After a 12-month process, Electrolux concluded the open innovation Booster Program which saw it collaborate with multiple partners to develop four cutting-edge business solutions in response to real business challenges. The Booster Program
The open innovation Booster Program was launched in 2018 to seek cutting-edge solutions from external partners such as start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and university spin-offs. This program offers Electrolux the opportunity to connect with some of the best thinkers on the market and partners the opportunity to work alongside a global company and have access to deep engineering expertise, R&D resources and network of Electrolux production
This year’s program partners, selected through a pitch process by the Electrolux Open Innovation team in May 2021, presented their final solutions at the digital Demo Day last Friday 23 September. Two have been developed to the minimum viable product (MVP) stage and two are now ready-to-use technologies.
“This is the power of collaboration for innovation,” says David Cronström, head of Strategy and Transformation. “We benefit from the knowledge and speed of small businesses, while providing them with a huge platform to scale innovations.”
With LED Tailor; Electrolux has developed ways to introduce blue LED light sanitation into our products, to preserve hygiene without using chemicals
With Cerebrumedge ; Electrolux has developed a digital ergonomic assessment system aimed at factory workers, using an AI-based mobile app with Enervibe ; Electrolux will be able to collect energy from the vibrations of the racks of our washer dryers. The solution proposed by Drishti ; allows to automate qualitative analysis in production and improve our operations using advanced AI.
The next step is to evaluate the outcome of the project together with our sponsoring teams,” continues Cronström. “We look forward to seeing the potential evolution of these solutions”