The business unit “Soft Loans | Cofinancing” covers all erp funding products along with tasks linked to the implementation of EU subsidies and EU programmes. The instrument portfolio consists of erp loans, grants from national funds, international funds (ERDF/ European Regional Development Fund, EAFRD/European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development), coordination and consultancy services.
- Soft loan management | Co-financing
- Monitoring and paying agency for EU structural funds
The products of this business area include e.g. funding products for company founders and recently formed companies, programmes to accelerate company growth, to strengthen international competitive position (internationalisation):
- Guarantees for start-ups and young enterprises
- Guarantees for SMEs
- Guarantees for corporates and internationalisation
- Employment bonus
The aim of the Entrepreneurship department is to support prospective founders and entrepreneurs through training, workshops and mentoring and funding to become innovative (pre-)start-ups. We start at school level with Jugend Innovativ - Austria's largest school competition (to increase the willingness to start a business) - up to the State Prize for Innovation (the highest award for innovation in the Republic of Austria).
Austria's extraordinary innovative and creative potential can also be found in the Austrian film industry. Thus, we also provide film funding.
Participation in European funding programmes is also part of this department – with the aim to increase the use of European projects initiated know-how in Austrian funding programmes, research and technologies, and thus leveling the impact potential of our programmes. Moreover, we want to shape the framework conditions for European innovation programmes and the formation of strategic partnerships and exchange of good practices.
The IP Management department offers comprehensive support for all questions of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks and non-disclosure strategies and their implementation in companies. SMEs, start-ups, spin-offs and research organisations find help with evaluating their property rights situation, funding in obtaining property rights, advice on creating their property rights strategy and in enforcing their property rights. As the national contact point for intellectual property in open knowledge transfer and by promoting knowledge transfer centers, we make a significant contribution to the knowledge and technology transfer in Austria. The department also organises the Austrian start-up prize Phoenix.
The focus of the Deep Technologies department is the founding and development of scalable high-tech start-ups and spin-offs mainly in the fields of life sciences, digitization and green tech. The AplusB centers, the academic start-up incubators of the federal states, are also supported. The iöb toolbox programme promotes innovative public procurement projects in a targeted manner.