GO AUSTRIA Spring 2022
Startups with a focus on Deep Tech wanted!
Startups with a focus on Deep Tech wanted!
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
Global Incubator Partner Network
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!
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.
All startups with a focus on Deep Tech
Get professional guidance to enter the diversified and high-potential markets of Austria and Europe
Introduction to a network of 300 investors and business angels and the chance to pitch in front of selected ones
Network with investors, corporates and connecting with like-minded Austrian and European startups
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
During our exclusive, intensive 2-week program, you will take part in tailor-made workshops with highly skilled experts
Exchange your ideas and goals with our corporate partners and open up the possibility of a potential collaboration
Work with extremely well-connected experts to develop your internationalization plan
Get tailor-made insights on the Austrian and European markets
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 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 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 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 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.
10th January 2022 – 6th February 2022
8th March 2022
A jury of national and international experts will select 15 startups
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.
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 your business to Austria and other European countries
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.
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