Projects - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

KMU 4.0
SME 4.0

Aim of the project is to develop an informed knowledge basis with regard to digitisation for all ACR member institutes. Building on the knowledge acquired a low-threshold sector-specific service for SMEs will be developed and tested in order to advance the transformational capacities of the ACR as a whole. The project results will be disseminated in an open innovation process that will enable the ACR member institutes to achieve a vanguard position with regard to digitisation in their respective sectors. In sum, this will provide the institutes with the knowledge and tools to improve the competitiveness of the SMEs in these sectors.
On behalf of: Austrian Cooperative Research
Co-operation: Güssing Energy Technologies (GET), IBO – Österreichisches Institut für Bauen und Ökologie GmbH, Österreichische Institut für angewandte Telekommunikation (ÖIAT)
Expected completion: 2020
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Innovationen effizient in KMU implementieren (INEKI)
Efficient Implementation of Innovation in SMEs

By analysing how to support the efficient implementation of digital innovation in SME, the project aims at the development of a suitable set of methods to support innovation agents providing evidence-based and efficient consultation. The respective results are, among others, based on the use of applied methods e.g. social network analysis.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
Co-operation: Industriewissenschaftliches Institut-IWI (lead)
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Sonja Sheikh

Evaluation und Wirkungsanalyse CTI-Entrepreneurship
Evaluation and impact monitoring of CTI Entrepreneurship

The goal of this accompanying evaluation of the CTI Entrepreneurship Programme to support high-tech start-ups is to assess its design, implementation and short and medium-term impacts. For the latter, we apply models from social psychology to assess the impact of individual training modules and accompanying measures on start-up activities and the performance of nascent enterprises in a complex environment of varied support structures across Switzerland.
On behalf of: Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI
Co-operation: B, S, S. Volkswirtschaftliche Beratung (lead)
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Evaluierung der unternehmensbezogenen Wirtschafts- und Forschungsförderung des Landes Oberösterreich
Evaluation of Upper Austria’s portfolio of funding and support to companies

The evaluation aims to analyse the portfolio of Upper Austria’s funding and support measures provided to companies. At the centre of this exercise is the analysis of the interplay of the different measures with regard to their conceptual and design-based orientation towards additionality and broadness/specificity. Based on the results, the evaluation will develop recommendations for the client’s future funding and support policies after 2020.
On behalf of: Regional Government Upper Austria
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Iris Fischl

Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der österreichischen Unternehmen - Globalisierung und Digitalisierung als Herausforderung für österreichische Unternehmen, insbesondere KMU

Competitiveness of Austrian SMEs - globalisation and digitalisation  as a challenge for Austrian enterprises, especially SMEs

This study aims for the identification of relevant framework conditions that hamper the competitiveness of Austria’s companies against the backdrop of the impacts created by the technological and socioeconomic megatrend digitization. Elements of the current regulatory framework (including labour law) that prove to be especially significant in that regard will be analysed against their compatibility with a globalized, digital economy and recommendations will be developed how to improve them
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economic
Co-operation: ÖIAT
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

IKT Standort Wien II
ICT location Vienna

The study aims to develop an up-to-date inventory of the ICT sector in Vienna and to identify opportunities to advance the region to an “innovation leader”. Methodologically, the study is based on analyses of secondary statistics, a company survey, expert interviews and interactive methodologies. As a result, the study produces an assessment of employment, growth and development potentials as well as of the respective economic strengths and competences of the Vienna region’s ICT sector. These are transformed into recommendations for the regional economic policy.
On behalf of: Magistratsabteilung 23 - Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Statistik
Co-operation: eutema GmbH, MAKAM
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Situation, Entwicklung und Zukunftsaussichten des österreichischen Gewerbe und Handwerks
Situation, development and perspectives of the Austrian crafts and trades sector

The project develops scenarios and models regarding perspectives of the Austrian trades and crafts sector and recommendations for stakeholders deriving economic and social policies. The basis are the categorisation of the sections according to the development trends during the last 10 years and analyses of the recent situation based on the categories.
On behalf of: Institut für Angewandte Gewerbeforschung (IAGF)
Co-operation: WIFO
Completed: 2017/12
Contact: Walter Bornett

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

Identifizierung und Monitoring der Wachstumsneigung bei FTI-Gründungsideen und FTI-Gründungen in der frühen Phase 
Identification and monitoring of the growth potential of early stage research and technology-based-start-ups and -ideas

The study aims at the development of a consistent approach to support the identification, early assessment and monitoring of the growth potential of early stage research-/technology-based start-ups. The respective criteria will support the organisations / incubators of the AplusB scale-up programme in identifying and selecting start-up projects for their respective centres.
On behalf of: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Completed: 2017/02
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Ein-Personen-Unternehmen (EPU) in Österreich – Monitoringbericht 2016/2017
One-person enterprises in Austria. Monitoring 2016/2017

The study analyses the current situation of one-person enterprises in Austria with main focus on work conditions in one-person enterprises (among them income situation and level of satisfaction) and furthermore provides a longitudinal comparison with former studies.
Client: Federal Economic Chamber Austria
Completed: 2017/02
Contact: Peter Voithofer

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

Evaluierung der Garantien des austria wirtschaftsservice (aws)
Evaluation of guarantees of the austria wirtschaftsservice (aws)

The objective of the evaluation was to obtain information about the effects, the governance and the accessibility of the guarantees provided by the aws. Based on that, recommendations for potential improvements have been developed. Next to document analysis and analyses of monitoring data, two online surveys (with bank representatives and companies) as well as a control-group comparison based on the balance sheet database of the Austrian Institute for SME Research have been implemented.
On behalf of: austria wirtschaftsservice GmbH
Completed: 2016/12
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Erfolgsfaktoren und Bedingungen für die kommerzielle Verwertung von außeruniversitären Forschungsergebnissen
Impact factors and conditions for a successful exploitation of non-university research results

Against the backdrop of existing deficits in the area of technology and know-how transfer, the project analyses impact factors for a successful, commercial exploitation of research results. The project focusses on the applied research conducted in the non-university research sector and the transfer of knowledge and technology to Austrian SMEs.
On behalf of: Austrian Cooperative Research
Co-operation: FGW, iwi, Österreichische Kachelofenverband, ÖIAT
Completed: 2015/12
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

Evaluierung des Programms „Forschungskompetenzen für die Wirtschaft“
Evaluation of the programme "Forschungskompetenzen für die Wirtschaft"

The programme consists mainly of training seminars, qualification networks as well as innovation courses within tertiary studies. The evaluation analysed the usefulness of the instruments and the integration of the programme in the overall funding portfolio as well as the implementation and impact of the programme.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economic
Completed: 2015/04
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 is examined from the perspective of small and medium enterprises in the region Waldviertel. Measures will be 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 Statistical data on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe and on the creation of an e-platform for Women Entrepreneurs

The aims of the study are 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
Completed: 2014/11
Contact: Eva Heckl

Finanzierungsbedarf der österreichischen Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft
Financing needs of Austrian Cultural and Creative industries

In this study, an actual picture of the situation and needs in terms of funding of organizations and companies from the Austrian Cultural & Creative Industries is collected and analysed.
On behalf of: austria wirtschaftsservice GmbH
Co-operation: FOKUS - Austrian Society for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies, Österreichische Kulturdokumentation
Completed: 2014/11
Contact: Aliette Dörflinger

Entwicklung der WKW-Strategie zur Förderung von Innovationskraft und -fähigkeit der Wiener Unternehmen
Development of a strategy supporting innovation in Viennese companies

The objective of the analysis is to support the development of measures and activities of the Viennese Chamber of Commerce and to develop recommendations providing a sustainable impact on the innovation capacity and strength of Viennese companies. The study focusses on the question of successful innovation strategies and effective barriers as well as appropriate (and effective) support measures, and possible differentiations with respect to firm size and innovation types.
On behalf of: Economic Chamber Vienna
Completed: 2014/08
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

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

The purpose of this study is 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

Interim evaluation of the participation of SMEs in FP7 (Cooperation Programme and the Research for the benefit of SMEs schemes)

The overall objective of the study was to evaluate the results and impacts of the participating SMEs within two initiatives of FP7: the cooperation programme and the research for the benefit of SMEs schemes under the capacities programme, including the impacts on economic performance, European added value, behavioural additionality and innovation. The evaluation study assessed the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the two initiatives.
On behalf of: European Commission, DG Research
Co-operation: Panteia (lead)
Completed: 2014/05
Contact: Iris Fischl

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

The study analyses the complex process of business transfer with regard to the different phases prior to, during and after business transfer. Furthermore it estimates 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

Wirkungsmonitoring der FFG Förderung 2011 - 2013
Impact monitoring of FFG funding 2011 - 2013

The impact monitoring of RTDI funding for Austrian companies, managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), assesses direct economic impacts of the funded projects on, for example, innovation, employment, turn-over, on research and innovation behaviours and competences of the funded businesses as well as their cooperation behaviour for their RTDI activities.
On behalf of: Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Completed: 2014/04
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Erweiterte Erfolgskontrolle des Programms zur Förderung der Industriellen Gemeinschaftsforschung und -entwicklung (IGF)
Extended performance review of the Industrial Collective Research Programme (ICR) in Germany

This accompanying evaluation (2011-13) of the funding initiative “Industrial Collective Research Programme” referred to the project and programme level. The programme supports research projects in the pre-competitive stage for the benefit of SMEs in the entire industrial sector. Project ideas are developed in industry financed associations for the purpose to coordinate industry wide precompetitive research and conducted by a broad range of research institutes.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Berlin Co-operation: iit/VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Completed: 2013/12
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

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

The aim of the study is 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

Analysis of conditions for a successful transfer of knowledge in the area of industrial technologies

The study aimed for the identification of the conditions for a successful transformation of EU-funded research projects into innovative products and services available at the market. Based on the analysed processes, the study derived success factors and recommendations how such a transformation could be supported in the future.
On behalf of: European Commission - DG Research and Innovation
Co-operation: Oxford Research AS, Nordic Research
Completed: 2013/05
Contact: Sascha Ruhland

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

Evaluation der Österreichischen Klimaschutzinitiative klima:aktiv 2004 bis 2012
Evaluation of the Austrian Initiative for Climate Protection klima:aktiv 2004-2012

The primary objective of the initiative klima:aktiv was to introduce and promote climate-friendly technologies and services. The initiative was divided into four thematic clusters: Building, Energy Efficiency, Mobility, and Renewable Energy. The evaluation analysed internal and external effects, assessed strengths and weaknesses of the main activities and identified options for the further development of the initiative.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
Completed: 2012/11
Contact: Iris Fischl

ACR - Innovationsradar
ACR – Innovation Roadmapping

The Austrian Institute for SME Research coordinates the development and publication of a roadmap in cooperation with 14 member institutes of the Austrian Cooperative Research association. Purpose of this roadmap is to provide SME with information on future trends in technologies and innovations in order to boost their innovation performance.
On behalf of: Austrian Cooperative Research
Co-operation: ACR-Network
Completed: 2012/06
Contact: Sascha Ruhland