Andreas is an entrepreneur, innovator and investor, now CEO of UNIQA Ventures GmbH, the venture capital arm of UNIQA Insurance Group AG, one of the leading insurance carriers in Central & Eastern Europe, pioneering corporate-backed venture capital in Austria and CEE. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the banking and insurance industry. In 1999, he was one of the founders of caibon.com, the online brokerage subsidiary of CA IB Investment Bank AG, before launching brokerjet.com, an online brokerage firm in 2000, which was later integrated into Erste Bank Group. Both companies can be considered the first fintech startups in Austria although, by that time, the term fintech had yet to be invented. Andreas joined UNIQA in 2011 as head of group controlling in charge of group-wide strategic planning, performance and cost management along with executing M&A and corporate finance transactions. In 2016, he was announced head of group strategy & innovation to drive radial innovation enabling UNIQA’s vision 2030 and leading the UNIQA Ventures Team implementing Venture Capital investments and startup cooperation.