Pitch Im Paternoster 2017

Convince the CEOs of Austria's industry leaders!
We celebrate our third year with a focus on Greentech.

  Thursday, 27.04.2017
Application Deadline: 26.03.2017

  Federation of Austrian Industries
Schwarzenbergplatz, 1030, Vienna, Austria

The Junge Industrie and WhatAVenture invite innovative hardware and software startups in the B2B sector to present their company to top level executives of the largest Austrian industrial enterprises. This year we have a special focus on Greentech!

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

The aim of the event is to link startups with leading industrial companies in Austria. Therefore each startup will also be assigned an own booth next to the pitch in the paternoster. This allows them to present their prototype and/or product to a wide audience of industrial enterprises and innovation manager.

The challenge

Each startup will be assigned a cabin in the historic Paternoster. One after the other a jury member will join the startup. 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! This year the jury may choose a winner by utilizing the app Pitchscoring©. Here the jury rates the startups presenting at their booths by voting on their team, market, scalability, business model and technology.


Apply now! Application closes on the 26th of March.
Startups will be announced on the 31st of March.
Requirement: 2 people per Startup must attend. One set at the booth and one in a cabin of the Paternoster for the pitch. At least one founder must be present.


Additionally, to meeting the top CEOs of Austria’s Industry and their innovation managers, you have the possibility to win amazing prizes.

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 €.
Participation at the "Business Angels Summit in Kitzühel“ on the 7. Juli 2017 sponsored by the AWS . Additionally, they will receive a legal consulting by Brandl & Talos in the value of 3000 € .
Voucher for startup consultancy from Schönherr. The focus lies on company law, trademark / IP law and contract law.


11.00 – 14.30 exhibition of prototype & product (exhibition booth)
11:00 Official Start
11:30 - 12:30 “Pitch im Paternoster”
Jury meets the Startups
11:30 - 12:30 Best Practice Talks
Introduction to cooperation possibilities with startups & illustration of 3 best case scenarios
12:45 - 13:30 Award ceremony & Lunch
14.30 Open end & Networking

Best Practice Talks

Successfully work with startups
In addition to the classical “Pitch im Paternoster” we will be inviting representatives of 3 best case startup cooperation programs. These representatives will illustrate their experience while working with startups and give an overview in the various possibilities of cooperation.
Our speakers will be announced soon.

The opportunity for your Startup

Meet representatives of leading Austrian industrial companies
Find strategic partners
Close contacts with decision makers from the Austrian industry
Know-how transfer
Media attention
Application closed

Application Deadline: 26.03.2017

What happened last year?

All the details to our previous events

The event 2016

The event 2015

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

We really liked the format, had a lot of fun and were able to connect with a lot of great people. The Pitch in the Paternoster proved to be much more than we originally anticipated.

Qian Qin Co-Founder from Panono & Winner of the 2nd “Pitch im Paternoster”

Co-Founder from Panono & Winner of 2016

Ein großartiges Event in einem prachtvollen Gebäude und einem hochkarätigen Publikum. Der „Pitch im Paternoster” sorgt für einen höheren Adrenalinspiegel und bringt jede Menge Erfahrung mit sich. Wer dort die Gelegenheit bekommt vor 13 hochkarätigen Führungskräften der Österreichischen Industrie zu pitchen, stellt sich vor eine große Herausforderung, die sich lohnt!

Michael Hettegger