2018 Challenges

We are working with ABB Drives to provide funding and support for ideas or ventures that can help solve one of our challenges below.

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Getting machines talking

If good things happen when people talk, what can happen when machines talk?


The future is unwritten

The future is a foreign country: how will factories work there?


Getting data talking

There is so much industrial data out there; what would it say if it could talk to us?

Not sure which challenge fits your idea or venture?

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How does it work?

Submit your idea

Complete and submit a short application form on this site before 31st May 2018 – only include information already in the public domain

Get shortlisted

We select the best ideas and ventures during June 2018 and contact them directly to invite the winners to attend our August pitch day event

Make your pitch

Pitch your idea or venture directly to ABB Drives - we will select the best ideas or ventures to receive an offer from ABB Drives

Get an offer

We will make you an offer which could include funding, lab access, venture support or market access based on your needs

What’s in it for you?

Successful applicants will be invited to pitch their ideas and prototypes directly to ABB Drives at a live pitch event in August for the opportunity to be selected to receive an IdeaHub offer

Market Access

If you are ready, we can provide support to access global markets or provide direct access to customers for in-market testing or initial sales

Drives & lab space

We can provide access to drives technology to further test, refine or prove your solution - we can also provide access to world-class technology experts and provide shared lab space if required

Venture support

Benefit from the advice and expert support of an experienced technology team to develop and accelerate your concept or venture towards funding and revenues


After a successful collaboration we will consider investment in return for a share of equity - the level of funding will be based on what it takes to get your business to the next significant milestone

Your IdeaHub offer will be designed to successfully take you, your idea and your venture to the next level of development

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