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PIER 4 for Business

As a start-up incubator and partner to Upper Austrian industrial and commercial enterprises, we support innovations and collaborations initiated by PIER 4.

Our aim is to integrate the new projects into existing company structures in the best possible way in order to achieve an optimum result for both sides.

At PIER 4, companies not only have the opportunity to get to know start-ups, but also to regularly get in touch with other leading companies from Upper Austria and make use of the entire network of expertise.

They can exchange experiences and benefit from recommendations and alternative solutions.

Your PIER4 advantages as a company

Open Innovation

Raising awareness for opening up the innovation process, status quo analyses, target agreement

Innovation culture

Support in developing a culture of innovation within the company

Trend scouting

Research into current trends & developments

Support for cooperations & projects

Preparation, organization, moderation, feedback for collaborations & support for innovation projects

Exchange of experience

Exchange with other companies in the PIER 4 network on innovation and technology topics

Startup Scouting

Continuous startup search according to jointly defined search fields

Access to the startup ecosystem

Use of premises, access to the startup scene, access to startups


Access for start-ups and companies to the other ecosystem

PIER 4-Pitching Session

Presentation of 5-8 selected startups on site; opportunities for cooperation

Organization & support of cross-industry topics

Organization of workshop events on current topics (artificial intelligence, hydrogen, etc.)


As everywhere where something new is to be created, it is about two things at the beginning:

To determine what is.

And to define what should be.

That's why the first step is to work out everything that a good cooperation needs. Together, we take a first look at how innovation has been lived, handled and promoted in the company so far.

After a comprehensive analysis of the current situation, we turn our attention to the future: We define the goals of the cooperation, describe the necessary fields of action for the common path to achieving them and meet all the necessary requirements for a successful partnership.



We are the direct link to the numerous start-ups with which we personally work or have worked. Through constant monitoring and scouting of the scene, our database of new start-ups is constantly expanding.

Following the search requests of our partner companies, we are on the lookout worldwide for innovative and technology-driven start-ups in order to initiate collaborations or enable the development of prototypes.

At regular PIER 4 pitching sessions, hand-picked start-ups present their products and services. In further discussions with interested partners, cooperation opportunities are explored and, ideally, successfully implemented in the short term.


As a startup incubator and partner of Upper Austrian (industrial) companies, we support startup cooperations initiated by PIER 4.

Our aim is to integrate the new projects into existing company structures in the best possible wayin order to achieve an optimum result for both sides.

PIER 4 supports companies both in preparing for an appointment with a startup (briefing) and, if desired, during the appointment as a moderator, as well as in the follow-up (feedback & assessment).

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Manfred Schietz

PIER 4 Open Innovation Consultant / Program Manager
Manfred Schietz
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