The creative center of the Vienna Business Agency offers comprehensive services and networking assistance to Viennese companies in the creative industries – from architecture through to multimedia. To this end, departure has developed formats such as curated by_vienna, Content Award as well as ideas competitions.
With a focus on networking, departure not only acts as a central contact point and project partner for the creative industries, but also as a hub between companies from the creative industries and classical businesses. Cooperation on an equal footing is a key concern.
One of departure’s core tasks is to increase the visibility of creative work . Examples of this are the exhibition „tomorrow is …“, which portrays the Viennese creative scene in recent years or the 2014 publication Something Special – Vienna, the Creative City on the occasion of departure's 10th anniversary. departure promotes innovative projects, products and services, locally and internationally, thereby supporting the positioning of Vienna as a creative hub.
As a provider of impetus as well as an incubator for ideas, the creative center provides space for the exchange of knowledge and for know-how transfer. By organizing workshops and laboratory projects on current issues, it offers room for experimental and open discussions . It releases studies and publications that focus on central themes of the creative industries.
Furthermore, departure informs about the services offered by the Vienna Business Agency targeted at Vienna's creative community.
The creative center Vienna
17.7 % of Vienna-based companies are engaged in the creative industries and contribute significantly to the value of the Vienna economic area.
- 41% of the Austrian creative industries are based in Vienna
- more than 63,000 people in Vienna are employed in the creative industries
- and are generating more than 11 billion euros of annual revenue.