Our Mentors

We have a pool of mentors consisting of agricultural practitioners and scientific experts, political and business leaders, serial founders and entrepreneurs as well as various specialists with different kinds of expertise. Our mentors are all enthusiastic about supporting you with their expertise and know-how and acting as your sparring partner as you seek to address the challenges that you face. Therefore, one of our main objectives is to match you with the experts who perfectly fit your needs.

Our lead mentors will not only actively support their startups in the development of the PoC but will also be in the group with the Agro Innovation Lab team. They will help the teams find the right contact person on every topic and face every challenge together!

All other mentors will also naturally support the startups with their experience and knowledge and be helpful sparring partners for important decisions. They are already highly motivated and looking forward to supporting young teams in the realisation of their visions and pushing them up to the next level!

Thanks to all our mentors for their support!

Alper Alsan

Alper Alsan

Siemens AG

Position: Head of Innovation Management
Expertise: Leadership, sales, business modeling etc.

Erwin Arocker

Erwin Arocker

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Senior Advisor Seed
Expertise: Plant cultivation & breeding, etc.

Otto Auer

Otto Auer

Lower Austrian Chamber of Agriculture

Position: Vice President
Expertise: Plant cultivation, leadership, etc.

Herbert Bauer

Herbert Bauer

R.U.G. Raiffeisenumweltgesellschaft GmbH

Position: CEO (retired)
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, etc.

Josef Martin Bauer

Josef Martin Bauer

BayWa AG

Position: Consulting Plant Cultivation
Expertise: Plant cultivation, plant breeding, digital farming, business modeling, etc.

Nils Bauer

Nils Bauer

Bayer Austria Ges.m.b.H.

Position: Country Division Head - Division Crop Science
Expertise: Plant protection, sales, logistics, etc.

Christian Baumeister

Christian Baumeister

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Seed
Expertise: Plant cultivation/breeding, market positioning & expansion, etc.

Christiane Bell

Christiane Bell

BayWa AG

Position: General Manager Fruit
Expertise: Strategy & business development, etc.

László Bene

László Bene

Raiffeisen- Agro Magyarország Kft.

Position: CEO
Expertise: Plant cultivation, sales, leadership, etc.

Dieter Bernold

Dieter Bernold

ARGO Performance & Development

Position: Managing Partner
Expertise: Organization & HR, strategy, etc.

Rupert Bittmann

Rupert Bittmann

Vienna Business Agency

Position: Technology Services
Expertise: Business modeling, market positioning, etc.

Martin Bittner

Martin Bittner

Acccoi – acceleration and co-innovation

Position: Co-founder
Expertise: Entrepreneurial expertise, systems & IT, etc.

Johann Blaimauer

Johann Blaimauer

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Head of Seed & Timber Division
Expertise: Plant cultivation & breeding, market positioning & expansion, etc.

Benedikt Bösel

Benedikt Bösel

Schlossgut Alt Madlitz GmbH & Co. KG

Position: CEO
Expertise: Plant cultivation, ag-tech, organic agriculture, strategy & business development, etc.

Josef Bosch

Josef Bosch

Farm Facts GmbH

Position: Managing Director / Academy
Expertise: Plant cultivation & breeding, entrepreneurial experience, etc.

Christian Bracklow

Christian Bracklow

BayWa renewable energy GmbH

Position: Head of department Project structuring
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, business modeling, sales, etc.

Roland Braun

Roland Braun

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Lubricants business unit
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, finance, leadership, logistics etc..

Jürgen Brunner

Jürgen Brunner

BayWa & Ri-Solution

Position: CTO
Expertise: Systems & IT

Michael Chemnitzer

Michael Chemnitzer

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Corpoate Finance & Accounting
Expertise: Strategy & business development, business modeling, etc.

Daniel Cronin

Daniel Cronin

AustrianStartups

Position: Co-Founder
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, business modeling, etc.

Hanna Deuscher

Hanna Deuscher

FarmFacts GmbH

Position: Head of Sales NEXT Farming and Marketing
Expertise: Digital farming, sales, market positioning & expansion, etc.

Reinhard Eder

Reinhard Eder

Institution of Higher Education & Federal Agency for Wine and Fruit Production

Position: Director
Expertise: Plant cultivation, prant breeding, etc.

Franz Ennser

Franz Ennser

AUSTRIA JUICE GmbH

Position: CEO
Expertise: Plant cultivation, plant protection, agro-commodity trading, ag-tech, leadership, etc.

Pia Euteneuer

Pia Euteneuer

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Position: Deputy of the Experimental Station
Expertise: Plant cultivation, organic agriculture, etc.

Harald Falkner

Harald Falkner

fab4minds Informationstechnik GmbH

Position: System Engineering Manager / Registered Signatory
Expertise: Organic agriculture, entrepreneurial experience, etc.

Tobias Fausch

Tobias Fausch

Ri Solution GmbH

Position: COO
Expertise: Sales, entrepreneurial experience, etc.

Christian Fikar

Christian Fikar

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Expertise: Logistics, supply chain management

Peter Flierl

Peter Flierl

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Energy Division
Expertise: Strategy & business development, entrepreneurial experience, etc.

Borris Förster

Borris Förster

Freelance Consulant

Position: Consultant for AgTech, FoodTech and Retail
Expertise: Agro-commodity trading, digital farming, market place, entrepreneurial experience, etc.

Frank Gagel

Frank Gagel

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria

Position: Head of Department Feedstuff/Oilseed
Expertise: Animal husbandry & feed stuff, business modeling, sales, logistics, leadership, etc.

Christian Gaggl

Christian Gaggl

AFS- Franchise Systeme GmbH

Position: Sales Manager Construction and Garden Market
Expertise: Strategy & business development, entrepreneurial experience, etc.

Ernst Gauhs

Ernst Gauhs

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Head of the Agricultural Products Division (Grain, Feedstuff/Oilseed)
Expertise: Commodity trading, organic agriculture, logistics, etc.

Klaus Goldmann

Klaus Goldmann

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Head of Marketing
Expertise: Market positioning & expansion, etc.

Paul Gössinger

Paul Gössinger

BayWa AG

Position: Head of eBusiness BOW
Expertise: Digital farming, entrepreneurial experience, business modeling, CRM, e-business, etc.

Helmut Grabherr

Helmut Grabherr

Agromed Austria GmbH

Position: CEO
Expertise: Animal husbandry & feed stuff, entrepreneurial experience, etc.

Michael Groß

Michael Groß

biohelp GmbH

Position: CEO
Expertise: Organic agriculture, finance, leadership, etc.

Georg Gruber

Georg Gruber

Österreichischer Raiffeisenverband - Raiffeisen Campus

Position: Managing Director
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, leadership, etc.

Harald Hamster-Egerer

Harald Hamster-Egerer

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Agricultural Equipment Specialities
Expertise: Ag-tech, animal husbandry & feed stuff, digital farming, entrepreneurial experience, business modeling, sales, etc.

Christoph Henöckl

Christoph Henöckl

GARANT- Tiernahrung GmbH

Position: General Manager
Expertise: Animal husbandry & feed stuff, water supply, etc.

Maximilian Hiegelsberger

Maximilian Hiegelsberger

Upper Austria

Position: Member of the Government, responsible for agriculture and municipalities
Expertise: plant breeding, leadership, etc.

Lukas Hoffmann

Lukas Hoffmann

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Projectmanager Corporate Development
Expertise: Business modeling, sales, etc.

Rose Hoffmann

Rose Hoffmann

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Product Management Farm Animals
Expertise: Animal husbandry & feed stuff, organic agriculture, sales, logistics, etc.

Werner H. Hoffmann

Werner H. Hoffmann

Contrast Ernst & Young Management Consulting GmbH

Position: Managing Director / GSA Strategy Lead
Expertise: Business modeling, leadership, etc.

Oliver Hofmeister

Oliver Hofmeister

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Agricultural Engineering
Expertise: Ag-tech, entrepreneurial experience, business modeling, leadership, etc.

Jörg Simon Immerz

Jörg Simon Immerz

BayWa AG Munich

Position: Trading Manager Oilseeds, Oilmeals and By-Products und Global Book Lead Softseeds
Expertise: Sales, plant cultivation, market positioning & expansion, etc.

Mike Jaeschke

Mike Jaeschke

Lagerhaus OÖ Mitte eGen

Position: COO
Expertise: Business modeling, sales, strategy, etc.

Zlatko Janečić

Zlatko Janečić

RWA Hrvatska d.o.o.

Position: Managing director
Expertise: Agro-commodity trading, sales, strategy, etc.

Christoph Jeschke

Christoph Jeschke

Expertise: Food trends & marketing, entrepreneurial experience, etc.

Sandra Kaltenbacher

Sandra Kaltenbacher

Austrian Hail Insurance

Position: Lead Strategy and Innovation
Expertise: Business modeling, market positioning & expansion, finance etc.

Daniel Kapp

Daniel Kapp

Daniel Kapp | Strategic Consulting & Responsible Communication GmbH

Position: Founder & Senior Partner
Expertise: Media consulting, PR, etc.

Stefan Kast

Stefan Kast

Austrian Young Farmers Association

Position: President
Expertise: Ag-tech, plant cultivation, sales, etc.

Armin Christian Kolditz

Armin Christian Kolditz

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Service & Parts
Expertise: Ag-tech, digital farming, logistics etc.

Harald Köhler

Harald Köhler

FarmFacts GmbH

Position: Managing Director Sales
Expertise: Ag-tech, water supply, digital farming, strategy & business development etc.

Stefan Kreppel

Stefan Kreppel

Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

Position: Start-Up representative
Expertise: Finance, business modeling, etc.

Christian Krüger

Christian Krüger

BayWa AG Energy

Position: Head of Patrol Service
Expertise: Lubricants and fuels for agriculture, entrepreneurship, business modeling, etc.

Klaus Kuenen

Klaus Kuenen

DP DHL Group

Position: Market Development & Piloting Digitized Products
Expertise: Market positioning & expansion, organization & HR, etc.

Bernd Landes

Bernd Landes

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Remarketed Equipment
Expertise: Agro-commodity trading, ag-tech, food trends & marketing, sales, business modeling, etc.

Martin Lechner

Martin Lechner

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Corporate Real Estate Management

Christian Leeb

Christian Leeb

RWA-Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Product Manager
Expertise: Sales, strategy & Business development etc.

Birgit Link

Birgit Link

BayWa AG

Position: Senior Project Manager Business Development
Expertise: Ag-tech, after sales/CRM, market positioning & expansion, strategy & business development.

Christoph Mader

Christoph Mader

LLT Lannacher Lager-u.Transport GmbH

Position: General Manager
Expertise: Plant proctection, sales, business modeling, etc.

Claudia Maier

Claudia Maier

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Corporate Marketing
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, market positioning & expansion, organization & HR, Systems & IT.

Stefan Mast

Stefan Mast

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Animal Nutrition
Expertise: Plant cultivation, plant breeding, sales, business modeling, leadership, logistics, etc.

Lothar Mayer

Lothar Mayer

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Corporate Audit, M&A
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, sales, leadership.

Stefan Mayerhofer

Stefan Mayerhofer

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Member of the Board
Expertise: Ag-tech, business modeling, sales, strategy, etc.

Hans Mayrhofer

Hans Mayrhofer

Ecosocial Forum Austria / Europe

Position: Secretary General
Expertise: Leadership, food trends & marketing, etc.

Christoph Metzker

Christoph Metzker

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Head of Input Materials
Expertise: Plant protection, sales, organic agriculture, etc.

Marion Meyer

Marion Meyer

BayWa AG

Position: COO BayWa Agri Supply & Trade
Expertise: Digital farming, business modeling, organization & HR, leadership, etc.

Alexander Meyer-Scharenberg

Alexander Meyer-Scharenberg

Technical University of Munich

Position: Senior Startup Consultant
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, business modeling, sales, leadership, etc.

Hubert Mierka

Hubert Mierka

Mierka Donauhafen Krems

Position: Managing Partner
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, logistics, leadership, etc.

Jörg Migende

Jörg Migende

BayWa AG

Position: Chief Digital Officer
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, Ag-tech, leadership, etc.

Thomas Neuroth

Thomas Neuroth

Thomas Neuroth

Position: CEO

Ben Niehaus

Ben Niehaus

LemnaTec GmbH

Position: CTO
Expertise: Digital farming, sales, market positioning & expansion, etc.

Thomas Oberstadler

Thomas Oberstadler

BayWa AG München

Position: Head of Corporate Controlling

Andreas Pangl

Andreas Pangl

Austrian Raiffeisen Association

Position: Secretary General
Expertise: Leadership, strategy & business development, etc.

Ingrid Peraus

Ingrid Peraus

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Head of Logistics
Expertise: Logistics

Stephan Pernkopf

Stephan Pernkopf

Provincial Government of Lower Austria

Position: State Commissioner for Issues of Environment, Agriculture and Energy
Expertise: Leadership, organization & HR, etc.

Christoph Pesl

Christoph Pesl

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Team Leader Marketing Agriculture and Machinery
Expertise: Ag-tech, market positioning, etc.

Alexander Pilarski

Alexander Pilarski

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Head of Corporate Business Development
Expertise: Business modeling, leadership, etc.

Thomas Plötzeneder

Thomas Plötzeneder

Gehrer Plötzeneder DDWS Corporate Advisors GmbH

Position: Managing Partner
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, leadership, strategy, etc.

Johann Posch

Johann Posch

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Head of Seed Production
Expertise: Plant cultivation & breeding, leadership, etc.

Heinrich Prankl

Heinrich Prankl

HBLFA Francisco Josephinum / BLT Wieselburg

Position: Head of Research and Innovation
Expertise: Ag-tech

Andreas Purkharthofer

Andreas Purkharthofer

Lagerhaus Wechselgau eGen

Position: CEO
Expertise: Leadership, logistics, etc.

Hans Quint

Hans Quint

Abemec

Position: Director
Expertise: Leadership, digital farming, ag-tech, etc.

Josko Radeljic

Josko Radeljic

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Investor Relations
Expertise: Leadership, entrepreneurial experience, business modeling, etc.

Eberhard Raff

Eberhard Raff

BayWa AG

Position: Head of the Agricultural Division (BAV)
Expertise: Leadership, logistics, organization & HR, etc.

Werner Ramschak

Werner Ramschak

Expertise: Leadership, manufacturing procurement, FMCG, etc.

Markus Raunig

Markus Raunig

AustrianStartups

Position: Managing Director
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, sales, organization & HR, etc.

Justus Reichl

Justus Reichl

Austrian Raiffeisen Association

Position: Head of „Cooperatives and Strategic Perspectives”
Expertise: Business modeling, market positioning & expansion, etc.

Stephanie Reimann

Stephanie Reimann

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: E-Commerce
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, sales, etc.

Roman Rericha

Roman Rericha

Brandl & Talos Attorneys at Law

Position: Partner
Expertise: Legal, etc.

Annette Risi

Annette Risi

BayWa AG

Position: Project Manager Strategy
Expertise: Business modeling, sales, after sales / CRM, market positioning & expansion, etc.

Josef Rosner

Josef Rosner

Federal State of Lower Austria

Position: Head of Rural Goods
Expertise: Plant cultivation, water supply, etc.

Walter Rothensteiner

Walter Rothensteiner

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG

Position: CEO
Expertise: Leadership, entrepreneurial experience, finance etc.

Franz Salzmann

Franz Salzmann

SpeedInvest GmbH

Position: Partner
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, business modeling, etc.

Hubert Schenk

Hubert Schenk

Lagerhaus Technik Center

Position: CEO
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, business modeling, sales, after sales / CRM, market positioning & expansion, logistics, etc.

Johannes Schmuckenschlager

Johannes Schmuckenschlager

Austrian Winegrowers Association

Position: President
Expertise: Plant protection, food trends & marketing, etc.

Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider

Commerzbank AG

Position: Head of Advisory & Risk Innovations
Expertise: Business modeling, strategy & business development, finance, innovations management.

Sven Schneider

Sven Schneider

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Agricultural Sales
Expertise: Plant protection, organic agriculture, etc.

Hannes Schöll

Hannes Schöll

RWA AG

Position: Team leader agricultural machinery
Expertise: Ag-tech.

Yves Schulz

Yves Schulz

sektor5 GmbH

Position: Founder and CFO
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, systems & IT, etc.

Christoph Selig

Christoph Selig

IST Institution at HTWG Konstanz

Position: Scientific Assistant
Expertise: Business modeling, organization & HR, etc.

Laurenz Simbruner

Laurenz Simbruner

PUSH Ventures

Position: Partner
Expertise: Business modeling, strategy & business development, etc.

Johannes Steiner

Johannes Steiner

Lagerhaus e-service GmbH

Position: Head of E-Marketing
Expertise: After sales/ CRM, systems & IT.

Armin Sterle

Armin Sterle

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: Corporate Business Development
Expertise: Business modeling, leadership, etc.

Felix Steyskal

Felix Steyskal

Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Position: Head of BU Environmental Resources & Technology
Expertise: Business modeling, leadership, etc.

Hannes Stiebitzhofer

Hannes Stiebitzhofer

eigenheads consulting gmbh

Position: CEO
Expertise: Food trends & marketing, business modeling, etc.

David Süß

David Süß

Austrian young farmers association

Position: Secretary General
Expertise: Plant cultivation, ag-tech, sales, etc.

Philippe Thiltges

Philippe Thiltges

WhatAVenture

Position: Co-Founder, Business Development & Strategy
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, business modeling, etc.

Josef Thoma

Josef Thoma

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Agricultural Expansion Equipment
Expertise: Business modeling, organization & HR, plant cultivation/ breeding/ protection, etc.

Claus Übelhack

Claus Übelhack

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Controlling and Business Development Agriculture
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, business development, leadership, etc.

Edwin Vorhemus

Edwin Vorhemus

Raiffeisen Lagerhaus Hollabrunn-Horn

Position: CEO
Expertise: Plant cultivation, leadership, finance, etc.

Georg Wagner

Georg Wagner

Spirit Design - Innovation and Brand GmbH

Position: Managing Partner – Strategic Consulting
Expertise: Agro-commodity trading, sales, etc.

Daniel Wandersleb

Daniel Wandersleb

BayWa AG, Obst

Position: Innovation Manager
Expertise: Food Trends & Marketing, organization & HR etc.

Kurt Weinberger

Kurt Weinberger

Austrian Hail Insurance

Position: CEO
Expertise: Plant cultivation, leadership, strategy & business development, etc.

Thomas Werner

Thomas Werner

Acccoi – acceleration and co-innovation

Position: Co-founder
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, sales, systems & IT, etc.

Marlen Wienert

Marlen Wienert

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Marketing Agri Services
Expertise: Business modeling, market positioning & expansion, etc.

Reinhard Wolf

Reinhard Wolf

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Position: CEO
Expertise: Leadership, strategy, agriculture etc.

Adrian Zettl

Adrian Zettl

TheVentury GmbH

Position: Founder & Marketing Venturer
Expertise: Entrepreneurial experience, strategy, etc.

Gunnar Zinkhahn

Gunnar Zinkhahn

BayWa AG

Position: Head of Smart Farming
Expertise: Business modeling, entrepreneurial experience, strategy, etc.