Industry 4.0

According to the McKinsey Global Institute’s “Processing of the future: a new era of global growth and innovation”, industrial production generates 16% of global GDP and employs about 45 million skilled workers in industrialised countries.

Industry 4.0 focuses on the digitisation of all physical resources and the integration of a value chain in the digital ecosystem which gives some room for dysfunctional business models proposed by micro- and small enterprises, democratises project implementation opportunities and creates opportunities for the global reach of new solutions.

From the perspective of developed technologies, the fund identifies three key areas in Industry 4.0 projects:

Industry 4.0 physical area

Next-gen batteries Advanced materials Nanomaterials Automatic vehicles Nanodevices Wearables and wearable technologies Micro- and nanosatellites Organ microchips

Industry 4.0 digital area

Augmented Reality Blockchain Technologie cloud computing Virtual Reality AI Robotics Internet of Things Big Data Analytics Incremental printing Quantum computers

Industry 4.0 biological area

Optogenetics Next-gen genomics Bioinformatics Metabolic system engineering Neurotechnology Stem cells Personalised medicine

Fund’s smart money proposal in the area of Industry 4.0

For developed Industry 4.0 projects, the Fund adds value related to:

  • using industry partnerships to support, facilitate and accelerate an R&D plan and to facilitate project commercialisation
  • involving representatives of industry leaders in creating opportunities and test spaces allowing to gather relevant R&D and functional feedback
  • User Research support
  • at the stage of interviews and tests, verifying adjustment to sectoral needs and gaining practical knowledge of specific conditions affecting the implementation of solutions
  • consulting in the certification of devices, prototyping technologies and the optimisation of production processes at small production scales
  • IP support.

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