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Welcome to the STARTUP WEEK 2011! We set out to create an event that will take the Central and Eastern European startup scene to the next level and beyond. By bringing together selected key players and decision makers, we lay the groundwork for our big goal: a common strategy to develop and foster entrepreneurship in the CEE market. One CEE market.
Join us in the beautiful city of Vienna, the beautiful center of Europe, to put this vision into reality!
Initial Factor is the leading startup cluster for web and mobile startups in Central Europe. As an alliance of the companies Creative Industries Invest, First Love Capital, i5comm, i5invest, TheMerger and STARTeurope, Initial Factor provides startups of every stage with the full range of support in finance and consulting. Initial Factor is based in Vienna.
Tech Crunch Europe
TechCrunch Europe is the leading medium for web and mobile startups in Europe and belongs to the worldwide TechCrunch network, with 3.3 million followers the third most popular blog in the world. Tech Europe is based in London, edited by Mike Butcher.
Martin W. Drexler
Martin has been working for 20 years as an art- and creative director in several international advertising agencies as a retail, brand and strategy expert for global brands. In the dot.com era he worked as a distinguished engineer at framfab, at this time the world-leading internet provider. As one of the leading Austrian experts in media, communication design and new media- and marketing strategies he further is advisor of some European start-up companies, testimonial of the “starteurope.at” platform, Ambassador of TEDx Panonnia and co-organized with Rupert Schaefer and Ola Ahlvarsson the successful SIME VIENNA Conference in 2011.
Daria is working in the field of international web marketing and PR over 4 years as a business consultant and media planner. She is certified by Google Professional Exam and by Russian Search Engine Yandex as web marketing analyst. Daria is focused mostly on Russian speaking markets and Europe. Based on her current position of Marketing Communication Manager at Y Soft Corporation she communicates with global mass media and set up partnerships. As active blogger she provides also free consultancy for startups in her blog blog.batukhtina.com, while making actual interview with Internet market leaders in Europe and Russia.
Thomas Friedschröder lives in the Waldviertel, where the tranquility of nature frees one’s mind and fosters creativity. Experience from over fifteen years of consulting as well as a large number of national and international projects has made him an expert in his field. For many years he has been engaged in the question of innovation and social networks so that he can combine a well-founded knowledge with practical experience. In 2009 he founded together with two partners the “Phantasie Manufaktur”, which deals with the realization of ideas and innovative business models.
Manfred Reichl served as Senior Partner and Managing Director of the offices in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He has been a Member of Supervisory Board at Austrian Airlines AG since May 4, 2007. Mr. Reichl has more than 20 years of extensive experience in international strategic consulting. Mr. Reichl serves as Chairman of Supervisory Board at APEIRON Biologics AG. Mr. Reichl serves as a Director of HOERBIGER Holding AG. He was awarded Business Angel of the Year 2009. He studied law and civil engineering in Austria.
Mihai is a serial entrepreneur and startup consultant. After 6 years of forming teams and building startups he founded Cronian Labs. At Cronian Labs, a startup consultancy based in Bucharest, he is working with startups across Europe on product management and product development, empowering them to focus on the business aspect on the startup. Mihai also is advising and mentoring startups at Springboard, ignite100 and SeedMoney as well as working on a couple early stage web and mobile startups.
Business Networking Akademi (BNA) was found by young entrepreneur Ertugrul Belen. Since 2008, BNA had reached over 20.000 entrepreneurs, businessmen, startups, angel investment networks and organizations through Business Networking activities. In Turkey, the concept of “networking” was introduced by Ertugrul Belen and Business Networking Akademi which led hundreds of entrepreneurial events such as Speed Networking, Elevator Pitch Competitions, Networking & Pitch Trainings.
Lukas is an entrepreneur like minded person with a passion for innovation and market disruption. He has experience in a wide variety of fields, from e-commerce through software developemnt to manufacturing electronic devices. Spend 2,5 years in Skype as a Senior Engineer maintaining secure web systems and developing new tools such as SkypeToGo and first versions of Facebook integrations into Skype client. Organized Startup Weekend hackathons, one in Nairobi and second in Prague. Foudned GoToMarket Academy – program helping part-time entrepreneurs to go full-time or fold down. Occasionaly mentors and coach people in startup events like Startup Live, Startup Weekend, Mini-Seedcamp. Lukas is currently running 3 months long accelerator program StartupYard in Prague. He loves creating, sharing and openness.
Kushtrim Xhakli is a serial entrepreneur and active Internet practitioner. In last decade he started companies from scratch and managed to bring a range of new technologies in challenging environments. Earlier he launched e-learning education portal trajnimi.com providing free access to tech education with objective to break the existing paradigm of learning cycle. He was awarded with “Best Practice Award” prize and portal became national public education tool. Kushtrim later founded Fast E Ventures aiming to help companies and increase startups in CEE.
Claudio Di Gregorio
Claudio is from Rome and lives in Barcelona since 2006. He is very passionate about the global start-up scene, especially in the internet sector. That is why he is in Business Development at Foundum, an internet start-up creating the global online ecosystem for entrepreneurs. He is also very much involved in local and international initiatives and projects like Barcelona Entrepreneurship City, a commission that aims to develop Barcelona into the European entrepreneurship hub. As well he is coordinator at the Venturepreneurs’ Organisation, a group of international serial entrepreneurs that invest in new ventures.
Felipe Ávila da Costa
Currently working at the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto (UPTEC), Felipe focuses his attention on helping start-ups and spin-offs from University of Porto to start, develop and grow. With lots of experience and a huge number of successful projects (Talks 2.0, The Usability Page, etc.), Felipe is an experienced and talented entrepreneur, mentor and speaker.
Vukasin is a social entrepreneur from Belgrade working on encouraging the development of a strong and healthy startup culture in the South-East Europe area and the advancement of the startup scene as a whole. An avid networker, with his team he the organizer of a number of events including Mobile Monday Serbia and How to Web Belgrade, whilst blogging about the SEE startup scene on SEEHub.me.
Oliver is a serial entrepreneur with deep experience in the mobile and internet industry. While still a student in 1992, Oliver founded SYSIS, one of the first European internet startups that took smart, interactive games to the exploding online market. In 2011, Oliver set up Speedinvest. Speedinvest is an Austrian investment fund, following the Super Angel model, that is fundamentally different from the “classic” Business Angel and VC models of startup financing.
Born in Vienna, Markus 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. 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.
Payolution is an online payment startup specialized in providing bill payment and payment in installments for e-commerce shops in the German-speaking market. The company was founded by an experienced team in the beginning of 2011 in Vienna.
Wikitude World Browser is a fun, innovative and informative Augmented Reality ( AR ) platform allowing you to discover what’s around you in a completely new way. By using the camera, simply hold up your smartphone and explore your surroundings. Wikitude will overlay the camera’s display and the objects you look at with additional interactive content and information – really cool!
Diagnosia is the premiere independent European source for medical drug information. Together with national and European authorities we provide verified package leaflets for patients and professional information for doctors.
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