Vienna’s museums enter the digital fast lane
The City of Vienna is funding innovative digitalisation projects by Viennese museum. Vienna’s museums are currently working on trendsetting digital solutions for the future. The museums are receiving support from the City of Vienna to enable them to apply digital technologies such as virtual and augmented reality to breathe new life into their exhibition spaces. With the funding programme “Culture & Technology: Focus Museum” launched by the Vienna Business Agency, four Viennese museums will now receive up to 100,000 euros per submitted project. The projects are designed to enable the museums to engage with their audience more effectively and build lasting ties.
The newly created funding model has encouraged Viennese museums to submit their projects to the Vienna Business Agency in partnership with companies from the creative industries and the technology sector for the first time this year, where they will be subjected to the critical scrutiny of an international jury of experts. Digital museum collections revolve around the transfer of knowledge – cultural achievements should not be lost just because they have been overtaken by technological developments.
“With this new funding programme, we have created a model that will benefit the entire city and its visitors. These digital solutions for museum collections, exhibitions and cultural education programmes will help to raise the international profile of Vienna’s museums and open up new, digital-savvy target groups. At the same time, we are seeing the emergence of strong partnerships with businesses, which will place the innovative range of Vienna’s creative industries in the global spotlight,” says Peter Hanke, Vienna’s City Councillor for Economic Affairs.
To the press release "Culture & Technology: Focus Museum (PDF)".
Vienna, december 2022
Hanke/Ornig: €10 million to promote energy saving
The general rise in prices and high energy costs are currently hitting small businesses particularly hard. The City of Vienna is launching a new funding programme to offer them some support. By funding energy-saving efforts, the City of Vienna is looking to steer small businesses and local supply companies towards a sustainable, energy-efficient transformation of their business processes.
The Vienna Business Agency is releasing a total of €10 million for the implementation of the measures, with up to €20,000 earmarked for each project. A wide range of measures are eligible for funding, from the use of energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators and freezers to changes to heating systems, increased energy efficiency in production or logistics, and improved insulation.
From 1 February 2023, companies will be able to submit their projects to the Vienna Business Agency for the energy saving funding programme. The information and advice that companies need in order to prepare and think through their projects is available now.
Press Release "Hanke/Ornig: €10 million to promote energy saving" (PDF)
34,000 businesses in Vienna have received 1 billion euros in funding.
Encouraging results after 40 years of the Vienna Business Agency
The Vienna Business Agency was founded 40 years ago under the name Vienna Business Development Fund. The name has changed, but the goal remains the same: to support businesses in Vienna, to promote their innovative projects in order to create jobs, and to strengthen Vienna’s position as a business location on the international stage.
Since its establishment in 1982, the Vienna Business Agency has channelled 1 billion euros in funding for 34,000 business projects into the Viennese economy. This, along with all other activities carried out by the Vienna Business Agency over the past 40 years, has triggered 6 billion euros in investments in Vienna as a business location. In other words, every euro of funding has see a six-fold increase.
100,000 new jobs created in and for Vienna
The Vienna Business Agency’s scope of activities, however, extends far beyond its funding programmes. For example, it helps businesses from all over the world to settle here, it builds special facilities such as technology centres and life science laboratories, prepares production areas, and provides advice to entrepreneurs in 18 different languages.
Press release: 40 years of Vienna Business Agency (PDF)
Vienna, november 2022