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European collaboration on AI

tisdag, juni 22, 2021
With 114 meetings between 21 corporates and 78 AI startups from France, Germany and Sweden, the European AI Startup Matchday on the 15th of June highlighted the importance of coming together to strengthen innovation within AI in Europe.

Focused on increasing international collaboration within AI, the European AI Matchday and
following roundtable discussion were co-organized with Ignite Sweden, appliedAI by
UnternehmerTUM (Germany), Hub France IA, in cooperation with the Swedish Embassies in
Berlin and Paris, the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce and NVIDIA Inception
Program. The event was funded by Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency.

As technology accelerates and challenges become increasingly global, the potential
collaborations that result from this matchmaking event can play a key role in addressing
global issues such as climate change.

We need to find new solutions to address these exciting challenges and implement them in
a whole new way. AI is already impacting us and plays a central role both now and in the
future for startups, corporates and society. This is one of the main reasons we initiated this
day together with our partners in Germany, France and Sweden, to accelerate corporate -
startup collaboration for a brighter future,” says Ignite Director International Cooperation,
Sasan Shaba.

Julien Audouze, Head of Partnerships at Hub France IA adds that “AI is transforming
all sectors of the economy, and mastering AI solutions is key to ensuring Europe’s
economic competitiveness. To implement this virtuous circle, the first step is to make
startups with AI capacities more visible and understandable.”

There are so many great AI startups in Europe that we don't know about, so following
the spirit of Europe, I am convinced that our advantage lies in collaboration around AI,”
says Andreas Liebl, CEO, at UnternehmerTUM.

All of the participating startups also featured on the European AI Startup Landscape
which is a great operational tool for companies seeking AI solutions, enabling them to
search through a wide range of solutions available on the market, and find the ones
that fit best.

The participating corporates for the matchmaking session were AstraZeneca, Boliden, Bosch
DE, Brainlab, ZEEKR Technology Europe (tidigare CEVT), Festo, Giesecke+Devrient, Hilti, Hochland, HPE, IBM, Infineon
Technologies, Länsförsäkringar, Novartis France, Novartis Switzerland, Novartis Sweden,
Orange, SAAB, Vattenfall Sales Nederland, Volvo Cars and, Warema.

Knowledge sharing to promote innovation and collaboration

Following the matchmaking, corporates also met to share best practice knowledge in a
roundtable discussion.

"Successful collaboration between big corporations and AI startups is key for accelerating
the use of AI. It is a fantastic step forward to have top executives from 14 global corporations
discussing how to make the most of innovating together on a European level and create
mutual value for both corporations and startups!" says Agneta Jacobson, Head of Strategic
Partnerships at AI Sweden.

Representatives from AstraZeneca, Boliden, Brainlab, ZEEKR Technology Europe (formerly known as CEVT), Giesecke+Devrient, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Infineon
Technologies, Länsförsäkringar, Novartis, Orange, Saab, Vattenfall and Volvo Cars
participated in this Roundtable Discussion.