About us

We strongly believe that innovation is a question of forming the right alliances and reaching out to new partners

New Venture Scouting – St. Paul GmbH, founded in 2013 by Werner Wutscher, operates at the intersection of start-ups and established organizations. Our expertise lies in enhancing the market-readiness of start-ups and spin-offs. We bridge the gap between academic research and the business world and help you collaborate, accelerate, and scale.

Our team

Werner Wutscher, Founder and Managing Director

Werner has many years of experience in working with national and international spin-offs and startups in the innovation ecosystem. In addition to his work at New Venture Scouting, Werner serves as an advisory board member of Invest Austria. Furthermore, in his role as business angel, he supports the Federal Ministry of Labor and Economics in an advisory capacity as part of the Start-up Council in start-up matters. Prior to New Venture Scouting, Werner was Secretary General of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Environment, Forestry and Water Management and served as COO of REWE International AG. Due to his many years of experience in administration, business and the innovation ecosystem, Werner has a rich network benefiting our customers. He holds a degree from Karl-Franzens-University Graz and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Matthias Berger, Project Management &  Consultant

Prior to his position at New Venture Scouting, Matthias worked in management consulting, more specific in the people and culture area. Furthermore, he was part of a few independent consulting projects for small and medium sized companies. He holds a degree in Business Psychology from Stuttgart Technology University of Applied Sciences and did parts of his studies at the Edinburgh Napier University. Currently, he is completing his master’s programme in business administration at the University of Vienna. At New Venture Scouting he is mainly responsible for project management and the contact to startups and spin-offs.

Elisabeth Gumpenberger, Senior Consultant


Elisabeth has got long-standing experience in managing Open Innovation projects with organizations and clients from both the private and public sector. She is very passionate about facilitating all kinds of workshops, including co-creation workshops, business model innovation and strategy development and believes in the power of collaboration for innovation. In early 2021 Elisabeth co-founded an organic grocery store and therefore knows first-hand what it means to develop a business idea into a start-up. Prior to her role in Open Innovation, Elisabeth worked for a multinational in the paper and packaging industry. She holds MA degrees in Chinese Studies and Development Studies from Vienna University. At New Venture Scouting she takes care of project management, workshop design.

Daniela Martinez Alfaro, Project Management & Junior Consultant

Daniela has a background in Open Innovation and Product Management. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna. During her studies, she also attended the University Cattolica in Italy and Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Her Master’s focused on Strategic Management, and her thesis explored the role of higher education institutions in Austria’s innovation ecosystems. Alongside her role at New Venture Scouting, she leads “CollaboratEd,” an early-stage project aiming to bridge academic theory and practical experience through innovative student-company collaborations. Overall, she is deeply enthusiastic about enhancing education through creative solutions. At New Venture Scouting, Daniela is primarily responsible for project management and maintaining contact with startups and spin-offs.

How can we help you?

We look forward to hearing from you!