Projects - Entrepreneurship

Analyse der Rahmenbedingungen und Hemmnisse für innovative Unternehmensgründungen in Österreich
Analysis of inhibiting framework conditions for founding innovative companies in Austria

The study aims at analysing existing barriers for young, innovative companies in Austria and subsequently developing recommendations for ideal framework conditions for founders. Main focus of the analysis is on the barriers to found an enterprise in Austria, the financing and the role of the bank sector in this connection. Experiences from international good practice cases will be included in the report.
On behalf of: Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Start-up Report Österreich
Start-up report Austria

Start-ups are a special form of enterprise foundation with potentially positive effects on overall economy, e.g. innovation impulses, growth and employment effects. In Austria as well as at EU level start-ups are high on the policy agenda and receive considerable media attention. Beyond this background the Austrian Institute for SME Research carried out a study to formulate a definition of start-up enterprises and to make a first estimation of the number of start-ups in Austria. Main methodological principles were literature and data analyses.
On behalf of: Federal Economic Chamber of Austria
Completed: 2016/10
Contact: Eva Heckl

Chancen aus dem demografischen Wandel – Schwerpunkt Klein- und Mittelunternehmen
Opportunities of demographic change - focus on small and medium-sized enterprises

In this study the impact of demographic changes were examined from the perspective of small and medium enterprises in the region Waldviertel. Measures were developed to identify the opportunities available for the SMEs and permit to mitigate the negative effects on the economic activity of the SMEs and the business environment of the leader region.
On behalf of: Verein Leader Region Waldviertel Wohlviertel
Completed: 2015/02
Contact: Aliette Dörflinger

Study on the time needed to obtain licenses and permits

The study evaluated the time needed for enterprises to obtain permits and approvals for the operation of facilities and provision of services. The assessment is done for five different exemplary companies.
On behalf of: European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry
Completed: 2014/11
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Study on Statistical data on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe and on the creation of an e-platform for Women Entrepreneurs

The aims of the study were to collect and analyse the most recent comparable statistical data on women entrepreneurs in Europe (37 countries) and to study the feasibility and possible design, input and set-up of a European-wide e-platform for women entrepreneurs
On behalf of: European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry
Co-operation: Panteia B.V.
Completed: 2014/11
Contact: Eva Heckl

A map of social enterprises and their eco-systems in Europe

The purpose of this study was to provide information and baseline understating on the scale and scope of social enterprise across Europe, the demand for and supply of social investment to support its growth, and the barriers currently encountered.
On behalf of: European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
Co-operation: ICF GHK (GHK Consulting LTd) (lead)
Completed: 2014/07
Contact: Eva Heckl

Unternehmensübergaben und -nachfolgen in Österreich – Status quo 2014
Business transfer and succession in Austria – status quo 2013

The study analysed the complex process of business transfer with regard to the different phases prior to, during and after business transfer. Furthermore it estimated potential of future business transfer and employment concerned.
On behalf of: Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
Completed: 2014/05
Contact: Peter Voithofer

Regionales Follow Up Mittelstandwachstum NÖ
Regional follow-up of small and medium-sized enterprise growth in Lower Austria

In 2012 the Austrian Institute for SME Research conducted the study “Mittelstandswachstum Niederösterreich” on behalf of the Economic Chamber of Lower Austria. From the results of the study measures for the target group of enterprises in the region were deducted. The implemented measures have in this project been discussed, reflected and partly further developed within workshops with the responsible project association Interkom.
On behalf of: Verein Interkom Hollabrunn - Retz - Znojmo
Co-operation: Labor für Kulturtransformation
Completed: 2014/02
Contact: Aliette Dörflinger

Mittelstandsreport Salzburg
SME report Salzburg

The aim of the study was to analyse the development and competitiveness of SMEs in Salzburg and to generate an updated empirical basis of information. A comprehensive overview of the relevant data and facts of the SMEs in Salzburg was given.
On behalf of: Economic Chamber Salzburg
Completed: 2013/12
Contact: Peter Voithofer

Familienunternehmen in Österreich – Status quo 2013 
Family enterprises in Austria - Status quo 2013

The aim of the study was to present the current situation of Austrian companies in relation to the overall development of the company, the company’s objectives and strategies, the roles of values, the location and the human resources.
On behalf of: Federal Economic Chamber Austria
Completed: 2013/09
Contact: Peter Voithofer

Strategische Beurteilung der aws Förderkooperationen im Kontext zu den reinen Wirtschaftsförderungen des Landes Oberösterreich
Strategic assessment of the funding initiatives by the provincial government of Upper Austria, partly in collaboration with the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws)

In 2007, the provincial government of Upper Austria entered a contract with the Austrian Wirtschaftsservice to administer some funding initiatives in its name. This strategic assessment covered these programmes, but also those implemented by the provincial government of Upper Austria itself for manufacturing, trade and commerce.
On behalf of: Office of the State Government of Upper Austria
Completed: 2013/04
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Mittelstandswachstum Niederösterreich
Growth of SMEs in Lower Austria (Interreg DANUBE)

The purpose of the study was to analyse small and medium-sized enterprises in the border regions of Lower Austria and the Czech Republic and to show their development cycles. It identified also facilitating and hindering factors of growth and the impact of cross-border activities on the growth of enterprises.
On behalf of: Economic Chamber of Lower Austria
Co-operation: MAKAM, Regiopartner, Economica Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
Completed: 2012/07
Contact: Peter Voithofer