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Wolf D. Prix

CEO & Design Principal Coop Himmelb(l)au

Wolf D. Prix, born in 1942 in Vienna, is the co-founder and Design Principal/CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, the Architectural Association in London and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles.
Out of his numerous international teaching activities, his period at the University of Applied Art in Vienna was the most defining: As Head of the Institute of Architecture and Vice Rector of the University (2003 to 2012), Prix set international standards in the training of architects. He is considered one of the originators of the deconstructive architectural movement. The invitation to the exhibition “Deconstructivist Architecture” at MoMA New York in 1988 signified the international breakthrough for COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. Wolf D. Prix and his team have received numerous international architectural awards in recent decades.
The works of Wolf D. Prix have been published in many books and his architectural drafts are exhibited in numerous museums and collections worldwide. In 1996, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was invited to the 6th International Architecture Biennale in Venice as the representative of Austria. Since then, the studio has been represented here on a regular basis. In 2006 Wolf D. Prix was the commissioner for the Austrian contribution for the 10th International Architecture Biennale.
For the entire biography: http://www.coop-himmelblau.at/studio/wolf-d-prix/

Gerhard Kürner

Managing Partner Lunik2

Full motion video on CD – a big deal in the 1990s. In Austria too, where Gerhard Kürner was behind it. That was the start of his marketing and media career. In the following years he was the founder, shareholder and chief executive of various media companies. In 1996 he received the state award for promotional films and produced one of Austria’s first private TV programs in Wels. As the director of wootoo.com online media AG, he developed one of the first Austria-wide online streaming TV models in the late 1990s.
He joined voestalpine in 2001. As director of corporate communication (2006 – 2014), he was instrumental in the image shift of voestalpine and responsible for the development and establishment of the globally acclaimed voestalpine steel world. During this period voestalpine twice received the “Steely” (Best Steel Website – worldsteel Association), among other awards. Gerhard Kürner is a member of several start-up advisory boards and lecturer at various universities and technical colleges.
Since early 2015, Gerhard Kürner has been the Managing Partner of Lunik2.

Erwin Soravia

CEO Soravia Group Austria and Germany

Erwin F. Soravia heads the real estate project development of the Soravia Group in Austria and Germany as well as the corporate investments ifa AG, Dorotheum and Ruby Hotels. During his business management studies in Vienna, the Carinthian was already starting his entrepreneurial activities. He opened a student bar which operated with two employees until 1989. This was followed by the founding of Soravia Bauträger GmbH and then Soravia Investbeteiligung GmbH in 1995, ARGE Autobahnwerbung in 1996, One Two Internet Handels GmbH in 1999, and, in 2000, Immobiliendevelopment Wiener Stadtwerke BMG & Soravia and Dorotheum GmbH & CoKG.
The aluminum flying roof designed by the architect Hans Hollein with a length of 53 meters caused a great stir at the Albertina. It bears the name of the sponsors: Soravia Wing. In 2010 IFA AG, a subsidiary of the Soravia Financial Group, acquired the ruin of the Sophiensäle, revitalizing the landmarked building components and successfully integrating them in a new project. This meant that the Sophiensäle could be reopened in 2013 – with connected apartments, restaurants, various shops and an underground garage.
Today the Soravia Group is a company with 1,200 employees that generates an annual turnover of 200 million Euros and has already executed 550 real estate projects with a volume of 4.3 billion Euros.
More information at: www.soravia.at

Maria Marlene Dietrich

COO CMb.industries GmbH

CMb.industries develops green- and brownfield projects with specific ecologies throughout Europe. In this process, CMb.industries implements all development cycles in the real estate and urban development sector. As an agent with seismographic, creative and economic competence, CMb.industries forms, communicates, advises and manages extraordinary projects. From the content-specific beta model and strategic orientation to the business concept, CMb.industries collaborates with the cultural and creative industries, with science and research as well as with selected partners who review the acquisitions and secure the financing. CMb.industries additionally organizes the international networking of the highly attractive sites and analyzes their effectiveness.

Oliver Forster

Owner Concertbüro Oliver Forster GmbH & CoKG

With Concertbüro Forster – or CoFo – the owner Oliver Forster brings brilliant shows, impressive concerts and exhibitions for audiences of millions to nearly all venues in the German-language area. His father’s family business thus became a professional event agency that presents stars from rock, pop, hits and folk music along with dance shows, musicals, festivals, trade shows and distinguished classical events – including: AC/DC, The Scorpions, Deep Purple, the Backstreet Boys, Santana, Udo Jürgens, Peter Maffay, Joe Cocker, Herbert Grönemeyer, David Hasselhoff, Rainhard Fendrich, José Carreras, Otto Waalkes, Boris Becker, Apassionata, Eros Ramazzotti, Xavier Naidoo, Christina Stürmer, Lord of the Dance, Austria 3, Kastelruther Spatzen, Florian Silbereisen, Chris de Burgh, Rainhard Fendrich, Reamonn, DJ BoBo, Grease, Nena, Bülent Ceylan, Elton John, Silbermond, Hubert von Goisern, David Garret, and many more.
In addition, CoFo brought such exhibitions as “Body Worlds”, “Titanic” and the “Dinnershow” “Schuhbeck’s teatro” to Linz.

Leonhard Gruber

Mural Harbor

Leonhard Gruber’s mines are subcultures, with the goal of penetrating the innermost core to actively shape the core scene. As an active surf / skate / snow boarder, he got to know this scene along with the hip hop culture and its many elements. Musical styles become lifestyles and sports become art forms. Accordingly, his board crew called “The Esthetics”, with whom he spent an extremely eventful decade of his career in this industry. There he learned to be exposed to the strong contrast between urbanity and the feeling of a force of nature. He switched between the worlds, with lasting impressions: building gorges in New York and Tokyo, snowboarding in the mountains of Alaska, surfing on uninhabited islands in the Indian Ocean.
With the professional entry into the graffiti and art scene, he entered again uncharted territory, but seemed familiar. Ultimately, these subcultures work similarly; Almost all active are car didactics, old helps young, young respected old, no couch surfing no career and style is everything!
Linz and above all the port of Linz offer incredible potential for all urban disciplines. With Mural Harbor he ignited a signal fire, which is already reflected in the international press and visitor numbers.

Christoph Steindl

CEO & Founder Catalysts GmbH

For Elon Musk’s hyperloop they have been working on a cluster-technology that can process millions of data packets per second, and yet not using more energy than a hair dryer. Their high-performance computers process trillions of data per second for the space agencies NASA and ESA, and up to 3,000 people participate in their programming competitions. Catalysts – an Upper Austrian leading IT innovator. By developing custom software this company has grown to a size of more than 200 employees and is well established internationally. Christoph Steindl is its founder and CEO. He grew up in Ottenschlag and in 1990, after passing his school leaving examinations, he moved to Linz, where he studied mechatronics and obtained his doctorate.

Rainhard Fuchs

Head of Public Sector at Pioneers.io

Pioneers is a global player supporting and networking players in the tech industry. Pioneers provides a platform for startups, investors, businesses and the media to build successful relationships: Pioneers Events with the annual Pioneers Festival and industry-specific events (Mobility.Pioneers, Fintech.Pioneers, Health.Pioneers, Retail.Pioneers, Industry. Pioneers), Pioneers Discover (building synergies and collaboration between startups and corporates), Pioneers Ventures (investing in early-stage startups).

Andreas Tschas

Director at Austrian Digitalisation Agency DIA

Former founder of the international Pioneers festival, Andreas Tschas worked for the Viennese company TTTech. Since 2018 he took over the management of the Austrian Digitalisation Agency DIA. They process and coordinate activities and projects in the fields of Digital Infrastructure; Economy; Education and Society; Research; Development & Innovation; Data Protection and Data Management. The agency´s goal is to bring Austria and its SMEs forward. After all, successful digitization and innovative strength are the foundations for growth and prosperity in the future.


startup300 is a business angel network from Austria and for their startups a “co-founder with 114 heads”. startup300 was founded by Michael Eisler and Bernhard Lehner in 2015 together with 83 co-partners. Since summer 2016, startup300 has been organized as an AG based in Linz. startup300 has an extremely dense network in Austria and in many European countries as well as in the USA. In a group of over 100 business angels, university members and successful entrepreneurs, all topics relevant to startups are bundled, such as financing, team, company building, marketing, strategy, growth and more. The members were and are involved in over 250 startups. The volume of exits exceeds 500 million euros by far. This experience is passed on to our startups.

Bernhard Lehner

Co-Founder startup300 AG

Michael Eisler

Co-Founder and CEO startup300 AG