Austria

Christoph Steindl, Founder and CEO, Catalysts GmbH

Christoph Steindl knew he would not be content with a conventional career. “I wanted to stand on my own feet,” he says. “I wanted to find challenging and fulfilling work and not depend on others to tell me what to do.” So in 2007 he left a job in IT and cofounded software developer Catalysts with his friend, Christian Federspiel.

The early years were full of challenges, but with perseverance and a clear-sighted ambition to complete projects on time and on budget, they started to win clients. A major breakthrough was securing a project commissioned by the European Space Agency to create highly complex algorithms. They have continued to harness new digital technologies to create solutions for their clients in the mobility, financial services, public and outer space sectors.

In 2019, Catalysts merged with Germany-based Crisp Research. The new company, Cloudflight, now has over 400 employees working in Austria, Romania, Germany and the Netherlands. It aims to quadruple in size and exceed 1,000 employees within the next five years.  

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