Science Park Tehnopol

Mäealuse 2/1, Tallinn

November 23th

10 – 18 pm

Industry 4.0

experts and solutions

100 seats

& 10 start-ups invited

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 co-organise Cross-Pitch  “Baltic+” event  for Industry and tech start-up to find each other.

This year’s focus is  on Industry 4.0 which is aligned with one of the major themes of Estonia’s Presidency of the EU.

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.

For the cross-pitch event, we expect EIT RawMaterials partners and Baltic companies  to pitch about the challenges and to mentor pre-selected startups and idea holders.

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

  • Keynote Session on the topics of Industry 4.0, Mining and Mineral Processing.
  • Start-up pitching & Match-Making Session: Idea holders and start-ups will pitch their solutions to Industry.
  • Final Pitching Competition: Teams will pitch their solutions linked to concrete Industrial challenges to the judging panel;
  • Solutions Pitching Competition: Teams will pitch their solutions linked to concrete Industrial challenges to the judging panel;
  • Prizes:


  • Sandvik Mining and Construction ABDr. 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:

  • Digitalisation of the production and processing lines;
  • Monitoring of Safety, Health and Environmental Issues;
  • Visualising and communicating of production activities to non-professionals (“Social License to Operate”).

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 Tehnopol –  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


Register here:

Ideas will be pre-assessed by Prototron, EIT RawMaterials and partners’ representatives. Shortlisted ideas may get pitch training prior the event.



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Submit your idea (one-pager application) via this link Get mentoring and pitch training. Notification to shortlisted candidates. If you receive an email from us, RSVP ASAP. Find your way to Tallinn on November 23th, 2017 and gear up for the cross-pitching Pitch with Industry link that will be evaluated by our panel of judges Winners get prototyping grant and FastPass to EIT Acceleration


Do you have a solution on digitalisation of production processing or production value chain?
Best ideas will get mentorship from industries and investors, and opportunity for final pitch and extra funds from EIT RawMaterials & partners!

Submission is closed

All participants are kindly requested to register.

You can also be active during the as mentor, Industry expert or curious participant!



10:00-10:30  Arrival and welcome

10:30-10:40  Welcome notes from Kaupo Reede, Director of Economic Development Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia

10:40-11:50    Keynote speakers

  • Dr. Olli Salmi, General Manager, EIT RawMaterials CLC Baltic Sea
    • “EIT RawMaterials programmes introduction”
  • Hamid-Reza Manouchehri (Ph.D) Global Manager, Process Intelligence and  Development, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
    • “Corporate innovation – Internal innovation in big industry, why it is not sufficient and how to build Industry-Startup ecosystem”
  • Prof. Alan Butcher, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
    • Digitalisation of the Mineral Processing Plant for the Future of Green Mining
  • Terry London, Product Manager of, Proekspert AS
    • “Defining Industry 4.0 for Electronics Manufacturing – take-aways from the business discovery journey as a software developer.”

11:50-12:00    Brief for the mentoring session

12:00-12:40    Lunch break

12:40-14:20    Mentoring sessions for shortlisted start-ups and mentors

  • Each team will have 20min to discuss on their idea. Mentors and experts will go around to work with each team 2-3 times during the mentoring and idea-validation session.


14:20-14:40   Pitch preparation time for startups / Coffee break

14:40-15:50     Team pitching rounds for TOP10 (3 min + 3 Q&A)

15:50-16:10     Discussion between Jury and involved industry representatives

16:10-17:00     Announcement of the best teams and networking

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