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    Experiencing Entrepreneurship on Ski


Skinnovation is the first startup event on ski. During three days 200 young and aspiring entrepreneurs and startups meet up to ski together and attend workshops, speeches and coaching sessions in the ski huts. Pitching takes place in the ski lift and the final in front of investors in a giant igloo.

Taking place in the Alp city Innsbruck, Skinnovation leverages on the stunning landscape and amazing slopes in the mountains around the city. – Join us to listen to inspirational speakers, discuss your ideas with experienced mentors, learn more about entrepreneurship, pitch your ideas in front of investors and have a great time on the slopes.

Welcome to SKINNOVATION –           Welcome to TYROL

Skinnovation is an event strongly connected to a location – namely Tyrol in Austria. We believe that great ideas are not developed in windowless and fuggy conference rooms but during a drink, a burger lunch (that’s where Skinnovation was born) or during a day of skiing. And that’s why we organize Skinnovation, an entrepreneurship and innovation event in a completely new and breath-taking setting. People get on ski (snowboard is okay too), spend the day in the slopes and visit entrepreneurship workshops and innovation sessions in the ski huts.

Come to Tyrol and join us!

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Who can join


You are highly interested in entrepreneurship, but have not had a genius idea yet? – then join as a pre-entrepreneur. Together with other aspiring entrepreneurs you will form a team and join the Skinnovation challenge.                                                              .

  • Skinnovation challenge
  • Entrepreneurship workshops
  • Mentoring sessions

Young Entrepreneurs

You have a first business idea and need some input from experienced mentors and experts (marketing, finance, law, interllectual property etc.). Join together with your team (max. 2-3 people) or alone and develop your idea further.

  • Expert workshops
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Keynotes


You already have a prototype of your product/service and you are looking for potential investors as well as some advice and input from high profile and experienced mentors? Then apply together with your team and join Skinnovation to boost your startup.

  • Investor pitch and meetup
  • High profile mentoring
  • Keynotes
  • Mario, participant of Skinnovation#1

    marioMario, participant of Skinnovation#1


    "Skiing, Creativity, People, Startups. Not just a great experience, but a lasting network and loads of great ideas to start off. It’d say, Skinnovation is the must-attend event for Innsbruck’s entrepreneurial community!"

  • René, participant of Skinnovation#1

    ReneRené, participant of Skinnovation#1


    "Skinnovation was a fantastic experience for me. The combination of skiing and entrepreneurship truly offers the chance to run into a lot of interesting discussions and to develop a couple of new ideas in only a few hours."

  • Bettina, participant of Skinnovation#1

    BettinaBettina, participant of Skinnovation#1


    "Shortly after Skinnovation we founded the non-profit organization Startalps.co. We are now blogging about success stories and entrepreneurship events in the Alp region, organised the first Startup Meetup in Innsbruck and are working on many more ideas to make Innsbruck more innovative."



Friday, 4th March

General programme Hoadlhaus Sunnalm Pleisen Hütte Lizum 1600 Hotel Olympia Cafe Liz Dohlen-nest
07.00 - 08.00 Checkin & Ski rental
08.00 - 09.00 Bus drive to Axamer Lizum
09.00 - 09.30 Official welcome at the Hoadlhaus Official welcome (2340 meters)
09.30 - 10.30 Session 1 Ideation Business Model Canvas Bringing Ideas to Life
10.30 - 11.30 Session 2 Doing it right - market & competitor analysis Elements of design thinking Impact of Digitalization on Automotive Marketing – BMW Sport Marketing Personal coaching
11.30 - 12.30 Session 3 Legal and organisational steps of setting up a company The common things between Tesla and NEUSCHNEE. The art of snowmaking. Entrepreneurial mindset Personal coaching
12.30 - 13.30 Session 4 The Art of Self Leadership & its importance for entrepreneurs Overview of intellectual property rights with focus on patents Venture Capital 1x1: From the first impression to the termsheet Personal coaching
13.30 - 14.30 Session 5 In Startups like in life, it's all (or at least most) about MARKETING Tirol – the startup Hub in the alps? The Startup Nation Israel
14.30 - 15.30 Session 6 The ups and downs of being an entrepreneur Public Startup Funding in Austria Crowdfunding - experiences with kickstarter Personal coaching
15.30 - 16.00 Last downhill of the day
16.00 - 17.00 Busride back to Innsbruck
17.00 - 18.00 Break
18.00 - 18.30 Meet up at the WKO
18.30 - 20.00 Keynotes
20.00 - 22.00 Tyrolean Dinner
22.00 - 23.00 Apres-Ski at Jimmy's

Saturday, 5th March

General programme Panorama Restaurant Kreuzjoch Sennjoch Hütte Schlickeralm Bergrestaurant Bruggeralm Fronebenalm Zimachalm Ski lift Sennjoch
7.00 - 8.00
8.00 - 9.00 Bus drive to Schlick2000
9.00 - 9.30 Cable car ride
9.30 - 10.30 Session 1 The phases of becoming an entrepreneur Prototyping Hiring and Firing for Startups
10.30 - 11.30 Session 2 Development of a center of entrepreneurship and an ecosystem Prototyping Patent law Pitch training in the lift
11.30 - 12.30 Session 3 Startup ecosystems in Europe Pitching and looking for investors Individual mentoring Pitch training in the lift
12.30 - 13.30 Session 4 Common Hardware Startup Pitfalls Crowdsourcing - the crowd as business partner How to empower others Individual mentoring
13.30 - 14.30 Session 5 Going viral - suddenly being an internet hype Ridge walk: snowsports & climate avtivism Serial entrepreneurship from the investors perspective Pitch training in the lift
14.30 - 15.30 Session 6 Being a startup family Fucking up your business - how to simply loose 3 Mio. € & your motivation Pitching & looking for crowd investors Winning customers in B2B through innovation, cloud and sales (14.45 - 15.45 Uhr) Pitch training in the lift
15.30 - 16.00 Last downhill of the day
16.00 - 17.00 Bus ride back to Innsbruck
17.00 - 18.00 Break
18.00 - 20.00 Innsbruck Dinner
20.00 - 23.00 Relax and connect at the Bäckerei with DJ Duke Albert

Sunday, 6th March

General programme Igloo Seegrube Seegrube Kaminzimmer Hafelkar Ski lift Seegrube Funpark
7.00 - 8.00
8.00 - 8.30 Meetup and walk to the skilift
8.30 - 9.00 Cable car ride to Seegrube Ski Workshop
9.00 - 9.30 Verschiedene Aktivitäten - Lift Pitch - Workshops im Funpark - Produkt Tests Product Testing
9.30 - 10.00 Coaching & Working Investor lift pitch for young entrepreneurs Ski Workshop
10.00 - 10.30 Video Pitch Rudolf Sallinger Fonds
10.30 - 11.00 Building a startup nation - the example Israel Ski Workshop
11.00 - 11.30 Coaching & Working Investor lift pitch for startups
11.30 - 12.00
12.00 - 12.30
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.00 Finales Pitch Event & Keynotes Michael Breidenbrücker Keynote
14.00 - 14.30 Young Entrepreneurs Pitching
14.30 - 15.00 Startup Pitching
15.00 - 15.30
15.30 - 16.00 Break & Jury Meeting
16.00 - 16.30 Award Ceremony
16.30 - 17.00 End Good Bye
17.00 - 17.30 Cable car ride back to town

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    Host: Innsbruck University


    Co-Host: Wirtschaftskammer Tirol

    Supported by


    Austrian Angel Investors Association

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    Travel Information



    Skinnovation has its homebase in Innsbruck, Austria. During the 3-day ski event, three different ski resorts in the Tyrolean Alps are visited: Schlick2000, Axamer Lizum and the Nordkette. While day activities take place in the slopes, evening activities are organised in Innsbruck. The first evening event is hosted at the Wirtschaftskammer Tirol. During the second evening participants can choose among different restaurants in Innsbruck and afterwards there will be some drinks and networking at the Bäckerei.



    Innsbruck can be easily reached by car, bus, train or plane. If you choose to travel by car please keep in mind that parking is mostly paid and costs about 15 Euro per day. During the event no car is needed. If you travel by train please book a ticket to Innsbruck central station. Next to the train station there is also the bus station. MeinFernbus is a very convenient and cheap option if you want to come by bus. In case you are planing to fly you can either travel straight to Innsbruck or fly to Munich and take the MeinFernbus straight from the airport to Innsbruck (about 3 hours).



    If you need accommodation in Innsbruck you can apply for the Non-local ticket which provides you with a budget place to stay during the event (local host or hostel-style with shared room). Please be aware that this type of ticket is only limited available. Otherwise you can check Airbnb or Trivago for a place to stay. In the morning we leave from the city center (Landhausplatz), and evening activities will take place in the very center of Innsbruck. Therefore we recommend you to choose a place within walking distance from the center. Please book your accommodation as soon as we confirm your participation since March is still high season.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When will I get an answer about the status of my application?

    We screen applications constantly. The first admissions will be sent out in early January and the second admissions in the beginning of February.

    Do I need to bring my own skiing/snowboarding equipment?

    If you have your own stuff, we recommend you to bring it with you. If you do not, you can rent it at a discounted price from our local partner shop. 

    When does the event start?

    The event starts on Friday, 4th March 2016, at 8.00 am in Innsbruck, where the bus leaves straight to the ski resort. Please make sure you are on time as the bus is not going to wait.  If you are not coming from Innsbruck/Tyrol we recommend you to arrive the night before. 

    When will the event finish?

    The event will finish on Sunday, 6th of March, in the late afternoon, at around 5.00 pm. So there will be enough time for you to catch your bus or train back home.

    Do I need to buy my own lift pass?

    No. The Semi-Tyrolean or Non-Local Ticket includes all lift cards. If you have the Freizeitticket or Snowcard you can choose the Tyrolean ticket which does not include a lift card.  

    Is Skinnovation providing accommodation?

    If you need accommodation in Innsbruck you can apply for the Non-local ticket which provides you with a budget place to stay during the event (local host or hostel-style with shared room). Please be aware that this type of ticket is only limited available. Otherwise you can check Airbnb or Trivago for a place to stay.

    Can I also apply with my team?

    Yes, you can also apply with your colleagues. Please choose either Young-Entrepreneur or Startup as your Skinnovation Track depending on the status of your business idea. However, every team member must fill in his/her own application form and indicate the name of the team in the form.

    What skiing/snowboarding level is required?

    You do not have to be a professional skier/snowboarder in order to participate in Skinnovation. However, you need to be able to run blue and basic red slopes. If you are not sure about your level or if you need a refreshing skiing course please contact us.

    How do I get to the ski resorts?

    Transportation to the ski resorts will be organized by Skinnovation. We will meet in the morning in the center of Innsbruck where the bus picks us up. The same bus will bring us back to Innsbruck in the afternoon. The ticket for the bus is already included in your Skinnovation ticket.

    Will meals be provided?

    Lunch and dinner will be organized and covered by Skinnovation. For breakfast, please grab something at your hotel or at nearby bakery shops. Please also bring some money in case you want to buy some additional snacks and drinks in the ski huts.

    What is a Skinnovation ambassador?

    Ambassadors help to promote Skinnovation within their network. They spread the word about Skinnovation through email-newsletters, social media postings and flyers. Of course, we provide our ambassadors with the necessary materials. Ambassadors can also participate in the event and will get a discount for their ticket depending on their success rate. Interested? Use this link to apply.

    What are the tasks of a volunteer?

    Volunteers are helping us to make Skinnovation happen. Depending on your interests and availability there are different tasks volunteers can take over such as welcoming our participants, act as a tour guide, assist our speakers and prepare the event locations.

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