20 April

Kickoff 2021

challenge. innovate. create.

The

Kickoff

The Kickoff is designed to increase awareness of the rapidly developing start-up ecosystem in Austria. Our goal is to get as many students as possible from various university backgrounds from all over the world interested in entrepreneurship and help them develop their ideas in a professional matter.

Learn first-hand how working in the start-up scene feels like by listening to successful founding stories.

Get inspired by 20+ projects representing universities from all over Austria and meet & mingle with their founders.

Receive information about the LAB series on the  Entrepreneurship Avenue  and get active!

challenge. innovate. create.
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The Kickoff

is for you if ...

... you have a business idea but don’t know where to start

... you are looking for the right team to work with

... you want to get a flavor of what entrepreneurship actually is

20th April

The Kickoff Agenda

The event is scheduled according to CET
18:00 -
18:20
Opening
online
18:20 -
18:50
Melanie Kálmán & Christoph Hornik
online
COO & Co-Founder/CEO at Epiclay - winner start-up of Entrepreneurship Avenue 2020
18:50 -
19:35
UNIpreneurship Showcase
Get inspired by 20+ start-up projects which were founded in universities with diverse academic backgrounds from all over Austria. You will be presented different approaches to entrepreneurship and see that entrepreneurship is indeed an option for everyone.
online
19:35 -
20:05
Alexander Brix
online
COO at Kaleido AI
20:05 -
20:20
Closing Remarks and Next Steps
online
 
 
 
 

Get to Know the

Kickoff Speakers

Melanie, COO of Epiclay, studied Agricultural Science, as well as Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy, and has many years of professional experience in the sale of art and logistics. Within Epiclay, she is responsible for operational tasks such as sales, business development and coordination with production, botanical and construction partners.
Christoph is the CEO of Epiclay and studies CEMS/International Management at WU. After several years of work experience in tax advisory, he worked in innovation management at Daimler. He is also the initiator of the social project ‚Impact Vouchers‘, which gathered over 300,000 Euros through vouchers for Austrian SMEs affected by the COVID-19 crisis. At Epiclay he is responsible for the strategic orientation of the company, investor relations, as well as the project management.
Alex is the Chief Operating Officer at Kaleido AI, one of the leading visual AI companies in the world. It’s tools remove.bg and unscreen.com help more than 20 million users every month to accelerated video and photo editing workflows. In early 2021 it was announced that Canva.com, the Australian design giant, acquired Kaleido calling it one of the largest deals in Austrian start-up history. Kaleido was only founded in 2019 and was completely boot-strapped without VC funding.

Melanie, COO of Epiclay, studied Agricultural Science, as well as Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy, and has many years of professional experience in the sale of art and logistics. Within Epiclay, she is responsible for operational tasks such as sales, business development and coordination with production, botanical and construction partners.

Melanie Kálmán
COO & Co-Founder at Epiclay

Christoph is the CEO of Epiclay and studies CEMS/International Management at WU. After several years of work experience in tax advisory, he worked in innovation management at Daimler. He is also the initiator of the social project ‚Impact Vouchers‘, which gathered over 300,000 Euros through vouchers for Austrian SMEs affected by the COVID-19 crisis. At Epiclay he is responsible for the strategic orientation of the company, investor relations, as well as the project management.

Christoph Hornik 
CEO at Epiclay 

Alex is the Chief Operating Officer at Kaleido AI, one of the leading visual AI companies in the world. It’s tools remove.bg and unscreen.com help more than 20 million users every month to accelerated video and photo editing workflows. In early 2021 it was announced that Canva.com, the Australian design giant, acquired Kaleido calling it one of the largest deals in Austrian start-up history. Kaleido was only founded in 2019 and was completely boot-strapped without VC funding.

Alexander Brix
COO at Kaleido AI

Get to Know the

UNIpreneurship Speakers

lisa smith
 Co-Founder & Managing Director, Prewave
JAN SENN
CMO & Sales,
EET GmbH
Nikolaus Gasche
CEO, Biome Diagnostics GmbH (myBioma)
huang chen
Product Manager,
MathMania
Tibor Zajki-Zechmeister
General Manager & CEO & Founder, Tremitas GmbH
Bernhard Lienbacher
Founder & CEO,
Barkinsulation GmbH
Ines Nechi
Co-Founder & CMO, 
Lellis GmbH
Philipp Lederle
Co-Founder & Project Manager, Lellis GmbH
guido gualdoni
CEO, G.ST Antivirals
katharina unger
CEO, Livin Farms
AgriFood GmbH
julie rosser
CEO, Pregenerate GmbH
christian hill
CEO & CTO,
 BRAVE Analytics GmbH
Christian Marschalek
CEO & Co-Founder, Maptivity
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michael beitl
Founder & Managing Director, Kern Tec GmbH
Mark Duerkop
CEO, Novasign GmbH
evelyn haslinger
Co-Founder & COO,
Symflower GmbH
Manuel Leal Garcia
Co-Founder & CEO, 
Probando GmbH
bruno huber
Founder Co-Founder & Head of Product, Uptraded
Julia Harrer
Co-Founder & Operation Manager, Probando GmbH
lukas schwaiger
ceo & Founder,
Swaig
esther hummel
Co-Founder, Legal & Business Development, aeroSQAIR
Melanie Scholze-Simmel
Founder, Vinotaria OG
Sebastian duelli
UI designer, Evential
Eric Weisz
Co-Founder & CEO, Circly GmbH
Philipp Hüttl , Markus Hörmanseder
Founders, LibertydotHome
Register NOW for the Entrepreneurship Avenue Kick-off on April 20th to make your first steps in the startup world!