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Welcome to Open Austria,

the official Austrian representation in Silicon Valley, the epicenter of global innovation.

Our mission is to connect Austria and Silicon Valley in the fields of business, technology, investment, tech diplomacy, and the arts. Moreover, we shed light on the vast creative and innovative potential of Austria, a high-tech nation in the heart of Europe. Join our active community and engage with our network in Austria, Silicon Valley, and beyond!

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Why

Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley is often regarded as the global hub for disruptive innovation and frontier technologies.

For decades, this region has become synonymous with world-leading research and the global tech industry. Today, the impact of this dynamic ecosystem reaches every corner of the globe. Silicon Valley is home to innovative products and services that revolutionize the way we think, live, and ultimately shape our society in unprecedented and often controversial ways. It attracts the world’s best talent and major investment, propelling companies to grow rapidly on a global scale.

This ever-changing region fosters a special culture of bold ideas, experimentation, and exchange between a diverse set of actors, ensuring constant renewal of its technological base and the sustainability of its innovation ecosystem.

Why

Austria?

Located in the heart of Europe, Austria is strategically well-positioned and renowned for its strong industrial base, long tradition of manufacturing, high-quality engineering, vibrant creativity, and bridge-building capacity in international affairs.

It is the ideal springboard into Central and Eastern Europe. Mechanical engineering, environmental technology, renewable energy, chemicals, vehicles, electronics, and tourism are just a few of the major industrial sectors where Austria is a leading global player. It is not only home to household names such as Red Bull and Swarovski but also to several industry leaders in manufacturing. Highly specialized small and medium-sized companies are the backbone of the Austrian economy and excel with innovative products and services.

Austria boasts world-leading research in academia and the private sector and benefits from its well-educated, highly skilled local workforce. As a member of the European Union and a center for tech diplomacy, Austria shapes global standards, principles, and rules for frontier technologies such as AI and quantum computing. Austria’s creative industries draw on a vibrant contemporary arts scene and a long-standing tradition in artistic practices. As a pioneer in media arts, Austria has become a global digital culture hub advocating for human-centered technology and a new digital humanism.

Why

Open Austria?

Open Austria…

  • connects Austrian entrepreneurs, startups, and companies with the Silicon Valley ecosystem

  • offers a broad scope of consulting services with regard to the business location Austria

  • brings Austrian artists, innovators, and creative minds to the SF/Bay Area for collaborative practices with local arts organizations, festivals, and the tech industry

  • engages with tech companies, regulators, and other stakeholders to help positively shape technology

  • serves as community platform for networking, opportunities, and content events

Why

Austria?

Located in the heart of Europe, Austria is strategically well-positioned and renowned for its strong industrial base, long tradition of manufacturing, high-quality engineering, vibrant creativity, and bridge-building capacity in international affairs.

It is the ideal springboard into Central and Eastern Europe. Mechanical engineering, environmental technology, renewable energy, chemicals, vehicles, electronics, and tourism are just a few of the major industrial sectors where Austria is a leading global player. It is not only home to household names such as Red Bull and Swarovski but also to several industry leaders in manufacturing. Highly specialized small and medium-sized companies are the backbone of the Austrian economy and excel with innovative products and services.

Austria boasts world-leading research in academia and the private sector and benefits from its well-educated, highly skilled local workforce. As a member of the European Union and a center for tech diplomacy, Austria shapes global standards, principles, and rules for frontier technologies such as AI and quantum computing. Austria’s creative industries draw on a vibrant contemporary arts scene and a long-standing tradition in artistic practices. As a pioneer in media arts, Austria has become a global digital culture hub advocating for human-centered technology and a new digital humanism.

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