Volkswagen Group strives to be a highly innovative and future oriented company, gearing towards becoming the world’s leading mobility provider, while continuing to produce some of the very best automobiles. Through our Open Innovation initiative, we are excited to strengthen our collaboration, work with our external partners and accelerate our innovation potential even more.
Matching your solutions, technologies and creative ideas with our industrial expertise, Open Innovation is the way to co-create and develop the products and services that will revolutionize the future of the mobility sector.
Live Open Innovation Challenges
We cannot revolutionize mobility alone, which is why we want to collaborate with you, be creative together and hear your valuable input. Show us new paths and co-create with our brands and entities through our Open Innovation Challenges.
Apply now and join us to create the future of mobility:
Open Innovation at Volkswagen Group
The Volkswagen Group with its twelve brands, headquartered in Wolfsburg, is one of the leading car manufacturers worldwide and the largest car producer in Europe. With the rise of new emerging technologies and rapidly shifting customer needs, we recognize that the automotive industry is facing a major paradigm shift, as we move beyond the core business towards new business opportunities and a collaborative way of innovating.
Find out more about Open Innovation within the group and our brands:
Accelerators and Incubators
APX by Axel Springer & Porsche
The cooperation between Porsche and Axel Springer invests in early stage startups from within the field of "digital business models" to prepare them for larger investments in a 100-day program. With its sister company Axel Springer Plug and Play, Accelerator APX helps you with experience from hundreds of investments, hundreds of financing rounds, hundreds of founders, and hundreds of investors.
Future Mobility Incubator
The Volkswagen Future Mobility Incubator in Dresden is aimed specifically at start-ups and founders from the fields of mobility, industry & logistics 4.0 and sustainability. Part of the incubator programme is a financial support of up to 15,000 euros per start-up. The incubator has been in existence since August 2017. Within the framework of the start-up programme, the Volkswagen Saxony’s Transparent Factory offers several further perks and contacts within Volkswagen and the start-up scene.
MAN Impact Accelerator
Access to transport & mobility solutions is the single most important driver to alleviate poverty. The MAN Impact Accelerator is built to scale social ventures in the fields of mobility, transport & logistics with a considerable impact on our society. It takes the startups on a journey across 4 different innovation ecosystems in Europe, South America and Africa. They get access to a pool of more than 300 mentors, become inspired by social entrepreneurs and learn from leaders of their industry!
Startup Autobahn powered by PlugAndPlay
Startup Autobahn is the ultimate innovation platform that connects startups of all development stages with industry-leading corporate partners to pilot their technology and drive the ultimate goal — a successful production-ready implementation.
Hackathons at Volkswagen Group
At Volkswagen Group, we see hackathons as an interactive way of creating a variety of innovative concepts and take them as a great opportunity for getting to know you and your ideas in person.
FAST - short for "Future Automotive Supply Tracks" - is the Volkswagen Group's supplier program. With the aim of shaping the mobility of the present and the future, the program includes new opportunities to optimize and intensify the interactions between supplier and Volkswagen Group. Among other things, it includes regular exchange with top decision-makers, insights into the future planning of the group and invitations to innovation events, such as the "Innovation Days".
Porsche NEXT OI is a yearly open innovation competition to find groundbreaking ideas and integrate them with future Porsche sportscars. The Objective of last years competition was to develop an app, using the latest simulated Porsche sportscar APIs and have the chance to develop your app with Porsche. The competition has been designed to give you access to a wide range of tools, systems and platforms making it one of the most inclusive developer competitions in the world.
Start4Big is the first cross-sector open innovation initiative in Europe driven by Aigües de Barcelona, CaixaBank, Naturgy, SEAT, and Telefónica, looking for the best start-ups to develop solutions to the most complicated business challenges. We want to be the first to adopt technologies that will have impact on our customers.
Startup & Technology Scouting
The Volkswagen Group Ideation:Hub promotes the digital and cultural transformation across all brands at Volkswagen Group. They act as matchmakers: On their website group wide challenges are published, for which they are looking for suitable innovations from the startup world.
Innovation & Engineering Center California
The IECC has made it their mission to drive change, which means that they are not only impacting one of the world’s largest car makers, but also the lives of millions of people. Located in the Silicon Valley, they are part of the Volkswagen Group of America and create bold new ideas for the Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Porsche brands.
Konnect is an Open Innovation Hub of the Volkswagen Group, founded in 2018 and based in Tel Aviv. We scout for deep tech Israeli Startups and match them to our 12 Volkswagen Group Brands, based on technological needs and use cases. Using our local tech expertise, we scale projects and collaboration’s in the fields of Smart mobility and Industry 4.0. With a lean team and a startup mindset, we drive innovation and culture change into the Volkswagen Group and its Brands.
ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab
With four locations around the world, the ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab develops technologies and solutions for mobility of the future. The vision is to make the life of our customers better by creating new products and mobility services. Currently, over 40 innovative projects related to mobility, e-mobility, AI and Smart cities are part of the ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab portfolio.
Based in Barcelona, SEAT CODE develops in-house products and develops ideas that require coding, across multiple fields. Its target is to create innovative, scalable solutions both inside and outside the field of mobility and to stablish partnerships to make this future vision happen. Currently, SEAT CODE is in its growth phase and is looking for viable ideas to sponsor and develop.
Open Hybrid LabFactory
In the Open Hybrid LabFactory (OHLF) research campus, which is organised by an association as a public-private partnership, around 200 experts from universities, research institutions and industry are researching and developing innovative manufacturing and materials technology with focus on lightweight and circular economy for the mobility sector together as equals. The OHLF is located in Wolfsburg in the vicinity of the MobileLifeCampus and the AutoUni.
MIT APT Network
Recognizing the growing importance of additive manufacturing (AM) across all industries, the MIT Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (APT) aims to accelerate the implementation of AM and to invest in its future. With MIT top talent and leading industry experts, APT has built a multidisciplinary network to enable AM in digital manufacturing. Together with other companies, Volkswagen AG is one of the founding members of the APT.
Innovation fields at Volkswagen Group
The forces of the future within digital technology, sustainability and mobility are disrupting the whole value chain of every industry and economic sector. That's why, at the Volkswagen Group, we constantly strive to be at the forefront of these developments.
Learn more about some of the challenges and developments we at Volkswagen are currently working on:
Volkswagen Industrial Cloud: Revolutionizing Production
Together with Amazon Web Services, the Volkswagen Group is developing the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud – thus launching a new era for digitally networked production worldwide. The Volkswagen Industrial Cloud brings together data from all machines, plants and systems in all factories. This enables us to analyze our processes even better - and thus become more productive. Our long-term goal is to integrate the global supply chain for more than 30,000 locations and 1,500 partner companies into the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud.
Software and Digitalization
The automotive industry is facing unprecedented changes, undergoing a radical phase of transformation. The digitalization of all industries is the driver of this change, in which Volkswagen is playing a key role. Therefore, the Volkswagen Group is bracing for the future by transforming itself into a tech group with a large focus on software and digitalization.
As part of its commitment to micromobility, SEAT MÓ was founded in 2020 to design the most sustainable cities of the future. With this new business unit, the brand aims to respond to the new mobility needs of cities with 100% electric, noise-free, accessible and affordable products and services. SEAT MÓ recently launced a flexible subscription model for the new electric motorbike, the SEAT MÓ eScooter 125.
Volkswagen is working to protect the climate in multiple areas: in its products, in production and along the value chain. While the grand aim is to become the global market leader in e-mobility, the electric-offensive does not only include cars. The Volkswagen Group assumes responsibility across its value chain, including climate friendly solutions in logistics, an increased energy efficiency and reduced emissions in factories, and expanding the public rapid-charging network.
Cities all over the world are seeking to make their transport systems more efficient and environmentally friendly. With MOIA as an on-demand ride-sharing service we have already established a new form of mobility. MOIA is additionally working with various partners towards developing an autonomous ridepooling system which is integrated into Hamburg’s transport infrastructure by 2025.
You feel inspired and think your idea has the potential to impact the future of mobility? Let us know about it!