The Compass Group

Your partner for reliable and up-to-date business information

The Compass Group is the leading provider of business information in Austria. We have been providing Austrian businesses with reliable and up-to-date data for more than 155 years.

The finance industry and insurance industry, institutional organisations, telecommunication businesses and service providers as well as the industrial sector rank among our long-standing customers. The services are directly used in customer applications via the Compass websites or standardised interfaces (Compass API).

Tailor-made offers for different business sizes and applications
 ("Business-Compass") as the main product offers a comprehensive overview of Austria's business entities. Our subsidiary HF Data, the largest clearing office for online databases of the Republic of Austria, provides Business Register excerpts and Land Register excerpts, as well as all data from the Central Register of Residents.

In addition, provides small and medium-sized enterprises with up-to-date business information and marketing addresses on demand.

Additional information portals like or ZEDHIA, an online archive on the history of European economics, complete the range of online services.

Your reliable and innovative partner for more than 155 years
Compass-Verlag was founded as an address book publisher in Vienna in 1867. As early as in 1995 all business information contained in the book editions was available online. Today approximately 90 employees work for the Compass Group in Vienna.

In 2014 the Compass Group founded the Domain Group to cover the whole supply chain from domain registration to technical operation of a  proprietary top-level domain together with its subsidiaries (domainworx – consulting and operation of top-level domains such as .wien; – registrar; RyCE: backend provider).

The Compass Group additionally uses its know-how in various research projects and passes its experiences on to start-ups as one of the most active Business Angels and early stage investor.

Company history

from 1867 to date

In 1867 Gustav von Leonhardt, the later secretary general of the Austro-Hungarian National Bank, founded Compass-Verlag.



Hermann Futter

Hermann Futter has managed the Compass Group, the leading Austrian provider of business information, for more than 30 years.



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