Pitch im Paternoster

Pitch im Paternoster 2018

Convince the CEOs of Austria’s industry leaders!

Convince the CEOs of Austria’s industry leaders.

We celebrate our fourth year with a focus on learning. The Junge Industrie and WhatAVenture invite innovative hardware and software startups in education and training as well as in the machine learning sector 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. 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.

Thursday, 21.06.2018

Application deadline: 29.05.2018

Federation of Austrian Industries

Schwarzenbergplatz, 1030 Vienna, Austria

  • Education
  • Training
  • Machine learning
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Industry 4.0
  • Process Optimization
  • AI
  • Robotics
  • edapp
  • classroom
  • teaching
  • globaled
  • mlearning
  • elearning

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Startups in the field of learning & education wanted! Pitch your business on the 100-year old Paternoster & convince the CEOs of Austria’s industry leaders. Join Pitch im Paternoster 2018!

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Join the challenge & present your business to top-level executives

Hop on the 100-year old Paternoster and get the unique opportunity to pitch your business idea to the top-level jury.

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.

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 pitching in the Paternoster by voting on their team, market, scalability, business model and technology.

What’s in it for you?

Meet representatives of leading Austrian industrial companies
Find strategic partners
Close contacts with decision makers from the Austrian industry
Know-how transfer
Media attention
Chance to win additional prizes


The prizes sponsored by Infineon, AWS, Aktienforum, and SpeedInvest will be announced soon.



11:00 – 15:00
Exhibition of prototype & product (exhibition booth)

Official start

11:45 – 12:45
“Pitch im Paternoster” – Jury meets the startups

12:30 – 13:30
Award ceremony & lunch

Open end & networking


Here are the first jury members. More to come. Also, check out our juries of 2016 and 2017.

What our attendees say

Michael Hettegger
Der ‘Pitch im Paternoster’ sorgt für einen höheren Adrenalinspiegel. Wer dort die Gelegenheit bekommt vor 13 hochkarätigen Führungskräften zu pitchen, stellt sich vor eine große Herausforderung, die sich lohnt!”
– Michael Hettegger, co-founder of Craftworks & participant of 2016

Qian Qin
“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 of Panono & winner of 2016

Dr. Leonhardt Bauer
“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 of Xarion & winner of 2015

Join Pitch im Paternoster 2018

Pitch your startup to top-level executives on the 100-year old Paternoster and win the challenge!

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.

Convince the CEOs of Austria’s industry leaders!
Contact us for more information.

Antonia MatjacicAntonia Matjacic
+43 660 377 55 18

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