ViennaUP23 – The Startup Festival


ViennaUP’23 is a decentralized community-driven festival blooming in the heart of Europe. Initiated by the Vienna Business Agency, this exciting adventure connects startup ecosystems, businesses, founders, investors, tech enthusiasts, creatives, and visionaries.

The international orientation is reflected by the last year’s tremendous success, with over 10,000 participants from 67 countries visiting 60 events around Vienna. This year, we are looking forward to a nine-day experience emerging out of the cooperation with 30+ program partners, resulting in 50+ opportunities to network, pitch, invest, develop and hack the code. 

The ViennaUP’23 offers a program focused on six main topics, tailored to your needs and intended for participants who want to:

  • Invest brilliantly: Events grouped for those looking for valuable personal connections, incredible teams, and lucrative opportunities.
  • Find investors: A range of formats where founders can pitch to, meet, and learn from investors coming from different branches.
  • Skill up and scale up: Workshops and coaching for startups and individuals, who want to learn and grow.
  • Discover new tech: A program designed for those who plan to explore what local and international innovators have been up to within the last year.
  • Impact the future: Assemble and exchange with other planet-protectors and social entrepreneurs, or become one yourself.
  • Experience culture and technology: An immersive track highlighting the symbiosis of arts, digital, and business. 

Make an impact today and tomorrow

Vienna plans to reach climate neutrality by 2040. The city created a Climate Roadmap, set goals, and developed measures constantly being supplemented and adapted – visible through the many impactful solutions and events presented at this year’s ViennaUP. The “Impact the Future” track alone is a colorful bouquet of over 20 dedicated impactgatherings, workshops, and conferences being organized at breathtaking locations to provide various opportunities for professional and rooky planet-protectors.

The Austrian capital – A growing hotspot for female-led businesses

The city is also known for its gendered street design and proactive approach to equality. It offers a stable support infrastructure, such as free kindergartens, for people with care responsibilities. For startups, there is a wide service package tailored just for women, reflected in mentoring, networking, and coaching opportunities. Some highlights of this year’s ViennaUP are annual gatherings such as “Women Startup Competition Global Alumni Get Together”, which will unite female power from 17 countries and has, through their nine years of existence, already birthed 620+ mentored women entrepreneurs. Female-focused topics are incorporated into all program tracks because every industry benefits from inclusion and diversity.

Dive into an immersive experience of art and technology

Calling all creatives!Vienna is the meeting point for art and industry, visible in the many creative businesses established each year. From the analog revolutionaries at Supersense to the artist collective room69, which mediates contemporary intermedia formats through astonishing exhibitions, Vienna’s artists, gallerists, curators, and designers have always mixed traditional approaches with avant-garde technology. Therefore, culture and technology are a central theme of the Austrian capital’s growing startup festival, ViennaUP. Taking place from May 30 through June 7, the 2023 festival edition features a program track that celebrates creativity and business. Startups at the CultTech accelerator will demonstrate their work, and inventors at the Maker Faire will show off new inventions. The Creative Days are a program highlight, a two-day networking and inspiration opportunity bringing together leaders and newcomers from architecture, design, film, gaming, fashion, music and the visual arts. Lastly, The Future Ball takes a classic Viennese format and flips it, with a holographic-metallic dress code and immersive art exhibitions across the futuristic space.

How to attend and what to expect

Entry to the majority of festival events is free, while other highlights offer paid tickets in return for exclusive access to just the right networks – in both cases, tickets go quickly! Besides the regular program, with workshops, fairs, pitching sessions, and B2B opportunities, the “Homebase” at the city center (Karlsplatz) becomes a central place for any and all festival participants to meet up and sample local food, drinks, music, and Vienna vibes. Partnerships with four historic and fashionable Viennese cafes mean that participants can enjoy free coffee and WiFi at the city’s original co-working space. And if you want to pick the brains of experts, investors, or serial entrepreneurs in a relaxed atmosphere, the ViennaUP Coffee House Sessions is a must-do experience.

Vienna is your adventure! Experience it today.

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Naomi Hunt
Project Lead for Communications

Article Source: Vienna Business Agency

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