Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Businesses and entrepreneurship are a core area of the Institute’s national and European research activities. We study different forms of businesses (e.g. one-person businesses, hybrid entrepreneurs, older entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurship, multi-entrepreneurs, etc.) as well as their different life cycles, business models and innovation activities. The innovation activities of companies are an essential factor for a successful entrepreneurship. The Austrian Institute for SME Research regularly conducts analyses of innovation processes in companies as well as of the research, technology and innovation policy framework conditions and their effects on the development of companies and innovations in Austria and Europe. The connections between technology and innovation on the one hand and entrepreneurship (e.g. new business models) on the other are also analysed.

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Selected Projects

Unternehmerinnen in Österreich 2017 (Women Entrepreneurs in Austria 2017)

This study offers a comprehensive analysis of entrepreneurship of women in Austria. Socio-demographic characteristics of female entrepreneurs, the characteristics of companies run by women, working conditions and the entrepreneurial and private environment as well as the specific challenges of women entrepreneurs are in focus. Based on this, conclusions are derived on how women entrepreneurship can be promoted. A focus report is dedicated to women entrepreneurs in male-dominated industries.

On behalf of:

Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs

Completed:

2018/01

Contact

Eva Heckl

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Rahmenbedingungen und Hemmnisse für innovative Unternehmensgründungen in Österreich (Inhibiting framework conditions for founding innovative companies in Austria)

This study analyses existing barriers for young, innovative companies in Austria and develops recommendations for conducive framework conditions for founders. The main focus of the analysis is on the barriers to found a company 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:

Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development

Completed:

2017/12

Contact

Sascha Ruhland

German publication

Mittelstandsbericht 2016 (Report on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises)

This report on small and medium sized enterprises is presented to the Austrian Parliament every second year. Besides recent information on the industries as well as a thematic focus on competitiveness, the report also provides a list of support measures for SMEs based on the 10 principles of the European Small Business Act.

On behalf of:

Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy

Completed:

2016/11

Contact

Peter Voithofer

German publication

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

The project consisted of two studies, conducted together with the cooperation partner Panteia B.V. The aims of this study were to collect and analyse the most recent comparable statistical data on women entrepreneurs in Europe (37 countries) in order to quantitatively capture female entrepreneuership. Furthermore, the study explores the feasibility and possible design, input and set-up of a European-wide e-platform for women entrepreneurs. It incorporates findings of a women entrepreneurs survey as well as interviews with stakeholders.

On behalf of:

European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry

Completed:

2014/11

Contact

Eva Heckl

publication

your contacts

Eva Heckl

Senior Researcher
e.heckl@kmuforschung.ac.at
+43 1 5059761-36

Sascha Ruhland

Senior Researcher
s.ruhland@kmuforschung.ac.at
+43 1 5059761-49
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Wissenschaftliche Begleitung des Projekts: „Multifunktionale Nutzung thermisch aktivierter Bestandsfassaden“ (Accompanying research of the project “Multifunctional use of thermally activated existing facades”)

Accompanying research of a technical research project, which shows the economic and technical potential of the external component activation for the renovation of existing buildings.

Expected Completion
2020
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KMU 4.0 (SME 4.0)

The aim of the project is to develop an informed knowledge basis with regard to digitisation for all ACR member institutes.

Expected Completion
2020
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Zahlen, Daten, Fakten (AI – Facts and Figures)

Collection of figures, data and facts on artificial intelligence in Austria as a basis for decisions on the further development of the corresponding FTI programme portfolio.

Expected Completion
2019
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Efficient Implementation of Innovation in SMEs

By analysing how to support the efficient implementation of digital innovation in SMEs, the project aims at the development of a suitable set of methods.

Expected Completion
2018
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Born Globals and their Value Chains

The study deals with company start-ups or young companies that pursue a business model geared to the international market right from the start.

Completed
2018/12
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Wettbewerbsfähigkeit österreichischer Unternehmen, insbesondere KMU (Competitiveness of Austrian Enterprises)

The study analyses, if the current framework conditions in Austria promote or hinder competitiveness of Austrian enterprises - especially SMEs.

Completed
2018/12
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Austrian Entrepreneurial Index – Retail trade 2017

The Austrian Entrepreneurial Index (AEI) combines different aspects of self-employment and measures the satisfaction of entrepreneurs.

Completed
2018/02
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Unternehmerinnen in Österreich 2017 (Women Entrepreneurs in Austria 2017)

This study offers a comprehensive analysis of entrepreneurship of women in Austria.

Completed
2018/01
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Familienunternehmen in Österreich 2017 (Family Businesses in Austria 2017)

Family businesses are very important for the Austrian economy.

Completed
12/2017
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Rahmenbedingungen und Hemmnisse für innovative Unternehmensgründungen in Österreich (Inhibiting framework conditions for founding innovative companies in Austria)

This study analyses existing barriers for young, innovative companies in Austria and develops recommendations for conducive framework conditions for founders.

Completed
2017/12
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Inclusive entrepreneurship 2017

Analyses on strategies and measures in the area of "inclusive entrepreneurship" (target groups: youth, women, the elderly, the unemployed, migrants, people with disabilities) at national, regional and local level in Europe.

Completed
2017/12
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Mittelstandsbericht 2016 (Report on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises)

This report on small and medium sized enterprises is presented to the Austrian Parliament every second year.

Completed
2016/11
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Start-up Report Österreich (Start-up Report Austria)

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.

Completed
2016/10
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Study on Statistical data on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe and on the creation of an e-platform

The aims of this study were to collect and analyse the most recent comparable statistical data on women entrepreneurs in Europe in order to quantitatively capture female entrepreneuership.

Completed
2014/11
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