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Please read this agreement carefully. It sets out the terms under which STARTUS offers you use of its services as defined in clause 1.1 of this agreement by means of STARTUS or www.startus.cc (the "website"). By using any of the services and/or the website you agree that you have read and accept these terms and conditions and that they shall apply to your use. We reserve the right to modify this document at any time upon notification of our registered users and companies. If you do not wish to be bound by them, please do not register for or use this website.


STARTUS and the website www.startus.cc is a service provided by epiqo GmbH. This Agreement is made between you and epiqo GmbH. Mariahilfer Straße 136, 1150 Vienna, Austria.


1. The Services

By means of the Website, STARTUS makes available an on-line service, which includes:

  • recruitment and employment information service, where recruiters and employers place advertisements for positions which they have and if interested you may submit responses to such positions (the "Services");

  • co-founder profile and database, where people with interest of founding a company can be listed and be found by users.

  • web publishing to keep the startup community up to date.


Please note that when responding to recruiters, employers or co-founders you will be dealing with them directly and as such any contracts and/or arrangements will be formed between you and them, without STARTUS as a party and STARTUS cannot be held liable for your use of or any liability arising out of the same (save to the extent required by law).


The Services are available on the completion of the registration section of the Website including confirmation that the relevant terms and conditions have been read and accepted. If you do not register on the website and use the “create a new account” button you are still bound by the terms of use of the website.


2. Registration and Security

You will not provide any false registration or account information about yourself and/or your organization and will not create an account for anyone other than yourself without the third party’s explicit permission. You will not use our site(s) if you are under 18. You will not share your password with anyone or do anything that would put the security of your account in danger. You may access some areas of our site(s) without registering to the site(s). If you choose to register you will need to provide a username and password as well as other information that is part of our registration process. We have the right to cancel any account at any time if we believe you are not in compliance with any or all of the terms.


3. Content/Infringement

STARTUS respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users and content partners to do the same. The unauthorized posting, reproduction, copying, distribution, modification, public display or public performance of copyrighted works constitutes infringement of the copyright owner’s rights. As a condition of your use of www.startus.cc, you agree not to use any of our sites to infringe the intellectual property rights of others in any way. We will terminate the accounts of any STARTUS Users, and block access to STARTUS Sites of any Users who are repeat infringers of the copyrights, or other intellectual property rights, of others. We reserve the right to take these actions at any time, in our sole discretion, with or without notice, and without any liability to the User who is terminated or to the User whose access is blocked. If you believe that your copyrighted work or trademark has been uploaded, posted or copied to STARTUS and is accessible on STARTUS in a way that constitutes copyright or trademark infringement, please provide properly constituted notice to [email protected], including the exact location of the infringing content, your basis for claiming ownership, your full contact information and a screenshot of the reported infringement. Any such communication we receive shall not be confidential or privileged in any way. You grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide licence and right to use the Content on our site(s) and use, copy, distribute, amend and disclose to third parties your Content as described in these terms and our Privacy Policy (Section 5).

Our license to your Content ends when you delete your Content, except for your Content that has been shared with others on the site(s) and has not been deleted by the other user(s) in question. Copies of your Content may persist for some time after you delete it due to caching, back-ups and other technical aspects of running the site(s).

You warrant that you have and continue to have all necessary rights, licenses, permission and consent to provide your Content to our site(s). You warrant that none of your Content, including but not limited to anything provided as Application Question Responses contains any confidential information, and that all of your Content is non-confidential and publicly available. We may be required to inspect your Content on the site(s) to confirm compliance with the terms, which will not constitute monitoring of your Content.

We will not have been put on notice of any of your Content by virtue of having the rights set out in the terms or for any other reason. Any information that we may obtain from reading your Content will be treated in accordance with the then current version of our Privacy Policy. You warrant that Content is and will be true and accurate. You warrant that your Content complies with applicable law in Austria and/or in any country from which you provide your Content.


4. Use of the site

STARTUS reserves the right (but has no obligation) to remove any Content, terminate user accounts or reclaim usernames.


Your use of the Services is at the sole discretion of STARTUS. We may deny you further use of the Services at any time, for any reason, with or without cause, including, without limitation, for your violation of these Terms, failure to provide accurate registration data, misuse of the service, or any other reason. Your use of the Services must always comply with applicable law. You agree not to use the Services to impersonate any person or entity, falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity, post unlawful, harmful or obscene content, post content that infringes trademarks or copyrights, post spam, viruses or otherwise malicious content, or crawl the Service other than in accordance with the provisions of the robots.txt file. Scraping the Service without the prior consent of Company is expressly prohibited.


We also reserve the right to access, read, and disclose any information as we reasonably believe is necessary to (i) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (ii) enforce the Terms, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (iii) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, (iv) respond to user support requests, or (v) protect the rights, property or safety of Company, its users and the public.


Unauthorized uses of the Services include without limitation, harassing other users, collecting usernames, email addresses, or other personal information of members for any commercial purpose, including without limitation advertising, marketing, and sending of unsolicited communications about any goods or services. You may not use the Service to advertise or market goods, services, or to circulate petitions, request donations, offer club memberships, distribute chain letters or otherwise solicit other users.


You are not authorized to present the Service, or any part of it, in an embedded format such as in a "frame" or inline link on any other site, unless explicitly authorized to do so in writing by Company.


You may not attempt to copy, decode, reverse-engineer, decompile or disassemble the software used by STARTUS to provide the Service. You may not copy, clone, or otherwise reproduce the Service, either in part or in whole, nor any of its Contents. You may not interfere with, or disrupt, or attempt to do so, the access of any user, host or network, including, without limitation, sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, mail-bombing the Services, or by scripting the creation of Content in such a manner as to interfere with or create an undue burden on the Services.


5. Promotion and featuring of companies and jobs

STARTUS offers employers possibility to promote themselves or their jobs and vacancies posted on www.startus.cc on the front page against payment. The payment details can be found under our payment page. The promotion is not limited to the website of STARTUS, it extends to the social media outreach and advertisement of STARTUS. By paying for featuring, you (your company) automatically agree to allow STARTUS to use the name, trademarks, graphics and job descriptions you posted on www.startus.cc to promote your jobs/company on various social media and advertising platform. STARTUS does not guarantee for the range and effectiveness of the promotion on any medium.


6. Data Protection/Privacy

We have written this policy to explain how STARTUS ("we", "us" or "STARTUS") uses the data you give us through our site(s), including but not limited to www.startus.cc.

By providing personal information you are deemed to consent to your personal information being shared outside www.startus.cc in the following circumstances:

  • where STARTUS needs to share your information to provide the service you have requested.

  • where STARTUS wants to keep you up to date on the latest service announcements, updates or other STARTUS information

  • where you have given us permission to share your information with third parties

  • STARTUS will also disclose your personal information if required to do so by law in urgent circumstances, to protect personal safety, the public or our website.

STARTUS offers networking features so you can interact with other people using STARTUS. The default setting for your profile will be to share all information you provided upon registration. Additionally we may make anonymized information available to a third party for research purposes. You can revoke access to your profile at any time by using the relevant features to hide your profile. Please note that your information may still be accessible on search engines for a number of days after you have hidden your profile on STARTUS. Additionally, it is important to remember the people you share with can always share your information with others and if you do actions on STARTUS, the data you provide may be shared with third parties as required to fulfil your request. We require third parties to respect your privacy, and your agreement with a third party will control how your information is used, stored, and transferred by the third party.

When you sign up for the site(s), you provide us with data directly or through the use of an external authentication, such as Facebook, Xing or Linkedin, that may include your name, email, password, entities or companies you are associated with and any other data provided by your chosen setting, or authorized to be provided, by you. We only access information from external authentication about you that is provided as basic information or is on your public profile on Facebook/LinkedIn as per your chosen privacy settings on those services.

We may access your data as follows: to provide you with information about services and other items that be of interest, provided that such use is consistent with this policy.

  • to notify you of changes in the services we provide.

  • to administer your account with us to allow you to use the site(s).

  • to provide you with promotional material, but only in accordance with the terms.

  • to use your data to customise the services we provide to you.

  • to enable us to provide you with advertisements.

Other users of the site(s) may access your data if they have the rights to do so, or, if you have given them the right to access or see your data. An example is that the designated evaluators of a program may access your application to that program.

Your data will be available to us and to anyone you send it to for all non-public communication, such as messages. We may store data as required when you have authorized us to enable log-in using external authentication and access a third-party.

Any use that another user of the site(s) makes of your data is beyond our control. Any data you provide to us and the site(s) must comply with the terms.


7. Limitation of Liability

  • STARTUS does not promise full, uninterrupted or error free operation of the Website and/or the Services.
  • Everything on our site(s) is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy, unless there is a specific terms and conditions associated with the service that provides otherwise. In such cases, the specific terms and conditions will be provided to you. We are not liable for: all conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by federal law and regulation of Austria or otherwise, as well as any liability for direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by you or any user in connection with our site(s) or in connection with the use, inability to use the site(s), ability to access your content, inability to access your content, accuracy of anything on the site(s), results of the use of our site(s) and/or any websites linked to it and/or anything posted on the site(s). Any actions we take relating to any violations of the terms. You replacing professional advice with a service provided on the site(s). Any service(s) you contract with from someone other than us. Any loss or damage of any kind, however it may arise and whether caused by tort including negligence, breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable. Any claim that your content or someone else’s content infringes the intellectual property rights on any third party.