We love innovation!

We are a team of innovation experts. Passionate about new technologies and trends, we are eager to change the world. We have an entrepreneurial mindset and love to get our hands dirty.

Co-Founder, Managing Partner
Dr. Stefan Perkmann Berger

Stefan has a strong research background in the field of open innovation and has been running many initiatives in the startup scene. He is well-informed in both the corporate and startup worlds in order to bring ideas to success. Stefan strongly believes in the positive synergies between startups and established companies and loves to support technologies that make the world a better place.

Philippe Thiltges
Co-Founder, Managing Partner
Philippe Thiltges

Philippe has a strong sales background and many years of experience as an innovation consultant. He started off in POS (point of sales) communication and established his own open innovation consulting agency after finishing university. He believes that opening up corporate borders during the innovation process leads to more outcome and success.

Alexander Streihammer
Co-Founder, Head of Marketing & Design
Alexander Streihammer

With many years of design experience, Alexander ensures our users flow smoothly throughout our online platform, as well as making sure the world surrounding us is well designed.

Max Ditzel
Partner Germany
Max Ditzel

Max is designing and managing acceleration programs for our clients to empower startups and corporate innovation teams. He is coaching teams on early stage validation, prototyping, and business development. Previously he worked in 2 startups, established an international recruiting service for entrepreneurs and regularly mentors teams for various startup initiatives.

Stefan Peintner
Partner Alpine Region
Stefan Peintner, MSc. MScBA.

Stefan focuses on strategy, business model and operating model innovation. He has an international academic background in Innovation Management from Bocconi and RSM, as well as profound consulting experience with Arthur D. Little. His unique skillset combines an innovation mindset with a deep understanding of the corporate world and true cross-industry experience.

Lisa Kuttner
Senior Project Manager
Lisa Kuttner, MA

With her background in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, she knows how to set up successful innovation teams and guides them through intrapreneurship and acceleration programs. Over the past years, she has coached them on early stage validation, business modeling, and market entry. Eager to see each project succeed she drives teams to always give their best.

Livia Kubelka
Senior Innovation Manager & Coach
Livia Kubelka, MSc.

Livia is working on the realization of our corporate projects. She is managing projects which focus on technology evaluation, cross-industry cooperation and innovation strategy projects. She is an expert in identifying the right experts to talk to and to discover new potential.

Martina Egger
Senior Project Manager
Martina Egger

Martina gained several years of experience in the German banking sector. There she worked in the business development department for corporate clients with focus on digitization. She is responsible for coordinating our customer’s projects, scouting startups and is part of our sales team. She strongly believes in the successful realization of business ideas and implementation of innovations through the innovation process.

Senior Manager Acceleration
Marius Starcke, MSc.

Marius deals with venture capital and private equity. His educational background is in economics and business, acquired at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in the period of 2005-2011. His professional portfolio ranges among several positions and companies. Among the companies he has worked for are IBM, Roland Berger Strategy Consulting, Speedinvest.

Farid Edrisian
Regional Manager West Asia
Farid Edrisian

Farid’s wide repertoire ranges from managing corporate innovations to business development, which empowers him to see the big picture. Knowing both corporate and startup world and thanks to his intercultural awareness, Farid is able to connect the dots and unlock new opportunities for our clients.

Johanna Zauner
Project Manager
Johanna Zauner, MSc.

Johanna brings in a diverse spectrum of experience ranging from strategy & innovation consulting to working in the NGO and cultural sector. In recent years, she has focused on developing new business models and digital solutions for businesses. Johanna strongly believes that the success of new business ideas builds upon an innovative corporate culture and she loves to engage in creative methods that bring inspirational ideas to life.

Doris Steindl
Operations Manager
Doris Steindl, MA

Next to her background in innovation management, Doris is managing our operational tasks and internal processes. Close cooperation with the Board of Management and constant consultation with the team is her Daily Business. She is responsible that every day at WhatAVenture runs as smooth as possible and supports WhatAVenture to grow.

Antonia Matjacic
Project manager
Antonia Matjacic, MA

Alongside her background in Green Business, Antonia gained work experience in the corporate as well as NGO world. At WhatAVenture she is responsible for startup scouting and supports our customer’s projects. Antonia believes that corporate innovation is the key factor that drives sustainable business growth.

Hendric Mostert
Acceleration Manager
Hendric Mostert

Hendric supports teams in implementing a sustainable innovation culture and an agile mindset. His long-term experience in the automotive industry has provided him with a deep understanding of digital transformation and customer experience. Additional to his insights on corporate structures, he also brings broad experience from the startup scene to our team.

Desiree Jonek
Marketing & Innovation Expert
Désirée Jonek, MSc.

Désirée has a diverse and international background: From a startup lab product manager in Paris to business development and marketing strategy for startups in Vienna. Always keeping the user experience in mind, she helps our clients and startups to deliver the best customer-centric experience, from branding to online presence and marketing strategy.

Dominik Kraihamer
Project Manager
Dominik Kraihamer

As well as within the scope of his professional career as an international racing car driver, Dominik has gained experience in the field of business innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and multiple corporate projects. He is strongly determined to contribute to the innovative entrepreneurial environment offered to our customers.

Accounting & Controlling
Sandra Blacha

Beside managing accounting Sandra is constantly removing obstacles to ensure our daily business keeps running smoothly.

Clara Baumgartner
Legal Research Assistant
Mag. Clara Baumgartner

Clara graduated in Law from the University of Vienna. She supports our team as a legal research assistant and focuses on contract design. Currently, she is also studying Business Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Martin Graf
Lead Software Developer
DI Martin Graf

Martin has lots of experience in crafting solid and maintainable high-performance applications. He loves to build modern and innovative products always getting inspired by the latest trends and technologies. If he isn’t hunting down nasty bugs, he enhances our innovation platform steadily.

Johannes Binder
Backend Developer
DI Johannes Binder

Johannes ensures our products function properly. With years of experience as a software developer, he is our silent force in making things happen.


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Our team in Peru

María Elena Velis
Innovation Managing Partner
María Elena Velis

María Elena has solid experience in the fields of Innovation Culture, Work Environment, Internal Communication and Social Responsibility. Her focus is to promote innovation, leadership, and collaboration between teams through the management of high-impact projects aligned to the business strategy. She is also an Executive Professor in the areas of Strategic Innovation, Corporate Culture and Cultural Transformation.

Andrea Vicuña
Innovation Managing Partner
Andrea Vicuña

Andrea is an expert on innovation culture, skill development, and program design. Over the years, she has successfully implemented projects in the fields of innovation management, human resources, strategy and change management. She’s also an executive trainer for organizational culture, cultural transformation, and strategic innovation.

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Partner & Chief Creative Officer
Italo Viacava Hooker

Italo has 30 years of experience in leading, coaching and developing teams within a wide range of industries, always with a special focus on talent management and empowering competencies. Creativity and innovation are major pillars in Italo’s work – and he strongly believes that they are as important for organizations to be successful and competitive.

Advisory Board

Masha Ibeschitz
Executive Coaching Expert
Mag. Masha Ibeschitz

Masha is a leading international expert in coaching executives and running large-scale leadership programs. With her expertise, we make sure that our leadership programs will have a strong impact on your innovation capability.

Mobility and Automotive Expert
DI Alexander Rauscher

Alexander’s leadership and business development expertise results from 15 years of business consultancy. He coaches WhatAVenture mainly in developing outstanding teams and gaining further corporate growth.

Roman Rericha
Partner, Brandl & Talos
MMag. Roman Rericha

Roman Rericha is a partner at Brandl & Talos. He is an expert in M&A transactions as well as corporate and capital market law and a startup enthusiast.

Tree – Our partners in Italy

Head of Innovation
Fabrizio Cialdea

Former CEO & founder of two USA startups: Resonance Systems (#500Strong alumni) and Atooma (Best App 2013 @MWC, TechCrunch Italy winner 2012), Fabrizio has 10+Y of experience within the field of TLC and SW. He worked for giants like Huawei, LG and TIM. Engineer, holds an MBA at the LUISS Biz. School.

Head of Education and Communication
Francesco Pontorno

Francesco graduated in literature and has held seminars on humanities informatics at the university. He has been studying and analyzing industrial literature, publishing as business, and post-human culture. Also, he has served as chief communication manager at Luca Sossella Editore. Today he designs educational formats, organizes and supervises events, and works in the communication of innovation.

Head of R&D
Paolo Lombardi

Paolo is one of few living beings who managed to change a startup law in Italy without being a government official. He has extensive experience in bootstrapping innovation ecosystems, at local, corporate and European level, as well as direct experience as a startup founder and angel investor.

Antonio Perdichizzi
Antonio Perdichizzi

Antonio has been passionate about entrepreneurship since he was 18 years old and has consolidated a solid management experience, particularly in business development and communication. He has a great attitude for sharing, networking and the associative world. He is Vice President of ItaliaStartup, member of the Unicredit board in Sicily and Junior Achievement Italy.


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