Startup Week, Europe’s Internet Elite is coming to Vienna


100 investors, 70 speakers, 50 start-ups and 1,000 guests a day at the first European festival for Internet startups in October.Between the 3rd and the 7th of October, Vienna becomes the European center for internet and mobile startups. At the Startup Week 2011( the most innovative young entrepreneurs from Germany, Austria and Central and Eastern Europe will encounter on the risk capital of more than 100 business angels and venture capitalists.

Startup Week: Challenge, Congress and Focus Events

50 startups will compete in the Startup Challenge, to present their business idea in front of a top-class investor panel.

The general program of the Startup Week is a congress with 70 top speakers and focus events. Those build the emphasis on various startup issues, including e-health, social entrepreneurship, design and fashion, or gaming. Another highlight of the Startup-festival is TechCrunch Vienna, the offline event of the leading startup blog TechCrunch (, is going to host a focus event on October 5th to give the European entrepreneurs and investors insights into the Indian eco-system in order to create interest and consider business opportunities in the Indian market.

Startup Week by InitialFactor

The Startup Week is organized by the Viennese founder cluster InitialFactor( which was launched by the technology- and media- entrepreneurs Markus Wagner and Oliver Holle in 2009.

“Startups and young entrepreneurs are the antithesis of misanthropic economic- crisis- whining. We give young entrepreneurs a platform to roll up their sleeves rather than sing the blues. Some entrepreneurs will leave the Startup Week with successful funding. All others will have learned a lot from each other, be able to expand its network and have enjoyed a week full of entrepreneurial energy”, says Mark Wagner, founder of i5invest.

“The startup scene in New York is taken as a role model for the Startup Week. We want to establish their professionalism paired with creativity and vitality in Vienna. With the Startup Week, we are presenting Vienna as the ideal start-up medium,” says Andreas Tschas, CEO of STARTeurope( and operating host of the Startup Week 2011.

“If we manage to get the one or other exciting start-up companies from Eastern and Central-Europe to Vienna, this will have many positive effects for the business location Austria,” added Jurgen Furian from STARTeurope.

Please find out more about this event here


Updates from around the world