Digital Fireside Chat
Im Rahmen der Born Global Academy tauschten wir in einem spannenden Kamingespräch mit international aktiven Founder-Persönlichkeiten am 9. Dezember 2021 Erfahrungswerte und Anekdoten aus, analysierten Stolpersteine, arbeiteten Markteintrittsbarrieren aber auch persönliche Herausforderungen am Internationalisierungspfad auf. Der schonungslose Austausch brachte lehrreiche Insights ans Licht und kehrte anwendbare Take-aways hervor.
16:00 Welcome Words
Renate SCHNUTT, Head of Scaleups AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA
Kambis KOHANSAL VAJARGAH, Head of Startup-Services, Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
16:10 Fireside Chat with International Founders
Today we shine a light on the skills you need for internationalisation and how you can grow and scale internationally without betting on the wrong horse. Additionally, we explore the potential of failure and the hard bits of being an entrepreneur. Let’s break the taboo and reshape our business culture for the better.
• Susanne KLEPSCH, MeetFox, US
• Maggie SAILER, Mondaysquares, UK
• Gernot SCHWENDTNER, WeGrow, NETHERLANDS
• Benjamin RUSCHIN, WeAreDevelopers, AUSTRIA
• Moderation: Renate SCHNUTT & Kambis KOHANSAL VAJARGAH
16:50 Bonus Session with female founders
• Susanne KLEPSCH, MeetFox, US
• Maggie SAILER, Mondaysquares, UK
• Kristina TSVETANOVA, Blitab, BULGARIA/US
• Moderation: Carina KLAFFL, Female Founders & Renate SCHNUTT
17:20 Wrap up
Meet our speakers
Carina Klaffl is Head of the Grow F accelerator by Female Founders, working closely with over 49 female-led ventures on their journey to get investment-readiness. Prior to that Carina was driving sales in several startups both in Vienna and Amsterdam. She was also Head of Partnerships at Pioneers one of the first platforms in Europe bringing together startups, investors, and corporates. Carina’s passion for entrepreneurship evolved when she specialized in Entrepreneurship at Vienna University for Economics and Business leading to a Master's degree in Entrepreneurship at Lund University in Sweden.
Susanne Klepsch is the CEO & Co-founder of MeetFox, was born and raised in Vienna, Austria and holds a master’s degree in International Management. After her father passed away, she took on her first leadership position in the 120-people family business at the age of 24. Lacking the right experience for the role, Susanne sought the help of a consultant, a coach and a tax advisor. However, the process to access professional services was cumbersome, manual and intransparent, which is how the idea for MeetFox was born. MeetFox is a one-stop-shop for efficiently managing client meetings with scheduling, video calls, and payments all in one. With the vision to make expertise accessible at a push of a button and allow service providers to offer their services effortlessly, MeetFox is now used by over 13,000 professionals worldwide. The team of 12 is distributed around the world, and recently graduated from Techstars NYC.
Kambis Kohansal Vajargah
Kambis Kohansal Vajargah is the Head of Startup-Services at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. He is also the founding partner of several startup companies, incl. Carployee, Freebiebox and whatchado and the former managing partner of primeCROWD, Austria's largest network for startup investors. The World Economic Forum has chosen Kambis as a European Digital Leader, guiding the digital transformation of the continent. He is a juror at the World Summit Awards and European Youth Award and has been named Austrian ambassador for integration.
Ben Ruschin is the Founder & CEO of Code Capital Holding, an accelerator that co-founds tech startups and helps them achieve rapid growth in the early-stage phase. Ben has co-founded and is invested in multiple startups, such as WeAreDevelopers, the market-leading IT recruiting platform in Europe. Ben was voted into the exclusive "Forbes 30 under 30" circle by the US magazine Forbes. Ben is an Advisory Board Member of the Austrian government's digitalisation association fit4internet, a close collaborator of the Austrian Federal Minister Dr. Margerate Schramböck. Ben is an Advisory Board Member of the educational social startup DaVinciLab and he is a Board Member of Global Women in Tech and of Humanaize, an organisation focusing on AI education.
Margareta "Meggy" Sailer is the founder of mondaysquares, a consultancy service for early founders that focuses on all people-related matters. Meggy works strategically with founders to ensure that they thrive and their companies can scale successfully. She has successfully built and scaled several global high tech startups. As Senior Recruitment Manager, EMEA for Tesla, and at Lilium Aviation as Global Recruitment Director, she led companies from less than 100 people to hundreds and thousands within a short period of time. Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Meggy resides in Hampshire, UK
Renate Schnutt helps Austrian Startups to grow and scale globally within the vast network of AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA. As Head of Scaleups, she supports founders within various future focused programmes, coordinates all scaleup initiatives of AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA in global startup hotspots and is responsible for the Born Global Academy. Previously, she spent several years at the Austrian Embassy – Commercial Section in London and co-founded the global startup initiative Global Tech Connect. In 2017, she brought her broad experience in the field of communication and digital media to the Austrian women's referendum campaign as a co-initiator. She pays special attention to initiatives that support women entrepreneurs on their internationalisation path and bring more diversity into the start-up environment.
Gernot Schwendtner is co-founder of weGrow, an Amsterdam-based internationalization service focused on start- and scale-ups growing in Europe and the USA. weGrow is helping companies such as WeTransfer, UnitedWardrobe or HelloPrint to enter markets in both a strategic and hands-on way. Gernot is a true growth expert specialized in growth strategies, international growth, scaling into new markets, marketing and leadership.
Gernot’s experience lies in the field of business development, scaling and marketing. He was VP Marketing and International Country Manager of TravelBird, Managing Director of Newsreisen and built up a venture-builder for an Austrian media company.
Kristina Tsvetanova, featured in the International New York Times, BBC and CNBC for being an acclaimed female entrepreneur who has reached a high level of achievement in the digital field, is the founder of BLITAB Technology which developed and manufactured BLITAB - the first tablet for blind and visually impaired people.
Kristina has established herself as one of the most remarkable talents who is changing the world through her innovation. In 2015 she was recognized as European Winner of Social Entrepreneurship and Disability, awarded by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen. In 2017 she received the EU Prize for Women Innovators under 30 and MIT Innovator 35under35 Europe.
Kristina is part of the 2020 Class of European Young Leaders, initiative by Friends of Europe- Brussels. In 2018 Kristina was selected among 2,800 applications from over 130 countries as the European Laureate of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards which major aim is to drive change by empowering women entrepreneurs across all continents.
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