OMV Sphere

Co-creation through open innovation

Accelerate your business by collaborating with one of Europe’s leading industrial companies and shape a sustainable future together. If you are a venture of a forerunner in your sector ready to make an impact, apply now for the OMV Sphere open innovation challenges and collaborate with OMV to solve them.

Partner with leading corporates

Enter the OMV fast-track collaboration program

OMV’s belief is that collaboration and partnership are key to transforming from value chain to value circle and fulfil their purpose of “reinventing the essentials for sustainable living”.

We are looking for startups, scaleups and strategic partners to work on new business opportunities together with OMV. Work in one team with OMV experts and benefit from top-management involvement to come up with smart and fast decisions for a better world.

Our open challenges

Digital solutions for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) certificates

Applications open:
until 20th January

OMV HQ, Vienna (optional remote)

Applications Closed
Who is it for

We are looking for innovative solutions

Together with startups, scaleups and strategic partners, we want to provide breakthrough solutions in sectors such as future mobility, circular economy, sustainable fuels, and beyond. Solutions can be technical, digital or material and we're scouting for trends and opportunities all the time.

Help us shape the future, and benefit from OMV’s global operations, resources, and market access to grow your business.

“Bringing these two cultures together between startups and bigger companies can create quite a lot of potential. This is what we are trying to do here.”

Alfred Stern


Our open challenge

Fly with us into a greener future: reliable and beyond boundaries

Digital solutions for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) certificates

OMV’s aviation business is a major contributor to delivering our strategic goal of becoming a leader in sustainable fuels and circular economy solutions. We aim to make air travel more sustainable. We have built strong partnerships with major airlines to provide sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). SAF has a significant impact on the reduction of CO2 emissions, therefore demand is increasing. In a similar way to renewable and non-renewable energy, SAF and non-SAF fuels become one fuel pool.

We are looking for a digital solution, which gives airline travelers and travel companies, the possibility to trace the sustainability path of the fuel used for their flights via the use of SAF. Alongside the solution we want to co-create the business model focused on fulfilling customer needs whilst meeting regulatory standards. The solution must give everyone the full trust that the entire chain of custody of the SAF product is traceable. We are keen to meet with partners who have credentials in the SAF market and respective regulations.


Key dates
of the program

Nov 28th 2022
Applications open

We open the applications for the first OMV Sphere Challenge “Digital solutions for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) certifications”.

Jan 20th 2023
Applications close

We close the applications for the challenge at 11 PM (CEST). Following application deadline, all entries will be evaluated based on merit.

Jan 30th - Feb 10th 2023
Remote pitches

Ventures with best solution proposals will be invited to remote pitches with OMV managers and experts to discuss their solution, technology, and provide an overview of business model.

Feb - Jun 2023
Proof of concept phase

Successful teams will be then given the chance to enter a long-term cooperation with OMV.

Long term cooperation with OMV

Successful teams will be then given the chance to enter a long-term cooperation with OMV.

Join our vision and help us shape a sustainable future.








What’s in it for you if you join the challenge?

Secure a dedicated
proof-of-concept budget

Access the resources to develop a solution with a large scale impact on the sustainable fuels and circular economy market.

Benefit from structured
and fast decision-making

Pitch your solution directly to OMV decision makers, responding to current organizational needs.

Access a large customer base and resources

Apply, test and develop your product within OMV’s vast group network and local partners.

Win a strong and dedicated partner

Expand your network and gain a trusted and experienced collaboration partner to jointly promote your product.

Make the most of expert mentoring

Learn directly from our experts, get access to our network & infrastructure, and work with us on an eye-to-eye level.

Be part of a rapidly evolving sphere

You will benefit not only from recognition of an innovative solution but also experience a rapid transformation of your idea.

Meet the jury

Nina Marczell
VP Aviation, Fuel Distributors & Public Sector
Bernhard Beyer
VP Digital Transformation & Projects
Wanyu Sheng-Kara
Team Lead Product & Service Portfolio
Join us

Pitch your solution and
accelerate your business

Help us shape the future of sustainable aviation and benefit from our global operations, resources, and market access to grow your business.

Still have questions?

We’ve got you covered.

How can I apply to take part in the challenge?  

Fill out the application form and provide us with the core information about your solution and your company (It takes approximately 20-30 minutes). If we require further information, we will contact you for a personal interview.

Deadlines are specified for each challenge separately.

What happens after my application?

The applications call is open until the date published on specific challenge. Following application deadline, all entries will be evaluated based on merit. If your application is selected for further round you will get notified and invited to present your ideas and solution in a remote pitching session the latest 3-6 weeks after applications closing.

How does the selection process work?

Ventures with best solution proposals will be invited to an online interview (remote pitch) with our managers and experts to discuss their solution, technology, and provide an overview of business model.

Down-selected ventures will be invited to pitch at the final event (demo day) in front of the expert team. For this you might be expected to provide overview of costs to size your prototype. Allinformation you need to do this will be shared with you at this stage.

Successful teams will be then given the chance to enter cooperation with OMV and develop a prototype of the solution.

Is it necessary to travel to Austria for this program?

You can take part in the challenge without travelling to Austria. It is not mandatory to attend in-person sessions through the screening rounds.

If your solution is selected for PoC at the later stage, you might be invited to the workshop/demo day in our Vienna offices. OMV will cover travel and accommodation costs (in line with OMV travel policies).

What is the working language?

Applications, documentation, workshops and pitches will be held in English.

What happens in the remote pitching session?

You will have 30-40 minutes to pitch your solution, followed by a short question-answer round. Remote pitches will beheld 3-6 weeks after applications closing and suitable time will be agreed with your team.

Got questions? Contact us

Katarina Sekeljic