Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge #3 - WhatAVenture

Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge #3

Startups & SMEs wanted! Partner up with Aspöck and Liebherr, the leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles and vehicle equipment. Apply now!

Partner up with Aspöck and Liebherr, the leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles and vehicle equipment! 

Are you ready to accelerate your business? Then grab the opportunity and join the third edition of the Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge. We are searching for startups and SMEs to develop new business opportunities. Work with Aspöck and Liebherr employees in one team. Benefit from top-management involvement for fast decision-making regarding the project implementation right at the event.

Aspöck Group is Europe’s leading manufacturer for pre-fabricated lighting but also wiring and plug systems for all types of vehicles.

Liebherr-Werk Bischofshofen GmbH is the center of excellence for wheel loaders of the Liebherr Group, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery.

Together with you, these leading manufacturers in the Austrian economy want to develop breakthrough solutions for their current challenges. Help them shape the future, establish yourself as a partner and benefit from a leader’s know-how, resources and network in order to grow your business.

05. – 07.11.2019

Application deadline extended: 26.08.2019, 00:00 AM

Linz, Grand Garage

Travel and accommodation costs covered (details see FAQs)

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Sensors & IoT
  • Object Detection
  • Smart Lightning
  • Data Analytics
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Quality Management
  • Telematics
  • Theft Prevention

An event initiated by the Automotive Cluster and Initiative Connected Mobility:

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Startups & SMEs wanted! Partner up with leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles and vehicle equipment.

Application Closed

Questions? Contact us

Johanna Zauner
Contact for applicants & innovators:
Antonia Matjacic
+43 660 377 55 18

Questions? Contact us

Johanna Zauner
Contact for corporates: Wolfgang Kurz
+43 732 79810 5088

Join the Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge #3!

Do you offer a solution within our search fields, such as Advanced Manufacturing, Data Analytics, IoT or other?

Position your product or service by partnering with the leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles and vehicle equipment! The most promising applications will have the chance to join the third edition of our Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge with Aspöck and Liebherr!

What’s in it for you?

Structured process & fast decision-making

Benefit from the top-management commitment to fast decision-making regarding the implementation of the joint project.

Get access to valuable resources

Benefit from getting access to valuable resources such as know-how, new markets and customer base as well as a large network.

Get your expenses covered

Meals, travel and accommodation expenses for the event are covered.

Collaborate with corporate experts

Work with Aspöck and Liebherr employees closely together as one team on an challenging use cases.

Get a strong and dedicated partner

Enter a partnership with successful and experienced partners.

Promote your business

Promote your startup to a mixed crowd of opinion leaders by pitching your solution in front of the managing board and talking to decision makers early in the process.

Search fields

Each company has defined five search fields where they’re looking for innovatve solutions. Advanced Manufacturing, Data Analytics and IoT are only some of them. Check out more search fields below or reach out to Antonia for details.

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Automated Manufacturing

Aspöck is an expert in lighting and wiring solutions. The wire harness manufacturing process is handled mostly manually and is very time consuming.
Solutions for automation of basic processes such as cable cutting, cutting of several different cable lines (sheathed lines), contacting on single core/single line, cable threading, final assembly with ISO-certified central connectors incl. final inspection (end of line test, quality management)

  • Wire Harness
  • Cable Cutting
  • Process Automation

Smart Sensors

What possibilities are there for using smart sensors as a part of  lighting systems? Aspöck is looking for sensor technology solutions that increase the safety of the vehicle (e.g. assistance sensors, collision prevention sensors, etc.), sensor solutions that enable trailer2x communication (using the example of car2x solutions) and other smart sensor applications for the trailer of the future in the context of autonomous driving.

  • Connected Car
  • Trailer2X Communication
  • Automotive Sensors

Component Identification and Tracking

Aspöck is looking for solutions that will enable its customers to identify machine components quickly and easily. Information about the current part but also about which alternative parts are available and at what dealer to get them should be provide. As for examples, spare parts can be identified by scan or photo via smartphone and get information about the part at hand everywhere. The information is ideally shared with the dealer as well.

  • Asset Tracking & Tracing
  • Component Data Tracking
  • Product Information

Intelligent (Working) Lights

Aspöck is looking for a worklight solution with intelligent programmable or self-learning recognition and tracking of static or moving objects. The focus is on the targeted illumination of definable objects and object tracking. Solutions are sought primarily for use on self-propelled machines.

The increase in safety is to be achieved by a targeted lighting focus on “freely definable” points (e.g. crane hook, excavator shovel, people,…). In agriculture for example, the solution could detect moving objects such as animals, people in the field and illuminate them additionally.

  • Night Vision
  • Object Tracking
  • Dynamic Light Spot

Theft Prevention

Aspöck is looking for solutions for the prevention of theft of vehicle parts and lighting systems (lights, wiring, plugs etc). The main question is  how can the theft of vehicle parts and lighting systems including lights, wiring and other parts be prevented?

  • Trailer Security
  • Smart Anti-Theft Technology
  • Proess Automation

Production Planning

Liebherr wants to optimize its production processes for the different wheel loaders through the intelligent use of Big Data. The focus here is on the following questions: How can the many equipment possibilities of wheel loaders be better planned? How can big data be used efficiently in production planning for products with a large number of variants? How can trends and forecasts for variant planning be derived by using big data?

  • Big Data Manufacturing
  • Product Variant Management
  • Demand Forecasting

Vehicle Performance Optimization

Relevant work flows of the Liebherr machines are recorded and the data are subsequently used for optimisation suggestions. This increases the efficiency of the machine and the work processes. As for example, the driver gets a visual demonstration of the most efficient route from one sand pile to another at the construction site based on the analysis of process data.

  • Driver Behaviour
  • Telematics-Driven Vehicle Management
  • Driving Assistance

Condition Monitoring

There is a number of use cases resulting from applying condition monitoring on Liebherr machines. As for example, condition monitoring could be applied on wheel loaders with the aim of anticipating unplanned maintenance and repair measures and thus preventing machine standstills. On the other hand, condition monitoring would help to understand in which application areas certain components cause failure.

  • Diagnostics & Condition Monitoring
  • Vehicle Health
  • Condition-Based Maintenance

Quality Management

There are many manual processes in the production and development of Liebherr machines that require quality assurance.  Therefore Liebherr is looking for solutions that will enable a virtually representation and simulation of those basic processes.

An example could be a simulation of the installation of high-pressure hydraulic hoses within Liebherr machines.

  • Industrial Quality Control
  • Virtual Simulation
  • Digital Twin

Data-Driven Sales

There is a number of different use cases emerging from data analytics in sales. Liebherr is looking for solutions that will allow their dealers by using big data analytics to better understand their customers needs and preferences and make tailored recommendations and offerings.

  • Data-Driven Sales
  • Aftermarket Data Analytics
  • Maintenance Recommendation

About Aspöck Group

Europe’s leading manufacturer of pre-fabricated lighting systems for towed vehicles of all types

The Aspöck Group currently employs around 1.550 employees worldwide with its eight sales subsidiaries making € 180 million in sales volume. Individual and innovative lighting solutions for Truck & Trailes, Automotive, Motorcycles, Caravan, Agricultural Equipment and Special Vehicles are manufactured in the four subsidiaries in Portugal, Poland, Brazil and Austria. From development right up to series production – the Aspöck Group advises, develops, designs, tests and produces according to the requirements of their customers. Innovative LED lighting, but also wiring and plug systems of the highest quality are included in Aspöcks standard range.

About Liebherr-Werk Bischofshofen GmbH

One of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machines

Liebherr-Werk Bischofshofen GmbH with its 1.110 employees is the center of excellence for wheel loaders and part of the international Liebherr Group. Liebherr wheel loaders encompass over 50 years of experience and a high degree of expert knowledge in development, design, and manufacture.

The manufacturer works particularly closely with the Liebherr production sites in Dalian (China) and Guaratinguetá (Brazil) where modified wheel loader models are produced for emerging markets outside Europe and North America. Liebherr-Werk Bischofshofen GmbH is responsible for these product lines at both manufacturing facilities.

About the Initiator & Organizer

Automotive Cluster & Initiative Connected Mobility

The Automotive Cluster of the Business Upper Austria agency is a cross-industry network for the automotive sector. We initiate, promote and coordinate successful cooperation between companies.

As a hub connecting member companies, research institutes and decision-makers we are also committed to raising the international profile of Upper Austria as a center of the automotive industry. In order to cover the topics as digitalization, autonomous driving or car-2-X communication Automotive Cluster and IT Cluster launched the Initiative Connected Mobility (ICM).

ICM provides an innovative ecosystem to develop new products, business models and services within the wide field of “connected mobility and digitalization”.

The Journey

Our well-designed journey provides clear milestones and commitments of the participating companies. Their top-management and board of directors are involved to guarantee a fast decision-making process.

Application deadline extended
26.08.2019, 00:00 AM

Internal screening
until 09.08.2019

Be among the first applicants to get feedback from Aspöck and Liebherr


30.09.2019 (Liebherr)

02.10.2019 (Aspöck)

Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge

05. – 07.11.2019

Get your “Go” for the project implementation including next steps and dates

Successful launch or cooperation

Startups and SMEs wanted!

Join the Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge and and pitch your solution to the key players in the Austrian economy!

Grow your business with the help of Aspöck’s and Liebherr’s expert network, get access to new customers and markets, exchange ideas and discuss potential long-term cooperation.

Impressions from previous Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenges

Apply now and profit from the experience of the Automotive Cluster and WhatAVenture in bringing together corporates and startups. We have a vast amount of innovation knowledge and know how to create win-win situations for both sides.

Take a quick look at our past projects:
2nd Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge with KTM, Rosenbauer and RLBOL

1st Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge with Pöttinger

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  • The Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge helped us access a new sector and gave us tools to navigate the corporate mindset. Furthermore, the program brings Silicon Valley mentality by infusing urgency and big vision thinking together with concrete steps from initial engagement to a final agreement.
    — Nikola Andelic

Join the leading players of Austrian’s economy in building solutions of the future.
Contact us for more information.

Contact for applicants & innovators:

Johanna Zauner
Antonia Matjacic

+43 660 377 55 18

Contact for interested corporates:

Johanna Zauner
Wolfgang Kurz

+43 732 79810 5088


What is the Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge?

It’s a three-days workshop, where startups, as well as experts and top management from Aspöck and Liebherr will meet to:

  • Match between startup capabilities and requirements of Aspöck and Liebherr
  • Work jointly on a pre-agreed use case (startup & internal employees)
  • Establish a common understanding of the next steps such as field trials, proof-of-concept roadmap incl. budget, marketing scenarios, business case.
  • Build a solid basis for the implementation of a joint pilot

What happens after my application?

Best-in-class startups will be invited to the Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge. Within two weeks after the registration deadline, the chosen startups will be informed and invited to the remote pitch to present their business in front of the top management of Aspöck and Liebherr.

When do I get the notification if I will be invited to the Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge?

We will inform you in case you are among the top selected startups who are admitted to the Multi-Corporate Innovation Challenge within three weeks after the registration deadline.

What is the working language?

Workshop input, documentation, and pitches in English please. While working in your team: if 100% of your team members prefer German, that is not a problem!

Is transportation and accommodation covered?

Up to 200€ travel expenses per person are covered for up to 3 team members. Accommodation including breakfast is covered as well (the amount of nights covered depends on the place of origin). Lunch and dinner will be provided at the event.