Deepening the collaboration with Chinese start-ups and authorities
Photo: Dr. Stefan Riegler and Ms. Lihong Huang
12 September 2019 – A delegation of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and Austrian companies visited Shanghai from 11-13 November 2019. Mr. Florian Frauscher, Director General of Economic Affairs, Innovation and Internationalization Department, was head of the delegation and attended meetings with Shanghai Municipal Government and various Chinese innovative companies.
Mr. Stefan Riegler, Deputy Director General, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary of the Austrian Embassy, and Ms. Carina Margreiter, Program manager of Global incubator network Austria (GIN), led a part of the delegation to the start-up scene of Shanghai. Fruitful meetings and experience exchanges with Shanghai Technology Innovation Center, Chinacclerator and IJK Capital took place during the whole day. All sides expressed their strong willingness facilitating further collaborations.
A part of the delegation also visited the Sino-Austrian Eco Park in Nantong and discussed about concrete project realizations in the near future with Nantong Municipal officials.
New opportunities for start-ups, investors and accelerators
Photo: Minister Schramböck, Agathonos and GIN and China Accelerator representatives after the Signing Ceremony
06 November 2018 – To strengthen the cooperation between Austria and China, a partnership agreement between Global Incubator Network (GIN) Austria with Chinaccelerator, one of the country’s most successful startup accelerators, was signed in Shanghai on the margins of the CIIE in the presence of Austrian Ambassador to China, Dr. Friedrich Stift. Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW), Dr. Margarete Schramböck and Philipp Agathonos, Director of OSTA congratulated the signatories.
The agreement aims to support innovative start-ups and investors on both sides and marks the extension of the GIN-programme, which until now covered Israel, Singapore, Hongkong, the Republic of Korea and Japan to mainland China.
Intensifying bilateral relations in many fields
Photo: Minister Hofer visiting HKSTP
The Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz visited Hong Kong from 31. August to 2. September 2018. He was accompanied by Norbert Hofer, Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Heinz Faßmann, Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research, Margarete Schramböck, Minister of Digitalisation and Economics and the President of the Austrian Economic Chamber, Harald Mahrer. The visit aimed at deepening the bilateral cooperation in particular in the areas of education, scientific research and technological innovation. On August 31, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs Carrie Lam, met with Chancellor Kurz and the three Federal Ministers at the Government House of Hong Kong. Following that meeting the three ministers had a frank exchange of views with the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr. Nicholas YANG. Ms Schramböck and Mr Faßmann also had meetings with their counterparts, Mr Bernard CHAN, Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, and Mr Kevin YEUNG Yun-hung, Secretary for Education. On September 1, the delegation visited i.a. Cyberport, the Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) and the Application Innovation Center of Lenzing in Hong Kong. The office for Science and Technology in Beijing supported the Austrian General Consulate in Hongkong in preparation of the visit.
Presenting seven innovative tech-startups from Austria
Photo: Startup company Artivive presents AR solution
11 July 2018 – Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, took part in the Austrian Startup Nite 2018 in Hongkong, which was hosted by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Hongkong in cooperation with the Austrian Global Incubator Network (GIN).
The Program Managers of GIN, Ms Annamaria Andres and Ms Carina Margreiter, introduced the startup ecosystem of Austria as well as the GoAustria Program and GoAsia Initiative. Seven highly innovative tech-startups of Austria – Artivive, Connect, Insider Navigation, Prewave, SCIO, SIMAX and Visual Vertigo – represented technologies in various fields during the Pitch and Switch event.
The Startup Nite goHongKong 2018 brought together startups, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, incubators and tech-innovators from all around the world and enabled the experience exchange of the masterminds.
Visiting goHK Event and RISE Conference
Photo: Max Pfeiler, Ivana Bacanovic, Jürgen Rattenberger
10 to 12 July 2017 – It was a first time for 8 Austrian Start-ups together with their entrepreneurs coming to Hongkong, one of the most dynamic cities of the start-up scene, for scouting and learning purposes. This initiative, named as goHongKong, is supported by the Austrian Government and implemented by the Global Incubator Network of Austria (GIN). During the 3 weeks, the Austrian entrepreneurs have the opportunity to undergo an intensive accelerator programme at the Hongkong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) and participate to the RISE Conference, one of the most famous start-up event world-wide.
OSTA accompanied the GIN supervisors, Ms. Ivana Bacanovic and Mr. Jürgen Rattenberger, to the events and assisted the start-ups by hauling their businesses.