Sixth Sense2022-08-25T10:31:04+00:00

Second challenge now accepting applications

Broad challenge areas:

  • Visualisation & Digital Reality
  • Intelligence & Automation

We’re inviting applications from start-ups with innovative technologies in advanced manufacturing for: visualisation & digital reality, and intelligence & automation that can help to create a regenerative future for everyone. Find out more about our next challenge here.

Diversity matters for ground-breaking innovation – we want to hear from founders and teams from underrepresented communities – based on gender, geography or ethnicity.

If this sounds like you – apply now.

Our dates have changed: The deadline for applications is now 05 October 2022 and the first pitch event for the cohort will be 02 November 2022. Demo day will be 01 February 2023. 

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Challenge and cohort 1

Our first cohort of seven scaling start-ups were answering challenges in the areas of smart manufacturing, AI and automation. From traceability in additive manufacturing parts, to machine learning algorithms and AI digital twins, we were impressed with their innovative ideas and appetite for scale. Our work with winners RIIICO, SmartParts and runner up Praemo continues…

Introducing the Sixth Sense cohort

March 17th, 2022|

The Sixth Sense Pitch Day event proved to be an exciting moment. We heard from 13 passionate and ambitious innovators, all working on potentially transformative solutions in the smart manufacturing space. 

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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