“We believe we have the potential to disrupt an entire industry,” says Johan Wedel, founder of gridd.ai robotics.
This belief is somewhat shared by IBM, which has granted the Kristiansand start-up access to immense computing power to develop their idea.
gridd.ai robotics recently won the Innovation Award at Career Day at the University of Agder. On the jury was Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE. Following the award ceremony, she invited gridd.ai to present their business idea for the entire NODE team.
“We are looking for a large company, or a group of medium-sized companies, that would be interested in testing our system. Many of the NODE companies could fit perfectly,” says Wedel.
The start-up is a pure University of Agder product, founded by students at the Institute for Information Systems, headed by business administration master student Lage Gundersen and staffed with part-time workers and volunteers from various other University of Agder institutes.
“Industry professionals who have been allowed to take a peek at our system, claim that our solution is so disruptive that thousands of consultants around the world could lose their jobs,” says Gundersen.
He continues: “We agree on that, but our system also needs operators and trainers. The long-term effect just means that the consultants will work in a different way – with digitalization happening faster and serving more customers”.
Adds Wedel: “We are only six months into this journey, but very excited with where we are headed.”