An AVL initiative


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

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


We are looking for visionary entrepreneurs and makers who do not take current approaches for granted just because they have been there for a long time.

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


Alternative Fuels, Battery Management and Energy Storage

Autonomous Driving

Self Driving Software, Radar and Sensors, Connected Vehicle

Artificial Intelligence

Big Data and Analytics and Data-Driven Business Models

By partnering with the AVL startup program, you gain a key expert in your expedition team, who can assist in every step from maturing your prototype to supporting your international industrialization ambitions. AVL can be your world-class guide to help you succeed while translating your concept to automotive application.

Market Access

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


A core value of AVL and this startup initiative are the 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 to strategically scale your business.

Tailor made for your startup

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


Get to know the AVL team and together with us 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 AVL and your startup bring in the expertise to create future mobility innovation.

Financial Support 

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

Extra Benefits

You have access to services like an experienced coaching, customer and engineering network, to test and 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 logbook of your achievements – the foundation of our future collaboration.

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

To bring our joint vision into reality, we enlarge the ecosystem by bringing in our customers - the leading OEMs in the world, collaborating with startup networks, universities, and public institutions. All of them 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 are looking forward to hearing from you.

Austrian Startups

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

Sebastian  Jagsch

Viktoria Ilger


Alexander Ulz


Giorgia Carbone


Henryk Plaasch


Lisbora Likaj

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and set your startup
to full speed with AVL

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