In the heart of Europe, Steiermark stands out with its vibrant economy and innovative strength. It is a place where visionary companies can develop with their creative minds and thus improve the world of tomorrow with products and services.
With a strong focus on research and development, Steiermark has created an impressive innovative landscape that drives various industries forward. From medical technology to renewable energies and the automotive industry, Steiermark is a pioneer for trailblazing technologies and solutions. Companies benefit from a dynamic business environment, strong industrial presence and wide range of funding opportunities. The Green Heart of Austriais proud of its innovative strength and commitment to sustainable economic growth, making it an attractive location for entrepreneurs, investors and talents.
The winning formula for a strong positioning within research and innovation is the close collaboration between business and science. This is made possible by co-operations between companies, universities and non-university research institutions. The seven clusters and networks also make a significant contribution and promote cross-company collaboration.
An impressive 436 patents were registered in 2022. The many bright minds have thus contributed to Steiermark being able to achieve second place in Austria for patent applications.
Of the 40,455 employers, there are 33,091 micro-enterprises employing up to nine people. In return, there are 277 large companies with more than 250 employees each.
The recipe for success is strongly based on the future-oriented key themes of mobility, green tech and health tech in combination with the related core competencies in the fields of material engineering, production technologies, mechanical and plant engineering as well as digital technologies and microelectronics.
The Austrian Economic Chambers represent the interests of companies. They promote entrepreneurial values and entrepreneurship and ensure that conditions for entrepreneurial activity continue to improve in a targeted manner with fewer burdens.
Club International CINT supports companies in settling in Steiermark by providing tailor-made support for international professionals. With individual advice and a comprehensive range of events, global talents are accompanied in their arrival in Steiermark and supported in the long term.
As a pioneer for entrepreneurial success, the Economic Development Agency (SFG) offers a wide range of support and funding opportunities that put companies in the fast lane. Business start-ups are supported, for example, as are innovative ideas on their path to implementation.
What support is there for start-ups? How can you employ workforce from Austria and abroad? Or how are particularly innovative companies recognised? The following links provide answers to questions about business and innovation in the Green Heart of Austria.
Bernd Pischetsrieder is one of the most prominent and respected automobile managers in the world; his CV is unique in the industry. Born in Bavaria and a fan of the Green Heart of Austria, Bernd has been CEO of BMW and Volkswagen. His appointment as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG is the culmination of his career. For info: the interview is in german language.
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