circle17 Alumni

circle17 Alumni

Have a look at our challenge solver, brain-crackers and innovative project solutions. 

WE ARE PROUD TO SHOWCASE THE INNOVATION PROJECTS WHO TOOK PART IN THE CIRCLE17 PROGRAM

MEET OUR IMPACT-DRIVEN TEAMS

During the circle17 program various stakeholders join forces to work towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The teams consist not only of entrepreneurs and social innovators but sometimes also of members of corporations, NPOs and academia. This mixture fosters creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. 

Get inspired by the teams and discover innovative business models, that they developed, improved or driven forward during the circle17 program. Learn from their experience at circle17 and why they decided (not) to partner up.

Note that we are going to update the Alumni page continuously. So not all of our Alumni are currently represented on this page. 

circle17 Experiences

We've been "cycling" around since 2019. Curious how other participants have experienced the circle17 program? 

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Martin Stohanzl
Social Innovator
„Es ist faszinierend, was man mit einer gemeinsamen Vision, einem Team und einem Laptop an einem Wochenende erreichen kann."
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Susanne Formanek
GRÜNSTATTGRAU
„The Circle 17 Impacthon was characterized by interesting people, future-oriented tasks and encouraging input. GRÜNSTATTGRAU was able to meet many motivated participants within the course of the challenge. Working together with them on solutions for the green city of the future was not only fun, but very successful.”
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Matthias Wagner
Mentor
„Was respACT & AustrianStartups geschaffen und organisiert haben, ist so viel mehr als nur erstaunliche Lösungen für die Herausforderungen zu finden. circle17 hat so viele inspirierende Menschen zusammengebracht, sie motiviert und ihnen Hoffnung auf eine bessere, grünere Zukunft gegeben. Es scheint, als ob es während dieses Impacthons eine Explosion von Wissen und positiven Emotionen gab!“
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Marie-Theres Lutz
OeEB
„Wir nehmen von der Zusammenarbeit nicht nur viel Inspiration und Motivation mit, sondern auch einen potentiellen Partner, der eine nachhaltige Lösung mit uns gemeinsam umsetzt."
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Markus Linder
Inoqo
“circle17 has been instrumental for us to get from a visionary idea towards a passionate team working together to help mitigate the climate and biodiversity crisis by empowering people to shop in line with their environmental and social priorities.”
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Esther Hummel
AeroSQAIR
"Through Circle17 we got to know our first business partner. The cooperation with an established company enables us to achieve a greater impact with our sustainable solution and thus to jointly contribute to the achievement of the SDGs."
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Fabian Artacker
Carpacity
"With Carpacity, we are meeting one of the biggest challenges facing society today: CO2 emissions caused by private transport. Our goal is to convince citizens of sustainable mobility. circle17 helps us to push our project further with its great networking effect"
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Michael Friedmann
ROSENBAUER
"circle17 provided us with the opportunity to reflect about our sustainability strategy and to select a major direction we would like to explore. During the sessions we experienced a lot of inspiring moments and new perspectives which helped us to generate more innovative ideas."
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Richard Kahlbacher
APUS
"It was a huge joy to work with the highly motivated and perfectly prepared circle17 team. Further it was an excellent opportunity for networking and exchanging ideas. The entire event was made in a professional and motivating way."
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Philipp Kranewitter
Greiner AG
"circle17 managed to provide a robust innovation and idea process, which allowed us to quickly jump into the topic and start working together with the team on our Challenge. Overall the tools and preparation for the virtual collaboration was excellent."
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Challenge Lead 2020
"circle 17 has been a highlight in 2020! Participation in the Impacthon offered an ideal opportunity to build a network in the digital world even during COVID-19 and to present OeEB to a new audience."
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Alexander Juranek
farmNOW
"circle17’s Impacthon was a fantastic experience: starting with interesting challenges, to the highly diverse participants, the world class workshop moderations/meeting logistics to the mentors/coaches it was a revelation – and while really intensive we can recommend it to any person who’s thinking about starting a social impact venture."
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Michaela Stephen
Sleepify
" The coaching and resources provided by circle17 have been extremely helpful in supporting Sleepify to take our idea and turn it into an initial start-up."
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Christoph Hornik
Epiclay
"The best part of this program is to meet and interact with like-minded people who all want to develop solutions that make a positive impact on the environment and our world. Furthermore, circle17 always provides a range of experts from various fields. Those who mentored and supported us not only helped us advance with our start-up, but also connected us with important key players of the market."
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Andrés Campaña
DAQ
"It is a good place to meet like-minded people who have the same vision as we have towards making our world a better place. This experience has also had a great impact on our personal lives, giving us the opportunity of meeting new cultures, new ways of thinking, and the possibility of improving our English and German language skills."



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