Possible motives for aws Founders Fund investments are:

Typical situations:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Market launch of innovative products or services 
  • Sales structure establishment 
  • Investments in production facilities 
  • Investments in working capital, etc. 
  • Internationalisation 
  • Development of new markets​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Start-up and follow-on financing:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • ​Later Seed financing
  • Series-A and Series-B financing for high-growth start-Ups

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Co-investments with domestic and international Partners:

  • Risk sharing 
  • Larger financing volume  
  • Access to specific industry know-how 
  • Value-adding investors from our international Network

Our investment criteria:

We invest in:

  • Companies headquartered in Austria 
  • No revenues required, max. EUR 10 m 
  • Less than 50 employees 
  • Founder(s) must hold equity stake(s) in the company of at least 25 %  
  • The company was founded up to 6 years ago resp. first sales were generated no more than 6 years ago* 
  • Management team with strong execution skills 
  • Highly scalable business model with clearly recognisable benefit to the customer and documented proof of concept / proof of market 
  • Target market with considerable volume and high growth potential 
  • Investment amount between EUR 100,000 and EUR 3 m (flexible contract structures) 
  • For mezzanine investments: Company already generates revenues in its core Business

* in this case, the size criteria (number of employees, turnover, Balance sheet total) are reduced to 70 % of the above-mentionded figures.


We do not invest in:

  • Companies without enough risk commitment of the founders 
  • Reorganisations and restructurings 
  • Companies with trend-based revenues or unclear USP 
  • Some business models in the area of financing, lending and insurance – to be discussed in detail with Company
  • Heavy industry companies​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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