24 - 25 May 2018

Hofburg Vienna Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien, Austria



Blurred Frontiers

24 - 25 May 2018. Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
The ultimate meeting point for 2500 bold, pioneering entrepreneurs to look into the future and beyond. A global community of selected startups, executives and investors join forces under the roof of the 500-year-old Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna to redefine human tech frontiers. A yearly event of which the 2017 edition won the Bea World ’Best Conference 2017’ Award.

Who Is It For

- Startup - Apply for Pioneers500 and have the chance to attend, pitch, and exhibit at Pioneers’18. For free.
- Investor - Find 500 highly promising investment opportunities in early and growth stage startups.
- Executive - Meet young innovative teams working on the technology critical to your industry.


Arena. Day 1 - May 24

10:00 - 10:30 Pioneers’18 Opening Show. Oliver Csendes. Jürgen Furian
10:30 - 11:00 Pioneers Opening Keynote. Aaron VanDevender. Founders Fund
11:00 - 11:45 Exploration Of New Spaces. Guillermo Söhnlein. Blue Marble Exploration. Harvey Flemming. Aquatica Submarines. Gaelin Rosenwaks. Global Ocean Exploration. Jonathan Knowles. Explorer, Scientist, Futurist
11:45 - 12:10 Virtual Space Tourism. Ryan Holmes. Humon, SpaceVRSpace VR
12:10 - 13:15 Energy Break
13:15 - 13:45 Pioneers Keynote. Werner Vogels.
13:45 - 14:30 The State Of Digitalization And The Way Ahead. Juhan Lepassaar. European Commission. Mark Scott. POLITICO. Thomas Pitfield. Canada 2020
14:30 - 14:55 Lighting Up Rural Island Communities Through Salt Water. Aisa Mijeno. SALt. Raphael Mijeno. SALt
14:55 - 15:15 Impact vs. Blockchain - How the Two Go Together. Chris Waclawek. Golem & Fifty Years. Laura Grimmelmann. Accel Partners. Jack Platts. Web3/Polkadot
15:15 - 15:40 Pioneers Fireside Chat. Emmett Shear. Twitch. Alexis Bonte. Atomico
15:40 - 16:10 Energy Break
16:10 - 16:30 The Future Of Personal Mobility. Patrick Nathen. Lilium
16:30 - 16:55 Vehicles Coded To Kill. Janina Loh. University of Vienna, Faculty of Philosophy and Education. Luke Robert Mason. Virtual Futures
16:55 - 17:20 Taking Blockchains To The Next Layer. Elizabeth Stark. Lightning Labs. Laura Grimmelmann. Accel Partners
17:20 - 17:55 Real-World Value Of Cryptocurrency. Taewon Kim. GLOSFER
17:55 - 18:25 The Age Of Impact. Josef Penninger. IMBA
18:25 - 18:30 End of Day I

Academy. Day 1 - May 24

11:00 - 11:20 How To Build A Succesful Company In A Niche. Daniel Glasner. Cherry Ventures. Travis Pittman. TourRadar
11:20 - 11:40 Growing Your startup: First Challenges. Polina Montano. JOB TODAY
11:40 - 12:05 Lessons From Real And Practical Hardware Startups. Benjamin Joffe. HAX
12:05 - 12:25 Engineering Management For Early Stage Startups. Andreas Klinger. CoinList
12:25 - 12:45 Fireside Chat. Zachariah George. Startupbootcamp Africa. Aunnie Patton Power. Intelligent Impact
12:45 - 13:45 Energy Break
13:45 - 14:30 YC Office Hours. Emmett Shear. Twitch
14:30 - 15:00 Leaders Illuminate The Path. Patti Sanchez. Duarte Inc.
15:00 - 15:15 The Art Of Fundraising. Lucanus Polagnoli. Speedinvest. Johann "Hansi" Hansmann
15:15 - 15:45 Break
15:45 - 16:30 Pitch The Media. Tom Atkinson. TechTrends. Alice Bonasio. Natalie Novick. Danny Crichton. TechCrunch. Natalie Novick
16:30 - 16:55 The Right And Wrong Way To Bring A Successful European Company To The US. Moritz Kothe. kununu
16:55 - 17:25 Pioneers Pitch Master. Steli Efti. (Elastic, Inc)
17:25 - 17:55 The Untold Story Of N26. Valentin Stalf. N26
17:55 - 18:15 Multi-Million Licensing Business. Andreas Spechtler. Silicon Castles

Masterclass. Day 1 - May 24

11:00 - 12:40 Citizens, Startups, Government: Finding The Keys To Collaboration Marc Pérez Batlle. Barcelona City Council. Alexander Burtscher. Wonderwerk Consulting. Alícia Trepat Pont. OuiShare. Matt Stokes. Nesta. Networking Break
13:30 - 13:55 Get Started With Google Marketing Solutions: Startup Edition 33 / 33. Sini Ryberg. Google Marketing Solutions. Networking Break
14:00 - 14:50 Blockchain & Identity In Vienna And Beyond. Erik Muckenschnabel. Pioneers. Harald Federspiel. Pioneers. Networking Break
15:00 - 15:50 GIN Co-Investment Pitch. Networking Break
16:00 - 16:25 Accelerate Your Google Marketing Performance. 31 / 33. Anna Holzmayer. Google. David Leibelt. Google.

Amplify. Day 1 - May 24

10:30 - 10:45 Challenge Day Opening
10:45 - 12:00 Pitches: Top Healthcare Startups. Andrew Jones. FreeFlow edical Devices. Stefan Kampusch. SzeleSTIM GmbH. Alexander Hoffmann. Merck Ventures. Philip O’Reilly. Draper Esprit. Vuk Djukic. South Central Ventures. Thomas Olivier. GenSmart. Lacey McBride. Libra@Home. Manfred Weiss. meemo-tec. Patrik Backman. OpenOcean. Martin Konop. Rockaway Capital. Philipp Schulte. Baze. Christof Neuman. PBimmunomics. Daniel Maggs. Bisu. Jasper Ettema. PocketDefi. Networking Break.
12:10 - 13:15 Pitches: Top Mobility Startups. Wolfgang Berger. AVILOO. Manuel Heckmann. EcoG GmbH. Colin Hanna. Balderton Capital. Kasia Foljanty. Hyper Poland. Mark DeSantis. RoadBotics. Alexander Domahidi. embotech AG. Andy Rebele. Pure Watercraft. Karina Schultz. MHP - Management- und IT-Beratung GmbH. Gerald Dipplinger. PwC. Christopher Steinau. Northzone. Julius Rüßmann. Earlybird. Moritz Vohler. Sono Motors GmbH. Matan Scharf. cycuro. Networking Break
13:25 - 14:30 Pitches: Top Industry & Agriculture Startups. Andrea Puiatti. Skysense. Marc von Elling. recalm GmbH. Vuk Djukic. South Central Ventures. Guillaume Fournier. Credo Ventures. Colin Hanna. Balderton Capital. Mark Pluijmen. Batchforce. John Bernhardt. Exomys - Augmented Humanity. Dominik Swiatowy. Agribot. Bernhard Petermeier. SkAD Labs. Haidin Rashid. Materialize.X. Philip O’Reilly. Draper Esprit. Peter Specht. Creandum. Networking Break.
14:40 - 15:35 Pitches: Top Business & Productivity Startups. Christian Knott. Capnamic Ventures. Peter Specht. Creandum. Christopher Steinau. Northzone. Julius Rüßmann. Earlybird. Daniel Vollmer. Flowtify GmbH. Johan Kerver. FiliGrade b.v.. Jan Alexander Jedlinski. Gustav. Dragana Lipovac. HUBBIG. Manuel Bruschi. Timeular. Martin Konop. Rockaway Capital. Eugenia Balysheva. Dotphoton. Mihael Miško. Fabrikor. Networking Break.
15:45 - 16:35 Pitches: Top Energy & Biotech Startups. Leonardo Alvarez. GEAENZYMES Co.. Rita Farkas. HeatVentors. Anastasia Hofmann. Kitro. Iris PY Yong. Nanomass Corporation. Andrea Binggeli. WoodCube GmbH. Philipp Stangl. Pioneers. Ventures. Carlos de la Lama Noriega. Startup Embassy. Carlos Eduardo Espinal. Seedcamp. Alexander Hoffmann. Merck Ventures. Networking Break.
16:40 - 17:20 Pitches: Top GovTech & Fintech Startups. Francisco Vaz . Figueiredo. GOVWISE®. Christian Knott. Capnamic Ventures. Philip O’Reilly. Draper Esprit. Nick Gainsley. Kreos Capital. Irakli Agladze. Combine. Adrian Cighi. Pago. Gibran Registe-Charles. Cap:Ratio. Robin Godenrath. Picus Capital. Markus Lang. Pioneers Ventures. Carlos Eduardo Espinal. Seedcamp. Richard Lutschounig. UBIBON. Olivier Plante. Fleksy. Christian Schmickler. Skymatic. Networking Break
17:30 - 18:10 Pitches: Top Lifestyle Startups. Romana Maria Mueller. iazzu GmbH. Nick Gainsley. Kreos Capital. Codin Popescu. Artivive GmbH. Daniel Kilger. Smokeless. Patrik Backman. OpenOcean. Carlos de la Lama Noriega. Startup Embassy. Alan Wielunski. Steed Equine Monitoring Solutions GmbH. Nataliya Nakonechna. Hushme Inc.. Luigi Mastromonaco. LVenture Group. Networking Break
18:30 - 18:45 “Best Austrian Startup” Award. Michael Otter. Advantage Austria
18:45 - 19:00 Top 8 Finalists Announcement

Spotlight. Day 1 - May 24

11:00 - 11:50 Fireside Chat. Tilo Bonow. PIABO. Peter Lasinger. Capital300. Networking Break
13:00 - 13:50 Initial Coin Offerings – Rocking The Startup Funding World. Christoph Miess. Iconic. Florian Kögl. FINNOQ. Florian Wimmer. Blockpit. Daniel orak. CONDA. Networking Break
14:00 - 14:50 Startup Culture In A Corporate World. Bernd Heinrichs. Bosch

Arena. Day 2 - May 25

10:30 - 10:35 Opening Day 2
10:35 - 10:55 Intelligent Machines. Hermann Hauser. Amadeus Capital Partners
10:55 - 11:00 Taking Fintech To The Next Level - Fresh Money For European Founders
11:00 - 11:35 Impact Through Technology. Marc Buckley. ANJA - ALOHAS ECO-Center. Nikki Eberhardt. The Global Poverty Project. Thimo Schmitt-Lord. Bayer Foundations
11:35 - 11:55 How A Beetle’s Behind Could Solve The Worlds Water Crisis. Jonathan Risley. ThinAir
11:55 - 12:20 Found In Translation: Unearthing Global Audiences With Artificial Intelligence. Andrew Ochoa. Waverly Labs. Vasco Pedro. Unbabel. Danny Crichton. TechCrunch
12:20 - 12:45 Artificial Sexual Relationships. Sergi Santos. Synthea Amatus SL. Stephanie Alys. MysteryVibe. Luke Robert Mason. Virtual Futures. Trudy Barber. University of Portsmouth
12:45 - 12:55 Pioneers Fireside Chat. Margarete Schramböck. Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs
12:55 - 13:55 Energy Break
13:55 - 14:20 Games, Games, Games. Jeff Burton. Electronic Arts and HolodeckVR
14:20 - 14:40 Pioneers Showcase. Suhair Khan. Google Arts & Culture
14:40 - 15:05 Artificial Intelligence For Healthy Longevity. Alex Zhavoronkov. Insilico Medicine, Inc. Danny Crichton. TechCrunch.
15:05 - 15:30 Showcase: A Wearable For Your Brain. Olivier Heyning. Lumicks
15:30 - 16:15 Energy Break
16:15 - 17:25 Pioneers Challenge Finals. Daniel Kilger. Smokeless. Adrian Cighi. PagoStefan Kampusch. SzeleSTIM GmbH. Alexander Domahidi. embotech AG. Haidin Rashid. Materialize.X. Christian Schmickler. Skymatic. Jan Alexander Jedlinski. Gustav
17:25 - 17:55 Energy Break
17:55 - 18:20 Shaping Future Leaders. David Bishop. David Bishop Media, Inc.
18:20 - 18:45 Pioneers Show. Pierre Barreau. Aiva Technologies
18:45 - 19:00 Pioneers Award Ceremony
19:00 - 19:00 End of Day II

Academy. Day 2 - May 25

10:35 - 11:00 Expanding To China. Bo Ji. Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). Bay McLaughlin.
11:00 - 11:25 The Changing Landscape Of Early Stage Investments. Tina Baker JAG Shaw Baker. Scott Sage. Crane Venture Partners.
11:25 - 11:40 Building On Blockchain. Dennis Van Der Vecht. 10 Clouds
11:40 - 11:55 ICO 2.0: DISRUPTING FUNDRAISING WITH EQUITY TOKENS. Ula Lachovicz. Neufund.
11:55 - 12:40 Roasted! Ben Tompkins. Draper Esprit. Markus Lang. Pioneers Ventures. Ekaterina Almasque. Samsung Catalyst Fund
12:40 - 13:25 Energy Break
13:25 - 13:50 Fundraising 101 - The Do’s & Don’ts. Carlos Espinal. Seedcamp. Ben Tompkins. Draper Esprit.
13:50 - 13:55 Check Your Brand! Christoph Mandl. Austrian Patent Office
13:55 - 14:20 70 and 5 years old: How a corporate and a start-up can benefit from one another. Anja Hendel. Porsche AG. Risto Vahtra. High Mobility
14:20 - 14:45 Leveraging Customers for Growth. Sujan Patel. WebProfits
14:45 - 15:10 The Power of Mindful Leadership. Megan Jones Bell. Headspace
15:10 - 15:30 How To Build A Hyper-Growth Machine. Valentin Scholz. Revolut
15:30 - 16:10 What to do about your unconscious bias and address diversity in your workplace. Jordan Axt. Project Implicit

Masterclass. Day 2 - May 25

11:00 - 12:30 How To Succeed In Startup-Corporate Collaboration. 29 / 30. Natalia Gricovkanics. Pioneers. Michael Wlaschitz. Pioneers. Networking Break
13:00 - 13:50 Executive Masterclass With David Bishop. David Bishop. David Bishop Media, Inc.. Networking Break
14:00 - 14:50 Finding Mutually Beneficial Collaboration Models: Series A startups and corporates. 29 / 30. Janos Török. Pioneers. Lisa Höllbacher. Pioneers. Networking Break
15:00 - 15:50 AR / VR: What Is Holding Back Its True Potential? 40 / 40. Jeff Burton. Electronic Arts and HolodeckVR. Arkadi Jeghiazaryan. Amlogy. Jürgen Rattenberger. DAQRI. Rhina Portillo. Cozyo.

Amplify. Day 2 - May 25

11:00 - 12:00 Best of Vienna Business Agency - Pitching Session. Jasmina Henniova. Pioneers.
12:00 - 12:50 GIN goAustria Startup Pitch. Harald Federspiel. Pioneers. Networking Break
13:00 - 13:50 The Air Around Us. Francesco Rubino. Pioneers. Dominik Ertl. Bosch Engineering GmbH. Lisa Zeller. Robert Bosch GmbH. Aron Bahnmueller. Robert Bosch Venture Capital. Tony Pleschinger. Robert Bosch GmbH. Bernd Heinrichs. Robert Bosch GmbH. Networking Break
14:00 - 14:50 16.6 Million Customers Are Waiting For Your Fintech. Insights From RBI Elevator Lab Participants. Kartik Chillakanti. moxtra. Hannes Cizek. RBI. Susanne Chishti. FINTECHCircle. Sandipan Chakraborty. sonect. Networking Break
15:00 - 15:50 Disruptive Mobility, Consumer Robotics and Electric Devices -Startup Pitches. Nader Sabbaghian. 360 Capital Partners. Julien Fredonie. Honda Innovations. Francesco Rubino. Pioneers. Marius Schulze. Makers. Michael Nehmad Honda Xcelerator USA.

Spotlight. Day 2 - May 25

13:00 - 14:00 Roundtables For Series A Startups And Investors. Elbruz Yilmaz. 3TS Capital Partners. Christian Knott. Capnamic Ventures. Martin Konop. Rockaway Capital. Christo Thekkel. Eikyo. Christian Lindener. Wayra Germany. Laida Garcia - Maya. Wayra Germany. Dominik Krabbe. EIT Digital.
14:00 - 14:50 Injecting Robots With Personality. Dimitrios Prodromou. Humanizing Technologies


David Bishop
David Bishop Media, Inc.

Emmett Shear

Carlos Espinal

Laura Grimmelmann
Accel Partners

Patrick Nathen

Aaron VanDevender
Founders Fund

Josef Penninger

Jeff Burton
Electronic Arts and HolodeckVR

Elizabeth Stark
Lightning Labs

Patti Sanchez
Duarte Inc.

Suhair Khan
Google Arts & Culture

Werner Vogels