Discover Creative Vienna: Circular Design

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Explore Vienna and its impactful startup and creative community!

The Discover Vienna: Design & Circular Economy program offers international designers and entrepreneurs who contribute to accelerating the transition towards Circular Economy a two-week program to explore the creative and impact community Vienna. 

The program takes place from September 26th – October 10th.

Who should apply?

The program targets design and technology companies that create competitive and innovative business models with a circular economy approach by shifting linear value chains into circular ones. The focus is on the following topics but not limited to


●         Sustainable food production

●         Resource efficiency in consumption and production

●         Reduction of the environmental impact of cities

●         Sustainable management and use of natural and man-made resources


What’s in for you?


¬      Networking & site visits – Get access to and connect with the Viennese creative and startup scene

¬      Info sessions – Gain knowledge of the ecosystem’s establishment conditions, incentives, tax and legislation and public funding opportunities

¬      Dedicated support from the team of the Vienna Business Agency

¬      International events

Vienna Design Week: September 27th – October 6th


Vienna Design Week is Austria’s largest design festival, with a variety of locations and events in Vienna. The festival curated by Lilli Hollein enters its 13th round in 2019. Opening up creative processes and giving scope for experimentation on site are core elements of the festival concept. During VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, the city becomes a platform and showcase of design. Design is more than just a designed object. VIENNA DESIGN WEEK defines design as an essential part of the cultural production. The festival shows that design shapes our material culture, our every-day life and our world as consumers.

Impact Days: October 10th-11th

Impact Days (or formerly known as CEE Impact Day) is the annual conference where 300+ leaders from every sector come together to build alliances to address the most challenging issues of our time using innovation and entrepreneurship. Join us and get inspired to take collaborative action toward building a future where business, people and our planet will all thrive.


What we offer


Within the Discover Vienna program the Vienna Business Agency promotes the following expenses for one beneficiary per company/start-up with a percentage of 50% up to a maximum amount of EUR 2.500,--


¬      Travel expenses

¬      Access to Impact Days and Vienna Design Week

¬      Expenses for accommodation up to a maximum of 14 days

¬      Desk in a coworking space up to a maximum of 14 days



Conditions of participation


This event is designed for creative companies and startups that are not older than 8 years, are beyond the idea/prototype stage and have already successfully launched in their domestic market.

The program could be of great value, if your start-up is interested in:


¬      Exploring new business opportunities

¬      Expanding into the Austrian market

¬      Looking for international partners

¬      Seeking to raise capital internationally

Application is open until September 1st 2019!


For questions please contact:
Alexander Diesenreiter: +43 1 4000 86726,