Industry 4.0 – human is still the biggest challenge


Industry 4.0 - digitalisation of industrial enterprises - means simplifying the enterprises’ everyday work through using IoT, Big Data or AI. Still, finding skilled human workers remains the main challenge for companies.

On November 23rd, a cross-pitch event “Baltic Plus”, took place in Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol, bringing together industrial enterprises and startups. The event’s main aim was to give Estonian companies a possibility to learn new innovative solutions in order to raise production effectiveness and competition.

Kaupo Reede, head of Economic Development Department at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, stated in his introductory words, that startups should be targeted at industry. “Industry has always got money, smart people and experience. This means a good place for synergy between startups, innovation and industry”, he says and adds: “If we want to become more competitive, then we must gain leadership in the area of industrial digitalisation”.

Mainly, the raw  materials industries’ representatives from Finland, Sweden and Estonia searched for digitalisation and robotisation solutions of processes in their area; opportunities for raising security and effectiveness of environmental measures’ monitoring, as well as making a more smart and effective use of available data. Startups from the same area were focused on receiving feedback and directions for their ideas, as well as useful contacts for piloting.


Teams who entered the EIT RawMaterials Booster-incubator were: Fractory, Multi3D, InterFlows and AlgaCAP.

The 5000 EUR prize fund in frames of the cross-pitch event “BalticPlus” was divided evenly between two teams who participated in Prototron’s latest application round:

Fractory ja Multi3D continue their participation in Prototron 2017 autumn round, and its winners will be announced on December 8th at sTARTUp Day held in Tartu.

(Photos: Vladislava Snurnikova)