In our May issue, we teamed up with AustrianStartups to ask twelve Austrian founders to pick their local hero from the startup ecosystem.

Today we feature Diagnosia co-founder Lukas Zinnagl and his hero, Markus Wagner of i5invest.


Lukas Zinnagl / Diagnosia


Lukas_Zinnagel_Nuno-Filipe-OliveiraRole: Co-Founder & CEO
What they do: Diagnosia offers health professionals access to specialist ­information and medical databases. It acts as an international search engine for pharmaceuticals.
Interesting fact: Almost as a side-­effect, Diagnosia is now operating the largest drug search engine in the world, with around four million monthly users.
News: In March 2016 Diagnosia bought the Innsbruck-based medicinal data distributor MedEval


“Besides being an accomplished tech entrepreneur, Markus Wagner is a great business matchmaker, who lives by his global mindset. With the experience Markus gained from the companies he co-founded, including 3United and 123People, he supports countless founders through the incubator i5invest, which he helped build when there was only a handful of startup veterans in Austria.

“Especially when it comes to ‘the next stages’ of developing a business, like the process of expanding overseas, Markus can be a key player.

“For businesses coming from a small country like Austria, that is an important step to large-scale success.”

Markus Wagner / i5invest

MarkusWagnerRole: Founder & Chairman of the advisory board
What they do: The members of i5invest mentor and support European tech companies with corporate development, internationalization, mergers & acquisitions, and fundraising. They have an extensive network of international business angels and VCs. The fund also offers seed financing.
Interesting fact: “i5” stands for the core capabilities and the philosophy of the company: innovate, inspire, incubate, invest and internationalize.
News: Wagner was instrumental in i5invest’s expansion to Silicon Valley in early 2015.



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Margaret Childs is the CEO and Publisher of Metropole. Originally from New York, Vienna has been her home town since high school. She is a board member of AustrianStartups and actively supports entrepreneurs in their internationalization efforts. She is known for loving Vienna passionately, talking too fast and inhaling coffee like there's no tomorrow. She tweets @mtmchildsPhoto: Michèle Pauty