Markus Manz is new CEO

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Markus Manz is new CEO of the Software Competence Center Hagenberg

In August, Mag. Markus Manz took over the commercial management of the Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH) as new CEO. He graduated in economic science and environmental science. Previously he was managing director of tech2b Inkubator GmbH, which is the state's central support institution for start-ups in Upper Austria.

"SCCH is an active partner of the Austrian economy through its research in the fields of Data & Software Science. I am looking forward to assuming responsibility for SCCH's continued success and further expanding its cooperation with industry and science, as well as promoting international visibility in cutting-edge research," said Manz. SCCH was recently awarded with the contract for an innovative AI research project, which is funded by the Austrian government as part of the COMET-K modules. "S³AI - Security and Safety for Shared Artificial Intelligence - is about creating the methodological basis for trustworthy, secure distributed artificial intelligence (AI) systems," explains Manz. In the future, this should result in completely new AI-based business models that enable the secure cooperative use of existing data and AI models across company boundaries.

From start-up support to cutting-edge research

Manz studied economic science at the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (JKU) and applied environmental science in Koblenz. Manz started his career in sales in the IBM Business Partner environment, later with a Microsoft Business Partner in the area of innovation management. Manz then held management positions in various companies in the fields of innovation management, technology transfer and intellectual property rights. Since 2013, Manz has successfully managed the development of the high-tech incubator tech2b into one of Austria's leading technology incubators and established the PIER4 brand as an interface between industry and start-ups. In addition, Manz has been teaching information and knowledge management at various universities of applied sciences for more than 10 years, most recently since 2015 at the FH Hagenberg in the course of studies Communication, Knowledge, Media