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in Linz.

You have an idea for a business, but don't really know how and where to start? You want to take the step into self-employment, but you still lack the necessary financial security? Then apply for the Founders Scholarship!

The City of Linz supports early-stage start-up ideas with EUR 1,000 per month (in total EUR 5,000, paid out in two instalments). With this, you can cover part of your living costs and take care of the founding of your own company without worrying. 

Application from 1 February to 31 May 2023!

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How to apply for the start-up grant 2023

  1. 1

    Describe the founding idea

    Make your start-up idea clear and tell us in the application what you have considered. Tip: In the PDF "Schedule and Evaluation Criteria" you will find all the points that are important to the jury!

  2. 2

    Have further documents ready

    With your start-up idea, you also hand in the registration form, copy of your passport and the signed conditions of participation (p. 6 of the document "Call for entries and conditions of participation", see below).

  3. 3

    Submit by May 31, 2023

    Send all necessary documents by e-mail to by the end of May - if you have any questions, you are of course welcome to contact us at any time.

Time table Founders Scholarship 2023

Founders Scholarship 2022
Impressions of the award

In August 2022, the first four winning projects of the City of Linz's Founders Scholarship were presented: Knödlerei by Uros Rakic, Researchly by Leopold Bosankic and team, d'Speisgörls by Bernadette Stiebitzhofer and Anna Pospischil, and Yoolola Pet by Sigrid Populorum. 

"The scholarship is intended for people who have not yet pursued self-employment on the market but who want to give an impulse to the Linz economy. In addition to the existing economic promotion, this measure can be used to discover and develop the potential for ideas from the citizens. This is a real benefit for everyone involved," Mayor Klaus Luger is convinced. 

Representing the jury at the press conference were Birgit Wimmer-Wurm from tech2b and Gerhard Roiss, who financed an additional scholarship of 5,000 euros.