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17: Live or Let Die? The Evolution of the Economy – Darwinism Mixes Up the Markets

Breakout / Working Group
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Models considered the sine qua non of economic thought and action turn out to be obsolete. New business models are shaking up the markets. Innovation creates growth and growth ensures businesses their survival. But how do businesses become innovative? Can innovation only grow organically?


Partner, Business Development and Marketing, Speedinvest GmbH, Vienna
Member of the Executive Board, TTTech Computertechnik AG, Vienna
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pioneers, Vienna
President, Turner International, Atlanta, GA
Partner and Head of Consulting, PwC, Vienna Chair


Partner, Business Development and Marketing, Speedinvest GmbH, Vienna

 University Degree, Business Administration, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)
 MBA Programme, UCI - University of California, Irvine
since 1996 several Marketing and Strategy Positions, Mobilkom Austria Group
  Self-Employed, Consultant, Telecoms / CEE Region
  Director Group Marketing, Telekom Austria Group
  Director Corporate Sustainability, OMV
1999-2004 Chief Executive Officer, VIPnet, Croatia
since 2014 Partner, Speedinvest

Mag. Georg KOPETZ

Member of the Executive Board, TTTech Computertechnik AG, Vienna

1991 Prüfungen in den Undergraduate Kursen für Mikro- und Makroökonomie, Harvard University Summer School
1992-1993 Harvard University World Model United Nations, Miedzyzdroje und Prag
1992-1996 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften, Abschluss: Magister iuris, Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Wien
1994 Institut für Staats- und Verwaltungsrecht, Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Wien
1995-1996 Europarecht und Völkerrecht (ERASMUS Stipendium), Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), Paris
1996 European Law Moot Court Competition, Kopenhagen
1996-1997 Grundwehrdienst, Wien
seit 1997 Gründungsgesellschafter und Vorstand (seit 1999), TTTech Computertechnik AG, Wien

Mag. Andreas TSCHAS

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pioneers, Vienna

2007-2009 Co-Founder, icons, Vienna
2009-2010 Assistant to a Member of Parliament, Austrian Parliament, Vienna
2009-2013 Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, STARTeurope, Vienna
since 2013 Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, PIONEERS, Vienna

Gerhard ZEILER

President, Turner International, Atlanta, GA

1973-1976 Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Educational Sciences, University of Vienna
1976-1979 Scientific Research Assistant, Austrian Institute for Occupational Research
1979-1983 Spokesman for Minister of Education and Arts Dr Fred Sinowatz, Austrian Ministry of Education and Arts
1983-1986 Spokesman for Chancellor Dr Fred Sinowatz, Austrian Government
1986 Spokesman for Chancellor Dr Franz Vranitzky, Austrian Government
1986-1990 Secretary General, ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)
1991-1992 Chief Executive Officer, Tele 5
1992-1994 Chief Executive Officer, RTL 2
1994-1998 Chief Executive Officer, ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)
1998-2005 Chief Executive Officer, RTL Television
2003-2012 Chief Executive Officer, RTL Group
2005-2012 Member of Executive Board, Bertelsmann
since 2012 President, Turner International
2014-2015 Non-Executive Chairman, GAGFAH S.A.
since 2014 Board of Directors, Central European Media Enterprises
2015-2016 Supervisory Board, Vonovia SE

Economic Symposium

show timetable


10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good CauseSocial
14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Changing World - Changing WaysPlenary
16:10 - 16:45Meet the Speaker: Cesar HidalgoPlenary
16:10 - 16:45Meet the Speaker: Robin ChasePlenary
16:30 - 18:00Market Economy - Reinvent or Reboot?Plenary
18:30 - 20:00Fireside Talk "Future of Europe - Future of the European Economy"Partner
18:30 - 20:00ecoplus Lower Austria EveningSocial
20:00 - 21:30Migration - Opportunity and ChallengePlenary
21:30 - 22:30Illuminating AlpbachSocial


08:00 - 09:0016th management club Business BreakfastPartner
08:00 - 09:00Country Breakfast Georgia - Ways Out of CorruptionPlenary
08:00 - 09:00Country Breakfast Israel - the Country of Start-UpsPlenary
08:00 - 09:00Country Breakfast South Korea - Education Is the KeyPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Digital Employees - Have No Fear, Technology Is HerePlenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: Online Platforms - New Working Conditions in the Digital AgeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: The Role of a Modern State for the Economy and SocietyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: The European Data Economy Needs a New Enlightenment!Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: Crowdsourcing - If You Have a Problem, Ask Everyone!?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Regional Hidden Champions: Ready for the Future?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: New Values, New Ambitions? How Traditional Leadership Is Challenged by MillennialsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Motivate and Regulate - Behavioural Economics as a New Approach in PoliticsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: The 4th Industrial Revolution - Reurbanisation of ProductionBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: FinTechs, Crowdfunding and Online Consultancy - a Change for the Whole Financial Industry?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: Digital Transformation Through Business Model InnovationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 11: The Power and Myth of CreativityBreakout
13:30 - 15:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:45 - 14:45World.Economy.Austria. Successful Ideas for Our CountryPartner
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 12: International Trade - Past, Present, FutureBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 13: Where Fear Reigns, Reason FadesBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 14: Big Data - a Vision of the Future, or: the End of Coincidence?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 15: Leadership & Responsibility - How Responsible Leaders Do Good and Irresponsible Leaders Create HavocBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 16: Stay Innovative - the Example of Light Weight DesignBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 17: Live or Let Die? The Evolution of the Economy - Darwinism Mixes Up the MarketsBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 18: The Energy Transition - a Test for Our Economic SystemBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 19: Quo Vadis Digital Europe/Austria?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 20: Hands on Jam Session - Business as Unusual: Open Innovation and Service Design ThinkingBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 21: Opinion Making Between Transparency and Headline FeverBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 22: Transparency - Cui Bono?Breakout
18:30 - 20:00Switch - Changing Culture, Changing Business?Plenary
19:00 - 20:30Myths and Facts. How Is it with the Austrian Economic and Social System?Partner
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPlenary
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" BreakfastPartner
09:00 - 10:30Digital Entrepreneurship in EuropePlenary
09:00 - 10:30Fully Connected - Fully Enlightened or Fully Enslaved? - Peter Drucker Morning SessionPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Different Countries, Different Solutions - Economic Cultures in ComparisonPlenary
12:40 - 13:15Meet the Speaker: Lung YingtaiPlenary
12:40 - 13:15Meet the Speaker: Philipp BlomPlenary
16:30 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner