Social Entrepreneurship in Austria

The Social Entrepreneurship scene in Austria is constantly growing.
Get an overview on established social businesses in Austria, courses and education you can take within the field, and how to start your own social business!

Social Businesses in Austria
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Successful Austrian changemakers at one glance.

Smart yourself up about education on social entrepreneurship.

Collection of SE competitions, incubators, and funding opportunities.

Social Businesses in Austria

Most of the social businesses in Austria are dedicated to the topics education & research, environmentalism, projects in developing countries,
re-integration in the labour market as well as (networking) support for social entrepreneurs.

Here you can find some cool examples of Austrian social businesses:

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You want to learn more about social entrepreneurship to get a deeper understanding of the topic? Here you can find information on relevant courses and learning materials!

AMS Wien & Impact Hub Vienna

In a joint effort a special Social Entrepreneurship workshop has been incorporated  into the AMS Unternehmensgründungsprogram “the business founding program”, which supports people, who are currently not employed to found their own jobs and organisations.

Ashoka Leadership Program

9-month part-time programme turning you into a pioneer paving new business and social impact ways for society

Pioneers of Change

Courses that aim at turning you into a changemaker and actively shape our future society

Social Impact Award

Free workshops on social entrepreneurship, idea generation, business model development, and more.

WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business

Research and teaching about social entrepreneurship at the NPO/SE Competence Center

Social Entrepreneurship Akademie – SEA

SEA offers “Education for societal change” since 2010 for social entrepreneurs and changemakers

Global Entrepreneuship Summer School

During the annual GESS, 105 selected students from all across the world come together to combine entrepreneurship with social impact

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Start your own

Thinking about starting your own social business? Great! In order to make it a little easier for you, there are many ways you can find support and funding opportunities in Austria.
Check them out here:

Essl Social Prize

The aim of the Essl Social Prize is twofold: Firstly, to honour the winners whose social innovations have had an outstanding impact in the social sphere, and secondly, that the prize money can be used to develop and expand the project. In this way, the Prize supports pioneering projects that are particularly worthy of promotion and that can be replicated, acting as role models for social entrepreneurship.

Impact Hub Vienna

The Impact Hub Vienna community is made up of social businesses addressing challenges both locally and globally. The members are entrepreneurs, social investors, freelancers, advocates, campaigners, creatives, artists, consultants, coaches and more.


RE:WIEN supports start-ups/ventures that develop new solutions and try to create a positive impact on society (social/environmental impact). In an intense 6 months process, RE:WIEN works with ventures to develop their ideas further, establish smart and resource-efficient processes and build strong and sustainable businesses operating on the market.

Schumbeta Challenge

The Sustainable Entrepreneurship Movement: Connecting the most innovative and creative minds to transform Europe into an entrepreneurship driven and sustainable society.

Social Impact Award

SIA is the largest student social entrepreneurship competition in Europe. It is a year-round program offering education, free workshops, financial and community support to up and coming student social entrepreneurs.

Social Impact Start

Social Impact Start supports social start-ups in the launch phase of their socially innovative business ideas. They offer individual coaching, professional consulting in the field of social entrepreneurship, mentoring, co-working space, as well as addressing and matching to potential financing partners.

Sozial Marie

SozialMarie is the oldest prize for social innovation in Europe and honours projects in the field of social innovation. Beyond a financial recognition adding up to 54,000 Euros, SozialMarie primarily offers a public platform for innovative social projects.

The Changer is home to a community of social impact professionals who are committed to making the world a better place. They offer a job platform, social start-up guides, info on how to get a career with purpose, and much more.

Vienna Business Agency

The Vienna Business Agency is the first point of contact for national and international companies. It offers financial support, real estate and urban development incentives as well as free service and advice. The objective is to strengthen Viennese companies and their innovative force.

Tu was, dann tut sich was – Sozialfestival

Austria’s first social festival accompanies and supports people in selected regions to create, develop and implement their ideas. There is a total of € 150.000 available for the support of projects and initiatives.

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