Together with Equinor and McKinsey&Company, KONGSBERG has been a partner in bringing about the Techstars Energy Accelerator. After three months of intense mentoring, networking and business development, the ten Techstars companies delivered their final pitch of the program to an audience of investors in Equinor’s offices on Fornebu. Kongsberg Digital has signed MoUs with three of the companies and are looking into opportunities with several of the other accelerator companies.
"Digitalization enables large scale transformation of the world’s industries, but to get there faster we need to increase collaboration between technology and software providers, and clients. At Kongsberg Digital, we believe partnership models are essential to enhance insight and innovation, and we are pleased to explore opportunities for increased collaboration with Techstars companies Crux, Sensytec and Voyager", says Hege Skryseth, President of Kongsberg Digital and EVP KONGSBERG.
Kongsberg Digital are heavily invested in digitalizing the maritime sector, and are helping clients take the first steps by connecting ships to the industrial digital ecosystem Kognifai. Now, they are on the outlook for partners who can co-deliver value adding services and solutions to clients on Kognifai. Voyager delivers a multi-party collaboration and workflow management solution for the maritime value chain, and will explore opportunities for collaboration together with Kongsberg Digital.
"For us KONGSBERG is a fantastic partner to have", states Matthew Costello, CEO of Voyager.
Kongsberg Digital’s solutions for oil and gas, ie the Dynamic Digital Twin, are ultimately enabling autonomous operations of highly complex assets, like oil platforms. Crux OCM utilizes AI and real-time optimization to enable autonomous operation of pipelines, and the overlapping areas have resulted in an MOU between the two companies.
"The mentors from both KONGSBERG and Equinor are just lovely people, and we are really excited about keep working with them in the new year", says Co-founder and CEO Vicki Knott of Crux OCM.
Techstars is a worldwide network connecting founders of startups with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. In the first Techstars Energy Accelerator, KONGSBERG provided around 30 mentors to help the ten chosen startup companies. Techstars Energy Accelerator is backed by Equinor and corporate partners KONGSBERG and McKinsey&Company.