Startup Weekend Vienna

    Friday, January 16 - 18, 2015

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Vienna

Friday, January 16 - 18, 2015

Friday, January 16 - 18, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

sektor5 co-working spaces Vienna
Siebenbrunnengasse 44
Vienna, Austria 1050

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Validate your startup idea in a pressure cooker setting, with experienced coaches

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch new startups. Get to validate your startup idea and work on your prototype with experienced mentors like Thomas Schranz (, Bernd Gruber ( and Franz Enzenhofer (

You're not limited to any categories when it comes to your idea for the next best startup, so go wild! Lunch and drinks for the entire weekend are included in the ticket price.

Kick-off event
Martin Bittner, serial entrepreneur and frontman of the Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence program, will join our moderator (Adrian Pica) on stage during the kick-off event on Friday to share his 2 cents (or 15 minutes) on working in the startup world for 15 exciting years. You don't want to miss this one!

Currently we are putting together the prize package for the winning team(s). generously offered to give two tickets to their conference to the winning team.

Crowdfunding platform will give away a Crowdfunding-Package that consists of a half day crowdfunding-workshop tailored to your project with input by Crowdfunding-expert Wolfgang Gumpelmaier, tailored to your project, further personal assistance for and during your campaign by wemakeit and a guaranteed feature in the wemakeit newsletter. will reward their team of choice with an exclusive feature on their platform - way to be launched in the CEE startup scene!

sektor5 offers 9 hours free use of their conference room (a €220) to the winning team, to use to further develop their product in an inspiring environment, or to meet potential investors in style.

Back-Bone Marketing will support our event and is sponsoring 3 boxes filled with awesome Happy Socks that will keep your feet warm (and happy)!

Innovation manager Cloed Baumgartner (PRISCILLA & PAT) will help you kickstart your startup with great PR support (a €700)!

And the Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung is offering 2 tickets for the Vienna Science Ball.

Although our Early Bird tickets have run out, there are still ways to get a great deal out of your purchase. The STUDENT discount code gets you €10 off your ticket. You'll need to be able to show your Student ID at the door. Are you a female entrepreneur? Digitalista supports your Startup Weekend ambitions with a discount code. Find it here.

In case you have any questions, please shoot us a message on our Facebook page or on Twitter (Hashtag: #swvienna).

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Friday January 16th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday January 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, lightning talks, call for help

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, lightning talks, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday January 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Check-in, lightning talks, call for help

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Networking <3

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Martin Bittner

Serial Entrepreneur, Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence frontman

Event Judges

Gregor-Robert Posch
Project Manager

Gregor-Robert Posch is project manager for start-up programs at the Vienna Business Agency and has 10+ years of experience as a business consultant in various industries like Finance, Banking and in the Creative Industries. He has supported several start-ups in fashion, art and design in their beginnings and in their first steps in growing to a sustainable company.

Cloed Baumgartner

Innovation manager, designer with her own label (MILCH), Co-founder Modepalast

Angelo Laub

Founder Mjam, took the entrepreneurial plunge again with his latest venture in same-day-delivery

Claudia Kaefer

Leading lady behind, asks the right questions

Ludovit Garzik

Managing Director Austrian Council

Coaches and Mentors

Thomas Schranz

Co-founder & CEO of by day, growth hacker by night.

Bernd Gruber

Bernd is a young entrepreneur and current COO of Advocate of Getting Things Done (GTD).

Christopher Kronenberg

Business modelling expert. The strong but silent type.

Florian Dorfbauer

CEO & Co-Founder of Usersnap. Brutally honest. Attention span of a... HEY LOOK A SQUIRREL!

Franz Enzenhofer

SEO enfant terrible. Allergic to bullshit.

Rolf Mistelbacher

Has a history with/at Microsoft and Grayling, now doing digital consultancy awesomeness under the name Fresh van Root.

Clemens Helm

Former VP of Engineering at Codeship. Freelance developer and testing advocate.

Romy Sigl

Founder Coworking Salzburg and Coworking Camp. Big on Design Thinking.

Thomas Ecker

Senior Investment Manager at Tecnet Equity. Supports existing investments and monitors exits.

Georg Kaindl

Enfant terrible at PageStrip, educator of the codes.

Marcel Schnellinger

Business maker and shaker at PageStrip

Simone Mathys-Parnreiter

Head office Austria at wemakeit, getting projects shipshape for crowdfunding.

Wolfgang Gumpelmaier

Independent digital media consultant and one of the leading crowdfunding experts in Austria and Germany.

Bernhard Kurzbauer-Rezpski

Investment Manager at Tecnet. Supports investment managers during the acquisition transaction, exit procedure and market analysis.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Vienna team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Vienna is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Hannes
  • Floor
  • Teresa
  • Christoph


Adrian Pica
Product Manager

Adrian is a veteran Startup Weekend Facilitator. He founded, a news/media outlet that covers tech and startups in the CEE region that he later sold to an American media group.
Previously he also co-founded Oblico, a location based networking app for events and conferences, a project that came out of a Startup Weekend, was part of the TechPeaks accelerator and received a grant from Telecom Italia.
 Currently he's creating awesome stuff as Product Manager at Telenav INC. Adrian is a lean startup fan and experienced in pitch training and public speaking. You can reach him anytime on FB. He has one of the biggest collections of Startup Weekend T-shirts.

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