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Doing business in Austria

Whether you’re a startup, corporate or individual entrepreneur – Austria is
an attractive business location for many reasons:

  • Austria is the fourth wealthiest country in the EU with immense purchasing power
  • Located in central Europe, it gives access to the most prominent European markets
  • As the world’s most liveable country, it attracts international investors, talent, tourists, and more

There’s just one problem: the jungle of information and paperwork you need to work through to start a business in Austria – and keep it running.

That’s where we come in.

Who we are

Start-up Stars is a passionate team of experienced entrepreneurs who have been through the rollercoaster of setting up and running a business – now we are dedicated to guiding you to entrepreneurial success in Austria.

What we do

We support visionaries, founders, and game-changers throughout the process of setting up or expanding their company in Austria. From a business plan to market entry and beyond, we ensure you’re only one step away from your next VC or angel investor.

Company formation in Austria

Before forming a company in Austria, there’s a lot of informed decisions that you need to make.
Things like which legal entity to choose and whether to file for VAT.
We’re here to help companies and individuals from the USA, Argentina and
beyond to make the best-informed decision they possibly can.

Services for investment & business in Austria

We offer an array of consulting services that ensure your next venture is a success.

Business plan consulting
We’ll help run through liquidity numbers, determine whether your
business is viable and set a plan of action.
Human resource management
Managing employees and payroll, according to Austrian law and standards can be challenging. Let us take care of it.
Angel investor matching
With a strong network to investors across Austria and beyond,
we’ll put you in touch with the right person.
Digitization of business models
Going from brick-and-mortar to online isn’t easy. We will advise you
on how to get your business to remain competitive and up-to-date.
Startup funding & grants
Where to get cash? Austria offers generous funding and grant
programs for Startups and entrepreneurs; we’ll help you leverage.

PR & marketing strategies for startups
Having contacts to local press outlets and marketing suited to
the Austrian culture is vital. We’ll make sure you get it right.
Imports and exports in the Austria
Want to import and/or export goods to and from Austria.
We can help you figure out the regulations you need to adhere to.

Run by successful entrepreneurs

Christiane Holzinger

The one who calls up the investors.

Numbers are her thing. The certified tax consultant has an unmistakable eye for precision and detail. She stands by her clients’ side when it comes to business plan consultation, budget & liquidity calculations, meticulous controlling as well as financing and grants. If need be, she’ll even battle with the authorities. Contemporary corporate finance to crowdfunding is one of the core competencies we bring at Start-up Stars.

Eva House

The marketing all-rounder.

Eva House is a peak performer and knows what drive it takes to get her customers to the top. The Carinthian-born, now US-based marketer brings her extensive experience in brand strategy, brand building and strategic marketing consulting, brand strategy to the table. A passion for timely web presence and graphic design is what we’re all about at Start-up Stars.

Thomas Gruber

Mr Right for every case.

The already dense jungle of bureaucracy is not getting any better, so having someone who knows the law like the back of his hand is a must. As Partner and Managing Director of the law firm, HBA Legal with offices in Graz, Vienna, Klagenfurt, and Zurich – Thomas is a proven specialist in corporate and company law, corporate financing, venture capital & private equity. Start-up Stars can offer you competent legal advice that will give you clarity, not confusion.

One source for
all the answers.

Austrian network.


Easy to
work with.

"We commissioned Start-up Stars to help us find the right grant and handle it all the way from application to settlement. We were able to rely on their know-how at all times and were able to access their vast knowledge base in the areas of management, entrepreneurship and project management at any time. We always know how things are handled here and appreciate the open and friendly contact."
"Start-up Stars was recommended to me by a friend who has been one of their customers for many years. I was looking for someone who could guide me through the authority jungle and all of the problematic start-up phases — whether adapting my business plan or applying for a loan. The team supported me in positioning, marketing and digitalising my company. I never had to ask for grant information; these were recommended to me according to each package I booked and were handled in full by the team. I like the familiar environment and feel 100% supported here."
Thomas Kamp
"I have been a Start-up Stars customer for many years now and am incredibly satisfied because they approach me proactively. A lot of information generally intriguing for entrepreneurs is communicated directly to me by Christiane Holzinger. She knows her customers and then involves the right experts promptly. I have often benefited from her strategic vision and outstanding network. Start-up Stars are a well-rehearsed, effective and successful team, who put in extra shifts when necessary. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with them."
Christoph Drescher

Want to invest in or set up a business in Austria?

Contact Start-up Stars and let's talk about your business needs.