“There are outstanding IT experts in Vienna – the East-South-eastern Europe catchment area enormously increases the location’s importance. And anyone who develops state-of-the-art technologies here has access to a great funding infrastructure!”
Markus Wagner, Founder of i5invest
We already know how livable Vienna is – Mercer as well! For the ninth time in a row the Danube metropolis was chosen as the city with the highest quality of life. Voted by managers of international companies from 231 countries.
Be part of it!
In recent years, the Vienna start-up ecosystem grew rapidly. Initiatives such as the Vienna Start-up Package and Start Alliance, international events such as the pioneers Festival, local events such as Gründen in Wien and the enormous expansion of Co-working spaces show how active and vibrant the Vienna start-up scene really is. This optimism is actively supported by the Vienna Business Agency. Initiatives and businesses are networked at all levels, knowledge is shared and most important – financial support is also offered – both nationally and internationally.
“For international start-ups and businesses in Vienna, we create an ideal environment.
We offer the Vienna Start-up Package for innovative 20 start-ups, with a various of free services, networking opportunities in every industry and a funding network, that is more dense than anywhere else in Europe. Even before their founding in Vienna, companies can apply for financial support. ”
Gabriele Tatzberger, Vienna Business Agency
Vienna is the city of short distances. Why? In 16 minutes the City Airport Train transports travelers from the city directly to the airport; regardless of weather conditions, public transport runs reliably and at peak times operates in 90-second intervals. In Vienna, fresh mountain spring water flows directly from the tap and supplies its 1.9 million inhabitants. Vienna offers high social standards, such as free kindergartens and affordable rents and Vienna is safe. Besides, Vienna provides a fertile ground for start-ups.
“The startup scene in Austria and in neighbouring countries has had a very positive development over the past several years. Here we see very high-quality projects that are on-par with what we see in Cambridge or even in Silicon Valley.”
Hermann Hauser, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder Amadeus Capital Partners
Innovate & cooperate
- 27 co-working spaces
- 24 incubators
- 200 000 students (> 10 % of Vienna’s population)
- 1.500 research institutions R&D quota Vienna 3,5 % (EU: 2%)
“Vienna, with its vibrant international economy, high quality of life, and thriving entrepreneurship culture serves as the ideal city for attracting young, innovative startups.”
Alexa Wesner, Ambassador at US Embassy Vienna
Vienna Business Agency 360° service
- Funding programmes for Viennese companies from all industries
- Advice, coaching, workshops – free of charge and multilingual
- Creative industries, technology and life sciences networks
- Offices and real estate for companies
- Start-up labs for Vienna Life Science Area
“We are always looking for collaborations with biotech startups for the work at our global cancer research centre and important biopharma site, which we are currently expanding by more than 500 million euros. Every year, we spend over 200 million euros for applied and clinical research and roughly an additional 20 million for basic research at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP).”
Philipp von Lattorff, General Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim Regional Centre Vienna (RCV)