The Open Innovation Center (OIC) is a place of knowledge transfer and collaboration to develop new technologies...

... and facilitate the exchange of expertise between companies and academic/scientific institutions at different levels.

Your Benefits

  • Access to current academic/scientific, practice-oriented research and to the LIT Factory
  • Actively position your company to be part of the innovation landscape
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary network and research groups
  • Attractive location in a new, innovative building on the Johannes Kepler University campus
  • Workshops, seminars, use cases, etc. to create customized transfer measures directly at the OIC or externally (i.e. for company consortias)
  • Networking opportunities at OIC events and activities
  • Book seminar rooms and lecture halls 
  • Local Spar store located in the building

Contact us now to become a part of the LIT OIC community!

LIT Open Innovation Center


Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Open Innovation Center


Mag. René Voglmayr


Scientific Partners - JKU LIT Labs and Institutes

LIT Secure and Correct Systems Lab


LIT Robopsychology Lab

LIT Cyber-Physical Systems Lab

Christian Doppler Lab for
Model-Integrated Intelligent Production

CD Lab

Company Partners - Companies and Network Parters at the OIC

dataformers Ltd.

With 55 employees and headquartered in Linz, dataformers is a leading service provider for individual software development. Together with other industrial customers, dataformers develops smart products and digital services with added value. We also provide support services for selected start-up companies.


datavisyn Ltd.

datavisyn develops interactive visual analytics solutions for complex application areas. As a JKU spin-off company, we collaborate with the Harvard Med School and the University of Utah to bring cutting-edge visual data science methods and algorithms to industrial applications. Our systems are currently used by large pharmaceutical companies (Bayer & Boehringer Ingelheim) to search large and complex amounts of data for targets for tomorrow's drugs.

Erema Ltd.

Worldwide, EREMA leads in the development and production of recycling machines for plastics and system components. The EREMA Group consists of PURE LOOP, 3S, UMAC and PLASMAC. Established in 1983 as a pioneer in the industry,over 6000 of our systems are now in use around the world, highly regarded for their innovation, robustness and operational reliability.

Greiner Technology and Innovation Ltd.

Greiner is a 100% family-owned company founded in Germany in 1868 and subsequently in Austria in 1899. The group of companies focuses on product and market diversification, forming a strong basis for continual growth. Under the umbrella brand of Greiner AG, Greiner consists of four operative divisions (Greiner Packaging, GreinerBio-One, Greiner Foam, Greiner Extrusion). Together, the divisional companies operate in over 130 locations (production and sales facilities) around the globe. Greiner Technology & Innovation searches for new ideas, identifies forward-thinking, innovative technologies, evaluates their suitability and checks the economic implementation. In this way, GTI opens up new opportunities in future business areas for Greiner.


K1 Center Chemical Systems Engineering (CHASE)

With locations in Linz and Vienna, the new K1 Competence Center CHASE (Chemical Systems Engineering) under the leadership of the Johannes Kepler University and part of the LIT Factory is a unique center consisting of a consortium of over 20 internationally successful partners from industry and academia. CHASE is involved in projects that include efficient use of plastic waste streams and developing new sensors to better control chemical plants, thus making valuable contributions to improving sustainable industrial processes as well as a valuable contributions to safeguarding chemical and process technologies in Austria.

Leistritz Extrusionstechnik Ltd.

Leistritz Extrusionstechnik Ltd. is one of the world's leading manufacturers of twin screw extruders and systems. Only by continuous innovations in machine and process engineering and an attentive listening to the needs of our users it is possible to offer a proven product portfolio - be it for the plastics and life science/pharma industries.

With branches in the USA, China and Singapore, sales offices in Italy and France and agents in all key markets, we have a global presence. Our customers profit from short communication paths and trusting professional cooperation.


RISC Software Ltd.

Prof. Bruno Buchberger created RISC Software Ltd. in 1992, to conduct research and development for business development. Core competences lie in symbolic computing, mathematics and informatics that are used in a unique way as part of business areas for logistics informatics, industrial software applications, medical informatics and the competence areas of data management and analytics to develop real-world software solutions. The Johannes Kepler University Linz owns 80% of the company, and Upper Austrian Research Ltd, a leading research company in Upper Austria, owns 20%.


Sales Performance Group

Sales Performance Group - Enabling Sales. The Sales Performance Group helps to measurably increase sales performance. The three integrated service areas including lead generation, direct sales and sales training uniquely solve today's sales challenges. Our customers include start-up companies as well as SMEs and corporations located throughout Europe.

Silicon Austria Labs Ltd.

Unfold the future. Open space for innovation. Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is Austria's leading research center for electronics-based systems (EBS). This application-oriented center for future-oriented research in systems integration, sensor systems, RF systems, and power electronics has three collaborative research centers located in Graz, Linz and Villach. We conduct world-class scientific and industrial research, laying the foundation for groundbreaking products and processes. SAL aims to increase Austria's international impact and visibility in the field of microelectronics and electronics-based systems, making it an attractive and leading location. SAL researches key enabling technologies for edge computing in applications including industrial IOT, autonomous vehicles and systems, smart devices, and smart homes.

Software Competence Center Hagenberg Ltd.

The Software Competence Center Hagenberg Ltd. (SCCH) is an application-oriented research institute focusing on AI-driven software systems and engineering. As a COMET competence center, SCCH collaborates with a number of companies and academic/scientific partners, bringing the most recent research findings in software and data science to industry. Outside of COMET, SCCH is also actively involved in other funded research projects in Austria and abroad as well as in contract projects for companies. SCCH also pursues academic networking with universities and research institutions. Being located at the LIT-OIC will further strengthen collaboration with its main scientific and academic partner, the JKU.

tech2b Inkubator Ltd.

Tech2b provides support services to accelerate development at innovative, technology-oriented start-ups. As part of the tech2b program (AplusB), we apply structured and targeted methods to help develop business ideas and implement them on the market. Tech2b provides support services ranging from strategic consulting and mentoring to creating an infrastructure and extensive network to financially support implementing research findings for new products, services and companies. Take advantage of the opportunity to talk directly with us in person at the OIC!


TECHHOUSE is an innovation and networking center bringing various digital ecosystem stakeholders - including academic institutions, start-ups, businesses, venture capitalists, and experienced industry experts and technologists - together.

Economic Chamber for Upper Austria

The Economic Chamber and TIM provide support and consulting services for entrepreneurs to draft, plan and implement (technological) projects from the beginning to the end. We consider ourselves to be your sparring partner, applying our practice-oriented, uncomplicated methods to budding entrepreneuers along with broad access to a technological, entrepreneurial, support and expert network.