Challenge two is here! Following the success of our inaugural cohort programme earlier this year, Sixth Sense is excited to launch our second challenge, aimed at advanced manufacturing start-ups in visualisation and digital reality, and intelligence and automation. This cohort’s theme builds on Hexagon’s commitment to accelerate innovation and drive the global shift to a new sustainable way of operating. Sixth Sense will see a focus on the following areas of emerging technology: digital twin innovations, metaverse factory design, predictive and prescriptive intelligence, and autonomous and sustainable manufacturing operations. As with the first cohort, the most innovative proposals and applications will be chosen to pitch to an expert panel at our Pitch Day, with 10 companies 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 winners will later be selected at our Demo Day and provided with resources for true globalization, including funding, worldwide office space, access to Hexagon’s full suite of products and services, incorporation into its ecosystem and exposure to its coveted customer base. Our first cohort of seven scaling start-ups answered 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 today. Now, we are looking towards visualisation and digital reality, and intelligence and automation, and are keen on welcoming diverse founders from around the world, particularly from under-represented communities – based on gender, geography and ethnicity. But most importantly, we want to see innovative ideas that can help to create a regenerative future for all. The selection criteria for Sixth Sense include: $3m or less in revenue 1-5 years in existence Post seed, Series A, Series A+ Proven traction and product-market fit Propensity to scale Preferred qualities: Validation of investment from third party IP & licenses Applications close 09 September 2022, and applicants should keep the following dates free for their pitching teams: Selection day: 21 September 2022 Demo day: 07 December 2022 Why Sixth Sense is important 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. And so, as we enter the era of Industry 4.0, we are searching for smart and efficient solutions that will not only boost performance, but benefit people and the planet. By inviting the next generation of innovators to the table, we can share our resources and make connections that accelerate progress – pushing the boundaries of design, manufacturing and engineering and start to imagine a better future for the benefit of everyone. If you want to join a global ecosystem and take your business to its full potential, you can apply now. Watch this space for more news!