The Silicon Alps cluster represents equally the interests of its partners and the public in objective location development based on facts and opportunities. Our services are especially geared to SMEs, business founders and cooperation project developments.

The Silicon Alps cluster directly supports the »Silicon Austria« initiative by the bmk – the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology – and the technology platform ESBS-Austria. At the European level, the Silicon Alps cluster, in alliance with »Silicon Europe«, replaces the former me2c – [micro] electronic cluster association.

Overarching Objektives


To boost the competitiveness and innovative performance of its members

regional added value

To raise the added value in Carinthia and Styria

international visibility

To promote the location’s international visibility

start ups and companies

To enhance the location’s attractiveness for start-ups and business establishment


The Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (bmk), the federal provinces Carinthia and Styria are providing start-up financing in the amount of 750,000 euros each (250,000 euros per year in the first three years). The participating industrial enterprises each contribute 25,000 euros per year. This secures financing for three years with approx. 1 million euros a year.


The Villach-based Silicon Alps cluster was designed as a shareholder structure, with shares held by both of its public partners, Kärntner Wirschaftsfond (KWF) and Steirische Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft (SFG), as well as the Carinthian and Styrian industrial associations. The companies are selected across the entire value chain and cover the field of microelectronics and beyond, comprising the electronics manufacturing, assembling, system integration, process measurement and control technology industries and providers of services specialising in microelectronics. After it has become established, the industrial associations will withdraw from the cluster.


Silicon Alps Cluster is a fast growing network of companies, organisations and research institutions dedicated to support the electronic and microelectronic sector in the South of Austria. All of our partners from the industry, scientific organisations and public institutions benefit from both, the synergetic effects of all partners and also the opportunities of the internationalisation campaign of Silicon Alps. Register as a partner now!