Ignite Sweden Day 2018

Since the launch in April 2017, Ignite Sweden has matched 287 fantastic startups with 55 brave large corporates, resulting in more than 1 100 meetings. Now it's time to get together to reflect, learn and celebrate all the success cases born. 

We are calling: 

  • Corporates interested in how to succeed with startup collaboration 
  • B2B Startups that want to learn more about how to collaborate with corporates
  • Incubators who want to support startups in doing business with corporates 
  • Intermediators who want to learn about Ignite and corporate+startup collaboration.

Join us for an inspiring and interactive event with more than 20 fantastic speakers! 

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    Dr. Frank Hesping
    Team leader, Innovation Management and Strategy, Value Networks, Volkswagen Group

    Peter Löfgren
    Managing Director, SynerLeap powered by ABB

    Cathrine Helin
    Research Manager, Automation Solutions , ABB Corporate Research

    Mala Chakraborti
    Moderator - Head of Ericsson One Sweden

    Lena Miranda
    Moderator - CEO, Science park Mjärdevi

    Kristian Wirsén
    Moderator - Management consultant, NOVA

    Jonas Almeling
    Head Innovation & Ecosystem/Lead Going Global, Business Sweden

    Gunnar Borgström
    Head of Digital concepts, Stockholm Exergi

    Martin Rugfelt
    CEO and Fouder, Sentian.ai

    Katarina Brud
    Director, MobilityXlab

    Magnus Lundin
    Director Nordics, Siemens next47

    Darja Isaksson
    Director General, Vinnova

    Jenny Gustafsson
    Investment Manager at SAAB Ventures

    Linda Krondahl
    CEO & CO-founder THINGS

    Stina Lantz
    Project Manager Ignite Sweden

    Donnie SC Lygonis
    Innovation Strategist & Business Coach, KTH Innovation

    Erik Tengedal
    VP Sales, Imagimob

    Victoria Backsin
    CEO, Light Flex Technology

    Jonas Svanholm
    Director Xlab &Thought leaders, Scania group

    Oscar Guerra
    Deep learning Startup manager, Nvidia

    Anne Lidgard
    Director, Senior Advisor, Vinnova

    Malin Carlström
    Senior Vice President Northern Europe, ABB Technology Ventures

    Jan Ackalin
    Vice President, Business Unit Decanters, Alfa Laval

    Shahan Lilja
    CEO and co-founder, Mavenoid

    Hanna Reijonen
    HR Director, Posti, Finland

    Maria Olofsson
    Umoniva Innovation


    • Doors open at noon, conference starts 13.00
    • Dinner and award ceremony starts at 18.00.
    • Questions or press accreditation? Contact ignite@thingstockholm.com and we will happily assist you. 


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    Program Ignite Sweden Day


    Doors open! Light lunch served




    Swedish startups - an international outlook

    Jonas Almeling, Business Sweden 

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    Keynote: Synerleap and ABB, the journey

    Cathrine Helin, Research Manager ABB
    Peter Löfgren, Managing director, Synerleap powered by ABB

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    CASE: Training an AI to get the job done

    Gunnar Borgström, Head of Digital concepts, Stockholm Exergi
    Martin Rugfeldt, CEO & Founder, Sentian.ai

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    CASE: Enhanced trouble shooting with AI

    Jan Ackalin, Alfa Laval
    Shahan Lilja, CEO & Founder, Mavenoid 

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    SWEDISH FIKA - Networking break


    Methods of collaboration

    Four different perspectives on how to organise for close startup-collaboration. 

    Katarina Brud, CEO Mobility X Lab 
    Hanna Reijonen, HR Manager, Posti 
    Oscar Guerra, Deep Learning Start-up Manager, Nvidia

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    CASE: Life vest 4.0

    Jonas Svanholm, Director Xlabs Scania Group
    Victoria Backsin, Founder and CEO Light flex
    Erik Tengedal, VP Sales, Imagimob 

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    Three questions to Corporate VC

    Malin Carlström, Senior Vice President Northern Europe, ABB Technology Ventures
    Jenny Gustavsson, Investment Manager at SAAB
    Magnus Lundin, Director Nordics, SIEMENS NEXT47

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    Keynote: How Volkswagen group strategically collaborates with Startups: Why and how they are making it a success.

    Dr. Frank Hesping, Team leader, Innovation Management and Strategy, Value Networks, Volkswagen Group

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    Sweden VS Silicon Valley and China

    Conversation with Anne Lidgard, Strategist Vinnova and recently homecomer from Nordic Innovation House, Silicon Valley 

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    Ignite 2019-2020: What's next?


    Cava reception and networking



    It's time to celebrate the brave corporates and great startups who have created magic! 

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    Dinner Party, Startup style


    Alfa Laval, Arbetsförmedlingen, AUDI, Baloise, Bisnode, Bumbee Labs, CEVT, City of Uppsala, Coor, Digiatal Nordix, doplace, E.ON Energilösningar, Electrolux, Ericsson, FlexeGRAPH, FLIR Systems, Gemit, Gleechi, Go-IoT, Greenlytics, Guixer & Partners, Hack for Sweden, Husqvarna Group, Imagimob, Infobaleen, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset, KTH Innovation, LEAD, ManpowerGroup, Map Project Sweden, MINC, Mjärdevi Science park, MobilityXlab, Next47, Pfizer, Porsche AG, Region Gävleborg, Saab, Scania, Scania CV, Sentian.ai, Service Node, Shortcut Labs, Siemens Sweden, SISP, Sting, Swedbank, Swedish Energy Agency, SynerLeap powered by ABB, THE YES WAY, THINGS, Trygg-Hansa, Twikit, Univrses, Uminova, Urban ICT Arena, Kista Science City, Waysure, Vinnova, Volkswagen AG, Xinova LLC

    Synch Law