your partner for a bright future

ZKW develops pioneering lighting and electronic systems for future mobility concepts. The focus lies on safety, comfort, individuality and design.

As part of the open:lighthouse program, ZKW is looking for external partners who would like to jointly drive forward innovations and develop groundbreaking inventions.

Work with the ZKW Group – one of the world’s leading strategic partners of the automotive industry.

ZKWs open:lighthouse

Your gateway to the global automotive industry

We are looking for you!

We are constantly looking for visionary minds with ideas regarding future technologies, products or services, which can significantly contribute to ZKW´s product portfolio, manufacturing technologies and/or accompanying value-added processes.

The open:lighthouse program targets late-stage start-ups as well as students, makers and employees of research institutions, who primarily deal with the following topics:

Autonomous Driving





Good reasons for a co-operation with ZKW

A participation in the open:lighthouse program opens numerous opportunities and doors for you. ZKW supports you as a reliable technology partner in order to make your ideas and concepts a success. Apply with your concept, work with experts on the project realization and enjoy the following benefits:

Zugang zu einem globalen Markt

ZKW ist mit allen namhaften Automobilherstellern weltweit vernetzt und durch eine Zusammenarbeit mit uns kannst du dir den Zugang zu den Top-Entscheidungsträgern der Branche sichern.

Sichere dir deine Unabhängigkeit

Keine Sorge, wir wollen unsere Zusammenarbeit nicht mit komplexen Verträgen regeln – Fairness und Unabhängigkeit stehen im Fokus.

Lerne von ZKWs

Around 10,000 employees work at twelve ZKW locations and provide you with their concentrated expertise from R&D to production and sales.

Profitiere von ZKWs

Du erhältst Zutritt zu unseren Laboren, Werkstätten, Systemen sowie Demoautos um deine Ideen zu testen und weiter zu entwickeln.

Project schedule

1. Application
You want to win ZKW as a strategic partner for your future project and send the filled-in application.

2. Due Diligence
We check your application and whether your solution – a technology, a product or a service – is suitable for ZKW and can contribute a major share to innovation.

3. Kick-Off
You get to know the expert-team of ZKW. Together we will draft an individual project schedule.

4. The Project
We start our project – with the help of your idea, your know-how as well as with our expertise and network we create the basis for future-oriented innovations.

5. Support
In addition to the global expert network of ZKW you can also count on financial and technical support as well as access to our laboratories, production sites and test cars – without risking your independence.

6. Pitch-Day
After hard work the time has come: You have the opportunity to present you project to the management of ZKW and you thereby lay the foundation for a future co-operation.

Project schedule


Any Questions? Feedback?


Rottenhauser Straße 8, A-3250 Wieselburg

Stefan Miedler | Head of Innovation Management

Luise Leputsch | Innovation Manager

Join forces with ZKW

Apply now and start into a promising future together with ZKW.