Network partners 2020

SYNCON International Franchise Consultants are constantly on the move EU- and worldwide. We see ourselves as competent consultants in all fields concerning franchise know-how.

With over 25 years of successful consultancy, we have built up SYNCON to its position as market leader in the German-speaking countries.

We may currently look back on more than 1,200 franchise projects which we have handled to the fullest satisfaction of our customers. More and more franchisors rely on our support in their international expansion as well.

During recent years, SYNCON has also developed competence in the field of Social Franchising.
In september 2014 Waltrud Martius organized the 1st Social Franchise Forum in Vienna  - hosting high potentials on the podium and more than 120 participants. This engagement will go on - being one of Waltrud Martius´ matter of heart.

The German Franchise Association Deutscher Franchiseverband e.V. is the umbrella organisation for Germany’s franchise industry. It was founded in 1978 and is based in Berlin. This quality community represents both franchisers and franchisees. The Deutscher Franchise Verband provides its mor than 320 members with numerous services and benefits. The association’s core concern is economic, social and political representation of the franchise industry’s interests, which includes supporting its members’ expansion plans.

In 2017 some 970 franchise systems in Germany, together with approximately 123,000 franchise partners and 707,000 employees earned turnover of around 112 billion euros.

Organized as an independent association, the aaia is the first contact point for investors, startups, media and other stakeholders regarding angel investments in Austria. With a strong network of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, all members meet each other on a peer-to-peer level and the aaia promotes the Austrian startup ecosystem together with our partners.

For its members, it is the one-stop shop for everything concerning investments and startups. As a partner in crime, we accompany investors throughout their entire career as a business angel: from the first contact with the investors scene, over the first investment to the successful management of their own portfolio. The approach is like the mindset of the startup world: hands-on & learning by doing.


The idea
Economic and technological progress is a sign of life in a dynamic society - and requires people with initiative, a high degree of mental flexibility and the ability to act. In a time of constant change, permanent and active willingness to learn are personal and entrepreneurial success factors.
In this sense, the WIFI of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce sees itself as a source of inspiration for people with a clear view of the future. As Austria's largest adult education institution, WIFI has the desire and the goal of offering committed people the widest possible range of opportunities for development. Because: Knowledge creates alternatives for action - both in private and economic terms.
Our mission
The WIFI is a service institution of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to support those working in the economy so that they can better meet the tasks of today and the challenges of tomorrow. Our goals are to improve professional and entrepreneurial qualifications and to provide assistance with company-specific questions. In doing so, we are guided by the current requirements of the economy and the needs of our chamber members.

"OBSERVER" is the full-service agency for Media Intelligence in Austria and since 1896 market leader in classical media monitoring & analysis. From the very beginning, "OBSERVER" has been internationally active and is also a founding member of the international association FIBEP. With the "OBSERVER ClipManager" and the "MIO" there is the unique possibility to present the collected media response from all channels in one online tool. The service can be supplemented by many additional modules covering the entire range of digital communication.
In the area of Online Monitoring & Social Media Analytics, the media monitoring platform offers tailor-made solutions that meet all the requirements of professional communication. The portfolio includes individual analyses and reporting services for success control in marketing & PR. 

management club is the most influential manager network in Austria and the interface between business and politics. As an Austria-wide network of executives, we develop new ideas and concepts for future topics with renowned experts and political decision-makers.
At events and working groups, cutting-edge questions from the fields of economics, politics, communication, research and technology are explained in order to highlight urgently needed improvements. Therefore, the members of the management club are among the first to recognize developments and trends that are crucial for entrepreneurial success.

The Austrian Retail Association- Handelsverband sees itself as spokesman and partner of the trade and represents about 150 large trading companies as well as thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises, which generate more than 42.000 Billion euros annually with more than 250.000 employees at 12.000 locations all over Austria. As a politically independent advocacy group with the focus on­­ the requests of its members, the Austrian Retail Association- Handelsverband seeks to influence the legislative framework at the state and supranational level for the benefit of its members. The association's portfolio includes four innovative industry congresses, the discussion-format [trade] zone, the RETAIL magazine, the publication of studies and the Austrian Retail Association- Handelsverband Akademie.

ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, with its about 100 offices in over 70 countries, provides a broad range of intelligence and business development services for both Austrian companies and their international business partners. Around 800 employees and 35 consultants around the world can assist you in locating Austrian suppliers and business partners. We organize about 1,200 events every year to bring business contacts together. Other services provided by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA offices range from introductions to Austrian companies looking for importers, distributors or agents to providing in-depth information on Austria as a business location and assistance in entering the Austrian market.

Through broad networking at mentoring events and successful mentoring initiatives, the Mentory Club aims to promote the career entry or re-entry, professional development and career advancement of women, thus laying the foundation for professional success. At regular career talks you can experience women in management positions in their companies and have the opportunity to meet many interesting women and network.

The Marketing Club Austria has been active on the Austrian market for 60 years and is part of the Austrian Marketing Confederation. The club has more than 900 members and offers about 20 exciting lectures, panel discussions, workshops and a further education format for marketing decision makers every year. The Marketing Club Austria invites to networking, further education and industry talks. "Let yourself be seen" is the inviting motto.

alpha is a club by women for women - not excluding men. For more than 30 years we have been promoting and strengthening women. Through education, information and networking we encourage women to follow their own way. Just as the needs of women and the framework conditions for their professional and private lives are changing, alpha has also continuously modified its range of services and programmes, creating new focuses. alpha is work in progress.

What began as a "rehearsal stage" on which women could test their appearance, persuasiveness and argumentation skills and, if necessary, professionalize them, has developed over the years into a sustainable network on the one hand, and on the other hand into a base station for projects such as the annual Women Journalists' Congress, "Actions not Words" or "WoMentoring".

Maria Rauch-Kallat, the alpha founder, planned alpha as a non-party political academy for women and wanted to address women in different stages of life and with different interests.

The association „FrauimFokus“ was founded 15 years ago and sees itself as a business network for women in which they can learn from each other through enjoyable collaboration. The association puts high priority on sustainability in all its activities and operations and takes its responsibilities with regard to the three pillars of economy, ecology and society very seriously. They place particular emphasis on the promotion of women in their economic activities and organize various events with the purpose of encouraging women to develop their skills in a future-oriented way.

The StartUp Center of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt supports FHWN innovators & entrepreneurs in implementing their innovative business ideas.

Our services:

  • FHWN Accelerator (intensive program for founders)
  • Co-working space & meeting rooms
  • Idea evaluation by experts
  • Coaching, mentoring, workshops & events
  • Support for business plan, marketing concept, prototyping, law, co-founders, etc.
  • Networking with founders, funding institutions & investors
  • FHWN start-up day

XING is the leading social network for professional contacts in the German-speaking world and accompanies its members through the paradigm shift in the world of work. In an environment of a shortage of skilled workers, digitalization and changing values, XING helps its 18 million members to combine work and life as harmoniously as possible.

XING as a partner of the Franchise Fair

As XING, we think it's very important, especially in times like these, to show job seekers and people interested in changing jobs the options available on the job market, and that's why we're supporting the Franchise Fair. This fair will showcase opportunities for entrepreneurship, which, thanks to successful business models, well-known brands and established teams, make it easier to start your own business.

We want to encourage our customers. Courage to believe in something, to hold on to goals - and to realize them.
We believe in you and support you in doing so.

Erste Bank is particularly concerned to support you as a franchise partner in the best possible way. After all, efficient companies are the prerequisite for Austria's successful economic future. To ensure that we can provide you with the best possible support for your plans with competent advice, first-class service and practical assistance, our financing experts are available to assist you in our GründerCenter - Am Belvedere 1, 1100 Vienna.

Read here - what a business plan is all about, how to calculate the total costs of founding a business, which documents to take with you to a bank meeting and which forms of financing are available.

The Österreichische Wirtschaftsbund (Austrian Business Federation) is Austria's largest and most powerful political lobby for female and male entrepreneurs and people who think independently. The success that the Wirtschaftsbund has achieved in the last four years in terms of more entrepreneurial spirit are of benefit not only to its over 100,000 members, but to the economy as a whole. In addition, committed Wirtschaftsbund functionaries at federal, state and local level are indispensable opinion leaders for the domestic economy in addition to representing interests and in statutory bodies. With one goal: that there can never be enough entrepreneurial thinking in Austria.

WU Executive Academy - Know How to Succeed

The Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU) has more than 100 years of experience and an excellent reputation. The portfolio of the WU Executive Academy includes in-service, practice-oriented programs for executives, junior managers and companies. These include Professional Master Programs, the university degree program "Diplom Betriebswirt", university courses (e.g. Marketing & Sales), MBA and Master of Laws programs as well as management seminars.

The speakers are professors and experts from a worldwide network of over 240 universities and leading companies. This is one of the reasons why the WU Executive Academy has been accredited by the most renowned institutions and has been ranked among the best in numerous rankings.

Franchising is a great way to get started as an entrepreneur, but according to a recent survey, 75% of those interested want a professional companion at their side. This is exactly what the FRANCHISE ACADEMY is for. More than 15 years of experience in franchising, 12 of them with one of the largest franchise systems in Germany - now head coach Timo Marschall would like to help you with his experience and his network of top experts to find your dream franchise system quickly and sustainably, to finance your start as an entrepreneur correctly and to lay the foundation for sustainable success.
Visitors to the Franchise Fair can download his best 10 tips as a free eBook for you.
The FRANCHISE ACADEMY is the first online coaching for franchisee success.
Recommended by leading experts and satisfied customers.

InterACTION Networking - the somewhat different kind of networking.

Business network meetings are more in demand than ever. In a relaxed atmosphere, people from a wide range of industries should get to know each other, exchange ideas and network. From our own experience we know that unfortunately this does not always work out as participants and organisers would like.

Setting and organisation are often not ideal to motivate people to actively approach others. This is exactly where InterACTION comes in. Since 2017 we have been creating the perfect setting for networking in Vienna.

Targeted interactive offers and activities enable participants to get into conversation with others faster and easier - even across different industries! You can find more information about the concept and upcoming events on our website.

With around 7,000 students at five locations and five cooperation sites, FH Campus Wien is the largest university of applied sciences in Austria. In the departments of Applied Nursing Science, Applied Life Sciences, Building and Design, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Technology as well as Administration, Economics, Security, Politics, there is a choice of more than 60 part-time and full-time courses. Application-oriented research and development is currently bundled in nine subject-specific competence centres. Further education and training in the form of seminars, modules and certificate programmes is covered by the University of Applied Sciences through the Campus Wien Academy.

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