What is the state of the Austrian startup and investment ecosystem? Who will follow in the footsteps of Bitpanda and GoStudent to become the next unicorn? How did the Austrian VC funds deal with the pandemic? Read the Ecosystem Profile Picture: Austria to find out! Inside you will find information on the ecosystem, ecosystem flywheel, funding overview, notable deals, startups to watch, and many more!
As a Partner at the Finnish Inventure VC fund, Tuomas Kosonen is leaving his mark on more than just the local stage. Having chosen law instead of a skiing career, he went from being a litigation attorney, in-house legal counsel for Nokia, CFO for Angry Birds maker Rovio, to finding his dream job in venture capital.
Sharing authority and decision-making with freshly minted entrepreneurs is not easy. However, for Leila Rastegar Zegna, a Co-founding Partner at London-based Kindred Capital, putting founders in the spotlight proved to be the best way forward. This approach directly translates into the fund’s way of investing — the Equitable Venture.
Marcin Kurek started his career working at Spreadshirt, a startup launched by Team Europe Venture and Delivery Hero’s co-founder Łukasz Gadowski. Four years with the company inspired him to start one of his own, only to sell it, invest the proceeds as an angel investor and start two VC firms.
For an outsider, the career path of Aleksandra Laska might seem pretty straightforward. She worked at Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s top banking institutions. Afterward, she moved to Improbable — a UK-based games technology unicorn backed by SoftBank and Andreessen Horowitz. Now, she invests at Redalpine — a leading European VC firm.
Omry Ben David is a General Partner at Viola Ventures. He joined the fund in 2017 after fifteen years of tech experience across startups and investment banking. Omry led sales, marketing, and business development at Jungo Software, which was acquired by NDS for USD 108 million in 2006.
As the Managing Partner of Vienna-based Calm/Storm Ventures, Lucanus Polagnoli is an expert at weathering storms. With broad experience in finance, restructuring, and early-stage investing, from his time in KPMG, a small PE fund, and Speedinvest (he was a General Partner until 2019), Lucanus believes understanding the numbers is crucial.
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