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The AC & Friends team is committed to excellence through transparency, confidence in our startups, and passionate, creative employees.

Markus Pellet


Markus currently holds the CEO position at AC & Friends. With his background as a partner and managing director of an international tax and financial advisory company, he provides AC & Friends and its stakeholders with valuable background information in financial, tax and legal matters, and also advises AC & Friends and its portfolio companies on fundraising rounds and M&A deals. Markus holds a Master in International Management from the University of Innsbruck and is a certified Austrian tax advisor.  Fluent in three languages, he also loves soccer, hiking and spending time with his family.

Joshua von Gabain

General Manager - Authorized Officer


Joshua is responsible for investments and startup support at AC & Friends. He emphasizes a hands-on approach with a focus on strategy, business development and financing/fundraising. Playing an active role in several advisory boards, he is a strategic and yet an analytical person with a passion for startup development. Prior to joining AC & Friends, Joshua gained international working experience in the IT, Bioinformatics and Banking sector, as well as 5 years of research experience on Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Joshua holds a Master in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is a Certified Business Angel (CBA). Fluent in three languages, he enjoys making music, hiking, reading, travelling and innovation in his free time.

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