picture from left: Jürgen Lederer (KPMG), Berthold Baurek-Karlic (Venionaire), Michael Petritz (KPMG), Christoph Drescher (Dealmatrix), Fabian Greiler (Venionaire)
Last Thursday, the 0100 Conferences took place at the Hilton Hotel in Vienna. The goal of the Conference is to bring Western and Eastern Investors together. The event originally launched last year under the name of Up Venture Conference“. 0100Ventures – the organizers of the event – are well-connected in Europe, which has been reflected in the international speaker lineup.
Michael Petritz, Partner at KPMG Austria, started the conference with an opening panel about “Venture Capital in Europe”.
Together with Uli Grabenwarter (Deputy Director – Equity Investments at EIF), Olivier Schuepbach (GP at Partech Ventures), Joe Schorge (Managing Partner at Isomer Capital), Ralph Guenther (Partner at Pantheon), and Fabian Heilemann (Partner at Earlybird) he discussed the status quo and future of the VC industry in Europe. The topics included the role of incubators, accelerators, and co-investment schemes in Europe for VCs. They also mentioned the European Super Angels Club, powered by KPMG and Venionaire, as one example for new investment opportunities in Europe. The Club provides a platform for (U)HNWI, family offices, foundations and corporate investors to follow Europe’s leading venture capital funds as co-investors.
We were involved in two panels. Dan Choon, the Managing Partner of Venionaire Investment, moderated the panel about the Automative Industry with Sophie Paturle (Managing Partner at Demeter Partners), Paul McNabb (Partner at Episode 1), Juraj Vaculik (CEO at AeroMobil) and Michael-Viktor Fischer (CEO at Smatrics).
At the same time, Berthold Baurek-Karlic participated in the second panel as a speaker about “Angel Investment in CE”. He mentioned that Austria has seen a rapid development during the last years. In 2013, the total Business Angel Investments in Austria amounted to only € 2,9 Mio. In 2015 we had total angel investments of € 16,3 Mio. – more than in Poland with € 12,4 Mio. (see EBAN European Early Stage Market Statistics 2015) However, the whole CEE region is gaining speed with a 130% increase in angel investments between 2013-2015. (see investeurope.eu)
The Conference had a high-quality of speakers and guests. The organizers, 0100Ventures, are based in Bratislava, with the aim to create and support new ventures, foster local talents and contribute to the development of the European startup ecosystem. Besides 0100Conferences, they operate a 600 m2 co-working space in Bratislava and are offering rapid development and value chain optimization for established companies. We are looking forward to hearing more of their initiatives! By the way: Join their next event in Dublin on May 10.
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