This year’s edition of ViennaUp, the biggest startup and investment festival of its kind in Central Europe, took place between 27 May and 3 June in Vienna. The event is a one-week decentralized community-driven festival consisting of dozens of individual events put together by Vienna-based organisations and institutions, and their local and international partners.
The team of Invest Sofia became part of the festival by participating in the event “Salon Future Dealroom talks”. We joined the event following an invitation from the organisers Vienna Business Agency and the Dutch global provider of data and intelligence on startups and tech ecosystems Dealroom.
Viktor Gusev, Head of Investment Analysis Department at Invest Sofia, attended the event, which took place at the MuseumsQuartier Wien – an area in the heart of the Austrian capital with 60 cultural institutions and one of the largest districts for contemporary art and culture in the world. The meeting focused on a keynote with the latest European ecosystem report by Dealroom and a panel discussion with representatives of some of the most thriving startup ecosystems sharing their successes, and failures and discussing the possible local solutions for the current global challenges.
At the end of the event, a networking meeting took place, during which we managed to establish contacts with international experts and set the stage for future collaboration to support the development of our local ecosystems.
ViennaUp’22 brought together more than 60 events in its one-week programme with participants from over 40 countries. The festival attracted international and Austrian startups, organisations, and investors. Part of the event were the Startup World Cup Austria competition, the INiTS START: IP Matching Day event, aimed at early stage technologies and attracting the attention of investors and innovation managers to them, thematic events dedicated to FinTech, HealthTech, smart city solutions, and the two-day Lead. Shape Tomorrow event, dedicated to women entrepreneurs.