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2 The aws universe Boosting innovation: Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws) is the Austrian Federal promotional bank. Our mission is to support young innovative start-ups, founders, as well as growth and internationalisation projects of Austrian companies, with lowinterest aws ERP loans, guarantees for bank loans and grants, equity, as well as with networking, information and coaching services. BMVIT Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology A U S T R I A N I N T E R N A T I O N A L BMWD Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs EC PUBLIC PARTNERS AECM European Association of Guarantee Institutions NEFI Network of European Financial Institutions for SMEs BMF Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance EIF/EFSI European Investment Fund European Fund for Strategic Investments WKÖ Austrian Federal Economic Chamber IV Federation of Austrian Industries Regional promotional services Technology centres Co-working spaces Local partners Private equity Business Angels COMMUNITY PRIVATE PARTNERS Universities research Crowdfunding Venture Capital Funds Banks Start-ups 2 aws open for your business 3

3 Facts & figures aws supports several thousand entrepreneurial projects every year. The aws project financing volume amounts to 1.2 billion EUR. aws services trigger investments, mobilise innovative entrepreneurial projects, and secure and create a large number of jobs. Grants of 290 million Of which 72 % for innovative projects 25 million in equity 270 million in guarantees 2.9 billion total project volume (triggered by funding) 79,000 existing jobs secured 10,800 new jobs created with funding by aws 32,000 innovative company projects currently under management 590 million from ERP loans 7,200 projects supported each year 4 aws open for your business 5

4 Diversity of instruments Become an entrepreneur, use future technologies, establish businesses, introduce and implement new products and services, manage leaps in growth,... whatever your plan is, ask for aws s support offers. The range of aws instruments and services is as diverse as the economy itself for your first steps towards setting up a business to the international expansion of your company. Coaching Financing Workshops Trainings Consulting Events Loans Grants Technology transfer Get more out of innovations Guarantees for bank loans Leaps in growth Equity Tap into new markets, implement major innovation projects Entrepreneural Bring ideas to life spirit Strategic partnerships Co-working spaces Matchmaking optimise Start-ups financial structure & young companies New products & services Plan and implement innovative projects 6 aws open for your business 7

5 Business location Austria Austria is small, has a strong economy, a very good infrastructure and innovative companies their number increases every year and Austria is internationally oriented. 8,629,519 inhabitants 1 39,390 GDP per capita billion GDP 4 327,993 Companies 3 Internationalisation International orientation of Austrian companies Young and established companies with more than 50 % of customers abroad compared to innovation-based countries % 3.5 % 200 countries 7 Austrian companies sell their products worldwide. 6 of 10 euros 7 are generated by export. + 8 % new companies / year % employment rate % 2.5 % 2.0 % 1.5 % Company sizes ,168 (87,2%) ,241 (10,7%) ,455 (1,6%) ,129 (0,3%) Companies active in innovation 5 Share of companies active in innovation Share of revenues obtained with innovations Sectors according to GDP 3 Industry 42.3 % Banks, insurance companies 13.5 % Trade 8.3 % Information & consulting 8.0 % Tourism & leisure 7.0 % Traffic & transportation 3.6 % % 54.0 % 59.2 % 11.9 % 9.8 % 12.0 % European Innovations Scoreboard 6 Comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU member states, other European countries and regional neighbours RO BG HR LV LT PL SK HU ES EL PT IT CZ MT EE CY SI EU FR AT LU UK BE IE NL DE FI DK SE Modest Innovators Moderate Innovators Strong Innovators InnovationLeaders 1.0 % 0.5 % 0.0 % Norway Japan Trinidad & Tobago Spain Denmark Italy Finland No. 1 Austria's support programmes are No. 1 in the EU 8 72 % of the projects submitted to the aws are innovative projects 19,000 + founding projects supported by aws (1) = Statistics Austria, Population Statictics, 14 June 2016 (2) = Statistics Austria, Performance and Structural Statistics 2014, from 30 June 2016 (3) = Statistics Austria, Performance and Structural Statistics 2014 from 30 June 2016 (4) = Statistics Austria, National Accounts 2015, dated 8 July 2016 (5) = Statistics Austria, European Innovation Survey (CIS 2014), July 2016 France Puerto Rico Germany Australia Belgium UK USA Sweden Greece Netherlands Taiwan Portugal Estonia Slowenia Slovakia Switzerland Luxemburg 22 % of investments in material assets in Austria are financed with the support of aws 9 Ireland Austria Canada Qatar Singapore Established Entrepreneurs ~4 times aws supported investment in companies' growth projects is more than four times the average depreciation (AfA) 9 32,000 innovative company projects are actively supported by aws million in private venture capital mobilised for aws start-up and growth projects in Young entrepreneurs (6) = European Innovation Indicator 2016, 28 July 2016 (7) = WKO Aussenwirtschaft Austria, Austrian Export Industry 2016, October 2016 (8) = GEM Report, 2014 (9) = AWS Promotions aws open for your business 9

6 International networking aws is active in numerous networks and proactively supports international cooperation. This provides Austrian companies with access to international networks, grants, co-financing and much more. In addition, current economic challenges are dealt with in the international context and future topics are developed. Start-ups GIN Global Incubator Network Found your start-up in Austria/abroad: GIN is the contact point for start-ups, investors and incubators. It connects the Austrian start-up ecosystem with hotspots in Asia. GIN is managed by Austria Wirtschaftsservice and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). Corporates GIN EAF NEFI EIB AECM European Association of Guarantee Institutions: 41 companies and associations from 21 countries form a strong network within the EEA. Most important is the exchange of experience and know-how on guarantee instruments for SMEs. Since 2015, the Managing Director of aws has been chairman of the organisation. NEFI Network of European Financial Institutions: As an active member, aws supports the planning and implementation of EU-wide funding and financing plans. NEFI consists of 19 financial institutions and promotes access to finance for SMEs in Europe. EIB EIF EAF aws integrates EU funding into its products, e.g. for mobilising research, development and innovation, for increasing the competitiveness of SMEs, for reducing charges for aws guarantees, for start-up projects, and for investment incentives for business angels. SMES 10 aws open for your business 11

7 Contact: Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbh Walcherstraße 11A 1020 Vienna T E Boosting innovation

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