Austrian Blockchain Landscape v1.1

February 23, 2018

The Austrian Blockchain Landscape - Update v1.1

After publishing the first Austrian Blockchain Landscape in January 2018, enliteAI and CryptoRobby received a lot of positive feedback. In the updated version, 24 new organizations and companies have been added.

Newly added companies & institutions are marked with “v1.1” for easier identification in the text below the infographic.

Major additions and changes in this update: We fine-tuned the categories and introduced some new ones: Media with three active publishing houses, consulting, blockchain applications, software and development.

enliteAI’s ultimate goal in the long run is to detect new enterprises and organizations by applying artificial intelligence.

At enliteAI we are developing a market intelligence platform, based on artificial intelligence, with the aim to automatically map innovation ecosystems. What better topic to put this solution to use than blockchain: THE defining topic of our time.

With kind support of Robby Schwertner, a Vienna-based independent blockchain expert and blogger at, we put together the first Austrian Blockchain landscape. Surprisingly, the landscape includes the “usual suspects” - such as start-ups, accelerators and universities - as well as a large number of public institutions, initiatives and communities. We take this strong backing as a promising sign that the Austrian Blockchain landscape goes well beyond adopting new technology, but is also discussed in a wider societal context.

Disclaimer: We are not involved with any of the companies and organizations listed in this landscape.

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Key Findings

  • Number of ICOs and total volume in 2017 was comparatively small, in 2018 we expect more activity, especially from established players
  • We see strong interest from utilities and public institutions to adopt blockchain
  • Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy initiated Blockchain Austria initiative and financially supports the institute for Cryptoeconomics at Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • City of Vienna is very active in supporting blockchain solutions, community and research, in particular the Open Government Data Initiative (OGD) on blockchain
  • So far no clear frontrunner among startups has emerged, as many prominent Blockchainers, such as TenX , set-up operations outside Austria
  • Fortunately there are very active people managing several accelerators and incubators across the country
  • We expect 2018 to become a break-out year for the technology, with many more local initiatives and projects being unveiled to the public

Accelerators & Incubators

A healthy blockchain eco-system not only requires developers, finance experts and researchers, but also mentoring and finance from seasoned entrepreneurs. Fortunately, there are accelerators and incubators across the country, often linked with co-working spaces and local organizations.

Blockchain Consulting

In this section consulting agencies which focus on blockchain related advice are listed.

Development & Software

This box contains important software developers with experience in smart contract programming related coding.

Exchange, Trading, Investing

This category focuses on exchange of crypto currencies, Crypto teller machines, trading and investing in blockchain projects and ICOs.

Blockchain Applications

This section contains applications in the energy sector, startups which offer coins, and companies developing closed blockchain systems with for a specific application like ticketing, security, e-commerce, taxation or invoicing.

Due to the high activity in the Blockchain space many law firms have experience in setting up and supporting ICOs.


Companies in this category offer either mining hardware or mine for cryptocurrencies.

Organizations & Communities

Austria has a very large Blockchain community with more than 10.000 Blockchainers - with local organizations in each province.


Activities from public players is strong in Austria, both in form of initiatives, as well as in pilot projects like open government data.


Extra-university research facilities are small in number but contribute substantially to Blockchain related science and applied research.

Universities & Educational Institutions

Austrian universities conduct Blockchain both economic and technical research. At the end of 2017 Vienna’s University of Economics and Business launched the Institute of Cryptoeconomics, which will focus on new business models. In addition a number of private institutions offers education and trainings, covering blockchain basics up to investments, development and business case modelling.


Four publishing enterprises have been added, they are very active in the crypto sphere and provide specific news and content related to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

Created by EnliteAI - Vienna - 02 / 2018