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published 13 Jun 2015 in Austria 1 minute 40 seconds to read


Do you know the sinking feeling when you realise you've left your keys at home? If you've got Tapkey and a smartphone, you have nothing to worry. The Austrian startup develops NFC systems that turns phones into keys.

About us.


Tapkey is a smartphone-based access solution that allows people to unlock doors using their smartphones.

Our one-line pitch is...
Tapkey turns phones into super-secure keys for all kinds of locks—easily!

The core of our team...
Gilbert Hödl, CEO, founder of multiple successful companies. Gregor Zehetner, COO, team-focused leader, getting things done. Markus Minichmayr, CTO, wizard at developing highly secure scalable solutions. Jochen Schurich, Biz Development, focusing on new opportunities and partnerships.

Our office in looks like...
We share office space with our partner company Phactum in the eighth district of Vienna. Being located directly next to Altes AKH is always good for having a lunch break in the sun, or grabbing a punch after work at the Christmas market.

The person that inspires us most...

About our journey so far.

Before we started we were...
Our team members have each spent years working on IT projects for service-driven companies. What brought us together was our shared desire to create a globally scalable solution that makes everyday life easier for as many people as possible.

We received our initial capital through...
Tapkey is currently financed by the founders’ private equity. In addition, we have received two grants from the Austrian institutions Wirtschaftsagentur Wien (formerly ZIT) and FFG.

Our most difficult time so far was...
Since Tapkey technology addresses so many business opportunities (in homes, cars, businesses, etc.), it’s actually been a challenge for us to decide which target markets and customers to focus on first!

About little steps and big dreams.

Our current development state is...

Our next target is...
We are an agile company in an absolutely white-hot space. Our ability to penetrate numerous global markets could be accelerated via capital, and we’re open to talking with smart investors.

In five years we want to be...
Tapkey will provide everyone’s phone-based virtual key ring for digital home locks, offices, connected cars, public transit, smart cities… the world!


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