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Links Guidance and advice for entrepreneurs in Austria

i2b – Ideas to Business, Business Plan Competition

Entrepreneurs who have good and innovative ideas for businesses and who would like to put them into practice are welcome to join the business plan competition by i2b. Three types of plans – from a first rough business idea to the elaborate business-plan – may be submitted and are subsequently evaluated by experts from the economy and practice. The best business ideas or plans are rewarded with a superb prize money, which is intended to alleviate the way to foundation.

tech2b – Formation Centre GmbH

Upper Austria's high-tech incubator wants to convince young scientists and students, especially from engineering and natural scientific disciplines, of the possibilities and opportunities of independence. In doing so, they want to rouse entrepreneurial spirit and to convey research results that are relevant for practice to the Upper Austrian economy.

AVCO – Austrian Private Equity and Venture Capital Organisation

AVCO is a contact point for questions on private equity and venture capital in Austria. It offers information and know-how of the Austrian venture capital market for the interested public. It also offers the possibility for reinforced cooperation for members and partner organisations, and represents the venture capital industry's interests.

WKÖ – Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber sums up diverse articles, information, book suggestions and links under the heading “Gründer und Jungunternehmer”.

Junge Wirtschaft

“Junge Wirtschaft” is a network for young entrepreneurs in order to establish contacts. Like-minded people, customers, distributers and cooperation partners can be found there. The Economic Chambers' founder service offers professional support with starting a business to founders, successors and franchisees. The grand founder portal offers general information (information – individual consultation – events – further education) that is crucial for the successful formation of an enterprise. Since every idea for formation brings with it unique demands, individual service is an irreplaceable part of this work.

Help Business Service

Entrepreneurs and their co-workers find information on official channels, pointers and further links. You can find everything from the formation scheme to a special official online channel in order to carry out official channels easily and quickly.

Franchise Forum

With the Franchise Forum, the Economic Chambers of Austria offer a central point for service and counsel. Information on franchising and important aspects for franchisees and franchisors are offered on gruenderservice.net.

BMF – Federal Ministry of Finance

Important information on budget, the EU, economic policy in general, customs and travel regulations, taxes, financial market and financial institutions can be found on this website. In addition, future developments are depicted.

BMWA – Foundation Service by the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth

The Ministry offers free information on trade law, licence and subsidies, all steps and requirements for forming an enterprise and mediates contact to experts. The service “Unternehmensgründung” (formation of enterprises) at the Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth is an agency for information and intermediation. It is also a platform for several external facilities such as the Austrian Economic ChambersAustrian Social Security or Austria Economy Service GmbH.

BMVIT – Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

This platform offers information on innovation and technology, such as programmes, subsidies, Forum Alpbach, etc.

TIG – Technologie Impulse Gesellschaft (Society for Technological Impulse)

The TIG, owned by the state, is organised as a private enterprise society for promoting research and technology. It develops and attends to programmes and projects to intensify cooperation between companies and universities, research institutes and Universities of Applied Sciences as well as Formation Centers and to promote the foundation of innovative enterprises.

AWS Austrian Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (Austrian Economy Service GmbH)

The AWS was founded on the 1st of October 2002. It emerged from a fusion of the “Finanzierungsgarantie-Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung” (FGG) and the “BÜRGES Förderungsbank Gesellschaft m.b.H.” (Bürges). We are trying to establish the new organisation and the new structures as quickly as possible and are at Austrian entrepreneurs' service as usual.

FFG – Forschungsförderungsfonds für die gewerbliche Wirtschaft (Fund for Promoting Research for Industry)

The Fund for Promoting Research for Industry is the biggest financing institution for innovative projects in Austria. Companies are given the opportunity to present their projects to interested venture capitalists in the venture capital panels organised by the FFG, given that the company is supported by the FFG.


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