IndX2021- Apply now!

IndX2021 is 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.

The application period for IndX2021 is now open!

What is it?

IndX2021 is an online event that brings four industry giants from East Sweden; Saab, Siemens Energy, Toyota Material Handling, and Väderstad AB, together with new talents from startups and other innovative companies . Your startup will get the chance to pitch your ideas and workshop together with the Research & Development staff- departments of the partner companies.

Focus areas for 2021:

There is a new business landscape on the rise. We, as companies that want to stay ahead of competition, need to move fast. Building new partnerships and competitive ecosystems is crucial to us. Also, keeping up with the changing business of moving into the autonomous age as well as integrating connectivity and AI into our operations. Business models are about to fundamentally change as we move faster towards servitisation – and we need to keep track of changing behaviors when it comes to our customers – but also to consumers, citizens, employees and students. To stay in the forefront, we need to be more innovative, integrate sustainability as part of our business models and keep pace with the digital acceleration.

Now we are looking to expand the ecosystem around smart industry globally, but acting from the region of East Sweden. We look to connect with startups from all over the world, who are pioneers of digital technology and new sustainable business models. Come and join us in an open innovation process targeting three focus areas.

Sustainability

We believe that innovative technologies are the key to combating climate change.One thing is clear: Business as usual is not an option. It is critical to act now to protect the climate while meeting the growing energy demand.  The energy transition is a big change and challenge with much potential. We are looking to partner with impact companies, leveraging green and sustainable solutions to help us accelerate this transformation through the entire value chain. We need to produce more while using less, eliminate waste and optimize energy usage toward a circular economy.

We are looking for partners within

  • Energy usage, smart grids and smart energy management
  • Smart materials, reusable/recyclable materials. Reduce the  use of virgin materials, hazardous substances and chemicals.
  • Charging solutions/smart material/storage of electrical energy.
  • Reduction of water usage
  • Transition to sustainable energy system
  • Health and safety solutions 
  • Reduction of Co2 emissions
  • Increase of reuse/recycling, minimization of waste

Autonomy

Autonomous machines and systems will not only be more efficient, but also keep humans safe from dangerous situations. Acting alone, in groups or in collaboration with humans, machines will perform tasks, learn new things and make their own decisions while the human role evolves from low level control to high level interaction. We are looking for solutions related to perception, data processing, reasoning and decision making. Autonomy for us is also solutions that enable faster product development.

  • Smart low-cost sensors and solutions for object detection and recognition.
  • Human machine interaction and high level control
  • Simulation technology for training of AI to optimize machine performance for different conditions, predict future situations and perform what-if-analysis. Visualization through AR/VR within mission management. 
  • Development tools and methods for AI and Machine Learning
  • Management and analysis of large data sets.
  • Navigation, positioning and traffic management indoor, air, land or underwater.

Connectivity

Digital development will continue to fundamentally shape the new business landscape. We foresee an increasingly seamless integration of physical and digital elements including augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR).  Already, we offer remote services and systems as well as digitized processes for production and service. Future connected and collaborating autonomous systems require our communication routes to stay smart and connected and at the same time safe, secure, robust and easy to monitor. We have access to broad knowledge, but are looking for solutions with a competitive edge within:

  • Cyber security and compliance to regulations
  • Self organizing networks
  • Low-cost guiding systems
  • Software defined communication systems and networks
  • 5G Technology

Who can take part?

Any startup or small company with a dedicated team and innovations within the partners’ interest area. You can participate from anywhere in the world.

How does it work?

It’s all really easy. You apply by filling out a simple formThe application period for 2021 will start June 2nd.  After the applications representatives from the partner companies will select a group of startups out of all the applicants. You will get feedback on your application within two weeks’ time. The selected startups will be called to a filming session where we will record your pitch. If you live far away you will receive instructions on how to record the pitch by yourselves.

The next step is a Digital Pitch event where all participating startups will display their pitch films and have q&a’s along with representatives from Saab, Väderstad AB, Toyota Material Handling, and Siemens Energy.

After the Digital Pitch event, the staff at the respective partner companies will work up ideas from your pitches. One idea can involve several of the partner companies and several of the participating startups.

The next and final step is the main event, the POC day where all partners and startups will workshop together to select the final ideas that will be realized into POC´s (Proof of Concept).

Important Dates

  • Launch of IndX2021 June 2nd
  • Applications open June 2nd
  • Applications close August 31st
  • Pitch Day October 4th
  • POC Day October 27th

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IndX2020 we had over 70 applications from startups all over the world. Out of them 10 were selected to proceed and pitch to the partner companies. As a result five of these startups are, right now, working together with the partner companies in Proof of Concept- projects. Read more about IndX2020 here!

IndX2020 is facilitated by Linköping Science Park