Trend@venture start-up contest 2016 with Fabasoft

This year, Fabasoft once again supported the trend@venture start-up contest 2016.

In the great finals on May 9, eight finalists as well as “Refugees Work”, a company running out of competition, pitched for exciting prices at the trend@venture gala at Vienna’s T-Center: 8.000 euros in cash from tecnet equity, cheques for legal consulting services totalling 8.000 euros from BTP Nährboden, a workplace sponsored by T-Mobile at the co-working space hub:raum in Berlin, as well as a stand at the Pioneers Festival 2016 which will take place at the Vienna Hofburg on May 24 and 25.

The event took place for the fourth time and brought more than 100 entries to the competition. The eight finalists chosen in an elaborate selection process were:

  • What should I study? In Austria there are now 2.000 different study programmes, in Europe even 100.000. With the help of a questionnaire, UNISPOTTER helps to find out which field of study might be relevant for a user interested in studying, and also offers a preselection based on the user’s interests and abilities. The app also serves as a network for future students among themselves and with the universities.
  • LUKE ROBERTS developed the “world’s smartest lamp”. With Fluxo, a futuristic lens, Luke Roberts was able to crowd-fund 400.000 euros on Kickstarter. An app allows the user to control the colour of the light as well as the direction. For example, it is possible to light the kitchen unit while cooking; when it’s time to chill on the couch, the light is following and adapts to the mood.
  • SWELL helps to make decisions. Sneakers or slip-ons? Wrap or burger? The free app already connects 60.000 people who prefer to let others decide for them. The Viennese founders nevertheless want to make money - with brand companies putting their products up for advertisement on the platform and gaining valuable marketing data in return.
  • KLAITON is a platform for tenders on consulting. The Vienna-based start-up is putting the independent consultants through a strict selection procedure. At present, 70 consultants are authorised to offer their services via Klaiton. The start-up counts Raiffeisen and Volksbanken among their important customers.
  • PAYUCA brings together owners of parking garages and drivers looking for a parking space. At participating parking garages, the Viennese start-up has installed access systems that can be opened via smartphone. While users always know about empty spaces near them, owners are using their garages more efficiently and know who is using their spaces.
  • TIMEULAR does not need any tedious forms or programmes to keep track of time. Instead, tracking time is done by hand – with ZEI, a polygon with eight faces that is turned whenever a new activity is started: From then on, time is automatically tracked for the current activity, and sent to the respective software.
  • LINEAPP wants to make team communication easier: Once the app has been installed, a phone or a tablet work just like a walkie-talkie. With a tip on the display, the innovative radio connects with other users of the app via the local Wi-Fi. Lineapp is thus perfectly suited for internal communication at the organisation of events or at sports events.
  • SPORTVIDEOS365 provides sports clubs with specific cameras to record short video clips of the highlights of a match and instantly send them via web or social media. Fans can therefore watch and follow the goals of their teams everywhere.

The winners:

The audience award went to "Refugees Work" (, da start-up running out of competition that aims at bringing together refugees in Austria and companies looking for employees.

The special award (workplace at the co-working space hub:raum in Berlin) went to Sportvideos365.
Places two and three of the overall ranking, each coming with a cheque for consulting services worth 2.000 euros, went to the students’ service "Unispotter" and the lamp innovator "Luke Roberts".

The evening’s main prize was awarded to the founders of "Swell", Peter Buchroithner, Philipp Holly and Manfred Strasser. They concluded their successful pitch with the words of the day: “It’s been three times that we’ve been here, now we finally wanna win that shit”, this time convincing the high-profile trend@venture jury (Doris Agneter, head of tecnet equity; Andreas Bierwirth, T-Mobile boss; Hansi Hansmann, business angel; Andreas Tschas, co-founder of Pioneers; and Vanessa Voss, Trend editor).

Click HERE for the video of the event.

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