AWARD CEREMONY September 12th 2017
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A start-up initiative by IG Lebenszyklus Bau in cooperation with ten of Austria's leading companies in the building industry.

Award Ceremony


September 12th, 2017

Gösserhalle | Laxenburger Straße 2a  | 1100 Vienna

Start: 6pm

Save your seat for the grand finale of the Digital Building Solutions Initiative. Presented by start-up-expert Daniel Cronin, Entrepreneur & Start-Up-Expert, the finalists will be chosen by the jury and the audience. Join us and experience the latest ideas and innovations for the building industry.




6.00 pm   |  Welcome & Aperitif

6.50 pm   |  Guests are seated

7.00 pm   |  Final pitches / Award Ceremony

8.30 pm   |  Afterparty & exhibition stands

12.00 am |  Approximate end

Tickets & Registration


Regular single ticket: 175.00 €

Early bird single ticket (Registration closes on August 18th): 145.00 €

Members of IG Lebenszyklus Bau: 100.00 €



Combined Ticket 2017


Three events – one price! Registration closes on August 18th, 2017



Combined ticket:
475.00 Euro (instead of 615.00 Euro)


Combined ticket for  für public building developers, Start-Ups & Universities:
300.00 Euro (instead of 375.00 Euro)

What’s in for the finalists?


The finalists receive exclusive access to decision makers from the partner network and to their startup programs (e.g. Microsoft’s startup program) & access to the network of IG Lebenszyklus Bau, including Austria’s leading companies in the building industry, exposure during the awards ceremony (Vienna) & presentation during the Expo Real (Munich) & free working space for 100 days, individual coaching & active business development through weXelerate, Vienna’s brand-new Start-Up and Innovation Hub in Europe.

DBS at a glance



Closing date: June 7, 2017


 Decision about pre-pitch nominees: June 16, 2017


 Pre-pitch (Vienna): June 26, 2017


 Award ceremony (Vienna): September 12, 2017

Digitize today’s building industry



DBS is in search of digital and disruptive solutions for planning, building, operating and financing as well as the transaction of buildings.


The digital twin is the focal point: A digital image of the real building that is available at any time to all participants involved in the planning process, from the actual planning and building, to the operation of the building.

The added value becomes reality in all phases of the building. Some examples: Design processes become precisely and quickly coordinated with each other. In the construction phase, the construction site logistics become controllable, while even the accounting can be planned and be transparent. For financing, the evaluation of items is more precise. During operation, maintenance is better planned based on improved data.


The digital twin revolutionizes the construction and real estate sector with an entirely new structural, organizational and cultural orientation.

Digital Twin Infographic

The DBS initiative has set its sights on discovering and making usable digital potentials for the building industry. Sought after are completely new ideas as well as transformable solutions from other industries. New models and data are at the center: The „line of thinking“ thus far when handling data is a „functional thinking“ that spans the processes. Thus, this provides structured data that are perpetuated in designing and building for the operation, resulting in only the necessary data being provided.


DBS is in search of software and hardware solutions or services to connect design, build, operate and finance/transaction with the digital twin as the backdrop. Thus far, each reacts to one another separately.


Ideally, submitted solutions can be used cross-sectoral in designing, building, operating as well as financing and transaction.    

Corporate Partners


ATP architects engineers has offices in eight locations in DACH & CEE countries with more than 650 employees. 40 years of experience make ATP the branch leader in the „integrated design“ of lifecycle-oriented buildings (real estate, commerce, production/logistics/research). In the preliminary stage, ATP plans with consulting companies (food, health, residential, tourism) that provide structural support to the building core processes. ATP has been planning directly with BIM since 2014, which optimally supports a cooperative planning culture.

From the idea and conception to planning and construction right through to management, maintenance and economic utilization, we find efficient solutions of sustainable value. We are specialized in educational facilities such as schools and universities, special-purpose properties with great complexity as well as private and commercial real estate. In addition to this, we offer our property management and facility services across the whole of Austria.

BUWOG Group is the leading German-Austrian full-service provider in the residential property business and now looks back on 65 years of expertise. Its property portfolio encompasses more than 50,700 units and is located in Germany and Austria. In addition to Asset Management, the entire value chain of the residential sector is covered by Property Sales and Property Development. The shares of BUWOG AG have been listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt am Main, Vienna (ATX) and Warsaw since the end of April 2014.

ENGIE is represented worldwide in 70 countries and is a leader in renewable energies, energy efficiency and digital technologies. 153,090 employees generated sales of € 66.6 billion in 2016. ENGIE Austria offers plants, service and energy and is the right contact for the entire lifecycle of your building. ENGIE Gebäudetechnik GmbH, ENGIE Energie GmbH and ENGIE Kältetechnik GmbH engineer, build and operate the latest technical systems and buildings and supply them sustainably with energy. 1,000 employees at 23 locations provided services worth € 217 million in 2016.

ILF Consulting Engineers (ILF) consists of several international and independent engineering and consulting companies with more than 50 years of experience in various fields of competence. ILF provides comprehensive, full-scope services for major industrial and infrastructure projects. ILF operates main offices in Rum/Innsbruck (Austria) and Munich (Germany), and more than forty offices worldwide. A permanent staff of over 2000 is employed to develop convincing project solutions for demanding customers.

Kommunalkredit combines the strengths of a bank with the know-how of an infrastructure specialist. Thus, Kommunalkredit acts as a bridge between infrastructure developers, such as municipalities, public-sector enterprises or private project operators, on the one hand, and institutional investors, such as insurance companies or pension funds, on the other hand. Kommunalkredit’s main focus is on projects in the areas of social infrastructure, transport and energy and the environment.

Microsoft has become the worldwide leading software manufacturer for the platform and productivity providers. Microsoft’s products help people and companies from all sectors maximize their potential and achieve more in a mobile and cloud-first world. Microsoft represents safety and reliability, innovation and integrity as well as openness and flexibility; It is a driving force in digital transformation. With its comprehensive product and service portfolio, as well as a large partner network, Microsoft accompanies its customers along their individual paths to digital transformation.

We don’t want to be among the biggest construction companies in Europe, we want to be among the best.


We have a motto for the way we do business at PORR: intelligent construction connects people. Our goal is to bring together our high standards regarding quality, technology and efficiency with every person involved in a project – whether a builder or a user. After all, we build with and for people. Values such as trustworthiness, reliability, customer focus and teamwork are an important part of our identity, as is an approach based on partnerships.

The Real Estate Innovation Network (REIN) is the essential platform for technology startups, established companies and interested market participants to exchange their information and knowledge based on a digitalized real estate industry within Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

REIN is supported by an independent advisory board of industry and science. The goal is the identification of impulses for current trends and developments of the real estate industry, to promote them and to make them public. Expo Real is the key forum of REIN: startup companies use REIN as a 3-day event to present their innovations, products and new business ideas to their potential target group. The event is integrated in the agenda of Expo Real and offers the chance of making contacts to potential customers, business partners and investors.

The best startup companies will be awarded by a professional jury.

REIN – the startup ecosystem for the real estate industry.

Siemens Austria is among the leading technology companies of the country. About 10,200 employees work for Siemens in Austria. In 2016, Siemens generated revenue of approximately €3.3 billion. The business operations focus on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. These include systems and services for power generation, power transmission and power distribution as well as energy-efficient products, solutions for production, transport and building technologies and technologies for high- quality and integrated medical equipment.  


Automation technologies, software and data analytics play a key role in these areas. With its six production facilities across Austria, several competence centres all over the world and regional expertise distributed throughout the country, Siemens Austria contributes to a great extent to the domestic value creation. In the past financial year, Purchasing volume from outside suppliers of the Siemens AG amounted to approximately €1 billion considering the total of 10,500 suppliers, of which 6,700 business partners are from Austria. Siemens Austria does not only bear the business responsibility for the domestic market, but also for 18 other countries in the region of central and South-Eastern Europe as well as for Israel.

Wien Energie is responsible for ensuring the reliable supply of electricity, natural gas and heating to around two million people, 230,000 businesses and industrial facilities, as well as 4,500 farms in the Greater Vienna metropolitan area. Activities also performed by the company include waste recycling, providing energy-related advice and services, facility management, telecommunications. Wien Energie offers heating, cooling and decentralised products such as citizen investment models directly. Electricity and gas are sold via the subsidiary Wien Energie Vertrieb GmbH & Co KG. With a turnover of EUR 2,056,7 million (2016), Wien Energie can be counted among Austria’s top 50 companies in terms of turnover. In the 2016 financial, Wien Energie GmbH employed an average of 2,652 employees in the various different company divisions. Wien Energie Group is therefore one of the largest employers in the Austrian capital.



Founded in 2012, IG Lebenszyklus Bau is an association that includes approximately 60 companies and institutions from all facets of the building lifecycle. The goal is to support developers in the planning, construction, operation and financing of fully optimized buildings oriented to the lifecycle. To do this, the association developed guidelines, models and performance indicators based on lifecycle-oriented processes, a cooperative project culture as well as a results-oriented organization.



DealMatrix – the standard in venture scouting

By structuring complex data in a professional way DealMatrix enables with its SaaS Platform investors, corporate scouts and startup event organisers to analyse and judge on relevant criteria time efficient. All stakeholders thus benefit from this new experience of swift, data-driven and transparent venture decision making.

Core functionalities include dealflow management, efficient filtering, screening, scoring, reporting, benchmarking and data analytics supplemented with services such as scout and source.

Set as standard the new platform reduces hours of redundant data entry for applications, eliminates non-standardized excel-sheets as well as pitch decks that are not comparable. Thus increasing efficiency, accuracy, comparability and transparency. Benefits that aid not only analysts but at the same time the Startup community. DealMatrix also offers with the APP SCORE a powerful tool for any kind of pitch event with different capabilities such as jury or audience voting.


weXelerate weXelerate is a startup & innovation hub with a unique and thriving ecosystem of open innovation that aims to connect startups  and established corporates. Each year the weXelerate Accelerator supports the 100 most promising European startups with a focus  on energy and infrastructure, industry 4.0, media, insurance and banking, as well as cross-industries such as internet of things,  artificial intelligence, bots, mobility, blockchain and cyber security. To our corporate partners we offer a tailormade innovation program  that ensures individualized access to current innovation methods, processes and trending topics in the industry.