European Matchday for a More Connected Future

The Spring matchmaking season finished up with the European Startup Matchday with eight corporates from Germany and France meeting 38 Swedish startups.

The 46 meetings gave startups and corporates the chance to meet digitally and discuss potential collaborations that will lead to a more connected future. 

European Startup Matchday

Linn Sidahl, our Project Manager Matchmaking here at Ignite Sweden acknowledges the importance for startups and corporates to expand into other European markets beyond Sweden. 

“Many of the Swedish startups and scaleups registered to Ignite are looking for a global market from day one and these matchmaking events are an important way for them to do this.”

She adds that “both Germany and France are very strategically important markets for startups, primarily because these countries are market leaders in a number of key industries for Swedish companies including automotive and industrial engineering.”

Linn Sidahl
Linn Sidahl (Ignite Sweden)

Tom van Gemeren, VP of Business at Visage Technologies, a startup working with facial recognition, detection and analysis, agrees, saying that the amount of innovative companies within their sector was a driving factor to join the matchday. 

“The large number of automotive companies that are at the forefront of innovation make these markets very interesting for us. It was great to hear about the concrete possibilities corporates create for startups to contribute to established products. The 20 minute meeting gave us a head start into further follow-ups,” says Tom. 

Exploring a More Connected Future

LEAD alumni Epishine who have created a new, organic thin-film solar cell, that can harvest indoor light energy, also aims to work in a global market and sees connection as important at both a technical and business level. 

“The technology development is focusing on data collection of all sorts to optimize, gain insights and develop connected buildings further. We, as an innovation driven company, challenge the traditional approach to power and develop sensors which enables large corporations to be in the forefront of sustainable technology development,” says Daniel Westling, VP Sales and Marketing at Epishine. 

Daniel Westling
Daniel Westling (Epishine)

Adding that “from our perspective we are able to expand knowledge about our solutions at a higher pace when we get the possibility to present our knowledge and possibilities to larger corporates.”

The participating corporates were Dr Oetker, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), Liebherr, Miele, Renault, SICK, WAGO and Warema.

This event was organized in collaboration with Hub France IA, appliedAI, Things, the Embassies of Sweden in France and Germany and Business Sweden. It is funded by Vinnova – Sweden’s Innovation Agency as part of the French, German, Swedish Innovation Initiative.

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