Explore Vienna and its Booming Creative and Cultural Scene!

The Vienna Business Agency offers a two-week program taking place from September 25th – October 09th  2018. It intends to provide creative companies and startups from BEIJING, BERLIN, DUBAI, NEW YORK, LONDON, PARIS, SHANGHAI, TEL AVIV and WARSAW an insight into the Viennese creative and cultural industries scene and help them to explore business opportunities in Vienna. In addition, participants will have the chance to take part in three top creative and cultural events in Vienna.

viennacontemporary: September 27th – 30th
The international art fair viennacontemporary gathers more than 100 galleries and institutions from 23 countries under the roof of iconic Marx Halle. The only art fair to unite the East and the West in carefully curated exhibitions, viennacontemporary stands out in the crowded art calendar as a place for exciting discoveries. A wide array of special presentations, as well as sophisticated accompanying events – in 2017, viennacontemporary hosted Austria’s first hackathon at the intersection of art and IT – complete the rich offer and make art accessible to every visitor.

Vienna Design Week: September 28th – October 7th
Vienna Design Week is Austria’s largest design festival, with a variety of locations and events in Vienna. The festival curated by Lilli Hollein entered its 12th round in 2018. Opening up creative processes and giving scope for experimentation on site are core elements of the festival concept. During VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, the city becomes a platform and showcase of design. Design is more than just a designed object. VIENNA DESIGN WEEK defines design as an essential part of the cultural production. The festival shows that design shapes our material culture, our every-day life and our world as consumers.

Waves Vienna Festival and Music Conference: September 27th – 29th
Waves Vienna is the city’s first club- and showcase festival. Merging Vienna’s most significant clubs, unique off-locations, and the public space, numerous international alternative, electronic, rock, and club acts will be performing around Vienna’s 9th district. This year, Waves Vienna will welcome two countries as special guests: Portugal and Slovakia. True to the motto “East Meets West”, there will be a focus on acts from these countries in the live program. The Waves Vienna Music Conference will furthermore devote a part of its program to the respective music markets and scenes of these two countries.


What is the offer
Within the Start Alliance Program the Vienna Business Agency promotes the following expenses for one beneficiary per company/startup with a percentage of 50% up to a maximum amount of EUR 2.500,–

– Travel expenses
– Tickets for the viennacontemporary, Waves Vienna and introduction to the most interesting -events of Vienna Design Week (free entry)
– Expenses for accommodation up to a maximum of 14 days
-Desk in a co-working space up to a maximum of 14 days

Conditions of participation
This event is designed for creative companies and start-ups with an interest in the Viennese creative and cultural industries that are no older than 8 years, are beyond the idea/prototype stage and have already successfully launched in their domestic market.

This Start Alliance program could be of great value, if your startup is interested in:
– Exploring business opportunities in the creative and cultural sector
– Expanding into the Austrian market
– Looking for international partners
– Seeking to raise capital internationally
– Recruiting international teams

Sep 25th:   Welcome session
Sep 27th – 29th: Waves Vienna
Sep 27th – 30th: viennacontemporary
Sep 28th – Oct 07th: Vienna Design Week
Oct 02nd: Welcome Drink with the participants of the Vienna Business Agency’s Start-up Package
Oct 09th: Overview of the Start-up Ecosystem
Oct 09th: Ask me anything session with the participants of the Vienna Business Agency’s Start-up Package

Has this program raised your interest? Apply by August 22nd 2018:
Winners will be informed by the end of August 2018.

For questions please contact Alexander Diesenreiter from Vienna Business Agency.


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