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Many issues that industries are facing can be efficiently solved with existing technologies nowadays. The most critical factor for Industry is thus the access to this untapped potential from the external innovators while the latter have little knowledge of the actual problems that Industry is facing.

EIT RawMaterials and tech start-ups fund Prototron designed BalticPlus – the Cross-Pitch event to create an inspiring and symbiotic match-making platform for Industry and tech start-up representatives to co-create.

For this year, the focus will be on Industry 4.0 to be aligned with the EU Presidency in Estonia who is taking the lead on debating on the digital transformation, also called the “Fourth Industrial Revolution“.

In Industry 4.0, humans, physical and digital systems work together in an entirely new way. Robotics and other equipment remotely communicate with each other without or with little input from human operators. Large amount of data can be collected and harnessed efficiently thanks to the power of machine learning and visualisation.

With digitalisation and modern technologies such as drones and advanced automation, the health and safety of human workers could be improved dramatically due to low exposure to dangerous environments or more efficient process control. Various data sources can be combined for better predictability and proactive actions in operational and business processes. For many industries, the impact is the increased revenues, market share, and profits.

For the cross-pitching, we expect participants from EIT RawMaterials’  Partners to pitch to pre-selected start-ups or idea holding teams who can validate their ideas on the Industrial challenges.

To make this symbiosis a success, we plan the following:

  • Keynote Session: Speakers from Industry 4.0, Exploration and Mining sectors will talk about their industrial problems and challenges
  • Start-up pitching & Match-Making Session: Idea holding and start-up teams will pitch and assigned to an Industrial challenge. They will be matched to Business & Industry experts  to work together in coaching and mentoring session
  • Final Pitching Competition: Teams will pitch their solutions linked to concrete Industrial challenges to the judging panel
  • Prize: The best teams will get Prototron grant for prototyping, Tehnopol start-up incubation programme and FastPass to EIT acceleration programmes

Keynotes & Challengers

  • Sandvik Mining and Construction AB: Dr. Hamid-Reza Manouchehri, Global Manager, Process Intelligence and  Development, from Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology AB
  • Geological Survey of Finland (GTK):  Prof. Alan Butcher, Geological Survey of Finland
  • ProEkspert – software and design company working closely with industries. German-Estonian Business Industry 4.0 Award Winner 2017

Challenges for participating start-ups and researches

For this event, the following industrial challenges will be proposed:

We welcome the following technologies

  • Big Data: Analytics & 3D Visualisation, Virtual/Augmented Reality (AR/VR)
  • Artificial and Cognitive intelligence in decision making
  • Cloud computing, advanced security
  • Simulation
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

 Experts/mentors are coming from

  • EIT RawMaterials
  • Estonian Energy
  • Business Angels (EstBan, FiBAN members)
  • Tallinn Technical University
  • Tallinn Science Park Technopol – more than 10 years of tech start-ups incubation experience
  • Prototron Fund – scouting, accelerating and granting tech ideas and TTU IP commercialisation supporting
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia – holding Industry 4.0 fostering programme in Estonia
  • Ministry of Environment (TBC)


Applications, ideas one-pager can be submitted via an application-form with special marking “Industry”. Pre-accessed by Prototron accessors, EIT RawMaterials and partners’ representatives. Shortlisted ideas will be filtered on the base of 1 minute pitch video to participate on the event according to their relevance for participating Industries. Relevant applications will be pre-selected on 3 November  2017.

For more information and registration, please follow the link.