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We drive automotive startups and cutting edge technologies in the area of Electric Mobility, Autonomous Driving as well as Data Driven Innovation & Artificial Intelligence.

Work together with AVL, one of the leading development & engineering companies in the automotive industry.



We’re looking for visionary entrepreneurs and makers who don’t take current approaches for granted just because they’ve been there for a long time.

The CREATORS EXPEDITION focuses on early and growth stage auto tech startups in the following three technology areas:

Electric Mobility & Alternative Fuels

Alternative Fuels, Battery Management and Energy Storage

Autonomous Driving

Self Driving Software, Radar & Sensors, Connected Vehicle

Artificial Intelligence

Big Data & Analytics and Data-Driven Business Models


By partnering with the AVL startup program, you gain a key expert in your expedition team, able to support in everything from maturing your prototype to supporting your international industrialization ambitions. Translating your concept to automotive application – AVL can be your world-class guide to help you succeed.


Market Access

Whether you are taking your first steps into the market or are a more seasoned adventurer, AVL will be able to give you the platform to demonstrate your vision in front of international automotive OEMs. They will help you to better understand their needs and to validate and refine your business model.


A core value of AVL and this startup initiative– we offer individual programs, tailored to the exact technology and business needs of the startup. As a privately owned, family company, we pride ourselves in investing for the long run.


We support you with access to a global sales force across 20 countries and help you build up international operations, including marketing, legal, service and maintenance.


We surround you with experienced mentors from AVL and our network, to get industry insights, engineering best practices and advice for strategically scaling your business.



Your decision to participate

Get AVL as a strategic partner on board and apply for the CREATORS EXPEDITION at any time.


Prepare the Expedition

Kickoff - you get to know the AVL team and together we define your tailor made startup development program.

Our joint project

The core of the expedition program is a first customer or R&D project where both sides will bring in their expertise in order to create future mobility innovation.

Financial support for the journey

During the program, we’ll invest “smart money” in the form of operational cash support and financed resources without taking any fixed equity.

Special extras that keep you moving

You’ll discover services like the access to an experienced coaching, customer & engineering network, to test & simulation technologies and to mentoring in operational non-technological areas.

Pitch to the CEO

After roughly six months, together with the AVL team, you can unveil the log book of your achievements – the foundation of our future collaboration.



We have been pioneering various business & technology areas together with startups. Explore their stories to find out, how the CREATORS EXPEDITION is collaborating with startups and how both sides are benefitting from it.

24 Nov 2019
TACC - Training for Automotive Companies Creation

“A revolution is going on in the automotive sector- perhaps the biggest in car history – that is changing the way of designing, producing and selling cars. But there is more: digital revolution is also affecting the way customers interact with the vehicle and the very concept of mobility.”

20 Nov 2019

'Symbiotic Artificial Intelligence' describes the symbiotic harmony between humans and artificial intelligence. A topic addressed by the startup from Graz 'Leftshift One' and its AI as a service platform G.A.I.A. has developed. This platform is now being used in a joint project with AVL in the area of speech recognition for automotive application.

30 Oct 2019

Berta Benz driving her husband’s car to Pforzheim 125 years ago marked an important milestone for automotive history. In celebration of the event, Daimler decided to drive the same route once more - this time with an autonomous vehicle.


In order to bring our joint vision into reality, we enlarge the ecosystem – bringing in our customers – the leading OEMs in the world, collaborating with startup networks, universities and public institutions. All of whom can be instrumental at different stages in our journey.

If you want to be an official partner of the CREATORS EXPEDITION, please feel free to contact us - we’re looking forward to hearing from you.


The CREATORS EXPEDITION is built by entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts who speak both languages: startup and corporate.


Every team needs a guide to be successful on their expedition. Our CREATORS EXPEDITION team is lead by Sebastian. He guides us through the requirements of the AVL, as he matches the needs of startups and the AVL.


As a navigator of our CREATORS EXPEDITION team, Viktoria connects startups with the AVL departments. She leads them through the project phase and paves the way for a subsequent strong partnership with AVL.


Thomas is the discoverer of our team and always on the search for new startups and innovative technologies. Therefore, he is representing CREATORS EXPEDITION on events and scouting activities to network with startups around the world.


Evelyn’s part in the CREATORS EXPEDITION team is to report on the projects between startups and AVL. She provides an insight into the work of CREATORS EXPEDITION through social media and she is responsible for marketing tasks of the expedition team.

Discoverer in France

Kathrin is part of the the French CREATORS EXPEDITION team. As a discoverer of the team, she is looking for new startup projects and great innovations on the local market of France.

Navigator in France

Jean-Charles is also active in the local market of France. Jean-Charles is the second navigator of the expedition team and leads France startups through their project phase with AVL.