After 300 days of hard work and around three million euros invested, the time has finally come to celebrate the Grand Opening of Talent Garden Vienna, our largest foreign campus to date and our first German-speaking location.
Today prominent figures from politics and business, such as Federal Minister Margarete Schramböck, Raiffeisenbank International CEO Johann Strobl and Wiener Städtische CEO Roland Gröll, participated in the celebrations for the official opening of our 5000mqs campus that spans across six floors.
“Talent Garden stands for establishing and massively promoting leading tech ecosystems in Europe. With today’s opening of the Talent Garden Campus in Vienna, as the first German-speaking location and central hub for Eastern Europe and the Balkans, we continue to support this goal. The Vienna campus is one of the biggest campuses in our network, in a country that is key for our growth. Our goal is to take Vienna to the next level thanks to our expertise and experience in innovation and digitisation. With this Campus, we want to make Vienna even more attractive for technology talents from all over Europe and help local companies and talents to grow in Europe thanks to our network. That is certainly not all happening today, but we will make a difference here, as we have done in other locations before,” says Davide Dattoli, CEO of Talent Garden.
With startup300 we are actively supported by a strong local Austrian ecosystem partner. An important part of the process that has already proven itself internationally many times. Bernhard Lehner, CEO of startup300, sees this model as a win-win situation for all sides saying “We are very strongly positioned throughout Austria, know the players and conditions and thus contribute local know-how and network. Talent Garden brings enormous international experience to the table and together we want to promote an even stronger and above all successful tech scene in Austria and in this specific case first and foremost in Vienna”.
Talent Garden has hosted hundreds of startups and thousands of freelancers across Europe in recent years. But also established companies, like BMW, Google and Cisco, who all collaborate with the innovation scene via Talent Garden. In Austria, it is no different we have partner companies such as Raiffeisenbank International, Wiener Städtische Versicherung or Ernst & Young (EY). The decisive advantage of such a campus is the permanent exchange between the people working there, in conjunction with the Talent Garden Innovation School, our unique in-house academy that focuses on digital skills, our events and an internal networking platform.
For Heinz Grottenegg, Country Manager of Talent Garden in Austria, today’s opening was the culmination of 300 very intensive days: “It was certainly the most intensive time of my life, from theoretical planning to practical implementation, community involvement, operations or partner acquisition. We can all be very proud of what has been put together here and look forward even more to what is to come. Today, all six floors and the Café will go into full operation. Our community is also growing thanks to important players such as startup300, Pioneers, Conda, StartupLive and many corporate partners as well as startups and freelancer. The partner network is growing daily and before it even gets off the ground, we have already fixed over 50 events in the house in the coming months. As a team, we are delighted that after the soft launch it’s really getting going and that life is really coming into our campus!”
Federal Minister Margarete Schramböck inaugurated the Talent Garden Innovation School saying “The Innovation School trains our specialists of tomorrow with digital skills. The opening of the coworking network Talent Garden is essential for the innovation and start-up location in Austria. It offers much more than just sharing office space. It offers space for creative, networked thinking.” She noted that the opening of the Innovation School is a very welcome step continuing “Initiatives such as Talent Garden and its Innovation School are a very important building block for promoting and driving digitisation and innovation.”
Stefan Bauer, Director of the Innovation School’s Innovation School, shared: “Among many other topics ranging from programming, online marketing, growth hacking to user experience, data analytics, it is our core task to convey digital transformation. We also want to work intensively with local educational institutions.” Currently, around 500 students are trained each year in the entire Talent Garden network via this boot camp platform Innovation School. In addition, there is the training and further education of around 2,500 specialists from leading national and international companies. With Vienna and other new locations, a rapid doubling of these figures is planned.