AplusB – Academia plus Business

AplusB supports innovative, technology-oriented spin-offs from the academic sector
The programme funds the so-called AplusB-Centres that are providing professional support for scientists in the difficult process of turning a good idea into a viable business. This involves both: not only counselling and assistance during the actual start-up phase and but also establishing the idea of entrepreneurship more firmly in academic theory and practice.

There are seven AplusB-Centres in which start-ups are qualified, counselled and coached.
Owner of programme / investor
Target group Single researchers, Start-up
Topic Information technology, Human resources, Life sciences, Materials and production, Mobility, Security, Environment and energy, Further issues, Space
Type of service Funding
Förderinstrument -
FFG Unit of organisation Structural programmes
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The AplusB-Centres

The following links guide you to the seven AplusB-Centres.

accent Gründerservice, Lower Austria (only in German)
build! Gründerzentrum, Carinthia (only in German)
CAST Center for Academic Spin-offs Tyrol (in English)
INiTS Universitäres Gründerservice, Vienna (in English)
SPG Science Park Graz, Styria (only in German)
tech2b Gründerzentrum, Upper Austria (in English)
ZAT Zentrum für angewandte Technologie, Styria (only in German)

Former AplusB Centres:
BCCS Business Creation Center Salzburg (only in German)
v-start Kompetenzzentrum für Unternehmensgründung, Vorarlberg (only in German)

AplusB-Centres develop integrated bundles of measures targeted at scientists from universities, Fachhochschule colleges and non-university research institutions:

  • providing counselling, know-how and support
  • providing infrastructure facilities (laboratories, offices etc.)
  • financial support
  • providing optimal start-up conditions for the new companies by cooperating with potential investors and with other funding programmes and the regional network
  • awareness-raising, mobilisation and stimulation of start-up activity (events, information campaigns, professorships for entrepreneurship etc.) addressed to young scientists, and – in particular – to students and professors

Target Group

For incubation: Scientists from Universities, Fachhochschule-colleges and non-university research institutions, as well as R&D academics from the private sector
For awareness-raising and stimulation activities: young scientists, students and professors


Start-up activity in Austria was generally not very dynamic by international standards; this is particularly true for the high-tech sector, which accounts for less than 10% of all new companies. The fact that the number of new companies founded by university graduates and scientists is so small is significant. The AplusB impulse programme therefore aims to bring about a sustainable increase in the number of innovative, technology-oriented spin-offs from the academic sector.

Objectives of AplusB

  • Ensuring a sustainable increase in the number of academic spin-offs;
  • enhancing the quality of these new companies (i.e. their technology and knowledge intensity), as well as their likelihood to succeed;
  • increasing the potential for spin-offs from universities, Fachhochschule colleges and non-university research institutions;
  • enhancing the exploitation of research results by business;
  • supporting other technology transfer measures.



Performance report of the AplusB Centres 
Abstracts: Effectiveness of the Austrian business incubator program AplusB
FG Start-up Folder


AplusB is a programme developed, implemented and managed by the FFG on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit).