THINGS offers enterprises a hands-on approach to work with technology innovation and digitalisation

Magnus Melander, Evangelist at THINGS

The Stockholm hardware hub THINGS was established 2015 to gather the most talented start-ups in the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, sensors, automation, robotics and 3D printing/scanning/ These start-ups have been placed with a handful of Swedish export companies interested in these areas under one roof in order to seek the best ways of mutually beneficial collaboration.

Our ambition, says Magnus Melander, was to learn how to transform technology-driven innovation in small focused start-ups to value creation in large organisations. After a year of practicing, THINGS and our members and partners are ready to invite other enterprises to follow and participate in this highly interesting and important effort.

This community of relevant start-ups has been extended over the year, far beyond the 30 members of THINGS, and now includes more than 100 companies.

Today THINGS is announcing a new programme, THINGS Enterprise Circle, to start building a community of enterprises interested in technology-driven innovation and digitalisation to join our industry partners and start-ups on this exciting and important journey.

Members of THINGS Enterprise Circle get access to our collective learning through newsletters, a closed LinkedIn group and events, receive invitations to relevant internal and external events, and get the opportunity to request customised workshops with carefully selected start-ups.

THINGS can also support members to arrange their own activities and events at THINGS or elsewhere by finding speakers, arranging hackathons, etc. Leveraging what we do at THINGS is simply a very easy way to start or accelerate the important journey into the digital age.

“The Circle is designed to be a shortcut for enterprises who understand that the pace and scope of technology development has made it impossible to do everything themselves and who really want to learn how to cope with this challenge in their own company,” says Magnus Melander, Evangelist at THINGS. “Members get the opportunity to be inspired and learn from leading start-ups and colleagues in their own or other industries, at a pace that they choose themselves,” continues Melander.

As member of THINGS Enterprise Circle, companies can leverage the combined experience and insight from our efforts together with our world class start-ups like Neue Labs, Evothings, Gleechi, Volumental, Mind Music Labs and Inkonova, plus world class industry partners like ABB, Assa Abloy, Husqvarna and NCC.

The annual membership fee of THINGS Enterprise Circle is €1,000 and for companies joining before June 20, we have negotiated one free ticket per member company to the bells and whistle event for Swedish IoT – Stockholm IoT Midsummer Days – held in Stockholm from June 21-22.

THINGS is a 2000 m2 co-working space at KTH Campus down-town Stockholm for selected start-ups with hardware as part of their solution and global ambitions. They work in areas like Internet of Things, wearables, 3D scanning/printing, sensors, automation and robotics. What makes THINGS unique is that we are independent from investors and manufacturers, our members have access to unparalleled prototyping and testing capabilities and last but not least, our partnerships with a number of the most successful and innovative export companies in Sweden.

The author is Magnus Melander, Evangelist at THINGS.

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