circle17 'Matchmaking'




Circle17 Matchmaking


Willst du auch zu gemeinsamen Lösungen der Nachhaltigkeit für branchenbezogene Herausforderungen beitragen?

Werde Teil von circle17 Matchmaking und erlebe, welche Möglichkeiten durch einen einzigartigen Matchmaking-Prozess zwischen Unternehmen und Start-ups entstehen können.

Lass dich von unserer Keynote und einem spannenden Nachmittagsprogramm inspirieren. Erfahre mehr darüber, welche Maßnahmen du ergreifen kannst, um eine nachhaltige Transformation in deinem Marktbereich zu erreichen. 

Wie kannst du die Märkte nachhaltig transformieren?

Circe17 Matchmaking Themengebiete


Schaffung einer nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft 

Wie könnten wir Systeme gestalten, welche die lokale Lebensmittelversorgung auf neuartige Weise fördern?


Nachhaltige Mobilität verbinden

Wie könnten wir verschiedene Mobilitäts- und Verkehrsmittel auf neuartige Weise miteinander verbinden?


Transformation der städtischen Infrastruktur

Wie könnten wir den Urban Mining nutzen, um Städte nachhaltiger zu gestalten?

Challenge 1 – Many of us are inclined to use unsustainable transport, such as the car to go to work or airplane to a holiday destination, because it is more convenient and perceived cheaper than a sustainable alternative. Many of us are buying online because it is more comfortable and cheaper than going to local stores.

How can we satisfy our desires and be more sustainable at the same time? Many of us want to change – however, more sustainable solutions often tend to be more expensive than sustainable ones due to a lack of true-cost pricing (e.g. flying versus taking the train). To create change, we need solutions that are as comfortable and economic as unsustainable alternatives and are therefore not socially exclusive. If those conditions are fulfilled, change to new practices can be facilitated and people can be motivated to modify their transportation behaviour towards being more sustainable.

Competition between different suppliers of mobility has been one of the main problems hindering the creation of sustainable practices and an ecosystem for cooperation, innovation and joint solutions. To create novel systemic models in the mobility and transportation sector, cooperation between different stakeholders is necessary. Organisations cannot build new innovative solutions alone, hence new collaboration models for joint innovation efforts are needed.

Challenge 2 – Awareness about agricultural production, its effects on the climate and often unfair labour conditions has increased significantly. Sustainable local production could reduce negative consequences of food production. However, local and sustainable production is often small-scale and labour-intensive, thereby making those products more expensive. Additionally, consumers often lack access to locally produced, sustainable products and therefore prefer the easier choice of buying non-regional food.

Enhancing the accessibility of local agricultural products for consumers can be the first step towards the creation of a sustainable agricultural system. How can we create systems that enable both ends of the value chain to change their practices and to understand each other’s needs and challenges?
This enhanced awareness creates a community that cares for each other and creates higher value on both sides.

Challenge 3 – Cities are growing rapidly worldwide and becoming the predominant space to live and work in. The visibility and allocation of resources in urban are essential to secure inclusive and resilient cities. Urban resources can have a physical and an immaterial appearance. They appear as raw materials, e.g. for buildings and infrastructure, for food production, or as once used resources, like vacant buildings. Moreover, they could be talents or innovations that only need to be linked to their practical use.

Many resources are left unused in the urban space or, rather, the incentives to (re)use urban resources are missing. Some are abandoned, some are tried out once and left to be covered by dust (e.g. innovative research projects, prototypes), others lie dormant and have not been seen as a potential resource so far. Too many resources are being wasted, because they have not yet been discovered by the appropriate user. It is often cheaper to demolish, e.g. to tear down existing infrastructure. How can we incentivise the re-use of materials, rather than increasing the input of new primary raw materials and therefore exploiting natural and human resources?


Wer kann mitmachen?

Komme zur circle17 Matchmaking- Veranstaltung und baue Brücken zu den SDGs in den Bereichen Städtische Infrastruktur, Mobilitätssysteme & Transport sowie Landwirtschaftliche Lösungen & Ernährung!


Bist du ein Unternehmen und möchtest dich mit Zukunftsdenkern treffen, die dich auf deinem Weg zur unternehmerischen Nachhaltigkeit unterstützen könnten?


Bist du ein Start-up mit einer marktreifen Innovation im Sinne der SDGs, die du einem großen Publikum von Unternehmen und Investoren vorstellen möchtest?


Bist du eine NGO oder ein/e WissenschaftlerIn, der/die sich für die Verwirklichung der Ziele der nachhaltigen Entwicklung (SDGs) einsetzt?

Agenda & Location

Das erwartet dich

13:30 Registration & Exploring Market Stands
14:00 Opening + Welcoming remarks
14:10 Key Note: Katrin Muff  – Truly sustainable business
Learn more on what actions you can take to transfer the SDGs into innovative business models to create positive impact.
15:25 Startup Pitches
Enjoy insights into the newest market-ready innovations, presented to you by Austrian-based sustainability-driven startups.
16:45 WORKSHOP TRACK: How to setup strategic SDG-driven collaborations*
How can you maximise the value and impact of potential partnerships for the SDGs? *More info coming soon
MATCHMAKING TRACK: Speed-dating for Sustainable Transformation
Experience how a unique match-making process between companies and sustainability and social-driven start-ups could benefit you.
18:30 Networking with Food & Drinks
Be prepared to build your momentum, meet a lot of like-minded people and make a great amount of first-hand connections to continue your matchmaking journey with.

Frequenty Asked Questions

What’s on your mind?

How can I register & prepare as a Startup?

Are you a sustainability and social-driven start-up with a market-ready innovation, you would like to showcase to a large audience of corporates and investors?🌍

Then the circle17 Matchmaking Day is looking for you!

We are looking for start-ups that offer creative solutions for the challenging problems in (1) Agriculture, (2) Mobility and (3) Urban Infrastructure.

📥 Apply for the matchmaking day until 20.02.2020 23:59, and get connected with leading Austrian enterprises that are looking to collaborate with start-ups in order to drive sustainable transformation forward.

*Places are limited! We will select 20 startups who will be able to present their venture at the matchmaking event.*

Date And Time: Feb 27, 2020, 13:30 – 18:30, Networking till 21:00
Location: Die Brotfabrik, Absberggasse 27, 1100 Wien

If you have any questions, please contact or

*more info on the exhibition requirements for startups will be communicated to you after your application.

How can I register & prepare as a Corporate, NGO or Academic Enthusiast?

👉 Are you a business whose aim is to move the needle, and are you eager to interact with change drivers, who could inspire you along your corporate sustainability journey?

👉 Are you an NGO or research institute that wants to connect with sustainability and social-driven start-ups?

👉 Do you want to learn how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be transferred into innovative business models in the fields of Agriculture, Mobility and Urban Infrastructure?

Get your Corporate / NGO / Academic Ticket through this link.

Would you like to understand how our unique match-making process between companies and sustainability and social-driven start-ups could benefit you? Please contact

What are the costs for joining the circle17 Matchmaking event?

circle17 is brought to life via the non-profit organisations AustrianStartups & respACT and is funded by the Austrian Development Agency. The circle17 Matchmaking event is free for everyone. 

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Matchmaking Location

Die Brotfabrik Wien - Transitional Experience Space


Absberggasse 27, 1100 Wien