Big things are happening at Tabakfabrik Linz! The former factory is not only an event location for a wide variety of audiences, but also home of creative industries, startups, business angels, shared offices and many visionary ideas which are just starting to realize. As a partner of Startup300, Catalysts is part of this hot spot.
What is Startup300?
Startup300 is a network of more than 130 business angels. Their residence is Factory300, collaborative space for business angels, startups, and interested people to meet each other at the Tabakfabrik in Linz. Further members of the 300 family are Capital300 (startup financing) and Think300 (startup expertise for corporates). Catalysts is involved in the 300 family in various ways. We invest in startups, we co-organize events, we participate in events as mentors or jury members. We are a lead partner for technologies around our digital future.
Events at the Tabakfabrik
Startup300 is organizing diverse events that business people with any background can find interesting and useful. We have supported them with the topics that are in scope of our expertise. It has been only one month since they officially opened and yet so many events have been organized by now:
The local developer scene in Linz has formed many tech-meet-ups, one of which is the VR-Plauscherl (literally “Virtual Reality chattering”). The very first event in the newly built Factory300 office was a VR-Plauscherl with interesting talks about capturing 360° videos with drones, storytelling in VR, and demo installations of the HTC Vive.
Startup Live is an event where startups receive feedback on their business model and pitch in front of a jury. Catalysts was asked to take over some of the mentoring sessions for the participating startups. The field of startups was quite heterogenic concerning their products but also the stage of their business, what made mentoring sessions really challenging. Our colleague Martin Weber did an awesome job with mentoring startups. He even won the award for the best mentor. He was on the stage next to Michael Altrichter who was voted for the best Jury member.
Shortly after the first Startup Live event, about 900 people gathered at Tabakfabrik to celebrate the official opening ceremony on 19th June. Federal Chancellor Christian Kern was the first congratulator on the stage, Mayor Klaus Luger and many other famous faces were on stage as well. It was an opportunity to get to know each other. One of our CEOs, Christoph Steindl, held a speech about Catalysts’ involvement and interests in the local start-up scene and in the Tabakfabrik as a location.
Technologieplauscherl, literally “tech chattering”, is another regular tech-meetup of developers in Linz. Although it started in 2012 as a rather small get-together of friends in the Catalysts office, it has grown to one of the largest events of that kind. Hot topics in the field of software development are presented by voluntary experts, while the event is hosted by renowned companies. The 48th Technologieplauscherl was hosted by Factory300 and reached a new record in terms of visitor numbers.
With the Creative Region initiative, the city of Linz and the state of Upper Austria support the growth and success of the creative industries and position Linz and Upper Austria as a creative region. One of their well-known events, Forum Creative Industries, took place at the Tabakfabrik in the end of June. Companies from the advertising and film industry, from design, architecture etc. gave exciting insights into their daily work. Catalysts participated in several workshops: Solution Design, Human-Centered Design, Create a Mindset and Create a World. Overall, our colleagues were really impressed with the workshops!
What are crypto-currencies? Can the blockchain technology revolutionize whole markets in the near future? What’s behind Ethereum, what’s a Smart Contract, what’s an ICO? Questions like these attracted hundreds of interested people to the first blockchain meetup in Linz, hosted by Factory300 in cooperation with KPMG and Catalysts. The interest in the event was so high that the registration had to be closed days in advance.
We are very proud to be a part of the family 300 and looking forward to all upcoming events. No worries, we’ll keep you updated! ?