Inventor & Owner, Solabolic
European countries have an increasing number of international students, how can enhance entrepreneurship in the EU by founding startups. Immigrant founders have a better understanding of the needs and mentalities of new markets, and can therefore open up additional market opportunities. Besides, founding a startup is an ideal integration tool. But many of these international students do not consider starting their own businesses, even though they have good ideas, just because they do not know whether they are allowed to be startup-founders in the EU or not. Thus, addressing these students with targeted info-events about the legal aspects of being an immigrant founder can utilize their potential.
Member of the Vienna City Council
Head of Energy Department Austrian Institute of Technology
Für die Erreichung dieser ambitionierten Energie- und Klimaschutzziele spielen Städte eine zentrale Rolle. Um Smart Cities mit hoher Nachhaltigkeit, Energieeffizienz und Lebensqualität realisieren zu können, besteht allerdings noch großer Forschungsbedarf.
Das AIT Austrian Institute of Technology bietet österreichischen und internationalen Städten wissenschaftliche Entscheidungs- und Planungsunterstützung in diesem Transformationsprozess.
Ana B. Bovan
President, Central European Development Forum
Existing regional and cross-border strategies that foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation among SMEs are a good starting point for EU macro-regions to employ. Implementing key European policies such as the Small Business Act (SBA) and the Europe 2020 Strategy for growth and jobs are only the beginning. Macro-regional SME boost can be expected if more innovative micro finance mechanisms are introduced, including peer to peer lending and crowd funding. This includes both commercially viable ideas as well as environmentally and socially responsible investments
University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering
Project Manager, Central European Initiative
Regional Manager International Services, Vienna Business Agency
The department of International Services of the Vienna Business Agency acts as the first point of contact for international business settlements in Vienna. Our mission is to ensure a fast, efficient and sustainable setup so that firms can come into business the way they need it in a minimum amount of time. We offer a free-of-cost service portfolio from founding support, tax and legal orientation as well as real estate and permit advice in at least 11 different languages. The extra value added is our Expat welcome center with which we are able to provide assistance and support in all topics of life such as family, health or education questions.
Market Manager, Port of Koper
Koper port is getting a rising attention among the logistic community in Central Europe – in 2014 we scored a best ever throughput – while maintaining an exceptionally high ratio on the land side
– rail vs. road = 60:40.We keep growing – as well as the average size of the ship calling at Koper does. At iconvienna will be reviewing the series of upkeep and expansion investments that Port
of Koper is programming and what developments we are looking for beyond the port itself.
Project Manager Central European Initiative
Improving mobility and upgrading infrastructures is essential for reaching the objectives set by the Europe2020 strategy. The EU concretely supports these initiative through diverse financial instruments. Since 2004, the Central European Initiative has gained an extensive expertise in designing, managing and implementing EU-funded projects in different fields, among which transport, acting as both Partner and Lead partner. In doing so, it has enhanced the involvement of its Member States – especially those in the path towards integration in the EU – in EU projects focusing on transnational and regional cooperation for European integration.
President Austrian Trade Union Federation
Austria' accession to the European Union is a success story with many shortcomings. For the Austrian Trade Union Federation it was and is the right decision that Austria entered into the EU and has a voice. This accession should provide the opportunity for a positive, economic development, growth and employment - and this opportunity was taken. Unfortunately, not everyone has profited in equal measure. The crisis and the ensuing austerity policy have put increasing pressure on the employment market - wage, social and tax dumping is the new business model in the EU. This casts a dark sahdow on Austria's success story.
Chair of Management Board RFC 5, ÖBB Infrastruktur AG
To connect regions by smart transportation a concept of the Rail Freight Corridor was defined. Well-coordinated investments as well as an extensive harmonisation of operational and commercial rules can significantly improve rail performance and make borders invisible for clients. A common traffic and price policy considering external costs is also absolutely essential to make railway more competitive. Furthermore, a good connection to the multimodal terminals and ports allows complementarity and synergies between different transport modes.
Anna Maria Hochhauser
Secretary-General, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Following the motto “Make Contacts to Contracts” iconvienna represents the best arena for networking at the top executive level.
It offers a unique possibility to exchange know-how and to find new business partners. Main topics this year are challenges and opportunities for innovation and cooperation in regions of Europe, mobility and smart transportation as well as innovations and infrastructure for the growth of Europe.
The second “iconvienna young leaders dialogue” youLEAD offers networking opportunities to start-up owners, young managers and high-potentials from Central and Eastern Europe. The dialogue aims to develop common approaches to the topics of the future – this year’s focus is on “Creating the future of Europe through Research, Innovation and Cooperation”.
Director of Energy Management & Sales, ÖBB Infrastruktur AG
Die Bahn als Mobilitätsanbieter ist eines der umweltfreundlichsten Verkehrsmittel in Österreich und verdankt diesem Umstand unter
anderem dem im europäischen Spitzenfeld befindlichem Bahnstrommix, der zu 92 % aus erneuerbaren Energien besteht. Die ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG als Energielieferant forciert darüber hinaus Produkte
und Dienstleistungen die die Nachhaltigkeit fördern und den CO2-Ausstoß jeder einzelnen Zugfahrt in Österreich bzw. Europa reduzieren und ist hier als führenden Energiedienstleister in Europa
Head of Department III 5, EU Single Market, Economic Relations wit EU Member States, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Europa benötigt strukturelle Reformen in einer Reihe von Anwendungsgebieten, um erfolgreich Gegenwart wie Zukunft gestalten zu können. Spezifische Maßnahmen müssen auf die Wiedererlangung der internationalen Wettbewerbsfähigkeit Europas abzielen. Hier erscheint die bestmögliche Gestaltungsform eine neue Partnerschaft von Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung, Industriestandortpolitik (Renaissance der Industriepolitik, Industrie 4.0, verschwimmende Grenzen zum Dienstleistungsbereich), Innovationshubs, Handelspolitik, und Infrastrukturausbau mit Leitbetrieben sowie Klein- und Mittelunternehmen. ICONVIENNA 2015 geht hier den richtigen Weg der engen Abstimmung zwischen Wirtschaft, Politik und Unternehmen zur Identifizierung und Umsetzung der Strategien für eine erfolgreiche Zukunft!
Executive Director, ÖBB Infrastruktur AG
Die Bahn nimmt die Verantwortung als Verkehrsträger der Gegenwart, aber auch der Zukunft wahr und spielt eine proaktive Rolle in Infrastruktur- und Mobilitätsentscheidungen. Die ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG investiert jährlich rund zwei Milliarden Euro – im Auftrag des Bundes – in den Ausbau und die Erneuerung der Schieneninfrastruktur und ist damit eine der wichtigsten Wirtschaftslokomotiven Österreichs.
Vice President, European Investment Bank
Die Europäische Investitionsbank (EIB) ist mit einer Bilanzsumme von nahezu 550 Milliarden Euro die größte Internationale Finanzierungsinstitution der Welt und einer der weltweit führenden Finanzierer von Infrastrukturprojekten. Seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 1958 engagiert sie sich bei der Finanzierung von z. B. Straßen, Eisenbahnen, Kraftwerken, Wasser-, Abwasser- und Abfallprojekten sowie Strom- und Breitbandnetzen. Eine herausragende Rolle spielt die EIB bei der Finanzierung von Projekten im Bereich der Erneuerbaren Energien und im Bereich der Forschung und Entwicklung. Die EIB ist zudem verstärkt im Bereich der Projektberatung tätig.
Für uns ist die iconvienna 2015 eine hervorragende Plattform, um in den Dialog mit Unternehmen und Investoren zu treten, die wir durch unsere Finanzierungen unterstützen können.
Managing Director, guo Business Development Consult
Sustainability should become a Ratable Standard, using:
- measurable Carbon Efficiency
- quantifiable Resource Intensity supported by Re-Usage Ratio of secondary use
- disclosure of utilization factors of employed Capital (software as well as hardware)
- subsidy-free Competitiveness at arms’ length market prices
Lacking financing for Innovations’ 1st Time Implementation leaves so much Human Capital wastefully idling and misses so many New Employment Opportunities!
I take it as an entrepreneurial challenge to find ways that could make Innovations work, also in Europe!
Head of Business Unit Mobility Department, Austrian Institute of Technology
Mobility is a basic human need and a necessary requirement for the society and economy as we know it. Global challenges such as climate change, limited natural resources and an ever increasing transport demand ask for new and innovative solutions. Our project oriented applied research aims at a better understanding and a steady improvement of dynamic transport systems.
Head of Unit Eco-Innovation & Circular Economy, European Commission
European companies generally operate in an environment characterised by growing material and energy costs and this trend is likely to continue in the future. The traditional linear economic model, based on a ‘take-make-consume and dispose’ pattern, is unsustainable and threatens the competitiveness of Europe. The solution lies in a move to a more resource efficient and circular economic model where the value in products is kept for as long as possible and waste is drastically reduced. This transition would generate a major positive impact on jobs, growth, competitiveness and innovation. Concretely, European enterprises could cut costs and improve their productivity through making better and more efficient use of resources by reducing waste and converting waste into new goods and services. Companies would also benefit from exploiting direct business opportunities that are created by the growing demand for eco-innovative goods, technologies, services and business solutions in Europe and in global markets. The European Commission is working with Member States and stakeholders to develop an enabling framework for the circular economy using measures which combine smart regulation, market-based instruments, research and innovation, incentives, information exchange and support for voluntary approaches.
Head of Innovation (III/I), Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology
Vice President, Austrian Patent Office
Consultant, TINA Vienna
Powerful connections are a precondition for economic growth and the reduction of disparities between the central and the peripheral regions of Europe. The provision of appropriate, affordable infrastructure and operational facilities – like in the way Port of Vienna does – are a prerequisite for competitiveness and economic success for the small and medium enterprises in the regions.
At the same time, the request must be satisfied for free mobility in accordance with sustainability.
"Smart transportation" should indicate possible solutions.
Director Purchasing, Infineon Technologies Austria AG
CEO, Kommunalkredit Austria
Die iconvienna ist mittlerweile ein fester Bestandteil des internationalen Erfahrungsaustausches anerkannter Wirtschaftsexperten geworden. Innovation und Nachhaltigkeit – gerade im Bereich der Infrastruktur, die im Fokus steht – sind wichtige Bestandteile wirtschaftlichen Erfolgs. Als Spezialbank für die öffentliche Hand strukturiert und finanziert die Kommunalkredit Projekte in den Bereichen soziale Infrastruktur, Energie, Umwelt und Verkehr. Die Kommunalkredit freut sich, diese langjährige Initiative zu unterstützen.
Dianne H. B. Welsh
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at The University of North Carolina Greensboro
Head of Department Research, Technology and Innovation, Municipality Department 23
Regional growth is positively influenced by a highly specialised and diversified mix of trade and industry. This is particularly true for related sectors
Managing Director, Port of Vienna
Ports are the born intermodal nodes on the transport axes. The order of the day is the efficient, customer-friendly and environmentally-friendly way to accomplish this task. And to bring not only the owner but the whole region economic added value. The Port of Vienna, a company of Vienna Holding, developed in this sense in recent years to a flagship model for the whole Danube Basin. The Port of Vienna offers its customers a wide range of services that contribute significantly to that the port can perceive its role as a "hub" for mobility and smart logistics.
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