Business Breakfast with IT Start-ups in Lviv (Ukraine)

i2i is deeply involved in the IT start-up scene both in Austria and Ukraine.

Recently, by invitation of Lviv Start-up Club and Ukrainian Outsourcing Forum, Ulrich Hammerschmidt discussed with young entrepreneurs about IT outsourcing in Austria and Germany.

Ukraine (and in particular Western Ukraine) has a thriving IT industry that provides professional services to customers worldwide and has the potential, due to its excellent education and high number of graduates, to become a global IT outsourcing hub.

i2i is a founding member of the Lemberg Hightech Cluster, that promotes Ukrainian IT services in Western Europe.

 

i2i welcomes Reinhard Anton to the team

Reinhard is an experienced senior business development manager with a strong background on international sales and marketing and a solid technical understanding. His business focus is B2B software, such as e-business, collaboration, e-learning and more,  and high-tech. Reinhard gained his experience during his work for well known international industry leaders in computer hardware and software as well as startups in Germany, and many years in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. His particular focus is setting up new business lines, new product roll-outs and building/repairing new successful international subsidiaries.

Reinhard is a highly motivated self-starter with hands-on personality and persistence who works very well in and drives quickly changing situations. He is very strong in building teams and lasting business partnerships. Reinhard has very strong communication skills in German and English language on all organizational levels inside and outside of the company.

Reinhard has been a voluntary coach and juror for business plans for Swiss start-ups with “Venture.ch”, a joint venture between ETHZ Zurich Institute of Technology and McKinsey Co. from 2007.

TEC Vienna: Growth opportunities in the telecoms market – realistic or a daydream?

The changes in the telecoms market are drastic: Innovative technologies and services, new digital business models, shifts in the competitive landscape and rapidly changing customer needs.

It is becoming obvious that telecommunications providers have enormous difficulties to handle these changing conditions.

Growth is possible, but often generated from highly innovative service companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook etc. outside the traditional market.

These question were discussed by a top-notch panel, including:

The event was followed by intensive networking, of which the attendees made good use.

i2i as co-organizer is lookingtectec forward to the next TEC event in CEE!

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i2i co-founds Lemberg HighTech Cluster

i2i associates and MChE Trading signed on 5 th of September 2016 in Lviv (Ukraine) the founding charter of the Lemberg HighTech cluster.

Lviv, a university city with long tradition, is the center of a region full of knowledge, skills and enterpreuneurship. There is a multitude of ambitious small and medium enterprises that can provide services like IT coutsourcing, assembly of electronics or manufacturing of small batches.

The aim of the Lemberg HighTech Cluster is to assist these enterprises of Western Ukraine to address the Western European markets.

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i2i partners with Dedrone

Dedrone is a fascinating start-up, specialized on drone tracking. This topic is becoing more and more relevant, as drones get cheaper and more easily available, and are also used for criminal purposes.

With Dedrone, security areas, airports, prisons, hightech research facilities, data centers and other institutions can identify approaching drones and take the necessary countermeasures.

i2i initially will look after marketing of this leading edge solution in Austria and Ukraine.

 

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TEC Event in Vienna in September

The well known TEC conference series will also extend its reach to CEE now. Prof. Böcker of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University in Germany has teamed up with i2i to also give CEE operators the opportunity to attend this high class event.

The first event will be held in Vienna on September 12th.

The agenda:

Growth opportunities in the telecoms market – realistic or a daydream?

The changes in the telecoms market are drastic: Innovative technologies and services, new digital business models, shifts in the competitive landscape and rapidly changing customer needs.

It is becoming obvious that telecommunications providers have enormous difficulties to handle these changing conditions.

Growth is possible, but often generated from highly innovative service companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook etc. outside the traditional market.

Based on this situation, we would like to discuss with our guests:

  • What are the major changes telecommunication companies need to implement to adapt?
  • What are the consequences of the changes?
  • Which products in which target groups promise growth opportunities?
  • What will telecommunications companies of the future look like? What are their strengths and what is their strategic positioning?

Confirmed speakers:

Tomáš Budník – CEO O2 Czech Republic

Stuart Evers – CSO Türk Telekom International

Markus Grausam – CTO A1 Telekom Austria

Prof. Dr. Jens Böcker (Moderator)

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i2i runs Go-to-market Workshops in Ukraine

End of April, i2i, together with Vienna based MChE Trading, ran two workshops in the Western Ukrainian city of Lviv.

One workshop was organized by the Lviv Chamber of Commerce, the other by “Start Up Lviv”, a local ICT incubator. Both events were well attended and companies with different backgrounds and from different industries were there. However, the focus was on high tech.

The presentation and discussions covered topics of choosing the right market approach, defining the offering, business practise and possible cooperations.

We look forward to repeating this workshop in the near future, as Ukraine has many interesting enterprises with smart products that can benefit from i2i’s go-to-market expertise.

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i2i welcomes Manfred Weierer!

Foto Manfred Weierer_klManfred is the latest addition to the global i2i team.

At the beginning of his career Manfred focused on finance positions in large auditing and consulting companies such as Deloitte and multinational companies like GE Capital, with an emphasis on auditing and accounting, taxes and business law, and financial systems.

Later in his career he lead the investor relations department of a stock exchange listed high-tech manufacturer of electronic components for mobile communication devices, where he gained valuable experience in communications and strategy, marketing and sales, top-level management, international industrial manufacturing processes, and the global investment community. In recent years Manfred has been working as a business consultant with a focus on Internet/IT, strategy, B2C marketing, business modeling and analysis, leadership and organization, and has extended the scope of his work to SMEs focusing on technology and innovation and to the startup economy.

Manfred brings in 25 years of business experience and holds a masters degree in business administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and a degree in electrical engineering from a Salzburg College of Engineering.

Meet i2i at the MWC 2016

As every year, i2i will again attend the world’s biggest event around mobile technologies. As always Barcelona will be teeming with industry experts from all over the world and provide an ideal place for networking.

This year, i2i will be suporting its client Simartis at the MWC. So, if you are a mobile operator (or MVNO) and you are interested in increasing the conversion rates of mobile campaings, contact us and we will tell you more.

Likewise, if you are looking for global business development resources, let us know, and we will be happy to discuss with you, how i2i can help you to expand.

 

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Per Wien joins i2i Team!

Headshot Per W_small Per Wien has been with Telenor for more than 40 years. He has a broad experience from different positions in Telenor/Norway and the international carrier business, as responsible for Strategy, Regulatory Issues, Product Management, Pricing, Finance, International Accounting and Customer Relation. During that period the company changed from being a public enterprise (national incumbent operator) to a successful international group operating in 13 countries in Europe and Asia.

Per has a wide international experience from assignments for ITU/UNDP in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jordan, South Africa – for other consultancy companies in Uganda, Ghana and Singapore. For one year he was engaged as Senior Advisor at a mobile operator in Malaysia.

During many years Per was responsible for Telenor’s activities related to ITU-T SG3. He was also Telenor’s representative at different CEPT Study Groups related to international telecom services, costs and prices.  He led collaboration groups between telecom operators in the Nordic region.

Per holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences (Political Science, Sociology and Public Law) from the University of Oslo – as well as an Engineer Degree from the Norwegian Telecommunication Academy.

Per is based in Oslo, Norway.

Welcome to the global i2i team!