Challenge Digital Industry

The best five teams in the category Digital Industry will pitch on stage during the EIT Digital Innovation Day The Netherlands on 29 November 2017. In this category we are looking at innovative solutions to improve efficiency in production and retail, to better address customer needs, and to help save natural resources in manufacturing and logistics. 


The best five teams in the category Digital Industry will be invited to the final event in Eindhoven and will have to pitch their innovative digital technology to a carefully chosen jury of experts. The jury then selects one winner per category, who will receive a prize package worth €100,000. It includes a full year of dedicated support from the EIT Digital Accelerator worth €50,000 and a cash prize of €50,000.

Digital Industry

ContactEngine (UK)
Enabling automated, intelligent and omni-channel outbound conversations across the customer journey.
CEO: Mark K. Smith
Shipcloud (DE, Hamburg)
An easy to use cloud based shipping platform connecting retailers to all carriers in one interface.
CEO: Claus Fahlbusch/Stefan Hollmann
Trinckle 3D
Trinckle 3D (DE, Heinnigsdorf/Berlin)
Supplying clients with the software and fulfilment tools to realize their 3D printing business ideas.
CEO: Florian Reichle
Houston Analytics
Houston Analytics (FI, Helsinki)
Predictive maintenance and production optimization through AI, machine learning and advanced analytics.
CEO: Antti Syväniemi
UWINLOC (FR, Toulouse)
An indoor battery-less location system for precise 3D tracking of a large volume of assets.
CEO: Eric Cariou


The international jury of the Challenge Digital Industry exists out of the following people: Patrick Essers (Director EIT Digital Eindhoven), Francois-Xavier Fanard (EIT Digital Access to Finance Manager), Petri Lihua (EIT Digital Action Line Leader Digital Industry), Outi Toijala (EIT Digital Business Community Coordinator Industry) Miikka Ahola (KONE), Katrin Geyskens (Capricorn Ventures), Pierre Blanc (Picom).

Miikka Ahola - KONE

Miikka Ahola

Miikka Ahola is a Manufacturing Solutions Manager at KONE Corporation, world leading supplier in innovative people flow solutions. Before taking global responsibility in manufacturing technology three years ago, Miikka has been working in different roles at technology and process development during his 10 year career with KONE. Before joining KONE Miikka has held several roles in automotive and electronics industry in technology development.

Pierre Blanc - PICOM

Pierre Blanc

Pierre Blanc is as a Key Accounts Innovation Manager working for PICOM, a French innovation cluster dedicated to the retail industry. He is committed to project engineering, focusing on customer engagement, seamless shopping experience, personalization and new business models issues. HMI, artificial intelligence and internet of things are in his technical scope. Formerly, he worked as an IT consultant in several consulting companies.

Patrick Essers - EIT Digital

Patrick Essers

Patrick Essers leads the EIT Digital Node in the Netherlands. Patrick has 15+ years of extensive professional experience in the ICT sector and 10+ years in driving open innovation activities within ICT and the Maintenance sector. He has been a board member of Stichting ICT Innovation Platform for Intelligent Communication, Starterslift and Tilburg Innovation Centre.

Francois-Xavier Fanard - EIT Digital

Francois-Xavier Fanard

Francois-Xavier Fanard (Access to Finance):  12+ years of experience in technology and finance / Held several positions at Callatay & Wouters (Fintech company), was active at Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services and managed the IT portfolio of WCTI Partners (early-stage VC fund) / Entrepreneur, mentor and investor passionate about learning and bridging technological knowledge, business acumen and financial expertise

Katrin Geyskens - Capricorn Venture Partners

Katrin Geyskens

Ms Katrin Geyskens is a partner at Capricorn Venture Partners ( where she is driving the Capricorn ICT Fund focusing on venture investments mainly in the areas of Digital Healthcare and Big Data. Investments include NGDATA, Noona Healthcare, LindaCare, icometrix, Bluebee Technologies, Indigo Diabetes and FEops. Cartagenia was successfully exited by a trade sale to Agilent Technologies. Katrin is an active board member of the Belgian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (BVA) board, serving as Chairman 2014-2015. Before her +15 years in venture capital, Katrin acquired extensive experience in banking and management consulting at CERA Bank (now KBC), Merrill Lynch (now BofA) and A.T.Kearney. She holds a Master of Business Economics: Business Engineering degree from KU Leuven and an MBA of the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Petri Liuha - EIT Digital

Petri Liuha

Leader, innovator, entrepreneur, technologist with over 20 years experience as people leader, liaison of corporate R&D collaboration, manager and technology expert. Experienced in start-up incubation, customer development and open innovation. Expert knowledge (with 48 patents) of location-based solutions, mobile communications, image processing. Co-founder of a startup on digital solutions for services in automotive sector. Specialties: Open Innovation, Project Management, Strategy, Research Collaboration.

Outi Toijala - EIT Digital

Outi Toijala

17 years of international business and partnerships development experience with achievements in growth, efficiency, internationalization and partner and customer satisfaction. Recognized organizational and leadership skills with ability to get people behind shared goals and translate ideas fast into great deliverables. Consistent team worker and influencer in international organizations, networks and virtual teams. Solid experience in both B2B and B2C product and service businesses. Ability and interest in connecting business and technology. Versatile experience of mobile, internet, enterprise and consumer electronics businessesSpecialties: Strategic partnerships, international business development, project management, ecosystem building, strategy development and implementation, international team leadership (incl. virtual), contracts negotiation and high growth startups.

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