Global Incubator Network (GIN)

Join GO AUSTRIA 2023 and boost your
Deep Tech startup

Pitch your Deep Tech solution to enter the Austrian and European markets and accelerate your business. If you are a startup or a frontrunner in the area of Deep Tech ready to make an impact, apply now for the GO AUSTRIA Spring 2023 program!

Digital Week: April 17th -21st, 2023
On-site program in Vienna, Austria: May 22nd - June 2nd (individually extendable until June 7th)

About the Global Incubator Network Austria

You get a trusted partner with GIN

The Global Incubator Network Austria (GIN) is the connecting link between Austrian and international startups, investors, incubators and accelerators with a focus on selected hotspots in Asia (Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Mainland China, Singapore and South Korea).

GIN is a program initiated by the Austrian Federal Government, managed by the public funding agencies Austrian Promotional Bank GmbH (aws) and Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), and financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Labour and Economy (BMAW).

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About the program

Get the chance to discover new markets

GO AUSTRIA Spring 2023 is a market discovery and access program with a focus on Deep Tech startups. The program gives participants the opportunity to explore new markets, as well as to find new collaboration partners and prepares you and your company for your first market entry.

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.

Applications open:

until 5th February 2023

Location:

Vienna, Austria

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Timeline

Key dates
of the program

Jan 9th - Feb 5th 2023
Application phase

You have four weeks to apply to the GO AUSTRIA Spring 2023 program.

Feb 27th - Mar 3rd 2023
Get selected and invited

A jury of national and international experts will select up to 15 startups that will join the program.

Get notified if you have made it into the program or not.

Mar 16th - May 22nd 2023
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.

Apr 17th - Apr 21st 2023
Participate in the digital part

1-week digital onboarding program to receive a first impression of the Austrian ecosystem and the opportunities here. Participate in on demand masterclasses, live online workshops and individual mentor calls.

May 22nd - Jun 2nd 2023
Participate in the physical part

2-week visit to Vienna, Austria, with a lot of individual meetings and cool networking & social events; with the possibility to extend your stay until June 7th.

- exclusive events such as pitch trainings, legal advisory, etc.
- individual mentoring & 1:1 meetings with potential partners
- get2know sessions with corporate partners
- participation in ViennaUP'23 and ConnectDay'23
- social program with drinks, lunch, sightseeing, etc.

Future
Expand your business

Expand your business to Austria and other European countries, with further support from GIN Austria and other Austrian partners.

Accelerate your startup

About the program

GO AUSTRIA Spring 2023 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 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 the ConnectDay (where startups meet corporates and investors) and the ViennaUp’23, 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.

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Entry criteria

What we are looking for?

Startups

We are looking for later stage startups with a Deep Tech solution suitable for foreign markets. The business should have raised money at least once, have an MVP/service with traction, the capactiy to expand to Europe and be max. ten years old.

Focus countries

The program is geared towards startups headquartered outside of the EU, with preferred access for startups from the GIN target regions. The GIN target regions are Israel, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Mainland China and South Korea.

Participants

Attendees should be C-level persons with decision power concerning the startup's internationalization strategy. We strongly encourage female founders to apply. Lastly, attendees should be fluent in English.

Who is it for

We are looking for innovative solutions

Together with startups, scaleups and strategic partners, we want to provide breakthrough solutions in sectors such as future mobility, circular economy, sustainable fuels, and beyond. Solutions can be technical, digital or material and we're scouting for trends and opportunities all the time.

Help us shape the future, and benefit from OMV’s global operations, resources, and market access to grow your business.

Apply to our program and we help you boost your startup.

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Benefits

What’s in it for you if you join the program?

Meet investors and business angels

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

Enter the Austrian and European market

Get professional guidance and tailor-made insights to enter the diversified and
high-potential markets of Austria and Europe.

Participate in tailor-made workshops

During our exclusive, intensive 3-week program, you will take part in tailor-made workshops with highly skilled experts.

Expand your network and engage with corporates

Network with investors and like-minded Austrian and European startups. Exchange your ideas with our corporate partners.

Make the most of expert mentoring

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

Work on your business model

Tailor your business model to the specific needs of the Austrian and European markets together with top experts.

Benefit from the program

Costs covered by GIN

- Flight (max 1.500,-EUR for Asia; 600,- EUR for Israel)
- Accommodation (max. 150,- EUR per night)
- Co-working space
- Individual mentoring
- Workshops
- Entry to relevant events with local corporates and startups
- Cost coverage limited to one person per startup

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.

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Join us

Join our program and
accelerate your business

We give you the opportunity to explore the Austrian and European markets, to find new collaboration partners, and to prepare your company for your first market entry.

Still have questions?

We’ve got you covered.

How will the GO AUSTRIA batch be organized if the Covid-19 travel restrictions are still in place?  

In that case, we are going to offer you a digital GO AUSTRIA program. Please follow this link, if you’re curious about how our digital acceleration program works. A digital follow-through does not mean that you will have fewer opportunities:

- You will still have a personal mentor who supports you with your internationalization plans and is connecting you with potential business partners via an online tool.
- You will still have the chance to attend events digitally via an online tool.
- You will still participate in our workshops, digitally via an online tool.
- Additionally, we want to offer you a physical opportunity to come to Austria later on.
- After successfully having established relationships with local partners we will be more than happy to invite you to Vienna with all program relevant costs covered.

How does the selection process work?

Within the application period, you can apply via the promoted link. Approximatively three months before the program starts, a jury of experts will select the top ten startups.

Definition of a later stage startup:

- Up to ten years in business
- Already raised money once (excluding founders money)
- Scaling or operating in Asia (latest by end 2021)
- Minimum Viable Product/Service with Traction
- Market potential: product/service suitable for foreign markets
- Resources: capacity to cooperate internationally

For more details about the program visit the GIN homepage.

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