Facts & figures to help you evaluate the Austin marketplace


Austin is a great choice for launching your U.S. market expansion with lots of highly educated talent, a low cost of living, and a high quality of life.  With a “Keep Austin Weird” reputation the world over, Austin is where live music, hip culture and technology meet. Conservative and progressive ideals converge in the heart of Texas with an eclectic mesh of industry, academia, big-business and a contagious spirit of fierce entrepreneurship. Launching your business to new levels, this hard working, easy going ecosystem is ready for you – are you ready for Austin?
  • Rated #1 place in America to start a business [Source]
  • Quick & easy travel to regional, national and international destinations. [simple_tooltip content=’

    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was ranked 4th out of the top 5 airports in the U.S. ABIA made Thrillist’s “Best Airport Bars” list and a spot on the “Best Airports To Get Stuck In” list with LIVE local music welcoming arriving visitors. ABIA now offers 60 nonstop direct flights to national and international destinations with more being added regularly.’]More[/simple_tooltip]

  • Ideal location to grow a business in the US, from within Texas and to the entire country.[simple_tooltip content=’Three of the Top 10 U.S Cities are within 200 miles of Austin (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio). That means access to 27 million people from beautiful Central Texas. If you can scale your business in Texas, you can scale your business in the entire U.S. market.’]More[/simple_tooltip]
  • Tax-friendly – Texas has the nation’s Best Corporate Tax Environment according to annual survey of site selectors. [Source]
  • The Live Music Capital of the World – the city where tech and music meet.[simple_tooltip content=’

    Live Music 7 days a week in over 250 live music venues , featuring everything from rock & blues to country & jazz. SXSW celebrates cutting edge issues across the music, film, and tech industries. 2017 welcomed registrants from 95 countries with 70,000+ attendees and 5,088 speakers. ‘]More[/simple_tooltip]

  • Top City for “Small Business Vitality,” “Launching a Technology Startup,” fueled by local universities & ever-growing talent pool.[simple_tooltip content=’
    Austin is home to Fortune 500s & startups galore, w/5100+ tech companies and 115K workers in the tech sector – that’s 14% of all jobs in Austin. No surprise, Austin is recognized as a Top 10 Region for business and innovation.

    With 23 different institutions of higher learning–including the flagship University of Texas at Austin -there are over 415,000 students in the Austin area. 20% of all the country’s computer science graduates come from UT-Austin.


  • #1 fastest growing major Metro in the U.S. [Source]
  • Texas is the Most Favorable Business Climate for the 7th consecutive year according to survey of U.S. c-suite executives. [Source]
  • Texas is the top-ranking state for all new cross-border investments (domestic & foreign investment originating from out of the state) announced in 2016, resulting in 28,000 jobs added. [Source]

Accelerators & Incubators

High Tech Companies

$Bs Invested

Fast Growing Population


  • Low cost of living (no state income tax, affordable real estate,…)
  • Vibrant city
    • Live music capital of the world (Austin City Limit, ..)
    • Tech Scene
    • Sport (Formula 1, UT,…)
    • Student city. Young and active population. Medium age is 33. 6 years old.
    • Diverse
  • Year round sunshine
  • Low crime rate
  • Great BBQ


Business France’s three missions are:

  • Fostering export growth by French businesses.
  • Promoting and facilitating international investment in France.
  • Promoting France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location.

These missions involve:

  • Offering customised solutions and services to foreign businesses and investors to foster exports, but also to detect, support and facilitate inward investment.
  • Playing a role in defining national and regional programs geared towards developing industries internationally and enhancing France’s investment attractiveness, not least through sector-based and regional associations and greater synergies between firms.
  • Supporting the decision-making processes and performance improvements of exporting companies and industrial/financial investors in France.
  • Helping to optimise the performance of mid-size companies and innovative businesses to speed up their development outside their domestic market, leading to significant business growth.
  • Developing and managing the government-run framework underpinning the VIE / VIA international internship program.
  • Carrying out, overseeing or taking part in all international cooperation initiatives launched in its areas of expertise.
  • Monitoring France’s image and economic attractiveness abroad, while coordinating influential international business networks.
  • Analysing and suggesting government policy measures to support the international development of the French economy.
  • Drawing up, developing and rolling out effective communication approaches adapted to each of its targets, in France and abroad, to help meet these objectives.
The French American Business Council of Austin promotes and connects ecosystems in France and Central Texas to help companies get a quick jump start into the ecosystem.  FABCA’s Board of Directors, comprised of French and U.S. nationals, is well-connected in the community and can provide French companies looking at Austin a smooth transition.  For members, FABCA promotes and facilitates events to support a company’s branding and marketing strategies.  FABCA expertise in French-U.S. business transactions also is available in the form of consulting services, as well as for ecosystem discovery tours and introductions.
The mission of the City of Austin’s Small Business Program is to foster job creation and support the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools, and resources. We provide coaching and assistance to small businesses. Our focus is to develop and empower small businesses in order to strengthen their business capability and survivability.  Free classes on topics such as funding, marketing and business plan writing, and general information on entity formation are offered.

More information about Austin’s Small Business Program
More information for companies re-locating to Austin

“Working collaboratively with regional partners, the Chamber promotes the Greater Austin area as a cost competitive region for business within key industry segments.” “We believe opportunities are better here in Central Texas. We have the capacity to support business growth and are focused on providing tools and services to make data-driven decisions when considering relocating, starting, or expanding your business in the Greater Austin region.” Among the programs:  Innovate Austin.  “Innovate Austin is an economic development initiative, powered by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, focused on making Austin the #1 region to start and grow a technology and innovation based business.”
FASTFORWARD is a 10-week training program designed to accelerate business growth and maximize profit. The City of Austin and the IC2 Institute of The University of Texas at Austin are excited to offer the FASTFORWARD Program to Austin-based small businesses – starting in Fall 2017.   This hands-on program guides small business owners to:

  • Identify new business opportunities and revenue streams
  • Differentiate brand message, product, and delivery strategy for more effective reach
  • Develop financial models to enhance partnerships and funding opportunities
  • Increase the scale of their business

The FASTFORWARD Program brings entrepreneurs a proven strategy for accelerating business growth, access to new sales channels, mentor resources, and peer-to-peer community.  Click HERE for details on cost and registration.


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