Katja Septimus-Bratrschovsky is Senior Advisor at Blue Minds Company GmbH since April 2017. She is responsible for topics around the innovation ecosystems and accelerator support, the Israel office for connections with Israeli partners and strategy consulting for Israeli startups to enter the EU market, and legal issues, incl. commercial contracts & cooperation agreements.
Besides working for Blue Minds, Katja is serving as an Expert for the European Commission. As such she evaluates tenders and project proposals, monitors projects and assist with designing policies and programmes in the fields of energy transition, future mobility, and the circular economy.
After studying law in Vienna and Utrecht, Katja began her professional career at Vienna University’s Institute of State and Administrative Law. Subsequently, she served at the Ministry of the Environment as legal expert for then pressing legislative projects such as the creation of the Climate and Energy Fund. With the experience gained during her engagement at the European Commission (Energy and Transport) in Brussel, she joined the Federal Chancellery, where she was responsible for the coordination of policies at the national, European and international level in the fields of climate protection, renewable and nuclear energy, water, and the environment
A Fulbright scholarship then enabled her to study at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School. During the two years in Cambridge she researched for the Harvard Water Security Initiative and assisted in Water Diplomacy Project’s Workshops for Executives. Subsequently, she moved to Washington, DC, where she worked as an expert for the World Bank, and an attorney for the Center for International Environmental Law and volunteered for the Environmental Law Institute.
Back in Vienna, she transitioned into private industry initially working in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship and investment in clean-tech startups.
With her American husband having worked for an Israeli Hi-Tech company, she took the opportunity to get acquainted with the Startup-Nation’s innovation ecosystem. This involvement has resulted in the preparation of a study for the City of Vienna and lead to a series of other publications.
Katja is affiliated with AustrianStartups, an independent, non-profit thinktank for innovative entrepreneurship in Austria, and regularly publishes in the field of innovation, startups, energy transition, and the environment. She is an attorney admitted in the State of New York and currently preparing for the Israeli Bar Exam.
Katja is married with two children.