The University of Vienna is a huge reservoir of knowledge, creativity, and technology that can bring positive impact to society. We provide our talents the opportunity to make this happen.

We want you!

Do you want to exploit your knowledge and make a difference in the world? Start and develop your own company or social enterprise? Build on your future?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, here we are to help get you started and support you. You can develop your entrepreneurial and employability skills through a range of amazing resources and opportunities including Innovation LABs, support for spin-outs and academic start-ups, training, and many more opportunities.

Innovation LABs

The Innovation LABS provide students, doctoral candidates, and early stage researchers with the opportunity to acquire entrepreneurial and technology competences.​

You will go through a guided accelerated venture creation process, to eventually build and lead purposeful, sustainable ventures that benefit society.


Are you the inventor of a novel technology ? Do you want to make it fly? We will support you in creating the most suitable venture to exploit your invention and make a difference. We will give you guidance throughout different steps of the spin-out creation with the goal of developing your entrepreneurial idea into a successful business. We cooperate with our partner INiTS to support the further development of our spin-outs.

Entrepreneurial Capacity Building

We organise courses for graduate candidates and early stage researchers to train them with basic of entrepreneurship and innovation. Our programme helps you nurture the entrepreneurial skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur. In a few days, you will cover different aspects of venture creation, from seeding the idea, to developing the business model, and pitching it.

Support for funding

FFG Spin-off Fellowship

With this programme, the FFG supports start-up projects from all disciplines. The programme helps researchers to develop research results further into a marketable product or service at an early stage, with a grant between 100k and 500k EUR. Both individuals and teams can be funded. Successful applicants will be employed 100% at the University of Vienna for the duration of the funding (12 to 18 months). In addition, the University will own the background technologies and research results. Fellows should designate a professor or group leader to provide in-kind mentoring and support for the project.

The deadline to submit proposals is 14.09.2022 at 12:00. If you intend to apply, please inform the TTO ( by 15.06.2022.

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aws prototype funding

With this programme, the Austrian Wirtschaftservice (aws) support the development of prototypes to significantly increase the economic impact of innovations from scientific research.

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Other Resources

Current offer of University extension curricula related to entrepreneurship (in German): Knowledge creation, Entrepreneurship

u:start programme of the Alumni association in support of entrepreneurial initiatives.

Mein Business - Success stories from Uni Vienna (in German).



 Our spin-offs and start-ups