“In the past years Vienna has evolved into an incredible fruitful breeding ground for successful startups. I see three reasons that have made that possible: firstly, access to incredible talent, secondly, access to more and more capital flowing into the startups and thirdly, a very supportive city of Vienna that has cooperated and collaborated with startups from the very beginning.”
Benjamin Rushin, Founding Partner @WeAreDevelopers
“Vienna is a springboard to build a global Company.”
Baher Al Hakim, Co-Founder @ Medicus
“The ecosystem in Vienna is very different for a startup. We are very impressed by the public grant landscape that is very beneficial for starting a green startup business in Austria.”
Katharina Unger, Founder LivinFarm
Economic center in the heart of Europe with around 500 million people
200 headquarters of international companies are located in Vienna
The largest German-speaking university location with almost 200,000 students
1k research institutes
46k employees in R&D
17,5% of Viennese enterprises are active in the creative industries
Rank 1 worldwide: Liveability Ranking 2018 & 2019
#1 Best global Startup Hub 2019
Rank 4 worldwide: Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2019
In recent years, Austria has gone from sleeping beauty to innovation and progress. The country welcomes startups and their founders with open arms. In fact, the economic and innovative efforts of enterprises, universities, research and administration are firmly focused on people.
Vienna, in particular, stands for knowledge-intensive, export-oriented economic performance and high-quality workplaces with a strong focus on people. Especially with initiatives like Female Founders, the Viennese ecosystem is very keen on establishing a diverse and inclusive startup environment. But Vienna also attracts many international entrepreneurs for its quality of life, talented labor pool, relatively low cost of living, central geographic location and the availability of early-stage funding – which makes it a great “testing ground” for startups in their very early phase.
Land & Start
SETTLING IN THE CITY
STARTING YOUR BUSINESS
Who you need to talk to
- Vienna Business Agency;
- ABA-Invest in Austria;
- Arbeitsmarktservice (AMS);
- Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS);
- Austrian Startups;
- Home | Das Österreichische Patentamt
- Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG);
- Chamber of Commerce;
- WU Entrepreneurship Center;
- Female Founders;
- Female Factor.
Useful contacts and links
Access to capital
Financing is one of the most important issues involved in founding a startup. For this reason, Austria offers a comprehensive system of public funding. The most important funding sources in Austria are the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws). They offer non-repayable grants, guarantees or subsidized loans. You should also check the Vienna Business Agency website, which lists attractive and updated funding programs.
Access to talent
Austria is rich in talents; people are the foundation of tomorrow’s knowledge-based society. Therefore, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology strongly supports people in research and development: The discovery, support and development of young talents focuses on students. But established researchers are supported as well to make the most of their talents. In addition, projects which ensure equality for men and women in research are funded. Further information on the links below. Find talents; Recruiting services; Start Us Jobs; Derbrutkasten.
Vienna has many universities and educational programs in all branches of knowledge. From those teaching institutions come the best minds and that’s due to the school system in the country. Find out why Vienna is also a reference in what comes to education. Education & Research Tertiary Education in Vienna
Diversity and Inclusion
Vienna is, above all, a city of Human Rights, where equality is granted both for natives and for migrants. Characterized by multiculturalism, the city makes the integration process in business – and in all-day affairs – easy for everyone. Check out the diversity-related programs in Vienna.
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EIT Manufacturing expands in Vienna
The manufacturing industry at the Technology Centre Seestadt now has even more space. Check out how this Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is expanding in the city.
Why Vienna is the ‘Prime Location’ to start a business
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ACTIVITIES & CASE STUDIES
- Sucess Stories
- AustrianStartups Awesomeness Awards;
- 104 startups to watch in 2021;
There is no doubt that the Viennese startup ecosystem experienced rapid growth in recent years, with new startups in various verticals, startups growing to scaleups, new university initiatives and a rising number of investors, mentors, co-working spaces, events, etc.
To strengthen this growth, “Gründen in Wien” was born in 2014. This project could best be described as an ‘open house’ event where all relevant stakeholders of the Viennese startup scene have the opportunity to present their services, know-how and projects to a broader audience. Get to know everything about the initiative and form the best partnerships to boost your business.
Since 2014, Vienna developed further as an international startup hub and is now taking the open house concept a step further with ViennaUP’21 – a unique festival with a series of online events organized by the community for the community of startups, investors and talents. 40 partners create the ViennaUP´21-network, curated by the Vienna Business Agency. Participants from all around the globe have the opportunity to tune in to dozens of events across different industries and branches. Check out “What’s on” and start your individual ViennaUP-journey.
The AustrianStartups Awesomeness Awards is also worth mentioning. It’s the best way to show gratitude and praise the positive impact of the Austrian startup leaders and entrepreneurs. So, you can guess it: in Austria, there is always a way to scale a business, but also to congratulate your work as an entrepreneur.