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e-start-up

Start up your business with ease online.
USP allows you to carry out all the steps in setting up your company online. You can only start up a business by way of simplified start up as per section 9 of the GmbH-Gesetz, hereinafter referred to as a ‘single-member GmbH’, via the USP business service portal.

E-start-up is a free online service of the USP, which can be used to start up a company quickly and easily.
This offer is currently available for sole proprietors and single-member GmbHs. Other legal forms can be set up via a notary.

General requirements for starting up a company

  • Mobile phone signature (for start-up via the USP)
  • Legal maturity – have turned 18, no adult protection (formerly guardianship (Sachwalterschaft))
  • Citizenship of a Member State of the EU, EEC or Switzerland or residence permit (under Austrian immigration law)
  • Domicile in Austria, in the EU/EEC or in Switzerland
  • Lack of ground for exclusion as per the Gewerbeordnung 1994 (GewO 1994)
  • Attestation of competence (only for regulated professions)

Requirements for starting up as a sole proprietor

  • No special requirements

Requirements for starting up a single-member GmbH

  • The company has only one member (natural person)
  • This person smultaneously holds the role of Managing Director
  • The banking process for starting up a single-member GmbH has been completed (capital stock paid in, identity document, specimen signature)
  • The standardised articles of association available in the USP is used

A valid mobile phone signature is required to register and log into the USP You can find out what a mobile phone signature is here and how you can request one.

USP registration/creating the start-up account

e-start-up procedure

When starting up a company electronically via the USP, founders must follow the following steps.

The image shows the foundation progress

Please note

Only when starting up a single-member GmbH, the founder must open an account with a bank, pay in the capital stock and provide a sample signature in the USP prior to the start-up process. A sample signature is provided for comparison purposes. The bank then passes on all these documents electronically directly to the courts.
All further steps can be performed via the USP.

1. Founders register in the USP, create and then log into the start-up account. A valid mobile phone signature is required for the registration and login process.

2. Founders select a legal form for their company. At present, the legal forms sole proprietor and single-member GmbH can be started up via the USP.

3. Founders complete the necessary forms to start up the company. Depending on the legal form chosen, the specified forms are required for the start-up.

Forms for sole proprietors

  • New business support
  • Business registration
  • Financial registration (Verf24)
  • Social insurance notification

Forms for single-member GmbH

  • New business support
  • Business registration
  • Application for entry in the commercial register
  • Tax office notification (Verf15)
  • Social insurance notification

If founders have already completed individual forms via another competent body (e.g. the start-up service of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce), the founder can specify as such in the start-up account so that the form will not need to be completed again via the USP.

4. After all necessary forms have been completed, these will then be processed by the competent authorities. This process can take one to two weeks.

5. Once the competent authorities have processed the forms and the company has been successfully started up, founders can upgrade from the USP start-up account to a full USP account and complete the foundation process.

Once the start-up has been completed, the founders will be granted automatic access to ‘Mein USP’, where you can use the services of the company service portal. These include FinanzOnline, ELDA – the portal for social insurance providers, e-invoicing to the Federal Government.

Advantages

Founders can carry out the entire start-up process online via the USP. The forms, questionnaires and information required for this are available centrally via the ‘e-start-up’ service in the USP. It is essentially therefore no longer necessary to visit the various departments/authorities involved in the start-up process. The only exception to this is visiting the bank to open a deposit account when starting up a single-member GmbH.
At the same time, founders have flexibility in the start-up process. They can either carry out the entire start-up process electronically in the USP or perform individual steps on site at the competent authority and complete the rest electronically.

For more information:

Detailed information on company start-up and on individual legal forms can be accessed via the links below:

Please note

Electronic start-up of a single-member GmbH is not possible in those cases where additional qualifications must be submitted to the commercial register for the purposes of founding the company. This concerns GmbHs for a few specific professions, e.g. civil engineering or doctor’s practices with the legal form GmbH. Please continue to use the existing start-up options for these companies.

Translated by the European Commission
last update: 18 January 2021

responsible for content: Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs

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