International startups continue leaning towards Vienna

Vienna Startup Package from Vienna Business Agency supports international startups in getting to know Vienna as a business location and its startup ecosystem. With 321 applications, the “Corona” year 2020 tops the past few years. 16 winners from nine countries are currently using the Vienna Startup Package to further develop their business model for an international market. With individual support, coaching and networking formats, the program creates a helpful framework for young startups to take their first steps towards expansion. The aim of the offer is to encourage more international startups to settle in Vienna.

“In such a difficult time, we are particularly pleased that international startups are showing interest in Vienna and are taking the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local startup scene”,”says City Councilor for Economic Affairs, Peter Hanke.

Since Vienna Startup Package was launched in 2014, the number of submissions has increased continuously. In 2020 startups from a total of 66 countries applied. The leader is Great Britain with a total of 35 applications. “On the one hand, this reflects the political development in Great Britain, but it also shows that our active measures are working,” explains Gerhard Hirczi, Managing Director of Vienna Business Agency. Seven startups from the UK are represented among the 16 startup package winners.

At a time when video conferences and digital formats have become very common, the advisory team of Vienna Business Agency supports the participants in Vienna Startup Package digitally. Personal support and specific introductory formats accompanied by coaching are included in the program. Networking with stakeholders, investors and companies from the startup ecosystem in Vienna as well as with representatives of the public sector takes place in so-called matchmaking formats.

The Vienna Startup Package 2021 is expected to take place in May, again in its digital form for 20 startups. All winners of Vienna Startup Package 2020 are listed here.