Sixth Sense2023-09-25T13:20:01+00:00

Challenge and cohort three

Our third cohort of nine scaling start-ups is focused on two challenge areas: “Building a sustainable manufacturing future” and “Smart digital reality for collaborative manufacturing”.

The selected startups bring unique approaches to some of today’s most critical manufacturing challenges, such as improving product sustainability, eliminating waste, capturing real-time data, automating design, and incorporating robots into production lines.

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Challenge and cohort two

Our second cohort of eight scaling start-ups are answering challenges in the areas of Visualisation and Digital Reality and Intelligence and Automation. From augmented reality video customer support to AI-powered connected worker tools and contactless measurement, we were impressed with their innovative ideas and appetite for growth.

Why work with Hexagon?

At Hexagon we’re powering the dynamic companies that move the world.

Hexagon technologies are used to manufacture 90% of aircraft, 75% of smart phones and 95% of every automobile produced worldwide. We have the scale, the network and the ambition to make a difference.

Who we’re looking for

We are looking for scaling startups in smart manufacturing – encompassing AI, digital realities, machine learning, automation and sustainability. What makes you a scaling startup? You have a product. You have some customers. You are looking to grow. We are here to make it a reality.

Sixth Sense: how it works

Twice a year we invite proposals from scaling start-ups with a product and the ambition to scale it. These applications are themed around specific challenges – based on pressing demands our customers are facing and focusing on anything from sustainability to AI integration.

  • The most innovative proposals are invited to pitch to Hexagon’s panel of experts, of which around 10 are chosen for an intensive innovate-on-the-job scaling program to deliver a concrete project, supported by coaching, workshops and connections to Hexagon customers.
  • Three concepts are provided the resources for true globalization, including more funding, worldwide office space, access to Hexagon’s full suite of products and services and incorporation into Hexagon’s ecosystem and exposure to Hexagon’s coveted customer base.

Our partners

We are always looking to expand our network of partners and mentors. If you are interested in providing in-kind services and interested in being a mentor to our cohort of startups please contact us.

Frequently asked questions

What stage company can apply?

We welcome any stage company with smart manufacturing or sustainability for smart manufacturing focus (broader applications also welcome) to apply but prefer companies with some revenue (~$1m or less) and less than 3 years in existence.

How far along do we have to be progress-wise?

Due to the quality and quantity of applicants we’re anticipating, we encourage you to apply if you’ve already had a product/service and have some revenues coming from 1-2 anchor customers.

Which industry or business model can apply?

Any smart manufacturing and sustainability for smart manufacturing for-profit business is welcome to apply. We also encourage startups in closely related fields that could be applied to Smart Manufacturing and Sustainability for Smart Manufacturing.

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