A unique combination of global experts, leaders and companies, passionate about innovation


Dr. Pedram Soltani
Chairman of the board
Faraz Edrisian
Member of the board
Dr. Stefan Perkmann Berger
Member of the board
Farid Edrisian
CEO, member of the board

Advisory board

Philippe Thiltges
Philippe Thiltges
Co-Founder, Managing Director WhatAVenture
Dr. Daniel Schwarzbach
Dr. Daniel Schwarzbach
Director Technology & Innovation Management WhatAVenture
Marius Starcke
Senior acceleration manager WhatAVenture
Dr. Ali Javadi Pouya


The Austrian company WhatAVenture has been shaping Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Open Innovation in Europe for more than 7 years. Co-Founder and managing director Dr. Stefan Perkmann Berger taught at the institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and wrote his dissertation on “Open Innovation”. Together with his colleagues he founded the first multi-university startup program called “WU Garage”. After numerous feedback sessions with the startups and repeating the same advice over and over again to them, the idea for WhatAVenture was born: Systematically prevent startups and innovation teams from making the same mistakes by developing a structured process that guides entrepreneurs from idea to investment-readiness. With a highly skilled team of innovation experts, WhatAVenture believes in the combination of corporate power and startup agility.

  • supported 2000+ Startups globally
  • built 30+ acceleration programs
  • guided 250+ corporate innovation teams
  • 7+ years experience in innovation management and entrepreneurship

Idea Connection

The Canadian company IdeaConnection gives companies, large and small, immediate access to curated teams of scientists, engineers, and innovators, that focus their talents and ingenuity on developing innovative, in-depth solutions to your creative challenges… and you only pay if they succeed.

IdeaConnection has been solving problems since 2007 by assembling multidisciiplinary teams lead by world-class facilitators, who develop intensely researched, innovative, and in-depth solutions. By combining expertise and diverse perspectives, IdeaConnection provides its clients with solutions and insights not normally achievable by individuals working alone. IdeaConnection accepts client challenges they believe can be solved – we focus on productive success.

Using this approach, IdeaConnection has achieved a best-in-class solve rate for problems ranging from food science, chemistry, engineering, biology, game theory, crop science, packaging, big data, consumer products and much more.

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