aws AplusB scale-up

As part of a call for bids, incubators are selected who act as innovation intermediaries with a focus on RTI-based start-ups (RTI = research, technology and innovation) with high growth potential in academia.  They push potential founders and accompany the start-up processes by offering qualifications and specific support.


  • Incubators as innovation intermediaries.


  • The applicant must be a neutral and independent point of contact for the region/federal state.
  • The main purpose and main activity must be non-economic (embedded in the articles of association).
  • The organisation must not be profit-oriented.
  • Incubators in the legal form of a company with share capital
  • State agencies are excluded from funding but may have an interest in the company.
  • The incubator should have a proven track record and demonstrable know-how in supporting RTI companies.
  • The corporation must not have a majority shareholder and should have the structure of the most important academic institutions in the region.
  • The minimum share per academic institution should be 10%. Deviations allowed for large shareholder structures.
  • Verifiable qualified personnel to support RTI start-ups.
  • Appropriate infrastructure must be in place.


Type of financing

  • Grant

Funding amount

Up to 4,000,000 euros


  • 5 years

Eligible costs

  • Stimulus and networking measures (also in the international field)
  • Event and training costs
  • General consulting services
  • Services provided by the incubator directly for start-up projects (e.g. personnel services, infrastructure) in accordance with the de minimis rule


The disbursement will be made in annual tranches.





Only one incubator per state can be supported.


  1. You apply for funding via the aws funding manager.
  2. We will then analyse the application as to content and formal criteria.
  3. You will then pitch your project to the external assessment panel.
  4. We will let you know our decision in any case.

Your contact

Dipl.-Ing. Soren Charareh
Dipl.-Ing. Soren Charareh
Dr. Arnold Reikerstorfer, MBA
Dr. Arnold Reikerstorfer, MBA