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Austria as a start-up location

Do you aim to launch a business? Is your scale-up looking for the next market for further growth? Austria is a startup hotbed and outstanding fertile ground featuring exciting networks and attractive conditions.

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facilitate innovations

Innovation and entrepreneurial spirit make Austria a worthwhile location for startups and scale-ups.

The startup scene has developed in a highly dynamic manner. 2021 was marked by record investments of more than € 1.2 billion (EY Start-Up Barometer) for young Austrian companies. The country has catapulted to fourth place in the EU with respect to the number of unicorns. The tutoring platform GoStudent and the fintech company Bitpanda are symbols of Austria’s entrepreneurial spirit. Moreover, the international tech consultant i5invest lists twelve “soonicorns” in Austria, the fifth highest figure in Europe.

7
deals with more than € 50 million in investment in 2021
2800
start-ups set up since 2010
10000
new employees hired in 2021
€ 1200000000
was the record financing amount raised in 2021

Did you know...

Headquartered in Lambach in Upper Austria, Agilox develops intelligent guided vehicles and produces the driver-less transport systems of tomorrow.

…that an Austrian start-up developed the first self-driving forklift?

This is why Austria is your ideal start-up location:

  1. 01

    The country is not only the most centrally located EU market with high purchasing power, but also a test market for the entire DACH region with about 100 million consumers. 

  2. 02

    Graduates of Austrian educational institutions are creative, flexible and motivated. 

  3. 03

    They help make Austria so popular for international talents. 

  1. 04

    Competence centres, industrial clusters and closely-knit networks bring business and science together. 

  2. 05

    An active VC/PE scene and a dynamically growing Business Angels scene. They translate into easy access to financing and funding. 

  3. 06

    Companies with a focus on research can enjoy direct R&D funding and the 14% research tax credit.

Financing and funding

facilitate innovations

Austria offers a sophisticated funding system in which the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (AWS) provide initial assistance to startups in the development, realisation and market launch of their ideas and products.

The New Companies Promotion Act (“Neugründungs-Förderungsgesetz”) enables young entrepreneurs and startups to avoid paying various fees and the land acquisition tax. A simplified founding is possible for a single-member limited liability company. It is considerably cheaper and can be processed entirely online.


Success Stories

PlanRadar GmbH

In the future, Vienna will continue to be the strategic centre for the global expansion and further product development of the PropTech company PlanRadar. Up until now, the central geographical location has been the perfect starting point for conquering the European market.  

The full success story is available here.

Although Austria sometimes has the reputation of being more traditional than dynamic, a lot has happened in the past years. For example, Austria has become an important location for innovative technology companies, whether in PropTech, FinTech or EdTech. In a European comparison, Austria is a forerunner with six unicorns. Moreover, there are several soonicorns i.e., companies close to a valuation of over USD 1 billion.

Sander van de Rijdt Co-CEO and Co-Founder PlanRadar
©PlanRadar GmbH
©PlanRadar GmbH

Rohlik Group

Mit dem schnellen Wachstum von gurkerl.at hat die Rohlik-Gruppe als Erstes gezeigt, wie man rasch in die sehr herausfordernden westeuropäischen Märkte expandiert. Dank zusätzlichem Kapital wächst Rohlik schneller als ursprünglich gedacht und plant nun nach Österreich und Deutschland auch die Expansion in neue Märkte, wie Italien, Frankreich und Spanien, um ein führender europäischer Player zu werden. 

Der Schritt der Rohlik-Gruppe nach Österreich war definitiv die richtige Entscheidung und hat uns als Unternehmensgruppe mit gurkerl.at sehr viel Erfolg gebracht.

Maurice Beurskens CEO, gurkerl.at

Our services

Do you want to start up a business or invest in a start-up? 

Do you want to find out more about Austria as a technology and startup location? Would you like to invest in a startup? Then you have come to the right address: INVEST in AUSTRIA ensures that your company gets off to a good start in Austria and grows.

We offer important information, personal consulting and customised services for international founders and investors in the following areas:

  • Data, facts and trends on the business location  
  • Financing options 
  • Labour law and tax issues 
  • Networks and business contacts
  • One-stop shop for the recruitment of foreign talents    
  • Formalities – for a wide range of topics, from A for “Arbeitnehmer” (employees) to Z for “Zweigniederlassung” (permanent establishment)
  • Living and working in Austria

We simply get it done – for you!

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Downloads

Startup Location Austria

Where innovations move mountains.
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Starting Business

Establishing a business in Austria
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