Calling all innovative ideas and solutions for Industry 4.0 (Sponsored)

Are you a trailblazer? A relentless innovator of industry 4.0? Then the i4Challenge is looking for you!

The i4Challenge offers a platform to help innovators promote their industry 4.0 product, service or idea. The i4Challenge, now in its 4th year, is open for applications until July 15, 2021.

The next phase of the industrial revolution is in full speed: Industry 4.0 embraces interconnectivity, automation, machine learning, real-time data, teams, organization and new business models. It’s not just about new technology and tools to improve efficiency – it’s about revolutionizing the way a business operates and grows while meeting customers’ and suppliers’ expectations. To foster this process and to promote innovative ideas and solutions that address challenges in the industry, Basel Area Business & Innovation launched the i4Challenge in 2018.

Who can apply?

There are three tracks for any stage of your innovation, so no matter if you are an SME, a startup, or in university, they have a place for you:

🏢 SME track: For those with sustainable industry 4.0 solutions or services.
🚀 Startups track: For ventures with existing Industry 4.0 solutions or services.
💡 New Ideas track: For students, intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs and tech teams.

What do winners receive?

Winners gain access to partners, exposure, collaborators and potential customers, the possibility of funding for their idea, a personalized mentoring program through Basel Area Business & Innovation and much more. Some of the happy winners include companies like No-Touch Robotics, NextDay.Vision for the SME and Startup tracks and Yvette Alleman for the New Ideas Track.

“Basel Area Business & Innovation has supported us since the i4Challenge 2018 and offers us access to its network. Being part of this community and benefiting from excellent workshops, conferences and events is a real advantage for us,”  said Philippe Kapfer, CEO of NextDay.Vision.

How do I apply?

It is very easy, simply visit i4challenge.com and submit your application. They accept applications from Switzerland, Alsace France, and Baden-Württemberg Germany. For SME and Startups, they must be able to demonstrate a prototype or a product.

A prestigious panel of industry leaders will evaluate the submitted projects and ideas and select several to proceed to the finals.

If you’re curious to apply, visit the website to learn more, see list of past winners, full benefits list, and apply now before the deadline of 15 July, 2021. Good luck!