange semesters in Madrid, Spain as well as in Seoul, South Korea.
His main focus today is to support start-ups in fundraising, corporate development and strategic planning. Stefan has built a strong track record over the years and in 2017 he successfully executed one of the largest seed financing rounds of all time in Austria.
Elisaweta owns 8 years experience of international Executive Search and Business Coaching&Training expecially for the Life Science Industry. She is founder of in-spectum and advisor for the Life Sciences industry. Before her career in the coaching and advising sector, she successfully developed and launched own patented devices for drinking water analysis. As well she gained experiences in Sales, Key Account Management and Global Business Development in the Life Sciences Industry.
„I have seen that building a company is hard work. The good news: you do not have to rely on being lucky.“
Before Herwig joined i5invest as CEO in 2015, he worked for PwC in the Deals Practice for over 10 years. In his current position Herwig leverages his experience in order to support IT / Tech companies in all company stages. Besides his work, he is a frequent speaker and trainer at Startup-, Tech- and Deals-conferences. Herwig graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, holds a CEMS Master’s degree in International Management, and is currently enrolled in the Master program for Renewable Energy in CEE at the Vienna University of Technology.
“Do or do not. There is no try!”
Daniel has more than 19 years of experience in marketing and sales in several industries (e.g. advertising, healthcare, IT, media). As a "Lean Startup Evangelist" and “Client Whisperer" Daniel’s focus is tracking and serving customers’ needs.
Moreover as a good listener he is always eager to help and support teams, projects and companies in setting up a solid sales structure or developing new business fields. In further steps he assists the process of transformation from product-focused to sales-focused organisation and helps his clients to enter new markets by (co-)planning and also co-executing the right strategy and approach.
Daniel is convinced that closing deals is only a matter of the right moment if all needs are met.
He believes in supporting entrepreneurs by questioning the latters about evaluating and validating the market(s). So Daniel doesn't need to judge their business model and restrict their potential. As an entrepreneur Daniel enjoys getting involved in various industries and breaking down specific goals into common and sober approaches.
His passions are networking and connecting not only people but - of course - “the dots”.
Currently he is serving clients in Austria, Germany, Switzerland as well as countries in CEE.
“Love and serve your customers and success will follow!”
Thomas has a strong consultancy background, he worked many years as a Project Manager and consultant for Strategy Consulting Firms in D-A-CH and CEE region. Furthermore he is a certified Business Coach, passionate facilitator of personal and professional growth for aspiring individuals and teams. As advisor for startups he works with them on Business Development and Go-to-Market strategies. He is a mentor at international acceleration programs in Europe and Israel with a focus on the healthcare industry.
Klaus has more than 25 years experience in the Life Science/ Biotech area. Currently he is owner of Danube BioSolutions and is working as Interim Manager/ Freelancer for several companies. He is also supporting start-up companies. His expertise ranges from recombinant and plasmatic proteins, viral vaccines, and analytical methods, to the knowledge of applicable national and international GxP regulations. He has also experience in business development, technology transfer, patent management and as Biosafety Manager.
"I am excited to share my own founders experience with passionate teams to accelerate their success."
Martin has a proven track record in growing businesses internationally in both corporate positions with Brain Force AG, IBM and Cisco as well as in the field of Start Up’s as the founder of SolveDirect. He can translate between the Start Up and the corporate world and knows how to set expectations that lead to operational success. Martin introduced ‚Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence‘ in Europe which was ranked the #1 corporate acceleration program only 20 months later in Forbes Magazin 6/2016.
“Fully understand your target group, solve problems and have a clear idea about what your brand wants to stand for in your customer’s minds. Be credible and consistent. Success will follow.”
Jürgen has an extensive background in global companies such as Bacardi, L’Oréal and McDonald’s. He is an expert in marketing, press relations and business development and passionate about branding. After a sabbatical in Shanghai, where he connected with the local start-up scene, he is currently working on his own start-up and supports other start-ups to chase their dreams. Jürgen is also advisor at the Vienna-based Io2 Hub and works with IoT and smart technology start-ups on their positioning and market entry strategies.
"I push tech-driven Start-Ups in the area of B2B Sales."
Dietmar looks back on 16 years of experiences in the IT field in diverse roles. He holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) & in Business Informatics (Economics) as well a higher college degree for data processing with a strong focus on B2B Sales & business models. Since 2004 he has founded two companies in the IT field, is shareholder of two companies and advisor to two tech foundations as well of the Austrian Incubator of the Vienna University of Technology.
Birgit is an advisory board member of AustrianStartups and co-initiator & steering committee member of the IEEE International Conference on Business Informatics. She has acted as an innovation scout and jury member repeatedly. Furthermore Birgit is responsible for the innovation center at the University of Technology in Vienna. What started with a supplementary curriculum on innovation for master students grew within three years to a cross-faculty Innovation Center offering different services for scientists.
Bernhard is an entrepreneur and seasoned life science manager with over 20 years experience in pharma, medtech, biotech & health IT companies in national and global roles.
He brings in an extensive network in the life science industry and a clear understanding how to best manage the full life cycle from preincubation to commercialization.
His company advices start-ups, scaling and established life science companies on
So far his company has managed and advised on over 30 products, services and indications and successfully managed over 25 client projects in the life science industry.
"Knowing how to effectively sell your idea - whether to investors or directly to customers - is key to being successful in business. With my guidance you will master The Art of Pitching™ and refine your business model along the way!"
Georg is Managing Partner of Startup Live, the leading early-stage
startup acceleration program in Europe and one of the biggest
entrepreneurial communities world-wide. He has been supporting and shaping national and regional start-up ecosystems for years and has a high understanding for the needs of entrepreneurs away from typical startups hotspots. He regularly shares his experiences and expertise in the startup and tech world with founders across
the globe and accompanies them on their way to sustainable success.
Besides that, he is also a professional event moderator, public speaker, event facilitator, innovation coach & pitch trainer with numerous engagements at home and abroad and clients from both the corporate and the startup world.
Tom is known as Interims Manager in digital companies, Angel Investor, Adivsor and University lecturer with a more than 15 years track record. He is especially interested in companies in the area of machine learning, digital marketing technology and IoT. Leadership and Innovation management are the topics that drive him most in his management and leading activities.
Patrick holds a diploma of the Vienna University of Economics and Business in banking, corporate finance and security laws and worked many years in the investment area as well in software engineering services. His career leads him to different stops in the financial service industry like Goldman & Sachs and Scalable Capital where he belongs to the founder team and holds the CTO as well. Through this, he gained many experiences which provide him a strong technical and financial background and a very deep understanding of digital businesses, their needs and opportunities.
Tanja is Managing Partner of Startup Live, the leading European Acceleration Program and one of the largest startup communities worldwide. She is responsible for helping founders implement their business ideas and connect them internationally with relevant players. Startups like Runtastic, Shpock, Codeship and mySugr are among the successful alumni of the program. Tanja also co-founded the initiative "Female Founders", a global network for female entrepreneurial minds offering regular meetups, an international mentoring program and its own acceleration program for (prospective) founders and female-led ventures. The initiative is active in 15 countries and counts over 4.500 active members. Before her work for the European startup ecosystem, Tanja started her own startup HeyBeauty, a scheduling tool for beauty appointments at the age of 25 after gaining experience in Berlin an Singapore.
In addition to her roles at Startup Live and Female Founders she is also an active mentor for startups and a speaker for entrepreneurship and diversity topics on an international level.
"It is not only what you do or why you do it, but the effect of what you do."
Tina has been working as a consultant, mentor and mediator for start-ups in the field of creative industries and social businesses for the past 10 years. Before that, she financed hightech-companies as an investment manager for Austria Wirtschaftsservice. As a juror of business plan contests and start-up awards she supports powerful ideas. Her work is inspired by Simon Sinek and Frederik Laloux and all those who dare to do things differently. As an impact manager she helps art institutions to transform into impactful organisations.
"Accelerating and engineering success for early stage companies – that’s my mission to create the right impact for the business future!”
Thomas is an entrepreneurial veteran with 20+ years business experience in Marketing, Sales/GTM, Business Development and international management in B2C, B2B and tech companies. In mid 2016 Thomas co-founded acccoi, a private accelerator focusing on technology startups' business acceleration and growth into global markets and large corporations.
"One criteria for the sustainable sucess of a startup is the contact to important players in their industry. Therefore a collaboration between startups and corporates is essential for their future.”
Werner 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.