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More about Season 3

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Start: TBA

  • Check assignments – details in PDF and video
  • All applications will be considered.
  • Apply by using the „Sign up and apply“ button.

Application deadline: TBA



Each application is analyzed by the experts of Venionaire Capital and DealMatrix


3 Finalists per challenge

  • Startups meet their Buddy-company
  • Preparation for the pitch day
  • Support for startups by our coaches



  • 1 Pitch Day at each Buddy-company
  • 1 winner of each Challenge

What's it about?

These seven established businesses are looking for startups with innovative solutions for definite assignments. The aim of the challenge is the joint implementation of Business and Vienna based cooperation. All details here.


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Raiffeisenbank International

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A project of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with Venionaire Capital.

The initiative "Innovation to Company"  will bring startups and established businesses together. To facilitate this, the Vienna chamber of commerce and industry, will function as enabler to offer their members an opportunity for structured innovation search and new joint business with Startups.

In all, seven challenges will be implemented in this "Season 3". The aim is to find the best possible ideas and innovations for existing businesses - whether this is through start-ups already established or through university teams, developers, etc. In each challenge one winner will be selected - and subsequently the new project, the innovative idea, etc. carried out.
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Walter Ruck

President of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Our objective as Vienna chamber of commerce and industry is to create as many win-win situations as possible by functioning as an active platform. The reason why the new Innovation to Company initiative is so interesting is because existing and aspiring companies or teams will be generating new business that will bring benefits to everyone. And who knows, maybe we can make our own contributions to spectacular new success stories that go far beyond Vienna.

Analyse, Coaching, Koordination

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Berthold Baurek-Karlic

Berthold is an expert on risk capital, founder of a number of companies and Business Angel. He specialised early as an investment banker in the risk and growth capital section. In 2012 he founded the consulting and investment firm, Venionaire Capital. The firm advises on and structures transactions for mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and venture capital, and, last but not least, supports stock-exchange-listed corporations in the implementation of corporate venture. In addition, Venionaire Capital has investments in several high-tech start-ups.

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Martin Giesswein

Martin worked for 15 years in the digital industry, amongst other things, as General Manager of Nokia Austria/Adriatics and CEO of Immobilien.NET. He is currently a Digital Operator and works on transformation projects with companies and institutions. He is an author, trainer and lecturer, focusing on “leadership work in the digital age”, co-founder of the DigitalCity.Wien initiative and the Society.Institute, and is engaged in start-ups. Details:

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Maximilian Lammer

Max ist ursprünglich Jurist, hat einen einschlägigen Background in Public Affairs sowie strategischer Kommunikationsberatung, und ist Partner bei vivacom GmbH (consultancy & communications). Er ist Entwickler und Koordinator von Innovation to Company, der (derzeit) größten Corporate Innovation Challenge Europas, und im Bereich des Business Developements von Startups tätig.


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DealMatrix offers a platform for startup screening with standardized and investor/company-relevant criteria. The dynamic structure of the questionnaire enables a targeted connection with all participants. Companies, investors and event organizers quickly see whether the applicants match their portfolio or are interesting for a cooperation. Startups create their own profile on the platform, with which they can send a “one click application” to investors, companies, and events. The DealMatrix software further supports pitch competitions and startup conferences in real time from application to selection of startups to jury-, one-on-one-, and public scoring as well as data analysis.

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