19. August 2019

Software Competence Center Hagenberg: New CEO Markus Manz

From August Markus Manz takes over as chief executive officer of Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH). A graduate in economics and environmental sciences, Manz was previously CEO of tech2b Inkubator GmbH, the central support institute for start-ups in the province of Upper Austria.

“The research that SCCH does in the fields of data and software science makes it an active partner in the local economy,” says Manz. “I’m looking forward to assuming responsibility for the continued success of SCCH, intensifying its cooperation with industry and science still further and promoting the company’s international profile as a centre of top-level research.” SCCH recently received approval for an innovative AI research project which will be funded by the Austrian federal government under the COMET-K scheme. “S³AI - Security and Safety for Shared Artificial Intelligence aims to lay the methodological foundations for reliable and safe shared artificial intelligence (AI) systems,” Manz explains. In future, this should lead to entirely new AI-based business models which enable safe cooperative use of existing data and AI models beyond the confines of individual companies.

About Markus Manz: From start-up support to top-level research 

Manz studied business and economics at JKU and applied environmental sciences in Koblenz. His began his career working for business partners of IBM, later working in innovation management for a Microsoft business partner. He went on to hold management positions in the fields of innovation management, technology transfer and intellectual property rights at various companies. From 2013 Manz successfully guided the high-tech incubator tech2b as it grew into one of Austria’s leading technology incubators and established the PIER4 brand as a point of contact for industry and start-ups. Apart from this, Manz has taught information management and knowledge management at various universities of applied sciences for over ten years, most recently at Hagenberg University of Applied Sciences where he has taught courses in communication, knowledge and media since 2015.

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