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E&I Touchdown - Pitch Battle for Innovation


The evening of the E&I Touchdown is dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as the successful interlinking of university and practice. The event is hosted by the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), which works closely with business partners such as Microsoft, ÖBB, CERN and more than 100 other companies.

At the Touchdown on June 15, Prof. Franke, the institute's director, welcomed more than 300 guests - students as well as interested parties from the business world - in the Festsaal of WKO. The core of the event were the 32 student teams who presented the projects of the current semester to a top-class jury and a voting audience in just 45 seconds. James Langer and Daniel Cronin (the pitch professor) were the hosts of the night and introduced a new interactive format: The pitch battle for innovation surely provided for a festive atmosphere. Other highlights were the keynote speech from Florian Handschuh, CEO and founder of klarx, as well as a special act from Kenneth Qua.

This semester's winners are:

  • MBA: Marie-Elisabeth Stelzmüller & Valentin Marchenko

  • SIMC: Meme museum & firsthand

  • Bachelor: Bank99

A special thanks goes to all of our sponsors, especially WKO (diamond partner), eXplore! (gold partner) and frequentis (silver partner).

Save the date to join us for our next E&I Touchdown on January 17, 2023 back at WU Vienna.

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