Strong international trio kicks off Sweden’s biggest robotics event - Robotics Innovation Challenge

On April 25, entrepreneurs, robot developers and end-users meet at the event Robotics Innovation Challenge (RIC) in Eskilstuna, Sweden, to share thoughts and ideas on the challenges and opportunities for successful commercialization of new robot innovations. A strong trio of keynote speakers open the event; Dan Kara, Erin Rapacki and Renaud Champion. New solutions are presented at an innovation catwalk and the winner of the Robotdalen Innovation Award 2013 is announced. All in all, the event will show why Sweden is ranked as one the most innovative countries in the world.

Robotdalen’s focus and success in enabling commercial success of new robot ideas, combined with intense co-operation with a broad spectrum of partners, attracts more and more attention internationally.

-       What I find particularly compelling about Robotdalen is the emphasis on developing commercial class products and developing new businesses, often by partnering with others. The RIC event demonstrates why Sweden is consistently ranked as one the most innovative countries in the world, says key note speaker Dan Kara.

The keynote speakers are:

  • Dan Kara, President of the new start-up Electra Studios and analyst-at-large for Robotics Business Review, an American website presenting news and business information on robotics from all over the world.
  • Erin Rapacki, a product storyteller with robotics experience across academia and industry, in both the Boston and Silicon Valley hotspots.
  • Renaud Champion, co-founder and partner of ROBOLUTION Capital, the first investment fund dedicated to professional and personal service robotics in Europe and the first worldwide fund in this sector.

New robot solutions on an innovation catwalk and the announcement of the winner of the Robotdalen Innovation Award 2013 are also on the agenda. The afternoon gives the visitors excellent opportunities to see robot products and meet entrepreneurs, companies and end-users, participate in matchmaking, discuss their own robot ideas and listen to presentations in the Speaker’s corner, such as Bjoern Juretzki from the European Commission who will present information on a Public-Private Partnership in Robotics.

The event takes place on April 25 in Eskilstuna, Sweden. The full program, list of exhibitors, registration form and other information is available at

For further information please contact Lennart Karlsson, Internationalization Manager, phone +46 (0)72 200 91 95 or e-mail

Robotdalen is a Swedish robotics initiative with the mission to enable commercial success of new ideas and research within robotics & automation. Robotdalen is financed by VINNOVA (the Swedish Innovation Agency), the European Regional Development Fund and a number of public institutions, universities and companies in Central Sweden. Please visit for further information.


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We enable commercial success of new robot innovations; focusing on solutions for the industry, service and health care. The solutions stem from actual needs, and end users are involved throughout the product development. This gives robot innovations based on market needs. By offering unique test beds for new solutions we also encourage international companies and entrepreneurs to develop their robot innovations and set up business in Sweden. Our vision is to become an internationally established innovation environment by 2019. Robotdalen is funded by the Swedish Innovation Agency VINNOVA, The European Regional Development Fund as well as the industry, academia and public sector in Central Sweden. Learn more at