The programme in Linz was successfully organised with the help of the local partners PIER 4 and tech2b. The day commenced with welcoming speeches by Stefan Koch, Rector of the Johannes Kepler University, and Jochen Borenich, Managing Director of K-Businesscom (a member of the Cancom Group), emphasizing the crucial collaboration between science and business. Markus Achleitner, Regional Councillor for Economic Affairs, formally opened the event.
Johannes Hunschofsky, Managing Director of EIT Manufacturing East, and Werner Pamminger, Managing Director of Business Upper Austria, shared their perspectives in a panel discussion moderated by Sara Grasel, Press Officer of the Federation of Austrian Industries.
Johannes Hunschofsky, Managing Director of EIT Manufacturing and Werner Pamminger, Managing Director of Business Upper Austria. Photo credit: (c) Richard Haidinger / Cityfoto
The pitching session provided an excellent platform for the 14 international startups to showcase their innovations, while the matchmaking sessions facilitated invaluable connections. Over 140 meetings were conducted during the event, reflecting the eagerness of both startups and corporates to explore collaboration opportunities.