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Doing Business Funding

In Austria, investors can expect a broad selection of funding programmes, from subsidies and public grants to the assumption of guarantees.

Business development:
Tailor-made for your company 

As a business founder, you can take advantage of a broad range of   tailor-made company funding for your specific project, for example in the areas of research and development, investments in production and environmental protection.

The different types of company funding for business founders include subsidies, grants and government loans as well as the assumption of guarantees. The extensive range of company funding options eases the financing of your project.


Tops in research funding

On an international level, Austria ranks first in supporting company research and development.

Many international companies  highly value the funding opportunities. They have established research operations in Austria and continuously expand them


Research funding:
Excellence in Austria

The research tax credit is available to companies regardless of their size. It is accessible to both smaller companies and start-ups, as well as large corporations.

The 14% research tax credit applies to costs incurred for research and experimental development. Funding is available for both the company’s in-house research and contract research - tax-free and without any cap.

Do you have further questions on how you can get fundings when founding your own company? Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

Did you know...

... that the Austrian Federal Government provides added impetus to  research and innovation thanks to attractive funding and economic aid, thus ensuring planning and budget reliability.

…that Austria’s budget for research funding totals € 1.6 billion p.a.?

Environmental funding:
We take action

Are you active in the field of environmental and climate protection? Austria has something for you: namely the central funding instrument "Environmental Funding in Austria” (UFI).

It supports you in making investments in environmental and climate protection measures. The fields of renewable heat, energy efficiency and climate-friendly mobility are the top priorities. Funding is available irrespective of your company's size.

Working together to combat climate change with these measures:

  • Corporate and municipal energy-saving measures (e.g., enhanced efficiency in industrial processes, optimisation of heating and lighting) 
  • Provision of heat on the basis of renewable energy sources (e.g., generation of local heat, heat pumps)
  • Other climate protection and mobility measures

The best addresses
for your company funding

Founding opportunities for starting a business

There are various contact points in Austria for obtaining and applying for funding: Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (aws):

  1. 01

    The Austrian promotional bank is a service owned by the Republic of Austria that provides an overview of the various funding programs available for entrepreneurs in Austria, as well as in the European Union.

  2. 02

    The Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG is the one-stop shop for funding research and innovation in Austria. The focus of the broad portfolio is on application-oriented and business-related research.

  3. 03

    The Environmental Funding in Austria programme is Austria's central funding instrument for supporting companies in their environmental and climate protection measures. Here you will find everything you need to know about the various incentives available for your sustainable investments.

  1. 04

    The Austrian Hotel and Tourism Bank (ÖHT) is a separate funding agency supporting investments with subsidised loans, guarantees and grants in the tourism sector.

  2. 05

    All research and technology funding are available on one Website The Funding Compass of the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology provides you with an overview and orientation.  

Tip: Before you apply  for funding, we recommend to gather information about the application process timely. You need to apply for funding before the project starts. 

Funding innovation and entrepreneurship in Austria

The diverse opportunities of business promotion in Austria reflect the country's commitment to promoting innovation and economic growth. 

Companies that decide to expand in Austria benefit not only from financial support, but also from an attractive business environment. Proximity to European markets, a highly skilled workforce, a stable political situation and an excellent quality of life for employees all contribute to making Austria a top choice for entrepreneurs. The goal oriented funding and professional consultation make the path to setting up a successful business in Austria even more attractive. Take advantage of the diverse funding programs and set the groundwork for your own success story in a country that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship.

Success Stories

Ribbon Biolabs GmbH

Ribbon Biolabs was founded in 2018 as a start-up by co-founders Harold P. de Vladar and Wladimir Labeikovsky. Ribbon Biolabs is active in the field of synthetic biology and is developing a method that enables the automated, high-throughput production of very long, complex DNA molecules for biotech research. In 2022, the company secured Series A funding of 18 million euros and received its first US patent.

The biotech and startup scenes in Vienna have developed very well over the past few years. There are many players involved and there is an extensive funding offering.

Harold P. de Vladar Founder of Ribbon Biolabs

How can you start your own success story?

Entrepreneurs are advised to initially explore all available funding opportunities when starting a business, to consider all potential funding programs. But why in Austria?

In Austria, you have the ideal opportunities for development and growth. As a centrally located country with a well-developed infrastructure, it is one of the most highly developed places. Thanks to rapid technological progress and the prevailing stability and security, it offers ideal conditions for founding a company. So what are you waiting for? Invest in Austria and We look forward to hearing about your personal success story soon.


Excellent consultation on company funding for your business success in Austria

If you are looking for new growth opportunities for your company, you should take Austria into consideration. The country offers optimal conditions for expansion. With tailor-made company funding, you will receive financial support for your business expansion, making it easier to get started at your new location. Do you have any further questions about company funding in Austria? You can get your answers from us! We will be happy to help you find the right funding programs for your business situation. You can also take advantage of our services and benefit from professional consultation and further information on your entrepreneurial success.


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