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Up to 1,000 different start-ups are founded each year in Austria. Most of them have one thing in common: a good business idea. However, much more is needed for the long-term success of a company. In addition to personal energy and stamina, good people in the team and a little luck, competent legal advice and good networking are also required.

With our CMS equIP programme, we offer both to innovative entrepreneurs in the technology sector – from the first tentative steps to later growth phases, including support in the search for investors.  Here we can draw on a dense network of contacts relevant to the industry. And because we are convinced that good ideas shouldn’t fail due to a lack of legal advice, start-ups can even access our services at reduced prices.

CMS equIP member have access to:

  • Tech industry-focused legal advice across all areas of law at special discounted rates from a legal partner with experience of working with entrepreneurial companies of all sizes at every stage of growth
  • A menu of fixed fee services – transparent legal services specifically designed for technology start-up needs
  • Introductions to relevant industry players
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More about our equIP programme

CMS equIP is an exclusive programme for start-up businesses, which provides:

  • Industry introductions
  • An Active peer network
  • Access to other CMS equIP members
  • Exclusive training
  • Discounted legal advice


Making every start-up a success story

The average age of founders in Austria is 30.8 years. It only takes them two years to create an average of nine jobs. 23% sell their products and services in Austria, 44% throughout Europe and 33% even supply a global market. These are some impressive key figures on the Austrian founders’ scene*.

But what we find even more interesting are the innovative business ideas behind these start-ups and the question what kind of support you need to turn your start-up into a successful business in the long run.

And why should you make us your business partner to handle your legal questions?

CMS is not only a leading law firm in both Austria and throughout the world, we have also worked with start-ups for many years. We can advise you in all practice fields and industries and thanks to our international team also in virtually all jurisdictions. We help you kick off your project, and then support you throughout your career as an entrepreneur – and we do so with great passion for supporting your start-up.

Having represented start-ups for many years, we are aware of the limited financial means during the foundation phase and offer flexible remuneration models. Get to know us and find out on these pages how we can contribute to your success story.

* European Start-up Monitor of the WU Entrepreneurship Center


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