Gruppenbild Gewinner CPI Demo Day


In autumn last year, the teams started into the Creative Pre-Incubator programme. The CPI is now established at all Lower Austrian universities of applied sciences and supports students, alumni and employees on their way to setting up a business.
Most of the participants started the programme with a rough concept of their business ideas, which they have been working on intensively over the last few months. Supported by start-up-relevant workshops by experts and individual coaching, the ideas were pushed forward.

At the final event of this year's round, the teams showed the development of their projects in front of an audience and a jury of experts. For the first time, this final event took place within the framework of a Demo Day, where also various prizes were awarded. The event was opened by IMC FH Krems Managing Director Udo Brändle at the IMC Campus.

The Jury

The CPI teams had three minutes to convince the jury in their pitch before they had to answer the questions of the jury in another seven minutes.
The jury consisted of representatives from various fields (from left to right):

  • Leo Capari, Technologie Transfer Manager at Tecnet Equity

  • Gerhild Eigner, Department of Economy, Tourism & Technology at Land Niederösterreich

  • Eric Weisz, Co-Founder Circly and CPI graduate

  • Enzo Duit, Co-Founder warrify and CPI graduate

  • Michael Moll, CEO of accent Inkubator GmbH (online)

  • Daniel Zawarczynski, Economic Delegate of the WKO in Silicon Valley (online)

The decision

After all 11 teams had pitched, the jury had to make a difficult decision on the winning teams. While the experts were discussing, the audience in the auditorium listened to an exciting interview with investor and start-up expert Heinrich Prokop, who shared his insights.

"All the teams were just great! So they had great pitches, great project ideas and that's what made the decision very difficult. That was also the reason why it didn't take 10 minutes, but almost 45 minutes to agree on the winners.",

says jury member Leo Capari.

The winning teams

Consale goes Silicon Valley
Sascha Ulreich, Erik Grielenberger and Philipp Senftlechner won the main prize with their business idea for consale - a trip to the Lower Austrian Summer School in Silicon Valley. The team from FH Wiener Neustadt Campus Wieselburg is developing a platform on which digital content can be created, managed and shared in simple steps.

accent Bootcamp with Gigi Wang
Gigi Wang brings the Silicon Valley startup mentality to Austria in the accent Bootcamp - our teams Colegio (Lena Kernstock & Marlies Riepl / FHSTP), Verdes (Gopinath Hariharasudhan & Nooa Adams / IMC) and Sunny Packaging (Barbara Dutzler & Florian Dutzler / IMC) will be taking part.

Innovation festival
Even more innovations and start-ups await at the FIFTEEN SECONDS Festival - re:flair (Tom Kessler & Thomas Forster / FHWN) and SkillSwap (Isabella Haag & Christoph Dorfmeister / FHSTP) were able to secure tickets for Europe's leading future conference!

Conclusion and finale

Following the announcement of the decision, all participants received certificates for their successful participation before the event came to a close with a relaxed get together.

The CPI was developed in cooperation between the FH St. Pölten and the accent incubator.