Welcome to Open Austria, our new and official Austrian presence in Silicon Valley. With this initiative, Austria is sending a strong signal to the world’s most innovative and future-minded region. Our mission is to connect Austrian entrepreneurs, innovators, scientists and creative minds to the Valley and provide those who are already here with a home base.

It is also our goal to shed light on the vast creative and innovative potential of Austria. A high-tech nation of “hidden champions” in the heart of Europe, Austria deserves to be recognized well beyond its world-famous artistic and cultural traditions. Join us on this adventure and help us create a network of openness towards the world of tomorrow!


Many trends and technologies which are omnipresent in our daily lives have their origins in the Bay Area. Open Austria connects Austria with Silicon Valley and is a platform and partner in business, science, technology and the arts.

There are many reasons why Silicon Valley is unique. An open, collaborative mindset and world-class universities like Stanford and UC Berkeley are just some ingredients that lead to the emergence of radically new ideas. Silicon Valley’s outstanding innovation ecosystem enables entrepreneurs to transform those ideas into real world-changing products and services.

Austria is a high-tech nation that gave birth to many world leaders in their specific markets. Those “hidden champions” and numerous other small and medium size enterprises are the backbone of the Austrian economy and excel with innovative products and services. Austrian higher education institutes, private and public research labs and companies engage in world-class research and development.

Open Austria will leverage the potential of Austria and Silicon Valley and be a focal and contact point for exchanges in both directions.

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Martin Rauchbauer
is Co-Director of the Open Austria Silicon Valley Office and Austrian Consul in San Francisco.

Georg Fürlinger
is Co-Director of the Open Austria Silicon Valley Office and Technology Officer of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, Austria’s trade promotion agency.

Georg Fürlinger
Before he was working at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology conducting research on university startups in the USA and Europe, and was project manager for the European exchange program Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs in Austria. Furthermore he worked with Stanford’s Startup Accelerator StartX, and was adjunct professor at the Entrepreneurship Center of the New York Institute of Technology.

Georg consults in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation and has successfully implemented projects with corporations, public agencies (e.g. UN) and startups around the world. He initially started his career with VAMED in international project management. Georg received his Master in International Business from the Vienna University for Economics and Business and attended courses at the University of Western Australia and Harvard University. He is currently on his PhD at the Vienna University of Technology.

He co-authored the book “Abseits von Silicon Valley” (Beyond Silicon Valley) and publishes in the field of academic entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship ecosystems. As a passionate traveler he was leading educational tours of North American groups through Europe.

E-Mail: georg@open-austria.com

Martin Rauchbauer
Before coming to San Francisco, Martin was Deputy Director of the Business Support Service and Head of the UNESCO unit at the Austrian Foreign Ministry in Vienna. In 2014, he was briefly CEO at the Österreich Institut GmbH in Vienna. Between 2011 and 2014 he was Director of Deutsches Haus at NYU in New York City. From 2007 until January 2011 he was the Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York.

Martin also served as Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Mexico City and as Desk Officer at the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Throughout his career, Martin designed and implemented numerous high-profile academic, cultural and business-related events in North America. He also worked as a journalist for Austrian Radio and Television (ORF) and the Viennese weekly news magazine “Format”.

Martin received his M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C. He also holds a degree in Philosophy and German Studies from the University of Vienna.

E-Mail: martin@open-austria.com