Deep tech & spin-offs

We focus on academic spin-offs and deep tech startups with a strong innovation based on science, engineering and technology.

Early-stage investment

We invest as lead investor in pre-seed and seed stages with initial tickets of 150k EUR and have the ability to follow on in later rounds.

Austria and beyond

We focus on Austria, but have the ability to invest beyond our geographical sweetspot into exceptional teams located anywhere in Europe.

Proximity to scientific research

Supported by a strong partner – yet fully independent as a VC firm. Thanks to our close affiliation with IST Austria, our portfolio companies can benefit from this partnership in various ways. Our mission is to bring the same level of excellence to business as IST Austria is bringing to research.

IST campus

IST research

Nature has classified IST Austria as a rising star and has ranked it globally #3 in the “Nature Index” normalized ranking, and #8 in the “Nature Index Top 30 under 30”.

  • IST research
  • IST Lab

    IST infrastructure

    • Life science and pre-clinical facility
    • Nanofabrication facility
    • Bioimaging and microscopy facility
    • Machine shop
    • Scientific computing infrastructure

  • IST infrastructure
  • IST PARK

    IST PARK

    From a single coworking desk to a full fledged biotech lab: IST PARK offers various accommodation options for startups and high-tech companies.

  • IST PARK
    • Our Portfolio

      Find out what our portfolio companies are working on and you will catch a glimpse of the future. From biologists working on programming the elements of life, to computer scientists exploring the possibilities of machine learning in healthcare and business, to material scientists manipulating the very objects we are in touch with every day. The spectrum of our portfolio is as broad as science itself.

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