- Date: 29th to 31st of October 2010
- Place: Microsoft HQ, Vienna
- Participants: 82
- Guests: 87
- Mentors: 8
- Experts: 5
- Idea pitches: 26
- Venture teams: 15
- End presentations: 14
- Nationalities: 13
The fourth Startup Live Vienna!
Ok, every time is a new time and this was our 4th STARTup Live Vienna. From our perspective, it rocked. We had great pitches, awesome teams, wicked atmosphere and reaaaaaally interesting discussions throughout the weekend. Hehe the service at the restaurant where we enjoyed lunch was crappy as usual ;) The experts and mentors stuck around for far longer than their timeslots and the afterparty was epic. One of the mentors brought his 5 year old kid, Niki, along resulting in stressball fights in the halls of Microsofts HQ in Vienna.
We put in ALOT of effort into incorporating the feedback from our last events, it paid out.
Let’s hit the numbers and teams: 26 pitches ranging from social TV, tweeting kitchen appliances, mobile apps, TV and web channels for promoting entrepreneurs… Once again we saw the great effect of our pitch training, held one week before the event. This workshop will from now on always be part of the event.
The results of the pitchround and team formation: 15 teams were formed – that’s a 57% successrate for the pitchers! Wicked.
Not only did the teams kick butt throughout the weekend, they could also enjoy a “Founders Talk” on Sunday evening, with Thomas Locher of garmz.com, Chris Kahler of qriously.com and Flo Gschwandtner of runtastic.com – talking about the importance of team, vision and the true story of the life as a startup founder.
“If you don’t feel that your vision is a lightbulb among candles, then iterate”.
“It’s cool, because as a founder you don’t have a boss, right? Well, actually, as fast as you have a user you DO have a boss – do NOT forget this. It’s cool, but at the same time scary.”
On Sunday evening the panel and the audience of about 150 people got to vote and give input on the final presentations, resulting in 3 winners
- The Crowd’s Favorite – the audience could vote by sending an sms to the system set up by IP SQUARE
- The Best Startup – already formed startup, voted by the expertspanel
- … and Best New Venture – also voted by the experts panel
During the weekend, mentors and experts came by and supported the teams – founders, experts in marketing, biz modelling, public funding and sponsorships, sales, law and design. A few less than last time (40+), but the teams got to say what they needed – and the mentors were “inserted” into the projects that were relevant for them. This worked. Nice.
- Christof Strasser – Law
Registered European Lawyer, lawyer at Herbst Vavrovsky Kinsky
- Manfred Reichl – Investor
Winner of Business Angel Day 2009.
Founder of Roland Berger Austria
- Mark Tuttle – Serial Entrepreneur
Cofounder of Dragon Tea, biogy, … too many to count :)
- Andreas Heißenberger – Marketing
CEO of agency vranz, former Head of Ogilvy Interactive
- Markus Nenning Business Modelling
Partner Creative Industries Invest, Senior VP of Business Development for i5invest GmbH, Co-Founder of Avaloop IT Solutions GmbH
- Gerald Schaufler Public Funding
CEO of Vana Schaufler and has more than 10 years experience in the fields of VC and M&A Consulting.
- Magnus Sognefors Sales
International experience of building and leading sales in larger corporations as well as in startups. Currently chairman of the Swedish Trade Commision in Austria. Raised VC money for a startup a few years back.
- Jan Puinbroek – Design
Professor for Product Design, cofounder of a design circle which focuses on helping startups.
During the end presentations the experts-panel gave feedback to the presenting teams. Most stayed on afterwards to drink a few beers and share a few laughs and war stories.
On the experts panel of STARTup Live Vienna #4 were
Seed-Investor, Winner of Business Angel Day 2009
Innovations Manager @ Kapsch
CEO Vana Schaufler, expert on public funding
Investor, focus on green energy
CEO Brainswork, initiator of incrediblEurope, enabler
Companies and Ideas
And now, please welcome the teams and their ideas!
Rico – WINNER of Best New Venture Award @ STARTup Live Vienna #4
Simple help for spastically challenged children
By combining the three devices always needed by spastically paralyzed children into one, cutting prices and going modular – this system will be of great help for the customers and their families. As a winner of the Best New Venture award, Michaela and her team can now move into their new office at Sektor 5 – coworking spaces, in 1050, Vienna – just around the corner from STARTeurope HQ! Also, Michaela got a ticket for the Erste Bank Gründercamp by our partners at Erste Bank!
People had tears in their eyes as the award was accepted. Wow.
Warrantify – WINNER Best Startup Award of STARTup Live Vienna #4!
Product warranties. Simplified.
Warrantify.com is a global service platform for warranty management which will give easy access and digital storage for all consumer product warranty related data and services, a one stop shop for all product warranties. With the help of Warrantify we hope to release people from collecting paper receipts in order to be eligible to receive their consumer electronics support or warranties.
clearKarma.org – WINNER of the Crowds Choice Award
Make safer choices
300 million people worldwide suffer from food allergies. Reading the small print on each product is just too difficult and too time consuming.
clearKarma.org offers a mobile application and an information website. People with food allergies see, based on personal allergies immediately the impact of their buying decisions on their personal health. The magic lies in barcode scanning and checking against a community maintained, commented, database.
As a winner of the Crowds Choice Award, Sylvie will head to the Founders Workshop – sponsored by Erste Bank!
Making publishing social
Scribando provides a place, where books evolve through the power of community.
Twitter of thingz
Things (e.g. electronic devices) are enriched with communication features. Users on the go can check back state and healthiness of devices that sit at home. Devices can actively pop up with urgent news (e.g. stove overheat, fridge getting warm, espresso needs decalcifying) – users are enabled to interact with devices via short text (twingz, twitter, facebook, SMS).
User can also check on the go which supplies fits the printer or if the game console of interest can be connected to the home entertainment center.
@marketers: enrich your social media campaigns on consumer electronics by devices that are enabled to communicate!”
@starteurope: @mycoffemachine make me a cappucino please!
@mycoffemachine: @starteurope seriously!? You haven’t decalc’d me for AGES! *grumble* coffe is ready in a min :/
Change the world via games
Ok, change the world. Easy. Let’s just start another orga focused on this. Or… Make people do what they should be doing: play together!
By smacking together startups, industry leaders and the great bureaucracies of the world in an environment where they have to let go of their tightly held assumptions – this gang wishes to change the world. Their plan is to create these environment together with the coworking spaces of the world – leading to the STOPeurope-game (yeah baby!!). Starting with a workshop on 3.11, at the Hub Vienna.
Efficiency is only part of the equation
With a number of years as a manager in larger corporations, Matjaz saw the need to make people feel that the effort they put into their work actually has an effect. Said and done – MG is a task management and delegation system which kicks ***. Simplified, reduced and optimized to take as small a part as possible on the side of the users. The missing puzzle piece is addressed by adding game mechanics to the equation.
The team worked on the game system and visualizations during the weekend – now all they need to do is implement.
A channel for entrepreneurs and visionaries
Entrepreneurs and visionaries are blossoming – DreamaTV will be their channel and show. By equipping coworking spaces with access to the channel and curating the content which is generated, coworking spaces, entrepreneurs and the world gain in PR, publicity and visions. Aggregating all these grand changers and building a show of the greatest ideas of the month – DreamaTV will be a high quality producer of visionary, crowd-sourced material.
They already have 2 customers, gained during the weekend! How’s that for bloody traction? ;)
Makes sport fantastic.
This was the third time that Runtastic entered the foray. As winners of STARTup Live Vienna #2, these guys now decided to implement a badge/achievement system into their sports-platform. All in one weekend. Said, and done. Wait for the next release! The whole team of 7 people travelled to Vienna for the weekend – was great to see them again! Awesome guys!
The comparison pays
This team decided to tackle the jungle of cell phone tarifs. Crazy – do you know how many different combos of prices and packages there are in Austria alone? 45k. Done, and done. Since 2008 they have mapped and enabled running evaluations of all providers in Austria – and on their platform they allow users to check what combo would be best for them. All in all, that has made out 1.8M different combos mapped since 2008.
This weekend, they sketched and started developing an Android app to automate the comparison.
Start playing, start living.
As we’ve already seen, many are going in the direction of games. The pitcher presented at the last STARTup Live Vienna too, and this time, they went on to prototype their vision. Working with designers and experts from the field of sports they made heaps of progress. By designing common goals as achievements in a game – people are motivated to actually take the next step – rising in level as a tennis player, cook, marathon runner or being a good guy/gal. The UI prototype looks friggin great, gonna see if we cannot get a screen of it.
traditional food – urban taste
Fresh food based on traditional recipes – available in several locations. The prototype of this restaurant chain to be is to be built close to a university in Vienna. By combining “Grandma” and “Zotter” – traditional food with urban trend – the opportunity will be addressed. Next steps: design concept, customer interviews and research, dish prototypes.
Christopher Bergthaler is a chef since 10 years and worked with a team fro Austria and Germany on refining the concept. The pitch was something totally different than the presentation – which we love. Pivots ftw. :)
3TO – pharma and Success Time are still missing, but should pop up in here in a day or 2 :)
What can one say. We had a blast. Teams were awesome and our feet still hurt from dancing at the afterparty. Who would have thought that Manu would be on par with Marius when it comes to shaking it! WOW!
The teams are now working on realizing their next milestones, until November 27, which is when the next STARTup Lounge takes place @ Sektor 5. During the afternoon, they get to show their shiz and if they have made it, they will have the opportunity to enter our mentoring program and get an office for a few months!
Us, we are receiving emails to go all over Europe!
What the hell should you do if one is called STARTeurope?
Go there. :)
Thanks to our partners
Without them, we could not do what we are doing!