Join us in shaping the sustainable mining industry of tomorrow – win 600,000 SEK!

Innovation Idea Competition 2023

Do you have an innovative idea that makes difference and can strengthen the development of a sustainable mining industry? Then compete for SEK 600,000 to realize your idea. Together we take it further, and make the industry and the world better!

In Swedish Mining Innovation’s yearly Innovation idea competition we look for innovative ideas that can strengthen the Swedish mining industry. The competition is a unique opportunity to present your idea and thereby be given the opportunity to realize it. An expert jury chooses the eight most innovative ideas that gets to be presented for the jury and audience on March 15th. The winner receives SEK 600 000 for the realization of their idea!

The Innovation idea competition 2023 is a physical event, held at Ljusgården, Aurorum 1C in Luleå on March 15th.

The event will be recorded for anyone to see afterwards (not live).


How to participate – More information to come

Send your application to: cathrine.svakko@swedishmininginnovation.se

Application form to download

You can only submit your application in English. The pitch event for the competition is also held in English due to international features among guests, other contestants and jury members.

 


Important dates

15/2 Your application must be submitted no later than 23.59.
2/3 Participants will be notifyed if they have progressed in the selection towards the final of Swedish Mining Innovation’s Idea Competition on March 15
15/3 he final of Swedish Mining Innovation’s Innovation Idea Competition 2023 on Ljusgården, Aurorum 1C in Luleå.
23/3 The winner will be announced


Who can participate?

The innovation idea competition is open to anyone who have an idea for a more sustainable mining industry that you want to develop in a Swedish company, SME/SMF.

More information at Vinnova website: https://www.vinnova.se/globalassets/huvudsajt/sok-finansiering/regler-och-villkor/dokument/eu-definition-smf.pdf


Assessment criteria

The jury will take into account the following criteria in its assessment.

  • The ideas contribution to Swedish Mining Innovation’s vision and strategic goals
  • Potential for development towards a commercial product/service or implementation in business
  • Height of innovation and value-creating potential
  • Opportunities for continued financing until the finished product or service
  • The team behind the idea, and its composition
  • Swedish Mining Innovation is looking for ideas that are at technical development level TRL 4-7.

Information about winning

  • One or possibly two ideas will be named winners.
  • The winner/winners selected is entitled to funding if they meet Vinnova’s requirements. Innovation ideas that have already received funding from Vinnova are not eligible for funds.
  • Winners will have to submit a detailed project plan for how they intend to use the funding, as well as what activities they are planning for taking their innovation to the the next stage of development.

Everyone gets something out of participating!

Even if you do not win or reach the finally in the competition, you will still get something out of participating in Swedish Mining Innovation’s Innovation idea competition!

All that have submitted a contribution will be offered a follow-up meeting with Swedish Mining Innovation’s program office. At the meeting, we try to find new opportunities for development, collaborations and financing. This we have seen is a winning concept from previous years!


So much support can be given to an organisation

The maximum allowable aid of minor importance is EUR 200,000 per beneficiary during the last three tax years. In order to calculate the maximum allowable aid, all grants granted under the Minority Aid Regulation must be aggregated. In this calculation, contributions to other parts of the Group should also be taken into account.

More information at Vinnova website: https://www.vinnova.se/sok-finansiering/regler-for-finansiering/statligt-stod/


Travel allowance for finalists

Do you need a travel grant for your trip to the finals? Contact Cathrine Svakko cathrine.svakko@swedishmininginnovation.se for more information. Please note that it is not possible to apply for travel allowance afterwards or against payment of receipts.

Everyone gets something out of participating!

Even if you do not win or reach the final, you will still get something out of participating in Swedish Mining Innovation’s Innovation idea competition!

All that have submitted a contribution will be offered a follow-up meeting with Swedish Mining Innovation’s program office. At the meeting, we try to find new opportunities for development, collaborations and financing. This we have seen is a winning concept from previous years!


Jury

  • Matz Sandström, Swedish Mining Innovation (chairman of the jury)
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Join us as audience!

The final of this years Innovation Idea competition will be held at Ljusgården, Aurorum 1C in Luleå on March 15th, 2023. You are welcome to join the audience.

Sign up here!

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us!

Niclas Dahlström Niclas Dahlström

Project Manager

niclas.dahlstrom@swedishmininginnovation.se

+46 70 382 99 77

Matz Sandström

Project Manager / Chairman of the jury

matz.sandstrom@swedishmininginnovation.se

+46 70 521 49 27

Cathrine Svakko

Event Coordinator / Communications manager

cathrine.svakko@swedishmininginnovation.se

+46 70 331 17 06

Ann-Sofie Lund

Communications Strategist

ann-sofie.lund@swedishmininginnovation.se

+46 70 217 11 09

Erik Hagenrud

SME Network Cooordinator

erik.hagenrud@swedishmininginnovation.se

+46 70 237 40 71

Previous winners

Winners 2022


Ida Rehnström, COO Flasheye and
Lukas Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Radchat

Flasheye uses 3D technology to detect and prevent faults and accidents.
– Winning this award is a testimony that we are doing the right thing at the right time. The prize money enables us to proceed with IP and product development. We have high ambitions and are planning to scale globally from the start, says Ida Rehnström, COO Flasheye.

With the help of radar and sensor technology, Radchat offers high precision positioning, ultimately to eliminate accidents and making mines an even safer environment.
– We’re thrilled to be one of this year’s winners in competition against innovative and driven companies. Now we look forward to taking the next step together with industry partners, says Lukas Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Radchat.

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Winners 2021

Thomas Gustavsson, CEO, Hypex Bio Explosives Technology AB and Jesper Martinsson, CTO, RS Solutions AB
Thomas Gustavsson, CEO, Hypex Bio Explosives Technology AB and Jesper Martinsson, CTO, RS Solutions AB

Hypex Bio Explosives Technology AB, “Biodegradable and Nitrate Free Civil Explosives”
Nitrate-free explosives can become a game changer in mining by replacing ammonium nitrate with hydrogen peroxide as an oxidizer. The benefits include lower emissions of nitrogen compounds, significantly reduced CO2 emissions and reduced need for ventilation of the gases produced.

RS Solutions AB, “Bayesian Estimation of Mine Induced Seismicity (BEMIS)”
Mining for ore in underground mines gives rise to seismic activity. BEMIS is a calculation system for seismic events. BEMIS provides fast and accurate information about seismic events, predicts seismic activity based on production plans, creates tomographic images that show changes in the rock mass. BEMIS self-learning algorithms provide a good opportunity to increase safety in the mine and at the same time increase production.

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Winner 2020

Sencept AB
Iman Vakili och Iman Mohajeri, Sencept AB

Iman Vakili och Iman Mohajeri, Sencept AB
Sencept AB, “Intelligent Radar Sensor for Autonomous Mining”

Jury’s motivation: AI and intelligent sensors have a rapidly growing importance for the development of Sweden’s mining industry. Sencept AB has developed a 4D radar sensor that can detect an object’s position in three dimensions and furthermore the speed. AI is used to identify different types of objects such as machines and people. This solution increases productivity while providing a safer and more attractive work environment which contributes to increased gender equality in the long run. It is also positive that there is a well-composed team behind the idea and that there is potential to reach an international market.

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Winners 2019

SIP STRIM’s winner – Atium AB, “Innovation for more efficient and sustainable purification of water from mercury”

Jury’s motivation: Mercury is one of the ten most dangerous substances for human health, according to WHO. At the same time, it is an extensive global problem. Many industries, including the mining industry, handle mercury in process and waste water. Atium AB develops a more efficient and sustainable technology to selectively clean water from mercury with a reusable filter. The method can clean low concentrations in an energy-efficient manner. The idea has a great development potential because purification of mercury is a global need, and there are also opportunities to develop the method for purifying water from other heavy metals.

EIT RawMaterials winner – ReVibe Energy, “Wireless recording and analysis of vibrations and shocks for monitoring equipment in mining and industrial environments”

Jury’s motivation: An innovation that will enable new capabilities for EIT RM value chain in improving maintenance and efficiency by detecting and collecting data with higher accuracy and capacity in a mobile and battery driven environment.


Winners 2018

Winner SIP STRIM – MBV Systems, “3DPM”

Jury motivation: A well performed pitch presenting an idea that addresses an important challenge – real time measurement of granular materials fragmentation. The winning team is highly qualified and the idea has potential to increase both resource efficiency and energy efficiency.

Winner EIT RM – ReVibe Energy AB, “Powering the Industrial Internet of Things”

Jury motivation: A well preformed pitch and highly qualified team with an innovative and potentially power saving technology of high interest for the EIT RawMaterials value chain.

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Winners 2017

WideFind AB, “Noggrann positionering inomhus”

Innan AB, “VRSE System”

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Winners 2016

ThingWave AB, “Enhanced Mining Safety by Rock bolt Monitoring”

Sustainalube AB, “Environmentally Friendly, Oil-Free, Lubricants”


Winners 2015

Minalyze AB, “Potentialen av innovativ borrkärneskanning inom gruv- och prospekteringsindustrin”

Northern Mining Products AB, “Dynamiska bergbultar för människa, miljö och ekonomi”

 

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