StartNet Carinthia

Type: Clusters and other supportive networks
Location: Austria
Contact: Melanie Jann

Who are we?

Many organizations and institutions in Carinthia help you on your way to becoming a successful company. To strengthen the position of entrepreneurship and forming of new companies the stakeholders in the Carinthian startup ecosystem have teamed up to provide the best possible information and services. Our goal is to create the best conditions for starting a business in Carinthia.

Which phases of Start-ups do we support?

  • Business idea
  • Seed/ Start-ups
  • Growth

Start-ups from which industries are we servicing?

We support all Austrian | Carinthian companies and do not have a specific focus, that is defined by each partner institution.

But anyhow, start-up developments have applications in all industry fields such as:
  • Business and Productivity
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Financial Services
  • Life Science and Agriculture
  • Lifestyle and Entertainment
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Mobility and Transportation
  • Other

What kind of services do we offer?

StartNet Carinthia provides orientation for founders, start-ups and other players in the ecosystem. It is an established cooperation project between mainly named eight institutions which deal with the support of founding a company. StartNet Carinthia operates on three different levels; service, operational and management level. On the service level, many institutions are involved in start-up activities. Networking and cooperation of all involved is the basis of a functioning ecosystem. Initiatives and new offers are invited to incorporate their ideas with StartNet Carinthia anytime, anywhere. On the operational level of eight institutions we work intensively in the form of projects and regular meetings. Networking and cooperation of all involved is the basis of a functioning ecosystem. On the management level, the participating institution leaders meet twice a year and on an ad hoc basis. New ideas and projects as well as their possible implementation into the ecosystem are discussed and tested constructively.

StartNet Carinthia cooperates strongly with Start-up Alpe Adria initiatives and provides services via its partner network:
  • Business know-how
  • Innovating & intellectual property
  • Networking & matchmaking
  • Infrastructure
  • Funding sources
  • Access to markets
  • Other

The services of these eight institutions are described in the detail resource container descriptions of each institution:
  • Carinthian Economic Promotion Fund | Kärntner Wirtschaftsförderungsfonds KWF,
  • build! Gründerzentrum Kärnten GmbH,
  • Economic Chamber of Carinthia,
  • Lakeside Science & Technology Park | BABEG Kärntner Betriebsansiedlungs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft G.m.b.H.,
  • Public Employment Service Austria (AMS),
  • The Federation of Austrian Industries (IV),
  • Carinthia University of Applied Sciences,
  • Alpen-Adria- Universität Klagenfurt.

What is our vision?

We want to increase the number of founded companies, start-ups and start-ups with growth potential. We - the partners of StartNet Carinthia - wish to create an attractive environment for start-ups. In doing so, we rely on an entrepreneurial ecosystem characterized by compactness, short distances and a trusting basis between all stakeholders - embedded in the Alps-Adriatic region. To achieve our goals, we jointly develop the founder ecosystem. Our mission is therefore to act as a collaborative founders' platform, leveraging the synergies of the StartNet Carinthia Partners and supporting entrepreneurs on their way to becoming self-employed. StartNet Carinthia is networked in Austria and beyond its borders, thus supporting newly founded and already established companies, to find and maintain the right support.

How can you contact us?

In case of interest, please refer your questions to Melanie Jann,



Europaplatz 1, 9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Carinthia, Austria