Austrian Sports Tech Windhund raises €360K from local Business Angels

Windhund Team/ Photo: Windhund official website

The Salzburg startup Windhund raises 360.000 euros from five private investors, the startup announced. Reportedly, the Sports Tech company that takes care of the fitness health of the employees, founded by the para Olympic winner Gunter Matzinger, will use this injection to further develop and expand in the DACH region.

Gunter Matzinger, Founder at Windhund/ Photo:

“With the capital, we can take the next step in growth and inspire even more companies with our solution. We reinforce our team in sales and content creation. We are currently concentrating on the DACH area. In 2020, the next phase of internationalization will follow”, says Matzinger.

Elfrieda Reiter, Hubert Achleitner, Fritz Berger, Matthias Heimbeck and Willi Katamay are the five investors that not only invested in the company but also joined their team. Besides with funds, the new members will share great know-how in the sport, health and entrepreneurial area.

“As a top athlete, I recognize a powerful team and I look forward to working with the pros,” Matzinger added.

Founded in 2013, Windhund makes corporate health simple with tailor-made exercises for the office environment with a team of experts. The startup’s app helps employees choose from interactive modules that are automatically delivered to their smartphones. Thus, the platform regularly proposes fitness exercises to all staff members.

This Salzburg Startup is committed to the so-called Occupational Health Management (BGM) and wants to offer companies a tool with which employees can easily provide information on short training programs in the workplace. For example, if you have a backache due to sitting for a long time.

The Business Angels that supported Windhund / Photo: Windhund Press Release

As reported by the company, the team’s vision is fit and efficient employees in all companies. To achieve this goal, the startup brings together experts from sports, health and IT. Together they want to become the leading provider of digital health solutions.

The founder himself is well-known in the sports world and has an extensive background in dealing with health issues. Günther runs 400m in 48.28 seconds, is a competitive athlete and has won gold in 2012 at the Paralympics in London. In 2017 he became world champion over 400m and currently, he is preparing for the Games 2020 in Tokyo. In the meantime, he suffered from the herniated disc. During rehab, he received a set with exercises that eased his training in rehab.  This gave him the idea for the app. Based on that, he developed a card set with exercises that help him to make the training more structured and easier to handle. Soon he has sold tens of thousands of them and he also builds one of the largest online databases for exercises.

For all interested in the app, reportedly the annual subscription cost around 70 euros.