Collaboration Opportunity

The world is at a tipping point where the connection, control and understanding of machines plays a critical role in the efficient, safe and reliable operation of both machines and factories. We envisage a future where robots are easy to set-up and direct, where data informs and directs operations and where robots anywhere on the factory floor better understand their operators and each other.

Do you have an innovative idea, prototype or product which could be a part of this future?


Intuitice Interfaces
Intuitive Interfaces
Working together

Interfaces are evolving and connecting devices is easier than ever. Do you have a novel interface or solution to enable different devices to work together easily, quickly, reliably and securely?

Data value

All industries are undergoing a digital transformation. Do you have a solution which can intelligently improve the use of data for enhancing user-experience or increasing product value?

Get moving

The move from fixed assembly lines to flexible production facilities requires solutions that can get robots off the line and moving around. Do you have a solution which can enable this new way of working?


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Who should apply?

You have a concept for a solution you would like to develop
You have a novel product which solves all or part of a challenge
You have a working prototype of a software or hardware solution
You would like to connect with ABB experts

Areas of interest

The Process


Click the link on this website to make your application under one of the three challenges. The application only takes a few minutes to complete and requires your contact details and an outline of your concept or innovation. The challenge process is open for applications until 15th January 2021



Once we have your application, we will review it before getting in touch with you. If your application is successful, we will invite you to connect to the relevant ABB RA experts to learn more about ABB’s ideas and priorities. If we find a good fit, your venture will be shortlisted to present at our virtual Pitch Day, and you will be notified by the 19th February 2021.


Shortlisted candidates will be connected with relevant ABB RA experts for coaching and to produce a Pitch Deck which summarizes both the innovation and the fit with ABB. The goal is to demonstrate a useful collaboration approach for all. This will take place in early March 2021.


Prepared ventures will present their collaborative pitch to the ABB RA management team at our virtual pitch day on the 22nd March 2021. Ventures selected at pitch day will be invited to a funded collaboration program with ABB Robotics.