For startups in e-commerce it is essential to think, work and connect with people globally. Alexander Schmid (on the picture at the foreground) and Markus Kainz, founders of the education platform courseticket.com, are showing how it is done: After winning the first Pitching Days in London, they have been selected as one of nine Austrian startups for the next round from 8th till 11th february in Tel Aviv. The “Pitching Days” is an initiative organized by Junge Wirtschaft, Aussenwirtschaft Austria and the Austrian Wirtschaftsservice and offers young Austrian startups access to investors around the globe.
Besides a trip to Jerusalem and getting in contact with the Israeli culture, Alex and Markus visited Jerusalem Venture Partner (JVP), one of the most important startup accelerator in the region. Markus was fascinated by the company spirit: “The Israelian startup scene really embraces the culture of failing. If you have not failed at least with two startups before, JVP will not even consider to take you in their accelerator program. This mentality is probably a key factor why Tel Aviv is one of the most attractive places for building a startup worldwide.”
With their presentation at the pitching event Alex and Markus successfully got a step into this huge market and convinced investors and potential partners. Two leading Isreali investors are showing serious interest into courseticket and one of them already appointed a meeting in Vienna for more in-depth talks. Furthermore, Alex and Markus also found two new strategic partners for entering the Middle East markets.
“We really want to say thank you to the Austrian Economic Chamber and the Austrian Wirtschaftsservice for this great opportunity and we also want to congratulate all the other fantastic Austrian startups pitching at this event”, Alex summed up. We also congratulate our portfolio company courseticket to the successful journey and are excited about the next steps ahead. See more great impressions from the Pitching Days on the Google+ profile of “Junge Wirtschaft Österreich”.
courseticket.com is Austria’s leading online marketplace for education and advanced training offers. Costumers are able to search for training offers from a wide variety of different providers. The company, co-founded 2011 by Venionaire CEO Berthold Baurek-Karlic, is still hungry for growth and gaining more and more traction every day.