VIENNA: The BMEIA’s Austrian Leadership Programs cooperate with the Pioneers Festival to put the focus on start-ups
“The invitation to 21 decision-makers from the international start-up sector aims to further promote networking between Austria and the international start-up scene”, said Sebastian Kurz. The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs has invited 21 decision-makers from 11 countries to spend a week in Austria at the end of May participating in the Austrian Leadership Programs (ALPS). Set up by the BMEIA in 2016 in cooperation with the Austrian Economic Chambers and the Federation of Austrian Industries, the programme is already taking place for the sixth time.
It is also the first time that ALPS is organised in cooperation with the Pioneers Festival and this sixth round will focus on start-ups. “Innovation and new technologies are forward-looking and mean progress and development for Austria as a business location. Increased networking of the Austrian start-up scene with international founders is very important to us”, stated Sebastian Kurz.
The one-week ALPS round involves visits to Runtastic, the A1 Startup Campus, the Kapsch TrafficCom Startup Accelerator and Softwarepark Hagenberg. On the last two days participants will visit the Pioneers Festival at the Hofburg Vienna. To round off the week, ALPS visitors will be treated to some cultural highlights, for example a visit to Ars Electronica.
At the initiative of Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz, the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs has, since 2015, greatly increased its range of services available to Austrian businesses. In addition to the creation of the “Unternehmensservice” (Business Support Service unit), numerous event formats and support for Austrian export companies through the diplomatic representative network, the visit programme Austrian Leadership Programs (ALPS) was also launched. “For the sixth time now, the programme is helping to network innovation, promote Austria as a business location and attract foreign investors”, concluded Sebastian Kurz.