Martin Absenger & Maxim Atanassov - Erasmus entrepreneurs

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New entrepreneur:
Martin Absenger (Austria)
Age: 28
Company name: DIVU | (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Energy, fuel, electricity and other sources of energy

Having the chance to be part of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Global was one of the best experiences I have had in my life so far. It offered me an incredible opportunity to learn more about myself as well as to enhance my knowledge of how to become a leader.

Host entrepreneur:
Maxim Atanassov (Canada)
Age: 47
Company name: Vinterre | and Future Ventures | (25 years of experience)
Sector of activity: Food, beverages, tobacco and related products

In business and in life gratitude comes from the impact that we drive for our stakeholders and the people around us. My life was changed forever when I was Martin’s age and a mentor guided my career with advice.

Period of exchange: 05/2022 until 07/2022
Duration of exchange: 3 months


Results and benefits


2 new countries reached
100 new contacts
Data analysis combined with Food and Beverage Sector


Martin Absenger, a data analyst from Austria, always knew that living abroad is the best way for personal and professional development. Growing up in the hospitality industry, he developed a love of travel and a desire to get to know new places and people. His background also covers the automotive consulting and IT industries. For him, lifelong learning is the best way to enhance his knowledge and learn new skills. He has been working with data since 2017. In 2022, he was able to use this experience and start his own company, which has allowed him to independently master data analytics and consult companies on how to monetize insights from data.

Moving to a new country always has some challenges. Maxim and his business partner Brandon welcomed Martin to Calgary. Before the start of their journey, Martin and Maxim began the pre-onboarding in April to get ready and obtain maximum value from the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs peer-to-peer exchange. Everyone learned more about each other’s business and the business culture in the different countries and regions. The daily activities with the global team offered a routine for everyone. and allowed the team to be flexible, stay connected and always work on the items of the highest priority. Thanks to this, the entrepreneurs also had the chance to exchange ideas and opinions on a range of different topics. From time to time, they went for coffee, lunch, or dinner, which strengthened their connection. In addition, Martin received detailed feedback and coaching on his business plan pitch and case studies.

From a professional perspective, Martin also got to work with the CTO Brandon Kaster. They connected several data sources in order to build a data lake. Martin used his skills to develop an array of interactive dashboards, which are now used for demos and customer acquisition. Maxim got good feedback from the participants at a wine forum for the added value of the dashboards. Moreover, other wine industry experts liked the result as well and loved the platform idea. Martin had the chance to use his native language for the platform content and translated it from English to German. At the end of their exchange, both entrepreneurs said their farewell and spent a day together outside to celebrate the successful experience.

For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:

New entrepreneur's contact point:
Verein Initative für Teaching Entrepreneurship – unternehmerische Haltung wecken, fördern, stärken (Vienna, Austria)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:

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