Austria's Innovative Ecosystem

The startup scene in Austria keeps growing and growing, in July 2016 Techcrunch titled „Austria – the early stage investment capital of Europe“. As a central European hub, it greatly appeals to innovative, technology intensive local and international founders. Vienna in particular is increasingly turning into a startup hotspot.

This workshop will provide an overview about the Austrian open innovation system and the dynamically growing startup ecosystem and the location advantages it offers. It will highlight which incoming programs exist for international startups to locate and accelerate in Austria.

Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), one of Austria’s biggest bank with subsidiaries throughout Eastern Europe, will present its corporate fintech acceleration program currently selecting international startups for its next batch as well as their newly established venture capital fund and will present the corporate perspective on innovation and disruptive developments in the financial sector.

Speedinvest, Austria’s largest and best known VC fund, will bring in the investors’ perspective and will provide insights into their investment strategy and criteria they are looking for in startups and founder teams.

Want to learn more about the business and startup location Austria? Seize the opportunity to meet the experts face to face.


Michaela Laussegger

ABA Invest in Austria

Mamuka Machavariani

WEast Partners

Lev Samsonov