Pitch Im Paternoster 2016

Connecting startups with industry leaders

Schwarzenbergplatz, 1030, Vienna, Austria

The Young Industry and WhatAVenture invite hardware and innovative B2B software startups to present their company to top level executives of the largest Austrian industrial enterprises.

13 startups will be selected and will compete in the 100 year old Paternoster located in the historic ´House of Industry´ in Vienna. All the startups have the possibility to pitch their business idea to the jury while riding in a cabin of the Paternoster.

The challenge

Each startup will be assigned a cabin in the paternoster. One after the other a jury member will join the startup in their cabin. The pitcher will have approximately 4 minutes to present their business and discuss the matter with the member of the jury. The startup that can convince the most members of the jury from their idea will win the challenge!

Additionally, there will be a crowd price at the Pitch im Paternoster 2016. This year also the audience may choose a winner by utilizing the app Pitchscoring©. Here the audience rates the startups presenting at their booths by voting on their team, market, scalability, business model and technology.


One day with the industry leader Infineon. Here the winner may use the chance to gather know-how and expertise on the topic of their choosing (eg. production, logistics, sales…).
Additionally, they will receive a legal consulting by Brandl & Talos in the value of 5000 €.
Join Pitching Days London | UK in cooperation with aws i2 Business Angels.
Additionally, they will receive a legal consulting by Brandl & Talos in the value of 3000 € shortly.
1000 € Founders Experts voucher sponsored by Aktienforum.
Additionally, they will receive a legal consulting by Brandl & Talos in the value of 2000 €.
Business Analytics Workshop sponsored by DealMatrix.


11.00 – 14.30 Exhibition of prototype & product
11:00 Official Start
11:30 - 12:30 “Pitch im Paternoster” Jury meets the Startups
12:45 - 13:30 Award ceremony & Lunch
14.30 Convivial evening (open end)

The opportunity for your Startup

Meet leading Austrian industrial companies
Find strategic partners
Know-how transfer
Media attention


Leo Arpa
Leo Arpa
Head of R&D Paper, Mondi AG

Philipp Descovich
Philipp Descovich
Geschäftsführer, Imagination Computer Services GmbH

Karin Exner-Wöhrer
Karin Exner-Wöhrer
SAG Salzburger Aluminium AG

Ferrigato Markus
Markus Ferrigato
D. Swarovski KG, Director Innovation Operations – Global Research, Design & Innovations

Angelika Kresch
Angelika Kresch
Remus Innovation Forschungs- und Abgasanlagen Produktions GmbH

Peter F. Mitterbauer

Therese Niss
Therese Niss
Vorsitzende, Junge Industrie

Martin Ohneberg
Martin Ohneberg
CEO, Henn GmbH & Co KG

Robert Ottel
Robert Ottel
CFO, voestalpine AG

Bernhard Sagmeister
Bernhard Sagmeister
Geschäftsführer, Austria Wirtschaftsservice

Christian Pochtler
Christian C. Pochtler
CEO, Pochtler Industrieholding AG

Philipp Thurn und Taxis
Philipp Thurn und Taxis
Managing Director, Constantia New Business GmbH

Günther Wellenzohn
Günther Wellenzohn
Head of Innovation Management, Infineon Technologies Austria AG

What happened last year?

What our attendees say

We found the event was very well designed! The Paternoster Pitch is an outstanding format that allowed potential industrial partners make themselves a picture of startups in a very efficient way.

Dr. Leonhardt Bauer

Co-Founder from Xarion &
Winner of 2015

Want to find out more about last year's event? Find our startups and jury here: here