Franz Edler supports startups and regional projects for companies, with experiences such as his work at the Center for Applied Technologies of Leoben, ZAT (Austria) which has been working for spin-offs and founders in the region for more than 20 years. His own experience as a founder and his scientific approach helps him to discuss ideas considering their technical developments and innovation potential with the founders. As part of the Styrian DigiTeRRI team, he helps to expand the regional strengths of the companies and thus to that creates new jobs.