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  • Expat life: A day in Minsk with Bernd Rozenberg

    By Darya Shakuro, Priorbank Belarus | A light Austrian breakfast with bread and jam, strenuous work with banking risks, a lunch with lard, running after a working day and an evening with a book by Stephen Hawking. Bernd Rozenberg, board member of Priorbank, told us about his daily routine and life in Belarus as an […]

  • Jewish Life in Vienna – A Conversation with Oskar Deutsch, President of the Jewish Community Vienna

    By Christof Danz, RBI | The rise of Vienna to a modern cosmopolitan city at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century is inseparably linked with its Jewish community. Important Jewish writers, artists and scientists such as Gustav Mahler, Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud or Arnold Schönberg, to name but a few, […]

  • “Everything is possible with a good team”

    By Katja Fiedler, RBI | Florian Gschwandtner, co-founder of the fitness app Runtastic, talks about creating motivation out of an investor’s “no”, being an investor himself now and how to learn from setbacks. Mr. Gschwandtner, you are one of Austria’s most successful start-up founders. In retrospect, what was the biggest challenge in founding Runtastic? The […]

  • Giving space to disruption

    By Anja Knass, RBI | Dr. Claudia Witzemann is the Managing Director of weXelerate – Austria’s leading start-up and innovation hub. We talked with her about the Austrian start-up ecosystem, the importance of disruption and Austria’s role as a bridge between East and West. weXelerate is Austria’s largest start-up hub and located in the center […]

  • Viennese Escargots: Slow food at its best

    By Andreas Ecker, RBI| Snail farmer and manufacturer Gugumuck aims at a future-oriented urban agriculture Ten years ago Andreas Gugumuck started breeding escargots on the vegetable field of his family’s farm. Today, his Viennese Escargots, the “Wiener Schnecken”, are a well-established culinary brand served in Austria’s top restaurants and his “Future Farm” in the South […]

  • I want people to talk about their finances

    By Anja Knass, RBI | Sara Koslinska, co-founder and CEO of the micro-investing app limitless, was recently named as one of “30 under 30” by Forbes Poland. In this interview she talks about what inspired her to launch her app and why she thinks that Millennials need to start talking about their finances. Sara, you […]

  • Organic crops and berries for Europe

    By Galina Tsvintarnaya, Raiffeisen Bank Aval | Founded in December 2015 in the Vinnytsia region in Ukraine, Biofarm Organic Company is a new-generation agricultural company, which grows, on the basis of organic farming principles, and sells organic crops and berries, mostly for export. Svitlana Viyazlovska, co-founder of Biofarm Organic Company, talks about her organic business […]

  • 3 inventions you didn’t know were from Serbia

    1. Strawberry tree The strawberry tree is the world’s first public solar charger for mobile devices. It was developed in 2011 by Milos Milisavljevic, the founder of the Strawberry Energy company, during his studies at the University of Belgrade. It contains 16 chargers for a variety of mobile phones and tablets as well as its […]

  • 3 innovations you didn’t know were from Bulgaria

    Explorers and scientists of Bulgarian descent created numerous inventions that are a part of our daily life. Also nowadays Bulgaria is an interesting country in terms of innovations: in the course of the Central European Startup Awards (CESAwards 2017), which aims to distinguish the best businesses in the region, a total of 32 Bulgarian companies […]