Innovate the work of blue collared workers with SkelEx and Bilfinger


Jul 15, 2018

2018-07-15 00:00:00 2018-07-15 00:00:00 Europe/London Innovate the work of blue collared workers with SkelEx and Bilfinger Erwin Retel

Innovate to empower blue collared workers’ with SkelEx and Bilfinger.

Get in the Ring, SkelEx, and their corporate partners, such as Bilfinger, 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 our economy millions of Euros.

About this Challenge

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 run in two tracks, of which the fast track will be closed at the Global Meetup of Get in the Ring in Cascais, Portugal. Selected startups in this round will get a free access ticket to the Meetup, getting the opportunity to meet and do business with hundreds of invite-only investors, corporates and government delegates. SkelEx and partners will be present at the Meetup for the first meetings, and the most promising startup(s) will immediately be qualified for the final selection event.

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 like Bilfinger. Selected startups will start by demonstrating 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 (<15kg) for assembly, inspection, maintenance or cleaning, ranging from window cleaning to sandblasting

- 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 main customers: or Bilfinger (more to be announced soon!);

  • Cash prize;

  • Acces to large network of corporate clients;

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

Requirements Startups
You should

  •  Be beyond working prototype phase
  •  Be able to realize a usable product or service within the next 2 years
  • Be focussed on solving a practical and real-world Challenge

  • Motivation

    Learning Goals