• Team forming: We met in an on-campus writing group at HSG. Co-working with other PhD students (regardless the research field) was a real game-changer for our motivation and focus. We researched other productivity hacks (like time-boxing, goal-setting or the pomodoro technique - in fact, we spent more than 1'000 hours co-working together for our thesis!) and integrated these learnings into our co-working platform to help other PhD students and ourselves finish faster.

  • Vision statement: We want to become the number one platform for academia that helps PhD students complete their thesis faster, whilst being happier.

  • Biggest Achievement: We have already proved our concept by attracting happy, paying customers with heavy rate of usage!

  • Next Step: After handing in our PhDs, we will fully commit to improving our platform.





ConcentrAid is a platform offering digital co-working sessions to connect and support those in academia on a worldwide scale.


Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

  • SDG 4: Quality Education

  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth


The Team

Elisabeth Essbaumer, CEO - HSG

Caroline Obolensky - HSG