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Join the 5starts Co-foundry


Real work

No powerpoint, no bullshit. 5starts program managers join your team as if they were your co-founders

Real tailored

Every team receives a truly individualized program while still benefitting from the 5starts network.

Real value

Infrastructure (think: desk space) and €6.000 worth of software from 5starts perk partners for free.


After just 3 months in the program we can say that joining 5starts was one of the best decisions we made during the start of ExtraSauber. Influential people that successfully started several major ventures and exits provided us with hands-on help based on their prior experiences and our numbers & figures. There couldn’t be a better way to prepare ExtraSauber for rapid scaling. The 5starts team really goes the extra mile to support us wherever possible.

Christian Pauls, ExtraSauber CEO, (5starts batch #1)

5starts is an essential chapter of our journey: participating gave us a huge head-start in developing our B2C product. We can wholeheartedly recommend taking part in the incubator to anyone who’s serious about launching a product business.

Georg Kaindl, Pagestrip CEO, (5starts batch #1)

Participating in 5starts was a step ahead for ChillBill, both focus and confidence-wise. Tthe access to very relevant business partners and the individual consultation is what sets 5starts apart from other startup programs.

Clemens Helm, ChillBill CTO, (5starts batch #1)

We highly appreciate 5starts. Within this incubating program we found the best way to get all our stuff together. Beside all the hands-on help, trainers, workshops and the network they provide us with, there is one really important fact: the fair deal. For us this means trust and belief. If we fail, there are no strings attached. And if we succeed, it is also a success for 5starts. This implies, that they believe in a sustainable and healthy growth of a young start-up.

Valentin Jilch, handcheque CMO, (5starts batch #2)

The 5starts incubator program has given our business the significant, intense boost it needed. What we lacked, the program has filled in the gaps. Under the direction of a variety of inspiring business mentors, we’ve been able to build the structure our start-up needed.

Jakob Moss, Vienna Würstelstand Managing Director Pow Bang Boom (publisher), (5starts batch #2)

We really appreciate 5starts’ no-powerpoint approach to coaching. Trainers and Program Managers will just sit next to you and execute. 5starts pushes us to be better founders.

Manuel Klabacher, Folyo CEO, (5starts batch #2)

co-foundry team

Floor Drees
Managing Director sektor5, Co-founder and Lead 5starts, 10+ years experience MarCom & Tech with start-ups

Yves Schulz
Founder sektor5, board of advisors for AustrianStartups, mentor Agro Innovation Lab accelerator

Nik Graf
Program Manager OSS developer, Stripe’s Open Source Retreat alum, currently Serverless

Michael Bratl
Program Manager Ex-PayLife, 8+ years experience (mobile) Payment, iBeacon and Cloud Services

Philipp Kanape
Advisor Creative Director design agency En Garde, lecturer University of Applied Sciences Graz

advisory team

Madeleine Gummer v. Mohl
Founder and CEO betahaus Berlin

Gabriele Tatzberger
Head of start-up services at the Vienna Business Agency.

Philip Kinsky
Founding partner of Herbst Kinsky attorneys at law.

Christian Stein
CEO VC Fund Coparion, former Creathor.

Angelo Laub
Exited Mjam, Founder of Metalab Vienna, CEO Snapdelivery.

Paul Weinberger
12+ year VC and M&A, with Gamma Ventures and i5Invest

Edward Hartwig
Strategy & Operations Expert at the United States Digital Service

Megan Jones Bell
CSO at Headspace, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University



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