aws – austria wirtschaftsservice

Walcherstraße 11A
1020 Vienna

+43 1501750
+43 150175900

Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (aws) is the Austrian federal promotional bank. It assists companies (mainly SMEs and Start-ups) in their implementation of innovative or growth-oriented projects by issuing guarantees, granting loans and awarding subsidies, particularly in cases in which it is not possible for these companies to obtain the necessary funds in a sufficient amount from other sources of financing.

In addition, aws provides support in the form of specific information, advisory and other services to prospective, established and expanding companies.

Year of creation
individual entities or association
Type of organization
National Promotional Bank (NPB), National Promotional Institution (NPI), Private, Mutual, Mixed
Fully public (NPI)
Product typology
guarantee or counter-guarantee or co-guarantee
i.e. fully mutual, funded by SMEs, banking associations, fully public, fully private, private-public, mixed models
State owned (100 %)
Shareholder structure
Private / Public (in %)
0 / 100
Legal form
of single guarantee entity or association: i.e. fund, development bank, development agency, cooperative or mutual societies, bank, foundation, association, limited company, etc.
Limited Company – Financial Institution
Structure / Network
i.e. central scheme with regional offices, central scheme only, association network
Central Scheme only
Geographic coverage
i.e. local, regional, national
Sectorial focus
i.e. agriculture, industry, crafts, retail, liberal professions, cooperatives, etc.
All sectors (with the exception of Agriculture and Tourism)
Size of businesses supported
i.e. large companies, SMEs, micro-enterprises, independent/self-employed
Mainly SMEs
Supervision statute
i.e. mono-product banking licenses, financial intermediary statute, non-supervised. For associations, please state statute of members
Financial Institution
Profit / Non-profit oriented
dividends to public shareholders are not considered as profit orientation
Non-profit oriented
Do you benefit from a counter-guarantee at local, regional or national level?
Local level or Regional level or National level
National level - Ministry of Finance
Are you/your members financial intermediary for EU-programmes?
CIP/COSME or Structural funds or Progress or RSI/RSFF Horizon 2020
CIP/COSME, RSI/RSFF Horizon 2020; InnovFin SME Facility
Types of guarantee products provided by your organisation/your membersLoan default guarantees, Leasing guarantees, Working capital loan guarantees and Mezzanine financing guarantees
Other SME support instruments offered by your organisation/your members
Subsidized loans or Mezzanine financing or Venture capital or Coaching or Mediation services
Subsidized loans, Coaching, Mezzanine financing, Mediation services, Venture capital, Grants, SME investment support
Do you (your members) use..?
De minimis or GBER or Regional guidelines or Notification
De minimis, GBER, Regional guidelines and Notification
Do you (your members) dispose of an internal rating/scoring system?Yes
Do your guarantees provide deponderation (capital relief) for member banks subject to capital requirements (Basel agreement)?Yes
Do you (your members) benefit of a public counter-guarantee that allows deponderation (capital relief)?Yes