Startup FAQs

If you don’t find the answer you are looking for please contact us via Email.

I’m hosting an event and I want to share this with the startup community.

That’s cool! Add your event to the AustrianStartups event calendar so that people know about your event and you can boost the number of attendees. We also send out a bi-weekly event newsletter with the most important startup events in Austria. If you are interested in getting your event promoted, drop us a line here.

I want to share great content (articles/events etc..) via the AustrianStartups channels like Facebook / Twitter and the newsletter

AustrianStartups doesn’t share direct advertisements. We only share news and content which was produced by a third party. In other words: If Futurezone, Horizont or any other news provider writes about your startup, you can upload this here Facebook. We will then check the content and review if the content is relevant for the startup community.

I just founded my startup and want to share this with the Austrian startups scene.

Make sure to add your startup to the AustrianStartups ecosystem here. These Facebook groups are great to receive feedback & answers from the startup community in Austria:

If you have any further question drop us a mail.

Currently I am working on my Bachelor/Master thesis and I would like to have some information about startups in Austria.

Check out the following links:

We just launched our startup and want to share this on the Social Media Channels of AustrianStartups.

That’s awesome, but AustrianStartups doesn’t share direct advertisements. We only share news and content which was produced by a third party. In other words: If Futurezone, Horizont or any other news provider writes about your startup, you can upload this here and we might share it with the AustrianStartups community. We recommend that you add your startup to the AustrianStartups ecosystem here.

How can I start my own startup?

These articles may provide you with some guidance:

You can approach several startup services around Austria:

Check out the local startup events and get in touch with other startup founders. The AustrianStartups event calendar might help you.

How can I become an AustrianStartups member?

You are awesome! Follow this link to become a member and join the Austrian startup community.

How can I add my startup to the startup map of Austria?

Just follow this link to add your startup to the startup map.

How can I get to know the people behind AustrianStartups and the association itself?

Nothing easier than that – We organize a monthly Stammtisch in Vienna and events in all other Austrian provinces. Come by and say hello! The AustrianStartups Stammtisch in Vienna takes place every 3rd Tuesday on a monthly base. The events in all other Austrian provinces are organized regularly. Read all the info here.

How can I help shape the future of AustrianStartups and help improve the startup ecosystem in Austria?

Come to our Stammtisch and speak to us! We are looking forward to meeting you - for more details on when the next Stammtisch takes place either check out our event calendar or our Facebook page and make sure to subscribe to our newsletter.

I am a journalist and I want some press material about AustrianStartups.

You can find our press kit here. If you have any further questions, Bernhard Lehner is the one in charge for this. Feel free to contact him via mail here.

How can I become a sponsor of AustrianStartups?

Thanks for your interest in supporting AustrianStartups. Together we can shape the future of startups in Austria and create some awesome stuff! We offer different sponsor packages. For more information drop us a mail and get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you!

Are you looking for great talent and want to share this with the AustrianStartups community?

We are not advertising job offers via our social media channels or our newsletter. But there are better ways anyway.Simply post your job offer in one of the following Facebook groups (people are very friendly there):

Do you have any suggestions on what we can do better?

We are always open for feedback and new suggestions! Please drop us a line.

I’d love to support you guys. How can I help?

We are always grateful for support. If you would like to work with us, please let us know here. If you are interested in sponsoring, we are happy to talk about that. Simply shoot us a message here.

I’d love to have an AustrianStartups Hoodie - Where can I get one?

Wuhuuuu, we totally understand you! Our Hoodies are a w e s o m e. You can get yours via our shop.

I’m organizing an event. How can I get free Red Bull?

If you are organizing a startup event in Austria we are happily providing free Red Bull for your attendees. Simply add the event to our event calendar and let us know the event details via mail.

Can I get the contact info of “one of the Runtastic Guys”, “Hansi” or Michael Altrichter?

We recommend attending one of the startup events in Austria (e.g. listed in our event calendar) to meet your startup hero and get in touch directly.

I’m writing my thesis about startups and need more information on the Austrian startup landscape.

We are happy to help. Nevertheless we have limited ressources, that’s why we kindly ask you get through the literature listed below before getting in touch with us directly:

  • Startup Report 2013 by SpeedInvest
  • Startup Report 2015 by Florian Kandler
  • Startup Hotspot Austria
  • Land der Gründer
  • Austrian Tech Exit Report 2015
  • GEM Report
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital in Österreich
  • Startup Ökosystem in Wien

You can download all of them here.

Do you know any success stories of Austrian startups?

Yes of course, there are plenty of them. We recommend to have a look at our Whatchado x AustrianStartups channel or read the Startup Report 2015.

I have an idea and I’d like to have feedback - do you have time?

Unfortunately we don’t have enough ressources to discuss your idea in person and give feedback individually. We recommend using the power of the crowd and either posting in one of the following Facebook Groups or coming to our monthly Stammtisch to exchange with others. These Facebook groups are great to receive feedback & answers from the startup community in Austria:

Are there any reports available about the Austrian startups ecosystem?

Yes, here is a list of reports about the Austrian startup ecosystem:

  • Startup Report 2013 by SpeedInvest
  • Startup Report 2015 by Florian Kandler
  • Startup Hotspot Austria
  • Land der Gründer
  • Austrian Tech Exit Report 2015
  • GEM Report
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital in Österreich
  • Startup Ökosystem in Wien

You can download all of them here.

I want to found a startup but I don’t know where to start - do you have any suggestions?

These articles may provide you with some guidance:

Also the WKO did a great job by providing a very broad perspective on the topic starting a company. Download the full booklet here. Check out your local startup community, attend selected events and get in touch with other startup founders. The AustrianStartups event calendar might help you. You can approach several startup services around Austria:

Is there any financial support for founding a company?

Yes, there is the Neugründungs-Fördergesetz (NeuFög). More information here.

Can you recommend a lawyer / tax adivsor specialised on startups?

As we are a neutral organization we do not recommend any services or companies directly, but you can check out our partners, which we prefer working together with.

Do you have a template of terms & conditions or a partnership agreement?

We do not have any legal contract templates right now, but WKO offers them in their download section.

I want to get to know the Austrian startup scene - where can I get started? I would like to get to know other founders and investors - which events should I attend?

There is a bunch of events we’d recommend getting to know the who-is-who of the Austrian startup scene. Make sure to subscribe to our Newsletter to stay updated about upcoming events in your area. Recurring events offering a deep-dive into the scene are:

I’m looking for a grant application consultant, IT specialist, social media guru, SEO expert - you name it!

As we are a neutral organization we do not recommend any services or companies directly, but you can check out our partners, which we prefer working together with.

Do you have a list of public grants which I can apply for?

Yes, you can find the list here.

Do you have a list of investors / business angels / VCs in Austria ?

Yes, we do have. Check out the investors landscape here.

How can I get in contact with an investor / business angels / VC in Austria?

You can approach most of the investors directly via their website or LinkedIn profile. Nevertheless recommendations via your own network often work best.

Can you introduce me to an investor / business angel / VC?

We’d recommend attending the next Stammtisch or another startup event within your area. Chances are high you’ll meet someone who can introduce you to an investor.

Can you bring a story / post something on social media about my new startup?

We are very happy to share your startup story on social media and our newsletter, once there is content produced by a third party. In other words: If Futurezone, Horizont or any other news provider writes about your startup, you can upload this here and we might share it with the AustrianStartups community. We recommend that you add your startup to the AustrianStartups ecosystem here.

How can I get featured in the “Startup Radar” in your awesome Newsletter?

Our Startup Radar section in our newsletter features recently launched startups which were big news news within the last weeks. Don’t have an article to share yet? Read here how to approach a journalist.

Can I send you my press information to share it?

We do not share press information directly. Feel free to submit an article published about your startup and we might share it with the AustrianStartups community.

I’m looking for a co-founder / tech-person / early employee. Can you help me out?

We’d happily invite you to take part in our Stammtisch. You can also pitch your idea at a Startup Live event or at Entrepreneurship Avenue.

Can you share our job advertisment?

At the moment we are not sharing any job advertisment, but there are better channels anyway. We recommend posting your ads here:

Do you have a list of coworking spaces in Austria?

Yes, have a look at our Ecosystem map.

I have a new idea, but I’m worried to talk about it, because someone might steal it, how to handle that?

Often people are not talking about their ideas, because they fear someone might steal it. But especially in the very early days it is very important to get a lot of feedback. Feel free to read this article for more information.