Innovation Idea competition

Pitch and win 600 000 SEK to realize your idea!

Swedish Mining Innovation annually arranges an innovation idea competition to look for innovative ideas that can strengthen the Swedish mining industry.

The competition is a unique opportunity for suppliers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the mining and metal industry to present their ideas and thereby be given the opportunity to realize them. An expert jury takes out the most innovative ideas that gets to pitch their ideas in front of the jury and audience. The final winner receives 600 000 SEK for the realization of their idea!

Sencept AB won the innovation idea competition 2020 with their idea “Intelligent Radar Sensor for Autonomous Mining”. The 2021 competition is planned to open in the spring and the pitch event will be held at Euro Mine Expo in Skellefteå in June 2021.


Who can participate in Swedish Mining Innovations Innovation Idea competition?

The innovation idea competition is open to small businesses, ie. micro and small and medium enterprises. The SME category consists of companies that employ fewer than 250 people and whose annual sales do not exceed EUR 50 million or whose total assets do not exceed EUR 43 million per year.

More information at Vinnova website:

Assessment criteria

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

  • TRL level. Swedish Mining Innovation works with early stages of development and is looking for ideas at technical level TRL 4-7.
  • Development potential, commercial product or implementation in business.
  • Market impact (unique product/service on the market).
  • Level of innovation and degree of impact on identified problem area and its value chain.
  • Possibilities for continued funding up to finished product.
  • Assessment of the company/consortium that is behind the innovation as well as the team/project organisation.
  • The idea/project’s contribution to SIP STRIM’s vision and strategic areas.

Information about winning

  • The winner 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.

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:


Niclas Dahlström, Swedish Mining Innovation,
Terese Ahlbäck, Swedish Mining Innovation,



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”