About The Speaker
"Martin is the Managing Director of Science Park Graz (SPG) and General Manager of ESA Space Solutions Austria. He is driven by a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. Together with his team at SPG 30 high-tech start-ups are developed per year and offered extensive support in business operations, financing, and networking. Furthermore, Science Park Graz was given the honour to manage the European Space Agency’s Space Solutions Centre in Austria. This centre is home to one of the most elite start-up programmes of the European Union – the ESA Business Incubation Centre in Austria (ESA BIC Austria). Prior to his current dedication, Martin’s professional positions led to the staff of Austria’s Federal President, Dr. Heinz Fischer, the management of a tourism company and the rectorate of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna as well as University of Technology. From 2010-2016 he furthermore served as assistant to the Rector of Graz University of Technology. Since 2015 he is member of the “Council for a 21st Century” dealing with the future of technology related employment."