Introducing our Austria to Austin 4.0 Exchange Participants!
Austria to Austin exchange participants use the exchange experience to build companies, pursue non-traditional career paths, and make an impact in their local ecosystem. When selecting the final participants for the exchange each year, we consistently look for curious students with high character, proven work ethic, and an eagerness to learn from failure and success. With the most competitive applicant pool to date, we vetted university students through an intensive interview process consisting of written applications, video interviews, and a final panel interview with the US Embassy Vienna. The candidates that emerged as the final participants are all Austrian university students, who aspire to create impact in their respective fields through entrepreneurship.
3 Day Startup and the US Embassy Vienna are proud to introduce the 20 participants selected for the Austria to Austin 4.0 Exchange!
Magdalena is currently studying for her last year as a business administration undergraduate at S P Jain School of Global Management. Magdalena has a strong passion for finance and international economics and work experience as an investment banking intern at UniCredit Bank Austria. She is excited to share and exchange innovative ideas in a performance-enhancing environment in Austin, TX.
Johannes studies interactive technologies, focusing on the fields of augmented and virtual reality. He plans to use these new technologies for a good cause in his social tech startup idea that he hopes to build in Austria. When he’s not working in the field of interactive technologies, Johannes follows his passion for cooking and photography.
Alexander is majoring in International Business Administration, where he’s currently writing his bachelor thesis on scarcity as a marketing tool. After graduating, he plans on getting his masters degree somewhere abroad but the exact destination is yet to be determined. In the meantime, he’s doing internships at tax accountancies, banks, and at the Austrian economic chamber in Abu Dhabi.
Selina is pursuing a degree in Business Administration at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna. As an ambitious student and passionate home cook, she approaches challenges with structure and creativity, and usually rewards her achievements with a delicious meal. In order to find inspiration for her own startup, she seizes every opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and connect with the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Austria and the U.S.
Valerie holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies and a minor in International Business from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. Valerie is now working towards a Master of Science in Socio-Economics at the University of Business and Economics in Vienna. She has gained work experience in both the public and private sector. Valerie’s most notable work is in public policy and project management at Amazon Germany and as a liaison officer for the Austrian Chancellery. In her free time, Valerie is active in the youth exchange organization YFU, and also volunteers as a trainer for intercultural communication, European Union, and Human Rights. During the Austria to Austin Exchange, she would like to learn how to select the right project idea and successfully implement it.
Lisa studies Marketing & Management at the Austrian Marketing University. Outside of her collegiate work, Lisa is also an online campaign manager in the government sector for a politician. Lisa wants to create a startup that combines her favorite topics in politics, agriculture, sustainability, and marketing.
Sophie is currently studying Innovation and Management in Tourism at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg. Sophie is also working at a hotel operations and communication software startup in the sales department, where she can make use of her passion for the French language and culture.
Nicole studies Interactive Technologies at the St. Polten University of Applied Sciences where she focuses on augmented and virtual reality. She wants to use the skills she will learn during the exchange to build a company that creates relevant and easy to use mixed reality applications. She is eager about improving people’s lives, and currently volunteers at an initiative for creating more green space in her local community.
Manuel is a medical student from Vienna, Austria. He is a co-founder of two companies in the event management and e-commerce industry. As an eager sports athlete, Manuel played American Football for the National Team of Austria. He carries the same motivation and high energy for his business, where he hopes to get connected globally and impact the world positively.
Florian is a born optimist with a passion towards innovation and creating startups. He loves working on challenges and finding creative solutions. After completing a technical senior high school, Florian volunteered in Ghana for one year teaching various ICT subjects, and is now currently studying business, economics, and social science in Vienna.
Florian is enrolled in the Business Informatics Master Program at the Technical University of Vienna where he specializes in Information Systems Engineering and Enterprise Engineering. After finishing his bachelor studies at the University of Vienna, he completed a four-month research project on human-computer interaction improvement. Florian also founded an e-commerce company together with his twin brother Manuel.
Arthur first discovered his passion for entrepreneurship during his studies at WU, which lead to active volunteering in organizations in the Austrian start-up community. He is the co-founder of Delivio, a hardware start-up that is developing solutions for the last-mile delivery of groceries and other goods. He describes himself as a curious person and is always trying to improve himself.
Rumeysa is studying a variety of disciplines in her masters program at the University of Innsbruck including; Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, and Business & Learning. She is currently writing two master’s thesis, has a passion for economics and enjoys teaching other students. Her students consistently provided praise throughout her school internship for her explanatory skills. In her leisure time, Rumeysa coaches and advises young people in Vorarlberg on education, discrimination, self-confidence, and time management.
Valerija is a neophyte when it comes to entrepreneurship, and has an endless amount of curiosity about sustainable development. Valerija is not searching for a remedy to change to the world, but at least one that would eliminate the need to search for a new planet. She is currently pursuing education in renewable resources, along with environmental management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.
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Akim studies Business administration and Law at the Vienna University for Business and Economics. Akim was elected as a district counselor in Vienna’s 19th district, where he is passionately searching for new and innovative ways to connect people and politics. After spending his semester abroad in Singapore, he wants to foster a stronger entrepreneurial and international environment in his hometown.
Philipp is currently writing his master thesis about city blocks infrastructure, which will complete his program on Integrative Urban Development for smart cities in Vienna. He has worked in marketing and sales, and has experience in social media management, professional photography and journalism. Although friends and family know Phillip as a car geek, he has a vision to create the perfect public transport network.
Mubashra is doing her master studies in Business Informatics at the Technical University of Vienna. After completing her bachelor studies, she specialized in the field of machine learning and is currently working as a data scientist. Furthermore, she is a volunteer at an Austrian scouts organization and exited to build up her own startup soon.
Vanessa studies International Business Administration, with a focus on Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Besides her undergraduate studies she gained two years of working experience in recruiting and got her first taste of the startup world in Berlin last summer. Following her passion and strength to find and attract the best talents out there, she is now building her own IT startup team. This team will compliment her own values and be aligned with the company mission to foster sustainability.
Passionate about artificial intelligence and sustainability, Marian strives to acquire entrepreneurial skills to take initiative towards a greener future for the world. He is a Masters student in Medical Computer Science at the Vienna University of Technology while working part-time for an Austrian machine learning startup.
Daniel studies Transcultural Communication at Karl-Franzens University in Graz. After high school, he volunteered as an English assistant teacher at a high school in Beijing and is currently the head of communications at a social media agency in Graz. Daniel is solution oriented, likes to think big, and is all about visionary new concepts.