The only way to create great things is with great people who truly enjoy their job. We, as Heroes, are enthusiastic and take pride in doing the best work we can. Recognizing opportunities and achieving our goals together is what connects us all. Want to find out more about us? Let’s talk!
Maria’s diverse and successful professional history has one common denominator: a desire to truly get to know people. This curiosity has driven Maria from her early days as a startup founder and young political activist up until today as general manager of Speedinvest Heroes.
“The moment when you connect with another person and challenge him/her towards a new set of possibilities is what I love the most!”, says Maria. This social skillset, practiced over many years in various leadership positions and professional trainings (such as a Master degree in Mediation) is a crucial asset for Speedinvest Heroes. Building out our network of talents and then quickly matching the potential of a given candidate with the right opportunity in our portfolio, is where Maria excels like no one else. Maria’s personal working history starts 1992 in the early internet area. As the GM of one of the first big dot.com success stories coming out of Austria (Datenwerk/Blue-C), she saw her company grow to an agency group with more than 200 employees across Europe, including an IPO at the “Neue Markt”. Having sold her stake early enough before the bust, Maria continued her entrepreneurial path that included managing a research think tank on Artificial Intelligence (long before the hype), spending time in Silicon Valley and, eventually, helping to found Speedinvest as the first business angel fund in Austria. With this sort of CV, Maria does not need to believe all the hype we see today around startups. At the same time, she is highly aware of the massive disruption digitalisation brings to our personal and business live. Heroes is a natural platform for Maria’s skills, combining her appetite to rethink old business sectors such as HR with her focus on the human element in business. Building healthy companies will always be built on finding exceptional talent. And as we all know, this talent is spread thin and wide, so a true commitment to diversity, low entry barriers and continuous education will be a crucial element of any HR strategy. For Maria, having gone through many diverse roles and businesses, this approach comes natural. as does her positive attitude towards people in general.
MSc., SCPM, Managing Partner
As a managing director, Lukas aims to help his team to constantly outperform stakeholder expectation with a clear focus on making processes more efficient and to guarantee client satisfaction.
Having started his career in the investment banking sector, Lukas discovered his passion for combining big chunks of data, econometrics and his social skills to solve complex solutions. A set of forensic skills, translation skills (software engineering team vs. normal people) and a good sense of diplomacy are the pillars of this professional career.
While working with data throughout his career - from investment banking (RCB), data analysis (Google) and growth hacking & people management (Improove) - he always followed a simple rule (Winston S. Churchill) - “I only believe in statistics that I doctored myself” - pointing out that working with data can be as creative as painting a portrait.
As he is known for his consistent good mood and his high energy level, he thrives in a fast-paced digital environment as well as in his local climbing gym. Cooking, wine, wine again and lots of sports are the basis of his personal life. You will always find him looking for an excuse to move your regular Jour Fixe outdoor or trying to convince you to go for a quick 10k run with him instead of your weekly 1:1.
Heroes don’t need capes or spider bites. It’s the combination of head, heart and attitude that unleashes super powers. As a Senior Partner, Charlotte has a trained eye for heroes and a gifted ability to transform them into teams as powerful as the Avengers.
Charlotte has a decade of experience in Human Resources (HR). As a fast learner and high achiever, she has supported demanding clients across a wide range of industries and at varying different stages of development. By combining her academic background in HR with a hands-on attitude she has developed a rich set of methods to support start-ups, founders and new team members on a personal level. Here is how Charlotte can help: Matching the right people is like solving a puzzle. The edges (skills) need to be appreciated in order for each piece (talent) to fit the gaps (road blocks) in the larger picture (start-ups). During her professional experience Charlotte has found many missing pieces – under the sofa, during stealth mode, in the valley, across the pond, before beta – you name it. Running a start-up is tough. It takes blood, sweat and luck to get it right. But many teams fail under stress when they don’t treat their start-up as a living organism. Charlotte knows how to get through all the code and business lingo to identify your personal kryptonite. Charlotte is light-hearted and empathetic; in negotiations determined but fair. She gets excited by the spirit of the teams she mentors and is thankful for the positive change she can achieve with her work. Charlotte loves good food, which is somewhat surprising considering her cooking skills; she’d rather break her fingernails boxing than wrestling in the kitchen.
MBA., Head of Product
After finishing his business law studies, Ben started his career in Campus Recruiting at UBS and continued his journey at Google. He figured out that technology, digitalization, and change management with an eye for the people is dear to his heart. Ben is a creative problem solver with a growth mindset, which he showed while helping several startups to grow and scale quickly. He always kept his eye on doing more and improving the organization as a whole.
His goal is to make the HR journey for everyone enjoyable, simpler, and faster. Life-long learning is also one of Ben’s core characteristics, who did his Masters degree and MBA while working. He wrote his thesis about technology in talent acquisition.
Nele joined Speedinvest Heroes in February 2020 and is happy to help start-ups in their recruiting activities. Previously, she gained work experience in an agency, Randstad Sourceright, covering EMEA and as an Internal Recruiter at Danone for Eastern Europe.
The combination of a Master degree in Clinical and Health Psychology, curiosity for different cultures and a positive attitude, is what makes her passionate about recruitment in an international market.
If you want to know more, Nele is always happy to have a chat over a cup of tea!
MSc., Team Lead Tech Recruiting
Milica joined SpeedInvest Heroes as an HR consultant in August 2020. She is passionate about people, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship and is thrilled to be able to help startups grow healthy, by finding the right, bright and talented people for them.
Before joining the Heroes team, she was part of the WeAreDevelopers Talent Management team, where she specialized in Tech positions, and also joined Medicus.ai’s HR team. Milica likes to think of herself as a positive, open, and intuitive person who loves being around and working with people. Her biggest motivator for Recruiting and HR comes from the belief that magic, in any company, happens at the intersection of people, purpose and culture. Prior to starting her career journey, she studied Business Administration in Milan and Strategy and Innovation at WU in Vienna.
Working as a Senior HR Consultant, Jennifer has been part of Speedinvest Heroes from the very beginning. Her primary tasks involve supporting startups with recruiting by finding suitable team members and advising them about any process related questions.
Jennifer describes herself as a very open, communicative and curious person who enjoys exploring the unknown and facing any challenges that come with the territory. For this reason, it has always been clear that she wants to work with people to be inspired by their individuality and diversity. Studying Psychology was the first important step she took towards developing her future in this direction. In her Master’s studies, she focused on work- and organizational Psychology and subsequently entered the field of HR. In order to achieve a holistic picture of HR Management during her studies, Jennifer worked for various national and international companies offering services for Compensation and Benefits, Human Resources Development, Recruiting and Executive Search. It was in cooperation with Roland Wadl (QMC), one of the managing partners, which finally enabled her to enter the startup world and brought her to Speedinvest Heroes. Setting up this new HR Company has been an incredible experience for Jennifer. From the start, it has been an absolute pleasure for her to be a part of the founding team and build a unique company that focuses exclusively on the needs of startups. She says: “Working with startups has given me an entirely new perspective. I am inspired daily by the huge amounts of creativity and commitment involved. At Speedinvest Heroes, we want to find the best possible employees so that the startup founders are relieved of this task and can focus on other key aspects of growing their companies.” As a Psychologist, it is in Jennifer’s nature to want to work with and get to know different people and to recognize and promote their potential. Speedinvest Heroes is a brand new and exciting chapter. Let the journey begin…
MSc., Senior HR Consultant
Anushka is a Computer Science Engineer with a Masters Degree in Human Resources. However, her first job was a street artist for Halloween. She has worked in the realm of Talent for the better part of a decade. She started her career as a recruiter at a consulting firm and then moved into selling recruiting solutions at Linkedin.
Her most recent stint was in Venture building, where she helped set up the admissions process for Entrepreneur First’s India Chapter. After graduating in Electronics and Communication Engineering, she followed her calling to work in the Human Resources industry. An MBA in Human Resources and Marketing kickstarted her career in Talent Acquisition as a Technical Recruiter with the Publicis Groupe.
While she’s not talking about all things talent, you can find her reading, running and planning her travel!
MBA., HR Consultant
After finishing her Bachelor‘s in Computer Science, she realised she’s more of a people person than computer geek. That‘s when her dream to be HR profession kick started. After, she finished her Master’s in Personnel Management and gained a diploma in marketing management.
She set her foot as HR executive into Telecom industry and then to wellness & beauty industry as HR specialist. Later on, she moved to Dubai where she worked as Recruitment consultant, then for the past few years she has been working as freelance recruiter. Her hobbies are gardeningand cooking.
After completing her Master’s Degree in International Business in Australia, Joyce moved to Germany and worked for Booking.com and for Paypal as a Talent Acquisition Coordinator for EMEA.
She’s passionate about people, startups and is thrilled to be able to help start-ups scale up while making sure she also provides a good candidate experience.
MBA., HR consultant
Tabeen wakes up in the morning with the excitement of connecting with new talent and help find them great careers. Though technology and innovation have inspired her from school days, her passion lies in indulging in meaningful conversations with people and understanding their lives, backgrounds and career aspirations.
After graduating in Electronics and Communication Engineering, she followed her calling to work in the Human Resources industry. An MBA in Human Resources and Marketing kickstarted her career in Talent Acquisition as a Technical Recruiter with the Publicis Groupe.
Working in a cross-cultural organization has given her the chance to interact with and imbibe learnings from people across diverse backgrounds, cultures, mindsets and geographies. An insatiable level of curiosity pushes her to learn new things every day and she loves exploring new processes and tools that help improve her work.
MSc., HR Consultant
Chinwe is currently concluding a double degree Master’s programme in the area of innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, and sustainability. During her studies she was enlightened to the fact that these key ideologies begets successful companies when properly channeled through the most important asset of a company, which is people! Her experience in recruitment whilst working with management consulting companies, fueled her decision to continue her career path in recruitment.
Chinwe has varieties of hobbies; including playing card and board games, catching up with friends, listening to good music, trying new recipes and enriching her culinary experience.
Anna joined Speedinvest Heroes as a working student in August 2020. She’s excited to put her previously acquired knowledge from her business studies to use by supporting our recruiting team. She enjoys the comprehensive challenges of HR, is always eager to connect people with their next opportunities to grow and to thrive in their new work environment.
Before coming on board, she gained practical experience through various internships and working as an assistant manager for a local gym.
BA., HR Assistant
Era is currently studying international management and her past experiences include recruiting and sales. She always enjoyed being and working with people, however her passion for HR she discovered during her last HR internship where she decided this was a career path she wanted to take. Tech recruiting is something she hasn’t done before and a challenge she is really excited to take on.
She is a nerd at heart, her favourite thing to do on quiet days is to curl up with a good book. She has been singing and playing the piano since she was 6. On particularly challenging days, Era likes to go swimming and it helps her clear her head.
Julia joined Speedinvest Heroes in June 2021 and supports the tech recruiting team as a working student. In the past she has gained professional experience in Finance and Recruiting. She is interested in all things HR and likes to put her study focus of International Business and Personnel Management into practice.
In addition to studying and working, Julia enjoys climbing, having a drink and can be found most often in Vienna’s Stadtpark.
MIB., HR Intern
Paula completed her International Business studies in Cluj-Napoca, where she also found her passion for HR while working as a team assistant in the Human Resources department at Bosch. She moved to Vienna in September 2020 in search for a new challenge and growth opportunities as her curious nature called the shots. A year later, she joined the Speedinvest Heroes team as an HR intern.
Paula‘s favourite activities vary a lot depending on her mood, some days she likes being in her own presence with a good book and her cat, other days she decides to take up motorcycle lessons and go at it. Winter used to be her season until snow became a scarcity but despite this, she promised herself that she’ll never give her snowboard up.
After finishing her Bachelor‘s degree in International Management in Graz and Chile in June 2020, Caro spend the past year diving into the world of HR as an intern at Peek & Cloppenburg. Passionate about people and supporting in finding the right fit, she joined the Recruiting team as a Working Student in fall 2021, at the same time as starting her Master’s degree in Management at WU.
Due to lots of international experience and her open and solution-oriented mindset, her specialty lies in connecting with people with different backgrounds and she is more than eager to put those qualities into practice in the dynamic startup environment.
Caro draws her energy from social interaction and outdoor activities. On weekends you will find her 99% of the time out and about, either out with friends, on weekend trips or in the mountains. As a super active person that can never stays put and enjoys nature and music, it doesn‘t really matter whether its hiking, biking, tennis or bar crawls. Caro is that kind of person you can either go on fancy city trips or adventurous backpacking trips with - as long as there’s something new to discover, good company and good music she’ll always be the one to call!
Federica joined Speedinvest Heroes in June 2020 to support the marketing team. She acquired in-depth marketing knowledge during her MSc at WU Vienna and she gained practical experience in different working environments. With commitment and enthusiasm, she is ready to rise to any challenge!
She is particularly interested in digital and performance marketing and working with startups is where she sees herself since her experiences at Das Packhaus in Vienna and Studocu in Amsterdam. During her free time she loves to bike around and express herself with watercolor and colored pencils.
BSc., Social Media Manager
As the perfect start to 2021, Kristina joins Speedinvest Heroes. Before taking on the exciting opportunity to support the Marketing team as their social media manager, Kristina graduated with a bachelor’s in Marketing and Management in 2019. During and after her studies, she gained relevant knowledge and work experiences in different parts of the world. She recently worked in Norway where she had a wide variety of tasks such as content creation on socials, launching a website, and admin tasks.
Kristina has a passion for digital marketing and loves to use her creativity to promote meaningful services. She finds happiness through creative channels such as photography, painting, and loves a spontaneous hike or traveling.
After a semi professionell motocross career, Chris started to work at one of the biggest event companies of Austria (DocLX). Started there from the bottom, he got soon promoted as the sales manager of X-Jam Vienna - the biggest graduation trip for young adults in Europe. After he built his own unit as a Content Marketer as well, he did the new concept for X-Jam. For him the most important thing is to built up a sustainable product on 3 characteristics: authentic, relevant and to differentiate according to the Brand Purpose.
Beside Sponsoring and Cooperations, he was always leading a big sales group, which does make him passionate about people and their needs to keep them motivated. When Covid hit, he decided to start finishing his BA degree in Marketing and Sales and also made experience in a health tech startup, called Doctify Ltd.
Since his entire life was about sports, he’s still into it. Beside from that he REALLY loves good food as well as he like to travel. Friends are also a big part in his life and reading books keeps him calm. He enjoys good old classy films as well and a little party never killed nobody.
Lisa has graduated with a bachelors in intercultural Management and communications in 2020. She gained experience in social-media marketing in a startup company, where she could live out her creativity while being involved in many projects.
In her free time, it fulfills her to be creative and doing activities such as drawing or handicrafts. She also loves to be in nature, whether on a bike or on a hike.
Fabio finished his Bachelor‘s degree in International Business Administration at WU Vienna and HEC Montréal in early 2021 and followed up with an internship in project management. While he started his Master’s degree in marketing in fall 2021, he also joined the Speedinvest Heroes team. He is now a working student, assisting in the platform marketing team. He is particularly interested in digital- and data-driven marketing.
Whenever Fabio is not working or studying, he enjoys spending time in nature, either in his home region of Vorarlberg or around Vienna. He is also very passionate about movies, going to the cinema almost every week. Moreover, he loves to cook for his family and friends and loves traveling.
MSc., Product Development Intern
After working for a Startup Accelerator and a leading consulting firm, Kimmy completed her Master‘s Degree in Small Business & Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. She’s especially curious about startups, innovation and human connection. She’s an optimist and a constant learner.
If Kimmy isn‘t working, you’ll find her in the woods with her dogs, volunteering for a non-profit organisation, going for a night run, reading a book while listening to her favourite songs, or simply helping her mum with gardening.
When you want to disrupt the market you have to be able to create an innovative and highly qualitative software and be able to outpace your competitors. This is the reason why Stefan joined the Heroes with his expertise in engineering and leadership!
Stefan has a natural curiosity and is continuously working to broaden his knowledge and extend his field of expertise. His early career had a strong focus on development and optimising development processes.
In more recent history, Stefan proved his talent for building and leading teams. He always had a "people first" mindset, concentrating on leading the direction towards the goal but always leaving enough room for each individual to grow. In his spare time, he describes himself as a tech nerd that always wants to know what is the latest development in the technology market and wants to try all the new tools and gadgets that are available.
MSc., Full-Stack Software Developer
José has a background in the Banking Area, but he always had been passionate about technology. In 2018 he decided to shift his career and started studying programming by himself.
What he likes the most about engineering is the constant challenge and the rewarding feeling of creating something from nothing. He‘s excited to join Heroes, where he’ll have the opportunity to create new technologies that will help people to change their careers, and take control of their lives.
BA., Senior Data Scientist
Carina has a background in Sociology and Statistics and her experience ranges from working in research institutes, at a university, in corporate companies in finance and in a scale-up. She is particularly interested in developing and shaping data products together with people from different backgrounds while having a lot of flexibility.
Joining a start-up like Speedinvest Heroes where data is the core vision is therefore the next best step. As a person with a broad interest, she enjoys running and hiking but also binge watching the latest Netflix show with a cup of ice cream. If she seeks some inner peace gardening and adopting new plants is the preferred choice.
MA., Technical Marketing & Product Manager
A company without a comprehensive and professional marketing foundation is like a tree without its roots. That’s the main reason Karin joined our marketing team in February 2020, to support marketing activities and strategic development of any kind.
She has diverse work experiences from Digital Marketing and Management Consulting to Customer Service, therefore she can leverage her skills from a wide range of fields and look at a project from many different angles. She also considers herself a creative mind, amongst many things she likes to indulge her passion in poetry or online creative design.
With a background in Psychology and a Masters in Behavioral Economics from Maastricht University, he aims to combine academic rigor with practical solutions. With experiences in consulting, innovation and start up experience, he thrives on bringing ideas to life. Beyond research, charts and JF, Simon finds real meaning in helping young talents find their path and succeed. For that purpose, he joined in November 2021 as Product Manager.
After a short interlude at a Innovation Consulting firm, Simon started as a Hr Consultant at Speedinvest Heroes, where he now focuses on project management, especially for grant applications where he especially loves the ideation part. Simon is always eager to talk about ideas and generally very open minded – unless it’s about the serious matter of food. Besides, in his free time he loves to go surfing and of course play football.
BSc., Junior Data Scientist
Theresa joined Speedinvest Heroes as a Junior Data Scientist in January 2021 after completing her Bachelor studies in London followed by a Data Science Boot Camp in Berlin. She is passionate about exploiting the potential of data analytics to boost business success through a company’s most valuable asset: its people.
She discovered her interest in combining numbers and psychological aspects during various internships in Consulting, HR and Corporate Development. In her freetime, Theresa loves to surround herself with friends and family and travel to history-charged cities. She also celebrates being Austrian by skiing and eating loads of Schnitzel.
BSc., Freelance Brand Designer
David has always been interested in design, and how it influences every-day lives & decisions, which is why he started learning more about branding, especially brand design and its effects on businesses’ perceptions.
In his freetime he enjoys watching movies, photography, and going hiking with his family dog. While he‘s not a particularly extroverted person, he gets along with people nicely and likes being part of a team, in which he doesn’t shy away from expressing his opinions, or suggestions.
Sebastian joined Speedinvest Heroes as a Project Manager in October 2020. In his past he gained lots of experience through working in Project Management, Consulting and Legal Support for companies. Additionally, he acquired useful knowledge from studying law at the Juridicum in Vienna.
Knowledge and experience paired with innovative ideas and the willingness to cooperate are his prior ambitions when it comes to business.
As a dog owner and passionate athlete, he spends lots of his leisure time in nature doing sports. Furthermore, he supports Hungarian animal welfare organizations.
After an internship in summer 2019, Bernhard joined Speedinvest Heroes as a working student in October 2020. The world of startups has always fascinated him and he is thrilled to be directly involved.
He sees the opportunity to put his knowledge from his business studies into practice as extremely valuable and is looking forward to the challenges to come.
Before Elma joined Speedinvest Heroes she worked in an advertising company as an office manager but since she has an energetic personality and isn’t always able to sit at one place, she decided to take an office break to pursue her passion - Sports. Therefore she led various sport courses such as HIIT or problem-zone trainings.
Since she has known Maria Baumgartner for quite a long time - Maria introduced Si Heroes to Elma. It did not take much convincing for Elma to join the Heroes Team in 2017 as an HR Assistant.
“Speedinvest Heroes has given me a new direction and the opportunity to develop myself in many ways. What I enjoy the most is working with such an ambitious and diverse team”
To keep herself fit she occasionally goes out for a run, what doesn’t really excites her, therefore she finds her drive playing volleyball.
Elma adores eating, sleeping and drinking beer and if possible all of that at the same time ;)
Team Assistant & Office Manager
After graduating as a paralegal, she worked in Groupon‘s Research & Analysis team. Since moving to Vienna, she had been working as an office manager / assistant. She’s a very attentive person and takes initiative in her work.
Kristin spends her free time outside, reads scandinavian thrillers and likes to go to concerts with friends. She also enjoys eating, whether in a restaurant or cooking herself.
Alexander finished his MSc in Innovation & Entrepreneurship and his CEMS Master in Barcelona and joined Speedinvest Heroes as a Founders Associate in fall 2021. After multiple years in the luxury hospitality industry, he discovered his passion for human-centred innovation and the startup world.
Throughout his career the people aspect was always at the center which is reflected in his professional as well as private endeavours and makes him a great fit for our team. He loves creative tasks and problem-solving. Something he can perfectly put to use as helping hand to Maria, Lukas and the wider team. Outside the office, Alexander is a passionate cook who loves to host dinner parties, prefers to spend his Sundays hiking up mountains with friends and going to the theater.
Before Lucia joined Speedinvest Heroes to take care of accounting tasks in March 2021, she held various positions in corporate marketing, where she was responsible for marketing planning & controlling, budgeting, brand management and strategic marketing. Her passion for numbers, accounting and controlling results from her experience at a tax consultancy before studying at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Outside of her job, she expresses her creativity through photography. She has a passion for traveling. Through that she was able to strengthen her ability to react flexibly to any situation. In addition to the new impressions, she gets on every trip, the new people she meets, she loves the food that she can try anywhere.