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National / Go-International Go-International

Initiative to strengthen and expand the international business activities of Austrian companies

Post from 2. May 2023
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Austrian companies should operate successfully on the global market and strengthen their international competitiveness. go-international promotes such projects.

Since 2003, about 42,000 Austrian enterprises have benefited from the internationalisation offensive “go-international” of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economic Affairs and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. This initiative will now be continued until 2027. With the help of go-international, Austrian companies are to be supported in opening up new markets in order to position Austria in global competition.

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Direct fundings

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extended until 2027

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Your support for international success

Teresa Heritschgo-Marczik

Senior Consultant
Teresa Heritschgo-Marczik is our Teamled for area of Invest and Financing.

Our experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this funding.


A total of 5 direct subsidies in the form of “schecks” support Austrian companies in their steps towards internationalisation

The subsidies in the form of “schecks” are only available to companies that are active members of the Chambers of Commerce and the Chambers of Civil Engineers and wish to export their own products or services. In addition, they must generate significant value added in Austria.


The 5 schecks in detail

Internationalisation Scheck

 

Requirements?

Your company must be “new-to-market”, i.e. you have either not yet been active in the selected target country at the time of application or a previous attempt to gain a foothold in this market was made some time ago and you have not conducted any business in the last two years.

For whom?

Small and medium-sized enterprises without restrictions
Large enterprises only for target countries in long-distance markets

What is funded?

The grant offers 50% co-financing for external costs incurred in connection with market entry in new target countries.

How much?

The amount of funding depends on the target country and is a maximum of 10,000 euros for distant markets and 5,000 euros for countries within Europe. There is also the possibility of receiving a technology or sustainability bonus of a further 2,500 euros. Each company can submit a maximum of three funding applications until 31.12.2026.

 

Digital-Marketing Scheck

 

Requirements?

Your company must be “new to digital marketing”. This means that no more than €1000 has been spent on online marketing up to the time of application.

For whom?

SMEs only

What will be funded?

50% co-funding for your company’s digital presence in the selected target country.

How much?

The maximum payout amount is 7,500 euros. If technology or sustainability bonuses are taken into account, this amount can be increased by up to 2,500 euros. It is possible to submit a maximum of three funding applications until 31 December 2026.

 

Education scheck

Requirements?

There is already a branch abroad

For whom?

This funding is available to

  • SMEs and
  • large enterprises

worldwide.

What is funded?

External training costs

The training measures are carried out by an Austrian training provider or its cooperation partners.

How much?

Until 31 March 2027, the maximum possible payment amount is 7,500 euros. It is possible to increase this amount by taking technology or sustainability bonuses into account.

Sourcing-Scheck

Requirements?

“New to sourcing market” – There have been no sourcing activities in the selected target country in the last 3 years.

For whom?

Austrian producers of goods
This funding is available to

  • SMEs and
  • large enterprises

equally available.

What is funded?

Consulting services

How much?

The maximum possible payout amount until 31 March 2027 is 7,500 euros. It is possible to increase this amount by 2,500 euros by taking into account technology or sustainability bonuses.

 

Project business – Scheck

 

Requirements?

“New to project” – you have not yet received go-international funding for the project in question within the last 3 years.

For whom?

This funding is available to

  • SMEs and
  • large enterprises

worldwide.

What is funded?

The Project Business Cheque offers Austrian companies co-financing of project-related costs for consultancy (proposal writing, external data research and (pre-)feasibility studies), further training and participation in events (project business training, procurement seminars) as well as travel costs in the following two areas:

Participation in international public tenders (tenders of public institutions at national level abroad; projects of international financial institutions (IFIs).
Project submissions within the framework of international innovation programmes (e.g. Horizon Europe; LIFE, EIT). The focus of the selected programme must be on the internationalisation of market-ready, innovative products, processes and services.

Participation in programmes with a focus on research and development cannot be funded.

How much?

A maximum disbursement amount of 7,500 euros can be granted per application. An increase of 2,500 euros through technology or sustainability bonuses is possible. A maximum of three funding applications may be submitted until 31 December 2026.

 

Globalisation creates dynamics, brings changes, but also many opportunities. Elisabeth Mohn

Our experts for go-international

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Teresa Heritschgo-Marczik

SENIOR CONSULTANT
Teresa Heritschgo-Marczik is part of our team in Graz and works in the area of investment and financing and is your ideal contact person for go-international.
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Carina Felberbauer

Consultant
Carina Felberbauer is part of our team in Graz and works in the area of investment and financing and is also an expert for this funding.

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