Get in the Ring, SkelEx, and their corporate partners, including Bilfinger (more to be announced soon!),  are looking for your innovative wearable technology solution for the SkelEx Upperbody Exoskeleton Challenge. Millions of people around the world perform laborious manual work every single day, which causes pain and injuries for the people within our industry, costing the economy millions of Euros.

 

SkelEx designs, produces and markets custom exoskeleton solutions for large scale manufacturing companies. Their products empower workers in aerospace  and automotive manufacturing, shipbuilding and heavy industry to be more productive while minimizing the risk of ergonomic injuries.

 

Their partner Bilfinger is one of the biggest players in the international industrial service industry. Their portfolio covers the entire value chain from consulting, engineering, manufacturing, assembly, maintenance, plant expansion as well as environmental technologies and digital applications. With its 26.000 employees, Bilfinger upholds the highest standards of safety and quality and generates an annual revenue of €4.044 billion. There will be active support from both VenturesOne and Get in the Ring, experts in coaching and mentoring of startups, with a network throughout the globe of corporates, NGO’s, investors and famous entrepreneurs.

 

The Challenge will be launched at the Global Meetup of Get in the Ring in Cascais, Portugal. Early bird applications have the opportunity to get a free access ticket for the Meetup, doing business with hundreds of invite-only investors, corporates and government delegates. SkelEx and partners will be present at the Meetup for the first meetings.

 

THE CHALLENGE

As the most innovative exoskeleton company in the world, SkelEx aims to empower blue collared workers, and is looking for innovative solutions to augment strength of those who are working hard to make our lives easy. For selected startups, there is a possibility to develop and test the solutions in partnership with SkelEx and their corporate partners, such as Bilfinger. Selected startups will demonstrate their solution with an on-site demo, based on which the opportunity for pilot testing and funds to further develop the solution in collaboration with SkelEx will be offered. The ultimate goal is to bring a working solution to our customers in the next 12 – 18 months. The topics of interest include:

Lifting solutions

Solutions that help in repetitive lifting and moving heavy objects (>15 kg), such as for baggage handling at airports or in logistics

Handling solutions

Solutions that help in handling tools and workpieces (<15kg) for assembly, inspection, maintenance or cleaning, ranging from window cleaning to sandblasting to repetitive handling of heavy tools in manufacturing

Peripheral solutions

Solutions that do not directly augment strength, but help the workers, eg heating / cooling / sensors / connectivity

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

  • Pilot project with SkelEx and one of it's corporate partners;

  • Cash prize of 10.000;

  • Acces to a large network of corporate clients;

  • Expert coaching of Ventures One and Get in the Ring.

REQUIREMENTS

You should

  • be beyond working prototype phase;

  • be able to realize a usable product or service within the next 2 years;

  • be focused on solving a practical and real-world Challenge.

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TIMELINE

MAY 12TH

EARLY BIRD APPLICATIONS CLOSE


Startup(s) applying before May 12th get the chance to go to the Global Meetup and meet the team of SkelEx and partners during initial meetings.
MAY 30TH - JUNE 1ST

CHALLENGE LAUNCH, GLOBAL MEETUP CASCAIS


Selected startups will be invited to the Global Meetup of Get in the Ring in Cascais Portugal, for initial meetings with SkelEX and partners.
JULY 15TH

APPLICATION DEADLINE


The application deadline is July 15th.
TBA

FINAL EVENT


Selected startups will be invited to talk business during one-on-one meetings with all partners involved. The most relevant startup(s) will be selected for a pilot project. These will start with an on-site demo, based on which opportunity for pilot testing and funds to further develop the solution in collaboration with SkelEx will be offered. The ultimate goal is to bring a working solution to our customers in the next 12-18 months.
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