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Marita says: Fitting in prevents from disruptive innovation.

When hiring new talents, most managers invest in “getting the right people with the right mindset”. The question whether a candidate fits to the organizational culture seems crucial for jointly following an organization’s goal. Job interviews have recently been designed around the question whether a candidate shares the same values…

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Are you planning an event?

Why not host your next event at weXelerate, the Home of Innovation in Vienna’s city center? Apart from being a very central location, the hub offers on its almost 9.000m² rooms as well as open areas for events of all kinds. Depending on your event, you can welcome as few…

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Meet the Mieters: Palfinger

In this month interview of the Meet the Mieters series get to know Palfinger better, a company that specialises in reliable and cost-effective lifting solutions for the use on commercial vehicles. I met with Stefan Kreppel, Head of Open Innovation PALFINGER 21st, to ask him a few questions about life…

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a:head use human mini brains for drug discovery.

“CNS drug discovery is amongst the most challenging endeavours in the pharmaceutical industry, however, our disruptive technology using human brain organoids for drug design has the potential to herald a new era in the development of novel medicines for the treatment of brain diseases.” says Oliver Szolar, founding partner and…

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Summer in the City

Every year most parents are wrecking their brains for weeks before the summer holidays start: What to do for 9 whole weeks with their offspring? Summer camps are a great way to keep them busy and get them interested in various topics at the same time. weXelerate is proud to…

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You are invited.

Come visit weXelerate, Vienna’s Home of Innovation! Join us for interesting and informative events in August and September! DaVinciLab summer camps for kids In July children taking part in the DaVinciLab summer camps experienced two successful weeks of learning, having fun and finding new friends. Wanna join in? There are…

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Effective ways to boost your Business on Social Media – Part 2

Two weeks ago, our social media experts shared their first 6 ways that could help you to boost your business on social media. Ready for more? Here come tips 7 to 13. 7. Share your news Sharing and retweeting content from different businesses or news networks is a great way…

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Do’s and Don’ts for creating the perfect pitch – Part 2

Pitching is a wonderful tool that anybody can use to get a message across. Whether it is a product pitch for your startup, an investor pitch for raising money or an internal pitch in a meeting to persuade your colleagues of an ingenious idea you want to follow through with.

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Meet the Mieters: i5invest

For the interview series Meet the Mieters I was warmly welcomed by Herwig, Henry and Patrick in the office of i5invest. Read on to find out what these three gentlemen have revealed about their work at i5invest, innovation and ongoing projects. weX: Nice to meet you…

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Effective ways to boost your Business on Social Media – Part 1

Whether you are new to the game or have been developing your business’s social media presence for years, navigating the ever-changing opportunities of online platforms can pose quite a challenge. Businesses that lack proper social media representation are missing out on promising opportunities for growth, networking and marketing. It is…

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A hub open to the world.

Working in our hub means working with national as well as with international startups. One startup came all the way from America. I met with Luke and Andy from our Batch 3 alumni peruse.io/NOAM to find out what made them come all the way to Austria.

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Meet Andreas – unser Finance Held!

Der Wiener Start-up-Campus weXelerate hat sich in den letzten 2 Jahren zum Brennpunkt der zentral- und osteuropäischen Start-up-Szene entwickelt. In einer der coolsten Locations in Wien wurde ein Ökosystem geschaffen, das Startups aus der ganzen Welt dabei unterstützt, die nächsten Schritte zu tun. COMMITLY ist als Alumni und Service…

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Meet the Mieters: The Ventury

If you have already been to our hub, you know that we house a number of different tenants. This month Pooja Ahluwalia, CMO at TheVentury, has agreed to answer a few questions about working in the hub, TheVentury’s main business and their new exciting venture. weX:…

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Fresh local groceries in the city

It is a well-known fact that products bought directly at the market are fresh and have a great taste. However, due to time and convenience issues, most people go shopping in supermarkets. The startup markta addresses exactly this problem. They have developed the first digital farmer’s…

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Reading stories

Summer is upon us. This means it is time for another issue of our quarterly magazine Xray If you have not already picked up an issue at the weXelerate Pitch Night, come by and pick up a copy. Too hot outside? You are already on holiday? No problem, enjoy our…

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Chosen by investors and the public.

Today weXelerate open its doors to investors and the public. And a great number of people followed our invitation. Investor’s Day For the Investor’s Day we opened our doors in the morning and started the day off with a breakfast for the investors and the startups. The rest of the…

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How to sell ideas – weXelerate Top Sales Tips

Whether you sell products or ideas, there needs to be a strategy behind the selling process. We have asked our sales team to put together some tips to make the sales experience worthy for your customers. Know your client As you get to know your clients, familiarize yourself with their…

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An Astronaut as Brazilian Minister.

weXelerate loves opening its doors for visitors. On Friday June 21st we welcomed a delegation of 11 people under the command of Marcos Pontes, Brazilian minister for science, technology, innovation and communications. During their visit, the delegation got a lot of information on the hub in general as well as…

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Get a platform to administrate your tasks!

This is a dream of many people: to have someone else taking care of their tasks . Now this dream has come true! A…

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getHUNGRY – Get inspired by the instagram for dishes

Imagine the following scene: You are sitting in your office and are busily working away. Around lunchtime your belly starts rumbling. Where to eat? And, the even more important question, what kind of food? Questions that bother most people once a day. The Viennese entrepreneurs Richard Knor (CEO), Pierre Rubant…

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What does the media say about weXelerate?

We are happy to share the latest two new articles, both in German, on weXelerate! Have a look. der brutkasten, June 14th weXelerate Investor’s Day: “Find your next Investment” This article focuses on the upcoming Investor’s Day on June 27th. Around 20 startups from Batch 4 will pitch their innovative…

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Do’s and Don’ts for creating the perfect pitch – Part 1

Pitching is probably the most crucial presentation technique an entrepreneur has to master in the startup life. Whether it is in written form of an email or an application to an accelerator or a grant, visual or multi-media in the form of a one-pager or video or orally like an…

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Meet the Mieters: HYVE Innovation Austria

Have you ever wondered what live in a beehive is like? Pretty busy I would like to think. If you happen to be in the hub, go see HYVE Innovation Austria, “Europe’s first one-stop-shop for innovation” as managing director Michael Maier puts it. The Austrian affiliate…

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How startup-affine is the machine engineering and plant manufacturing industry?

An interesting question for any industry, I would say. In order to find possible answers to the question, weXelerate managing director Awi Lifshitz and team were proud to welcome the German Engineering Association (VDMA) on June 5th to the biggest hub in CEE. VDMA in a nutshell Together with weXelerate…

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Seven-digit investment for startup txture

The basis of a startup company are usually new and innovative ideas.  In order to bring such ideas to live, investment is needed. The startup Txture specialises in a game-changing software platform for the analyses and cloud transformation of global IT landscapes. Today the startup announced…

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Another eXcellent office for innovation!

We are happy to announce that we are getting bigger! The innovation and startup hub “weXelerate am Lindengrund” will open its doors in autumn 2019, exactly 2 years after the opening of the hub in Vienna. Why the west? This location in the west will open…

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A masterclass about making change happen.

Life is full of changes. However, it is quite difficult to bring forward changes, especially when it comes to changes in the workplace. Learn to make changes Once a year the Innovation Day sponsored by Österreichische Lotterien takes place. This year part…

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Meet the Mieters: Wüstenrot

Welcome to the hub. Our corporate partner Wüstenrot has been part of the ecosystem from the very beginning. Only recently they moved into a space at the hub. “Relocating our office to weXelerate has been a next step to integrate ourselves even more in this thriving…

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Five things that are crucial for a successful weXelerate application

Over the course of the last two years almost 180 startups and scaleups participated in one of the four weXelerate batches. They all have one thing in common: a tempting offer for the weXelerate ecosystem – most notably our corporate partners – that makes them stand out from the masses…

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How fit are you in internet usage?

Most people would answer this question with a yes. And to tell the truth, I myself would probably say yes, I feel fit and confident in the usage of the internet. But how fit are we really with websites, social media and search engines? Since autumn 2018 our hub has…

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Get in the Ring

Great ideas At the beginning of any startup adventure stand amazing, new and innovative ideas. So far, so good. But how do you let the public know that there is a new project around? Pitch events are a great way to share your story. There are quite many of those,…

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Being happy as a business model

What really struck me when I started working at weXelerate a few months ago was the job title of one of my colleagues: Chief Happiness Officer, short CHO. What does it mean for a company and its workforce to have a CHO in the team? Can one person make a…

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Meet the Mieters: IBM

You can meet robots in our hub! An innovation hub is per definition a modern, innovative place. Is there a way to make it even more fashionable and part of the new world of work? There is. Since September 2018 IBM Austria has two seats in…

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Let’s shape the future together

The weXelerate hub is constantly changing. Tenants come and go. In some cases, tenants love the atmosphere, the networking as well as the whole character of the office building so much that they decide to bring in even more colleagues and therefore need to expand their work space. A similar…

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Bring your daughter to work!

What would you like to become when you grow up? A difficult question. Therefore it is important to help young adults to find out what job they could possibly be interested in. On 25th April 14 girls aged 11-16 were invited to spend an interesting and entertaining day in the…

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It’s all about being open-minded

What is it like to work in a startup hub? A question that can best be answered by asking someone who is not only working in such a hub but also managing it. A little more than a year ago, at the beginning of April 2018, Claudia Witzemann joined…

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A festival of game-changing ideas

There are many innovative and new ideas around. In times of the internet and social media they spread really fast. But what happens if you summon all the people who have such ideas? A great festival, full of inspiring ideas and stimulating talks. For three days – April 9-11 –…

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Meet the Meeters: Hackabu

The wish of every company whether it is big or small is to constantly grow and be successful. But how to make your business larger is not always easy. That’s where growth hacking companies become part of the pictures. Such companies are per definition companies that help other companies to…

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Getting to know the hub

The new batch 4 startups are getting to know their way around the Accelerator hub. Located in their own space during the monthly block weeks, there have been a number of events in their first week at weXelerate. On the third day of their first week the startups presented themselves…

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A new batch of innovation

Welcome to the weXelerate Accelerator Hub! We are very happy to say “hallo” to 25 new batch 4 startups. In the next four months these ladies and gentlemen will engage in our accelerator program. In this batch the startups again come from all over the world: They are from Austria,…

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Mentors and mentees – The story of a strong relationship.

All of us have experienced a fresh start at a new place of work. Many new faces, a new culture or many new expressions are just a few of the difficulties a newbie at work has to face. In these situations most of us will have hoped for a helping…

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Meet the Mieters: der brutkasten

Working in an innovation hub has…

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What do orders and maths have in common?

Not very much. At least not at first sight. But if you are digging deeper you will see that both fields are relying heavily on numbers and data. Taking this into account it is not surprising that the two startups DAGOPT and…

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Making yourself heard

What does being a woman mean nowadays? Even as a woman it is not easy to answer this question. In celebration of womanhood and the international women’s day the organisation female founders organised a huge event in less than 6 weeks. The motto of the event…

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Plug & Play the Energy Saving Way.

Like parents are proud of their children, we are always proud and happy to hear about the success of “our” startups. Who are our startups? The startups that have been part of the weXelerate Accelerator Program. The Italian startup Enerbrain was in…

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Take a piece of weXelerate home with you!

Since today each one of you can take home a piece of weXelerate! Our new quarterly magazine Xray was launched this morning. What can you read in Xray? You will find interviews, background stories and news on the startup hub, its ecosystem as well as its tenants and startups. A…

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How refurbished hardware helps growing trees

Modern times have turned homo sapiens into “homo computicus”. All of us work every day with computers, laptops and other hardware devices. Of course, we want to be fashionable in this area as well. Humankind is striving for faster, better and more modern devices. New hardware is put on the…

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If you need help, just holler!

All of us interact online on a daily basis. Whether it is for work or private use, there are many online touchpoints with or as a customer. Almost everyone buys books, clothing, toys and many other products or services online. Unfortunately, customers are not always happy when they open the…

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Meet the Mieters: Reiter PR

“Meet the Mieters” is a new recurring series, where the single tenants of the weXelerate hub will be introduced. The first tenant to meet up for an interview was Reiter PR weX: Hi Thomas, hi Alexandra, thanks for meeting with me. Since when has Reiter PR…

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Coding for a good cause

Last weekend the weXelerate hub was buzzing again. The reason was the second …

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When Text meets Knowledge Management

The weXerlate hub offers startups and our corporate partners room for getting together and networking. The idea is that together they come up with a joined project. But sometimes two startups find ways of cooperating on cool projects. That was the case for…

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Awards for eXcellent startups

Who is the weXelerate startup 2018? In order to answer this question we created the weXelerate Startup Award. More than 150 startups have participated in our three weXelerate Accelerator programs. All of them were evaluated by a top selected jury according to certain criteria. 14 startups were selected that way.

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Data Manufacturers

Working online and in social media – at work as well as in our freetime –  is our daily business. Data is everywhere. Therefore data and the management of it has become a very important business. Linx4, a weXelerate alumni from batch II and finalist in the…

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Great investment for bsurance

As a hub weXelerate has seen many startups grow, expand and realize great projects. However, it is always wonderful news and makes us proud to share success stories. The batch II alumni bsurance, an insurtech startup founded in 2017, has successfully completed its Series A financing round.

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Into the crowd

Behind every business idea, however small a company might be, there needs to be a business as well as a financial plan. This is no different for startups. In the past few years, crowdfunding has been a successful way for smaller companies…

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When machines talk like humans.

Before the weXelerate Accelerator Program ended last week for batch 3,  we were happy to welcome Wolfgang Dreyer from Oracle as well as Andreas Rath from the startup Ondewo for a Tech Breakfast on January 16…

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All’s well that ends well

And the winner is … After 4 interesting months batch 3 of the weXelerate Accelerator Program ended today. In these past few months the startups have made quite a journey. On today’s Investor’s Day and Pitch Night 36 startups have impressed the investors and the public alike with their innovative…

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GOOGLE looks for information outside your company… ZAPIENS looks for internal knowledge.

All of us are spending more time than ever in school, at university or in other educational programs. Thus acquiring a massive amount of information and knowledge, which is later used for work within companies. But how do you manage this knowledge and…

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Buzzing like bees

Another year has just started. And it’s going to be a great one. weXelerate starts motivated and energetic into this new year. Our  headquarter is buzzing with events and interesting people this month. Get insights into new technologies, listen to a podcast, take part in a sports challenge or party…

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A glass of “Glühwein”!

Where are you from? Most startups taking part in the weXelerate Accelerator Program are not from Vienna or Austria, but from all over the world. For this program the startups come to the capital of Austria, to work, to learn and to network. In the current batch we welcomed startups…

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Work Serverless!

When Thomas Watson announced that “… there is a world market for maybe five computers.” he had clearly underestimated the power of computers as well as the technology that came with it. This was many years ago and we have come a long way since then. Formerly computers were huge…

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A Book About Life!

Whether it is writing books, giving speeches or working as a consultant, Dr. Andreas Salcher does all these things and all of them well. Today he was invited for a reading to weXelerate headquarters. Dr. Salcher read from…

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„Chatbots are finally fashionable! “

When Gregor Jarisch, one of the founders of Labs.ai came up with his chatbot idea E.D.D.I. more than 10 years ago, no one seemed to be interested in this topic within Austria. But as so much energy, passion and money had been put into realizing this idea,…

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We need more innovation in our shops!

Innovation and startups are buzzwords nowadays. Many companies use them, but only a few live them. Spar, a big Austrian supermarket chain, and their affiliate Hervis, the biggest sportswear and sports equipment retailer in Austria, are setting an example of how cooperation between…

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The bright and the bold succeed — Why becoming a startup has become such an attractive business model

Who does not sometimes dream of being their own boss or of running their own business? The business world has changed over the past years as every year more companies are entering the market. Their ideas are big, their companies usually small and quite agile with flat hierarchies and the…

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