IndX2020 – A walk down memory lane

We know it hasn’t been that long but we still thought it would be fun to take a look at last years IndX journey. So what really happened?

IndX2020 is s a unique collaboration between four of the largest global industrial companies in East Sweden. Saab, Siemens Energy, Toyota Material Handling, and Väderstad partner with Linköping Science Park in the search for new innovative ideas and startups within emerging technologies.

It is incredibly fun with such great interest in our open innovation process,Now the selected companies will record pitches where they present their technology solutions and their companies. A co-creation process then begins, where the startups and R&D employees from the four industry companies mutually create concepts in how to use the technology in existing operations. It will be very exciting to see what the result will be.

said by Inger Stern, project manager for IndX on October 9th 2020.

The applications for IndX2020 started in early September in 2020 and the focus areas were Connectivity, Sustainability and Autonomy. The goal from the project group was to get 40 startups to apply but on the 25th of September when the applications closed we could take part of the amazing results that 70 (!) startups had applied. Out of the 70, 10 startups were selected to proceed in the process. They were:

The selected startups prepared a video recorded pitch that were presented to the partner companies and their employees on October 26th. During the presentations the employees had the opportunity to discuss and ask questions directly to the startups. We handed out a price for the best pitch and it went to Glana Sensors.

The next step in the process was the idea generation. Ideas from both partner companies and startups were collected in the digital tool Svava. On November 2nd 10 ideas were selected, at least one per startup.

The final event, the IndX POC-day, were held on november 9th with the goal to go from ideas to concepts and four final projects were to be selected. During this day the startups worked together with the partner companies to create presentations of ten possible PoC’s with a budgets and timeframes. Out of the ten, not four but five PoC-projects got selected.

Kicking of IndX2020, we said it was a success if every company would launch at least one PoC each – and if we would find one or two joint projects that would be a great bonus. Summarizing this process, we note that three out of five projects are joint ones. That is a great outcome! Besides the T&S, Siemens Energy have joined two more projects; Gleechi and Voysys.

Said Thomas Wiktorsson, CTO at Siemens Energy in November 2020.

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