-6 internationale Keynote SpeakerInnen 
-4 Fach-Panels mit weiblichen CEOs
-Speed coaching for top functions
-Pitches by master students
-Empfang der Landeshauptstadt Klagenfurt
-20 Jahre BFC
und vieles mehr!


inspired by future assets.


Lakeside Science & Technology Park
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
5. bis 7. November 2020

The future conference of women for business and society

It’s an innovative knowledge event for the promotion and further training of active future designers from D-A-CH & Alpe-Adria.

The unique international keynote speaker mix,
the exciting panel discussions and the exclusive Deep Dive Sessions are an investment in the future, for yourself and your company.

The high-level networking offers an exclusive exchange with CEOS, high potentials, potential future employees and customers.

For everyone who wants to implement their visions and enjoy doing it.

What will tomorrow's world look like?
Which assets will be important?
How do we prepare for it?

Get the necessary motivation kick and be there!


Inspired by future assets.

If you want to be successful today, you have to be aware of tomorrow's trends. The BFC Summit 2020 is an inspiring training event that focuses on future and innovation topics under the motto "inspired by future assets".

The participants expect lectures and workshops on the following PANELS:


Growth-oriented companies consciously rely on gender diversity because they see an economic competitive advantage here. The initiators will report on the benefit of the female view of the big picture and motivate you to make a meaningful contribution to the future together. The message is: not accepting a lot, constantly questioning "old thinking" and entering into sustainable alliances with like-minded people!

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Keynote Speaker

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Mag.a Daniela Stein founded the Business Women Center in November 2000 as part of a business plan competition and has been the managing director and chairwoman of the board since then. In addition to the qualitative development of the BFC network, she realizes future-oriented further education projects. Daniela Stein is an expert in mentoring, personnel development, project development and publisher of the following works:

BFC Cross Mentoring Carinthia Guide - prospects, insights, overviews

1. BFC Aufsichtsrätinnen Guide

MUTiger Buch

Prizes & awards:

2001 winner of the Biz Plan 2001 for the Business Frauen Center

2005 Women Award - New professional paths


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Sie ist die Gründerin und Leiterin des futurefoodstudios und eine der führenden Foodtrend-ForscherInnen Europas. Sie ist dafür bekannt, den Wandel unserer Esskultur umfassend wahrzunehmen, aber auch unscheinbare Veränderungen zu registrieren und richtig einzuordnen. Dabei hat sie nicht nur den deutschsprachigen und europäischen Raum im Blick, sondern auch weltweite Entwicklungen.

Als ausgebildete Ernährungswissenschafterin und Gesundheitspsychologin bewegt sie sich professionell zwischen den Disziplinen und versteht es, verschiedene Erkenntnisse zusammenzuführen und auf überraschende Weise fruchtbar zu machen.

Seit 25 Jahren inspiriert sie damit AkteurInnen aus der gesamten Food & Beverages-Branche und darüber hinaus. In ihren Studien zur Zukunft der Ernährung sowie ihrem jährlich erscheinenden Foodreport spürt sie dem Wandel der Konsumkultur nach und versteht nachhaltige Foodtrends von kurzfristigen Moden und Medien-Hypes zu unterscheiden.

Der Foodreport


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Lisz Hirn studied humanities and singing in Graz, Paris, Vienna and Kathmandu.
She works as a philosopher, publicist and lecturer in youth and adult education as well as a freelance artist in international art projects and exhibitions. In addition, she completed the diploma course for "practice-oriented project management" in 2017.

She works, among others at the university course »Philosophical Practice« at the University of Vienna under the direction of Konrad Paul Liessmann, is chairwoman of the association for practice-oriented philosophy and on the board of the society for applied philosophy (gap). Articles in various Austrian media, including "Die Presse", "Wiener Zeitung" and "Der Standard".


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Nicole Brandes Leben hat sich verändert, als sie beim Swissair Flugzeugunglück in Halifax die Hilfe vor Ort leitete. Ihr wurde klar: Wenn wir uns nicht aufs Menschsein fokussieren, ist alles andere für die Katz. Diese Haltung hat die ehemalige Top Managerin über 15 Jahre in die Etagen der Mächtigen und Einflussreichen bis hin zu Königin Silvia von Schweden gebracht.

Ihre Arbeit hat ihr den Namen Chief Emotion Officer eingebracht. Heute ist sie internationaler Management Coach, Bestseller Autorin, Partnerin des Zukunftsinstituts und gilt als wichtige Vordenkerin Europas. Immer neugierig, hat sie neben strategischem Management und Existenzialphilosophie während acht Jahren die taostischen Erfolgsprinzipien bei chinesischen Meistern studiert. Der Mensch und seine Potentialerfüllung, ist in ihrer Arbeit ihr Fokus, weil gerade im Zeitalter der Technologie mehr denn je die menschlichen Fähigkeiten gefragt sind. Und die lernen wir nicht im MBA.


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Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is internationally recognized for psychological profiling, talent management, leadership development and personnel analysis. He is Chief Talent Scientist at Manpower Group, co-founder of Deeper Signals and Metaprofiling, and Professor of Business Psychology at University College London and Columbia University.

Prior to that, he held academic positions at New York University and the London School of Economics and lectured at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, London Business School, Johns Hopkins, IMD and INSEAD and as CEO at Hogan Assessment Systems , Dr. Tomas has published 9 books and more than 130 scientific papers (index 58), making him one of the most productive social scientists of his generation.

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic: LinkedIn

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SAP futurist Martin Wezowski loves and lives for innovation and technology - and has done so since the beginning of his career. He has gone through a wide range of design disciplines - from visualization to interaction and service to system design to be a leading company in design as a strategic company. His vision is to design, build and inspire a future worth living.

As chief designer and futurist for technology and innovation strategy of the SAP Innovation Center Network and the Chief Innovation Office, he designs future prospects, strategies and products, defines and executes innovation frameworks to find out what's next for SAP!

Martin Wezowski is one of the 100 brightest minds in Germany and was described by the German business and financial newspaper Handelsblatt as a "software visionary".

LinkedIn: Martin Wezowski

As Chief Innovation Officer of Red Bull Media House, Andreas Gall is responsible for managing the innovation process of the global multi-media company.

Andreas has more than three decades of experience in the media industry, including in technological leadership positions at the radio station Antenne Bayern, 104.6 RTL (Berlin) and ORF. Before his current position, he was Chief Technology Officer at Red Bull Media House for over ten years, where he was responsible for the strategy and implementation of the technological infrastructure including design, platform selection and media post-production.

Andreas passion is to generate new ideas and to track down the innovative ideas of others and give them wings. Andreas is a trained audio, radio and television engineer.

Panel Speaker

Quelle: Microsoft Österreich

Dorothee Ritz has been General Manager of Microsoft Austria since July 2015 and would like to actively shape the digital transformation in Austria in this role. Ritz has held various management positions at Microsoft since 2004. Most recently, she led Microsoft International Business Strategy for the President of Microsoft International, who is responsible for international business outside of the United States. Before that, she worked in the management of Microsoft Germany for eight years as General Manager for Consumer & Online and Advertising & Online.

Her greatest successes at Microsoft include implementing a strategy for the "mobile first, cloud first" world and driving solutions for the challenges of digital transformation.

Dorothee Ritz is married, mother of two children and, in addition to her professional activities, is a member of the board of the non-profit children's aid organization Plan International Germany. Born in Germany, she has a Masters in European Community Law from the University of London and a doctorate in law with a focus on online law.

Dorothee Ritz: Microsoft Österreich

Quelle: Marlena König-Magenta Telekom

Mag.a Maria Zesch is CCO Business & Digitalization and is responsible for the business customer segment as well as the digitization agendas of Magenta. Maria Zesch has been with the Deutsche Telekom Group since 2003 and has held various management positions at T-Mobile Austria and its sister company T-Mobile Hrvatski since 2008.

The graduate of WU Vienna is a proven marketing, sales and service manager and brings over 20 years of experience in top management positions. a. at the internationally active strategy consultancy A.T. Kearney and the ORF. Zesch is also a member of the supervisory board in the energy and telecommunications sectors.

Maria Zesch: Magenta

Quelle: UNIQA-Group

Sabine Usaty was until recently a board member at UNIQA Austria Insurance and was responsible for the Customer & Market area. Previously, she was responsible for customer and sales management, marketing and responsibility for all sales channels.

From 2009 to 2012 she took over the management of UNIQA Leasing GmbH in Vienna, before she took over the divisional management in the alternative operation of UNIQA insurance.

Sabine Usaty studied Applied Business Administration at WU Vienna and still lives in Vienna.

Sabine Usaty: UNIQA Group

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Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Sabine Herlitschka ist Vorstandsvorsitzende der Infineon Technologies Austria.
Her professional experience includes industrial biotech research, international research and technology cooperation and funding, internships at renowned U.S. Science institutions, Fulbright scientist at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, and founding vice-rector at the Medical University of Graz.
Until 2011 she headed the European and international programs of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and was thus responsible for the operational implementation of the European research and technology programs in Austria, in particular the 7th EU Research Framework Program.
In 2011 Herlitschka was appointed to the board of Infineon Technologies Austria, became board member for technology and innovation in 2012 and was appointed chairman in April 2014.

For more than 20 years Herlitschka has been involved in the design and implementation of the European research and innovation programs as an evaluator, project manager and member as well as chair of trend-setting national and European expert groups, in particular a member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, university councilor at the Technical University Vienna, member of the Senate of the German Fraunhofer Society, as well as other research and innovation institutions. Since February 2018, she has been Chair of the Board of Directors of ECSEL Joint Undertaking, the European microelectronics association of industry, member countries and the European Commission.
Herlitschka holds a PhD in Food & Biotechnology, Postdoc in Industrial Research and a Master of Business Administration.

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Mag.a Martina Kornthaler is the head of Smart Waste Services at Austria's leading private waste disposal company from Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG and managing director of the public-private partnership of Schilcherland Saubermacher Entsorgungs GmbH.

The professional focus of Martina Kornthaler is to develop customer solutions according to agile principles in the traditionally shaped environment of waste management and to rethink procedures and processes. Business development is carried out at the interface between research and sales. It is important to weigh the right dosage between operationally advanced excellence and the fastest possible speed to place products on the market.

The many years of operational knowledge make it possible to use innovations to the extent that they can be integrated as a further development of the core business. We want to set new milestones and offer customers future-oriented solutions.

Quelle: LinkedIn

In 2018 Bernadette Frech founded the psychological online consultation platform "Instahelp". In addition to the Austrian market, the platform has already conquered Germany, Great Britain, France and Switzerland. Around 40,000 customers get advice from the qualified psychologists at Instahelp. Companies such as "trivago", "Renault" or "Lidl" also offer it as occupational health care.

Bernadette Frech hat sich schon während ihrer Doktorarbeit an der Aston Business School in England mit dem Thema „Emotionsmanagement“ befasst und sich genau angesehen, wie sich die Gefühle der Kunden auf ihr Verhalten auswirken. Als sie mit ihrem Studium fertig war, machte sie sich als Unternehmensberaterin selbstständig und unterstützte Firmen wie „Bayer“, „Austrian Airlines“ und „Binder“ bei ihrer Internationalisierung.

Together with her team, she wants to make Instahelp the leading platform for mental health in Europe. Work is currently being carried out intensively on this, for example using artificial intelligence for the relevant purposes.

Bernadette Frech: Instahelp

Prim.Dr.in Karin Stengg D.O. is FÄ f. Trauma surgery and doctor of medical osteopathy. For 20 years she has been working as a spine surgeon with her specialty in back pain and has increasingly specialized in the conservative treatment of the spine.
In recent years, she has increasingly dealt with the topic of aging and developed her own concept, which she calls Healthy Aging. This is about healthy aging, determining the biological age of the body, developing individualized treatment strategies and genetic medicine.

As President of the International Society for Healthy Aging Medicine, it is her concern to train many doctors to shape awareness of a new type of health care, to develop new concepts and to make genetic tests understandable.
After numerous managerial functions as medical director and Primaria of orthopedic rehabilitation clinics, as well as the la pura women´s health resort, international consulting activities and lectures, she is now transforming her surgery in Vienna into a healthy aging center so that patients can be comprehended, treated and advised more holistically can be.

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Dr.in Christina Hirschl ist Physikerin und Managerin im Bereich Außeruniversitärer Forschung. Sie absolvierte die Dissertation an der Universität Wien, am Institut für Experimentalphysik im Bereich Computational Physics. Nach ihrer Dissertation im Jahr 2005 hat sie in der Industrie begonnen bei Austrian Aerospace (heute RUAG Space) und ab 2010 bei CTR Carinthian Tech Research AG (seit Juli 2019 Silicon Austria Labs GmbH), wo sie ab 2014 als Area Managerin im Bereich Smart Systems tätig war.

Since July 2019, she has headed the Sensor Systems research area in Villach. Silicon Austria Labs GmbH brings the latest R&D knowledge of micro and nano sensors into industrial products and processes. Her credo is to guarantee her partners the best possible access to know-how, high-tech infrastructure and an international network. The holistic R&D approach at SAL - from the component to the intelligent system - enables innovations for all industries.

Christina Hirschl: BFC

Quelle: LinkedIn

Esther Ausserhofer has been a member of the Board of Directors of Dr. Schär. She has been with the company since 2010, previously as Executive Director in Organization & HR, International Organization Development Manager and Personal Assistant to the CFO.

Esther Ausserhofer studied at Aston University, Università Bocconi and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Esther Ausserhofer: LinkedIn

Univ. Doz.in Dr.in Barbara Zink ist Fachärztin für Chirurgie sowie Fachärztin für Plastische, Ästhetische und Rekonstruktive Chirurgie.

Its guiding principles are transparency, honesty and aesthetics.

Regular participation and participation in national and international congresses, symposia and workshops are an integral part of their work. It can guarantee you treatment methods that correspond to the latest scientific findings.

In 1995, Barbara Zink completed her studies in medicine at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz with a doctorate in medicine.

After numerous professional milestones, she has been President of the Austrian Society for Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2019.


Quelle: aws

The studied food and biotechnologist Marlis building law is responsible for property rights, seed financing and creative industries at Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS) and is therefore always interested in new trends and innovations in business. The entire area accompanies in the form of advice and finances highly innovative start-ups from cradle to scale.

Before joining AWS, construction law worked as an innovation expert for the Industrial Association (IV) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). Before that, teaching at the Biocenter Vienna and participating in research projects in the field of biotechnology and genetics.

"I started to end the unbearable mediocrity", that's Eckart Reinke's ambition, because "every society lives from its extraordinary spirits - from the brilliance of outstanding personalities."

At Eckart Reinke is the meeting point for the people who move the world. It is therefore easy for him and it is important to him to bring the right people with the right skills to the right positions.

"Integrity is more important than image, substance is more important than style, character is more important than charisma", that is the basis of all of his mediations.

Leadership and leadership run like a thread through Eckart Reinke's life, whether in the family office, in the investment business, as a manager at the headquarters of Deutsche Telekom AG or now in executive search.

More: LinkedIn

Quelle: Wienerberger AG

Solveig Menard-Galli is the head of the central performance and transformation team and is responsible for the change agenda for the Wienerberger Group. She is responsible for managing all efficiency-enhancing measures and ongoing initiatives in the area of operational excellence, as well as for supporting all group companies in implementing the digitization agenda and transforming processes, procedures and working methods.

Menard-Galli previously held numerous management positions in finance & controlling in international companies. She has strong communication skills thanks to extensive international experience in a wide variety of cultural settings.

Quelle: KMPG

Steuerexpertin Karin Kern hat mehr als zwanzig Jahre Erfahrung im Bereich der steuerlichen und betriebswirtschaftlichen Beratung sowie der Prüfung von Unternehmen aller Branchen. Seit 2017 ist sie beim Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Beratungsunternehmen KPMG in der Geschäftsführung tätig und leitet gemeinsam mit Oliver Preiss den Standort Klagenfurt.

Zu den Schwerpunkten ihrer Tätigkeit zählen die Beratung zur Rechtsformwahl und Unternehmensgründungen ebenso wie die Steueroptimierung und -planung für KMU, (familiengeführte) Industriebetriebe und Unternehmensgruppen. Ebenso gilt sie als Spezialistin im Bereich der Forschungsprämie und bei der länderübergreifenden Steuerplanung mit einem besonderen Fokus auf Italien.

Karin Kern ist Vizepräsidentin der Kammer der Steuerberater und Wirtschaftsprüfer Landesstelle Kärnten. Darüber hinaus ist sie national und international als Fachvortragende tätig.

Deep Dive Experts

You'll find the Deep Dives here

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Melanie Schranz works as a senior researcher at Lakeside Labs GmbH. She works on swarm intelligence for cyber-physical systems for various applications (Industry 4.0, Search and Rescue, Autonomous Driving) in research projects at national and EU level. Melanie Schranz holds a master's and doctoral degree in information and communication technology from the University of Klagenfurt. She gained experience in industry as an innovation manager and worked for more than four years in research and teaching at the University of Klagenfurt. In addition to scientific work, she supports technology-oriented start-ups.

Melanie Schranz: Lakeside Labs


Dr.in Alix Frank-Thomasser is a senior partner of Alix Frank Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna. 30 years of practice as a lawyer have given her and the team at the law firm exciting insights into a wide range of corporate strategies from both a legal and a commercial perspective. As a lawyer, Alix Frank Thomasser sees herself as a trustworthy, factual and always goal-oriented companion for her clients in both good and bad times. Her main areas of expertise are corporate law, national and international contract law and the classic questions of corporate and tax law. She likes to negotiate at the "round table" as well as before courts and authorities.

As the holder of the gold medal for services to the Republic of Austria, she has often demonstrated that she is very successfully committed to the interests of others. As the chairwoman of the Vienna Association of Women in Law - Women in Law she has been working intensively since March 2018 to ensure that women in all legal professions in Europe are strengthened in their careers and networked with one another.

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Dr. Ursula Liebhart is a professor for personnel and organization at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in the field of economics and management. She is currently the head of the Bachelor's degree in Business Management and the course "Digital HR Impulse Series" for HR professionals in Carinthia's industrial companies. Her teaching and research interests lie in the area of human resource management with a long-standing focus on personnel development and especially mentoring as a learning and development relationship.

The current research focus is on future concepts of the world of work with the areas of digitization, diversity, dynamization and democratization as well as the very specific effects of these on the design of HR work. After studying applied business administration at the Alpen-Adria University in Klagenfurt, she did her doctorate on the subject of strategic cooperation networks and is the author of numerous publications.


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Living quality and giving quality: That is what Monika Edlinger, MBA, expects from her (working) life. Without being innovative, it doesn't work. Because you always need new ideas if you want to be successful in the future. Personal, professional, or just as an entrepreneur. That is why Monika Edlinger decided to give up a great job - and to found the INNOVATIONSMANUFAKTUR. In order to work even more intensively with people - and to be able to participate more directly in their development. It helps companies to be really innovative. With structure, method and every heartbeat.

Monika Edlinger has accompanied companies and international corporations in innovation and change processes for over 20 years. As a consultant, project manager and in innovation management. She always focuses on the topic of people and innovation.


Her work received the Efma and Accenture Distribution & Marketing Innovation Award.

Monika Edlinger: Innovationsmanufaktur

Since 1996 systemic consultant, regional management, lecturer and author on diversity management in connection with innovation and resilience, Facultas Verlag.

2-year support for companies implementing gender career management financed by the European Social Fund and the Federal Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection.

Quelle: LinkedIn

Gregor Tobeitz works as a senior manager at Heitger Consulting by KPMG. KPMG's international expertise and clout on all important corporate development issues are combined with the agile and lively spirit of Heitger Consulting and its focus on "Essential Change & Leadership".

Gregor Tobeitz is an expert in complex transformations and an executive coach. He has been advising and accompanying companies in international processes in change processes for many years. His focus is on the design and support of agile and digital transformations as well as the topics of innovation and leadership.


MMag. Dr. Simone Kainz, born in 1982 in Wolfsberg, Austria.
Management consultant, trainer, coach. Studied applied business administration and economics & law. Several years of experience in business. Leader. Has worked as a university lecturer and management consultant since 2009. With Trigon Development Consulting since 2019.

Consulting focus: strategy development, leadership development, coaching



Tel: +43 (676) 89 80 72 98

Quelle: FH Kärnten

Angelika Mitterbacher is a professor at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences and head of the occupational therapy course as well as the deputy head of the department. As a certified training center of the World Association WFOT, the course can draw on an international network of experts who support students with a wealth of experience from professional practice. The interdisciplinary exchange with the health and social professions is very important in the course.

As an occupational therapist, Angelika Mitterbacher teaches the focus of the bachelor's degree from her own experience: occupational therapy is the interface between health, technology and social issues. It is therefore important to pass on measures and methods to enable people of all ages and development levels to be as independent as possible in their lives and, above all, to maintain health and quality of life.

Angelika Mitterbacher FH Kärnten

Quelle: AAU

Rita Faullant is managing director and scientific director of the M / O / T® Management School as well as:

- Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark, Center for Integrated Innovation Management.

- Associate professor at the Institute for Innovation Management and Business Creation at the Alpen-Adria University in Klagenfurt

- Board member of the Platform for Innovation (PFI) www.pfi.or.at and academic development partner of innovate! New, the leading innovation benchmarking in Europe.

Research and work focus:
Innovation management, digitization and technology management, business model innovation, open innovation & crowdsourcing.

Quelle: M/O/T School of Management – Rita Faulland

Als Eventmoderatorin freut sich Sigrid Seebacher das Publikum authentisch, humorvoll sowie charmant zu begleiten. Professionell vorbereitet und dennoch stetig in spontaner Interaktion mit Vortragenden und Publikum ist Sigrid Seebacher ein Garant für gelungene Events.

Die erfolgreiche Geschäftsfrau Mag.a Susanne Hoffmann ist Gründerin von „Styling for Success“, „Styling for Business“ (Spezialisierung auf Public&Politics, Personenmarkenentwicklung) und des Netzwerkes „Success Ladies“. Nebenbei arbeitet sie als ebenfalls als Visagistin und Stilberaterin.

Zuletzt startete sie die Rent&Share Dresses-Plattform „Luxuspuppe“, welche neben qualitativ hochwertigen Kleidungsstücken für besondere Anlässe auch Schmuck und Accessoires anbietet.


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Als Managing Director der Wirtschaftsmagazins „trend“, des Nachrichtenmagazins „News“ und des Auto- Lifestylemagazins „autorevue“ ist es ihm ein Anliegen, Wirtschaftsnetzwerke zu unterstützen. „Durch das Vernetzen von Wirtschaftstreibenden und einem regen Austausch miteinander kann man vieles lernen, gemeinsame Ideen entwickeln und so zu einer erfolgreichen Zukunft des Landes beitragen.“

His creed: The country needs visions, ideas, creativity and innovation in order to develop further. Positive thinking, a spirit of innovation and courage can do big


Who is attending the BFC Summit 2020?

Future designers from D-A-CH & Alpe-Adria:

  • Managers & high performers
  • StartUps & entrepreneurs
  • Openminded decision makers
  • visionaries
  • Marketing, HR & Business Development experts

You will receive a personal and professional broadening of horizons and the interdisciplinary exchange with representatives from different industries.
You will learn how to take your career to the next level.


Which speakers are you most interested in? Which deep dive sessions on day 3 do you want to attend? Don't miss a keynote!

Dich erwarten coole Side Events wie der Empfang der Landeshauptstadt Klagenfurt oder die exklusive BFC Party!

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