With v-start, the competence centre for business creation, WISTO extends its services for technology-oriented entrepreneurs and start-ups.

When founding a company, v-start helps at different stages:

  1. In an early stage v-start supports technology and creative oriented entrepreneurs by evaluating their business ideas. 
  2. In the process of company foundation v-start can look after and coach entrepreneurs and founder teams.
  3. At later stages v-start helps young companies when expanding and growing. 

All services of v-start are free of charge and demand oriented, according to the needs and wishes of the founders. 



  • Support for the development of business plans and business models
  • Organisation of technology, network and information events
  • Support for communication activities
  • Strengthening of academic spin-offs with the scope of AplusB Scale-up program of bmvit and aws - together with FH Vorarlberg.


  • Help by building up networks and partnerships
  • Open up technologies and knowledge of experts, suppliers and serivce partners
  • Support for international projects through the networks of Außenwirtschaft Österreich (AWO) and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).


  • Consultation and support when applying for grants for research, development, innovation, investment or growth projects 
  • Placement of attractive entrepreneur loans for innovative, technology-oriented companies
  • Consultation on financing instruments for expansion and growth


  • Performance of patent and technology research in order to analyse state of the art technologies and competitiors.  
  • Consultation on professional handling of property rights and applications for patents. 
  • Mediation of infrastructure, technology and research partners


  • Mediation of cooperation, development and production partners. 
  • Support when transferring products into serial production, building prototypes or sourcing parts

Shareholders of v-start Kompetenzzentrum für Unternehmensgründung GmbH are Wirtschafts-Standort Vorarlberg GmbH and PRISMA Unternehmensgruppe. 


Contact Bernd Hilby for question and details about v-start and its services for young companies and founders.

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