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COVID-19 aid package for startups

More specifically, there will be two relief funds available to startups: A COVID-19 aid fund of the state-owned promotional bank Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws) endowed to the amount of EUR 100 million and a EUR 50 million venture capital fund.

COVID-19 startup relief fund

Innovative startups with financing and liquidity problems due to the corona crisis will be supported with an aws grant for private investments. Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws) doubles fresh equity invested in Austrian startups.

  • Fund volume: EUR 100 million.
    (EUR 50 million private investors, EUR 50 million federal government)
  • Private capital (from EUR 10,000 to a maximum of EUR 800,000) will be doubled through grants
  • The grants are repayable in case of success
  • Private investors can come from both Austria and abroad

Prerequisites:

  • Innovative Austrian startups, founded less than five years ago
  • 1:1 grant with equal share of private capital
  • Affected by the corona crises (e.g. branches concerned, delays in production and development, disruption of the supply chain)

  • Application: Online via the aws homepage
  • Grant can be combined with other aws guarantees

Venture capital fund

The new VC fund focuses on Austrian startups, which could have closed a financing round without the Corona crisis. 50% of the EUR 50 million fund capital is guaranteed by the state. An investment amount of EUR 200,000 to EUR 1 million will be provided for each startup.

  • Focus on technology-based startups
  • Fund volume: EUR 50 million
  • Financing: EUR 200,000 up to EUR 1 million per company
  • aws capital guarantee of up to 50% of the fund volume
  • Processing: aws calls for tenders for operational fund management and handles the investors' guarantee agreements

The fund has to be put out to tender and will start beginning of May, 2020.

AWS: Package for startups (German)

Further measures for startups

  • Ongoing startup programs of the funding agencies aws and FFG will be continued (e.g. aws Seedfinancing)
  • Additional aws guarantees can also be requested
  • Quick and unbureaucratic deferment of loan rates
  • Flexible handling of aws milestones (subsidies and financing are provided, even if 100% of the planning is not achieved)
  • Application for Corona short-time work at AMS
  • Corona hardship-fund of the Austrian Economic Chamber

  • AWS: Setting up a business
  • FFG: Promotong startups
  • AMS: Corona Short Time Work (German)
  • WKO Härtefallfonds Phase 2 (German)

Mag. Birgit Reiter-Braunwieser

Director Central & Eastern Europe
+43-1-588 58-252 or +43-664-2885801
b.reiter-braunwieser@aba.gv.at

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