Join GO AUSTRIA Spring 2022 – enter the Austrian & European market!
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GO AUSTRIA Spring 2022

Startups with a focus on Deep Tech wanted!

Pitch your Deep Tech solution to enter the Austrian and European markets!

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data
  • Blockchain
  • Autonomous Driving
  • Internet of Things
  • 5G
  • Deep Tech

Discover your fourth reason to love Austria – next to Mozart, skiing, and pastry: the startup ecosystem that boosts your business in the heart of Europe and at the same time makes you feel at home! Sounds promising? Then apply now from January 10th to February 6th and GO AUSTRIA!

We are looking for startups developing and/or applying the above-mentioned technologies in the following application fields:

  • Energy
  • Smart Cities
  • Green Cities
  • Mobility
  • Zero Emissions
  • Circular Economy
  • Agriculture
  • Fintech

GO AUSTRIA Spring 2022 by the Global Incubator Network Austria (GIN) is a market discovery and access program with a focus on deep tech startups: a one-week digital program (April 25th – 29th, 2022) and a two-week on-site program in Vienna, Austria (May 27th – June 10th, 2022).

The program gives participants the opportunity to explore the Austrian and European markets, as well as to find new collaboration partners and/or investors. One major asset of the program is the personal startup mentor who will be matched to each startup, supporting it to validate their business model, network with investors and relevant stakeholders, as well as design an internationalization plan.

Why participate?

GO AUSTRIA Spring 2022 is an exclusive, intensive 3-week program (online & on-site in Austria) for up to 15 startups who are already in the later-stage phase and are planning to expand to Europe. The program features exclusive workshops, individual mentors, selected events with networking opportunities and special partnerships with selected Austrian corporates. Additionally, the participants will have the chance to attend Connect Day’22 (where startups meet corporates and investors) and ViennaUp’22 (https://viennaup.com/), the leading Startup Festival in Central Europe. This is a perfect chance for startups to expose their ideas to a specialized audience, to meet interesting potential partners and to forge meaningful connections during the program.

Our Corporate Partner Concept

Since 2016, building strong connections between participating startups and Austrian corporates has been key to the success of the GO AUSTRIA programs. For some of our alumni, what had started with GO AUSTRIA, has turned into long-lasting relationships with Austrian corporates. To initiate even more high-quality and in-depth corporate-startup collaboration, we have invited a number of Austrian corporates known to be open for co-innovation with startups to become dedicated GO AUSTRIA Corporate Partners. Participants will have the exclusive opportunity to meet these Corporate Partners during the program, explore promising collaboration avenues and maybe even draft potential proofs of concept.

Application deadline: February 6th, 2022

Vienna, Austria (Hybrid program)

For this batch, we have split the program into a digital and a physical part. The 1-week digital part (April 25th-29th, 2022) will include masterclasses on demand, live online workshops and individual mentor calls to introduce you to the Austrian ecosystem and to prepare for the visit to Vienna.

The 2-week physical part (May 27-June 10, 2022) will feature

  • exclusive events such as a Startup-Mentor Speed-dating, a Pitch Training Follow-up, Meet the Agencies, Legal Office Hours etc.;
  • individual mentoring sessions and collaboration with GO AUSTRIA corporate partners;
  • individual 1:1 meetings with potential business/research/support partners;
  • participation in ViennaUP’22, Austria’s largest startup festival, and at Connect Day’22, a matchmaking event for startups, corporates and investors; and
  • a social program with welcome drinks, breakout session to a nearby world-class research institution, Vienna sightseeing, farewell lunch etc.

Participants who, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, will not be able to travel to Austria for the physical part (May 27th-June 10th, 2022), are invited to come to Vienna individually at a later date.

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We highly welcome female founders to apply to the program!

Startups with Deep Tech focus wanted! Apply from January 10th to February 6th to the GO AUSTRIA Spring 2022 program and get the chance to enter the Austrian and European markets!

Questions? Contact for applicants:


Nadine Begic
+43 660 9386 527

Contact at GIN:


Werner Müller
+43 5 7755 1223


Jan Arpe
+43 5 7755 1320

Join the incubation program and boost your business!

Do you offer a solution for Deep Tech to make the world a better and more innovative place?

Get the chance to enter the Austrian and European markets! Apply now to join GO AUSTRIA Spring 2022.

What kind of startups are we looking for?

  • Later stage startups: raised money at least once, MVP/service with traction, capacity to expand to Europe, max. 10 years old
  • Focus on Deep Tech related projects and their application fields
  • Product/service suitable for foreign markets
  • Startups headquartered outside of the EU; GIN target regions in Asia/Israel preferred (Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Mainland China and South Korea)
  • Attendees should be C-level persons (with decision power concerning the startup’s internationalization strategy)
  • Female founders strongly encouraged to apply
  • Attendees should be fluent in English

Search fields

All startups with a focus on Deep Tech

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data
  • Blockchain
  • Autonomous Driving
  • Internet of Things
  • 5G

What’s in it for you?

Enter the Austrian & European markets

Get professional guidance to enter the diversified and high-potential markets of Austria and Europe

Meet investors and business angels

Introduction to a network of 300 investors and business angels and the chance to pitch in front of selected ones

Network

Network with investors, corporates and connecting with like-minded Austrian and European startups

Work on your business model

Tailor your business model for the specific needs of the Austrian and European markets and learn from top experts about doing business in Austria and Europe

Tailor-made workshops

During our exclusive, intensive 2-week program, you will take part in tailor-made workshops with highly skilled experts

Corporate partners

Exchange your ideas and goals with our corporate partners and open up the possibility of a potential collaboration

Individual mentorship

Work with extremely well-connected experts to develop your internationalization plan

Market insights

Get tailor-made insights on the Austrian and European markets

Our Corporate Partners

Infineon Technologies

Infineon Technologies is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. These tiny, barely visible electronic components have become an indispensable part of our daily lives. They help to feed regenerative energy into power grids with almost zero losses, tame power-hungry computers, safeguard the data flying through cyberspace and make our cars more energy-efficient. Roughly 46,700 worldwide Infineon employees generate a growing revenue of more than €8.5 billion yearly.

Merkur Versicherung

Merkur Versicherung AG is an Austrian insurance company headquartered in Graz. As the second largest private health insurer in Austria and with the experience of 223 years of corporate history, the traditional insurance company places the human miracle and its protection at the center of its entrepreneurial thinking and actions. Merkur Versicherung operates in Austria and Southeastern Europe with a total of 1448 employees and a total premium volume of 629.8 million euros in the last fiscal year. Since 2020, the Group headquarters have been located in the new Merkur Campus in Graz.

Wien Energie

Wien Energie offers heating, cooling and decentralized products such as citizen investment models directly. Electricity and gas are sold via the subsidiary Wien Energie Vertrieb GmbH & Co KG. With a turnover of EUR 1.677,4 million (2019) and 2.185 employees, Wien Energie can be counted among Austria’s top companies in terms of turnover. Wien Energie Group is therefore one of the largest employers in the Austrian capital.

AVL List

AVL is the world’s largest independent company for the development, simulation, and testing of powertrain systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, construction, large engines and their integration into the vehicle. As a global technology leader, AVL provides complete and integrated development environments, measurement and test systems as well as state-of-the-art simulation methods.

Agro Innovation Lab

The Agro Innovation Lab was founded in 2016 as an innovation platform of the Raiffeisen Warenverbund, one of the largest players in the European agricultural sector. We see ourselves as a trend scout, accelerator, contact, networker, mentor, lateral thinker, knowledge carrier, partner and mediator – united in the goal of actively shaping the future of agriculture as a central contact point for agricultural innovation.

A1 Telekom Austria Group

A1 Telekom Austria Group is a leading provider of digital services and communications solutions in Central and Eastern Europe with around 25 million customers. Offering communications, payment and entertainment services as well as integrated business solutions, the company achieved revenues of 4.57 billion Euros by year end 2019. More than 18,000 employees and state of the art broadband infrastructure make digital business and lifestyle possible and enable people, companies and things to connect everywhere anytime.

Application
10th January 2022 – 6th February 2022

Get selected
8th March 2022
A jury of national and international experts will select 15 startups

Get invited
16th March 2022
Get notified if you have made it into the program or not

Plan your meetings
Get matched with a mentor, who is a specialist in your industry. Plan meetings with corporate partners and further activities in Austria.

Participate
Digital part: 25th – 29th April 2022
Physical part: 27th May – 10th June 2022
2-week visit to Vienna, Austria, with a lot of individual meetings and cool networking & social events

Expand
Expand your business to Austria and other European countries

How to apply: process and timelines

  • Application: From 10th of January 2022 until 6th of February 2022
  • Get selected: On the 8th of March 2022, a jury of national and international experts will select 15 startups
  • Get invited: On the 16th of March 2022
  • Plan your meetings with your mentor
  • Participate in the 1-week digital program (25th – 29th April 2022) and the 2-week incubation program  (27th May – 10th June 2022)
  • COVID19: Participants who, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, will not be able to travel to Austria for the physical part (May 27th-June 10th, 2022), are invited to come to Vienna individually at a later date. In that case, the accommodation and part of the flight costs will be covered as well.

Costs covered by GO AUSTRIA

  • Flight (max 800,- EUR for Asia; 300,- EUR for Israel).
  • Accommodation
  • Co-working space
  • Individual mentoring
  • Workshops
  • Networking events with local corporates and startups
  • Cost coverage limited to one person per startup
  • Participation: Each selected startup has to nominate one main person participating in the whole program. Ideally, this should be a C-level person with decision power concerning the company’s internationalization strategy. Participating startups are welcome to include further specialized staff in the workshops of the digital part. For the physical part, GIN covers the costs for one person only. Participation of additional persons in the on-site program is possible, but costs will have to be borne by the startup.

GO AUSTRIA Mentors

The GO AUSTRIA program offers you a personal startup mentor with great experience in the Austrian and European startup ecosystem. The mentor will support you in validating and adapting your business model and will connect you with relevant stakeholders. Your mentor will create a tailor-made internationalization strategy with you.
See a list of the mentors here.

Feedback from some of the participants from the GO AUSTRIA programs

  • “I like the response from the clinical community and support from the government. Now we have an entry point in the EU, so it made the process faster.” Nitesh Jangir, CEO Coeo Labs
  • “It was a really good opportunity for me to get involved myself in the local startup community. I still have good terms with an Austrian IoT startup.” Ko Kijima, CEO 16lab inc.
  • “goAustria program is the best way to understand opportunities for international startups in Austria. It helped us establish important connections in Vienna” Timur Luguev, CEO Clevapi

Enter the Austrian & European markets!

Join the incubation program by GIN Incubator Network and accelerate your business!

Get individual expert mentoring to tailor your business model. Get access to a huge network of investors, business angels, cooperation partners and potential customers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions regarding the program? Here are answers to selection, the personal startup mentors, participation as well as flight, transport and your stay and costs in Vienna.

Click here to see the FAQs

Join the GO AUSTRIA Spring 2022 incubator program. Enter the Austrian & European markets.
Contact us for more information.

Questions? Contact for applicants:


Nadine Begic
+43 660 9386 527

 

Contact at GIN:


Werner Müller
+43 5 7755 1223

Contact at GIN:


Jan Arpe
+43 5 7755 1320