Widefind and Innan AB wins idea competition for a total of SEK 1.2 million

Published: 1 March 2017

Companies Widefind and Inna AB has won 600,000 SEK each in an idea competition organized by the Innovation program, SIP-STRIM and EIT Rawmaterials North for their smart solutions in the mining and metal extraction sector.

Widefind from Luleå won money for their solution with positioning equipment and people in the mining environment using a smart local GPS solution, the idea is run by university researcher Emil Fresk and Kristoffer Ödmark and their company is today in the ESA-BIC space incubator.

- It feels great to win, we will use the money to further develop our concept. The idea is to create a virtual road using our technology, and in an extremely easy way teach a robot to follow. It will involve the technical development, production, testing and application testing to see if it is something that the market wants, said Kristoffer Ödmark, founder of Widefind.

Innan AB from Skellefteå received the prize for its development of safety training that simulates different types of accidents in the mining and industrial environment using virtual reality, behind the concept is the founder Nicklas Karlsson.

- We will use the money to develop a system that gives the customer the ability to measure and monitor their own safety training. The idea is to create a platform for security, who can see clear metrics that indicate the quality of worker safety, says Niklas Karlsson, CEO at Innan AB.

80 participants attended from industry, academia and entrepreneurs where a total of 17 companies pitched their business ideas that included everything from the Internet of things and digitized mines, drones, and environmental technology solutions.

- This year we've had super interesting ideas and good pitching. Many companies are here, and we expect to bring in many new players to the innovation system and the mining sector. Now we must ensure that ideas become reality so that the sector can become more sustainable, resource-efficient and safe, said Charlotte Andersson, program manager for SIP-STRIM.

At the event werwe also the opportunity to find new partners for both the business-to-business projects, but also for cooperation within the framework of the SIP Strims and EIT RawMaterials calls. A jury consisting of representatives from industry and financiers chose the winners who are now given the opportunity to implement their ideas with funding from VINNOVA via SIP-STRIM.

The competition is organized by SIP-STRIM, the National Strategic Innovation Agenda of mining and metallextracting industry, and EIT Raw Materials North, the EU's major research program on mining and minteralindustrin.