Questions and Answers
Q. What happens to my idea?
A. Ericsson Garage and Capital A Partners (CAP A) believe in collaborations built on trust and transparency. Your idea, and your startup, remain yours throughout the challenge. Ericsson Garage does not take any equity when you start your technology incubation with us. Learn more about the Ericsson Garage, and our philosophy, here.
Q. What about IPR or other concerns?
A. Simple - you keep your IPR, and we keep ours. Our focus is on collaborating with you for technology incubation and early stage scaling; we want to work together to build ground-breaking solutions that the world really needs. We can understand that you might have a lot of questions about working with a large corporation, so we've answered in more details in the Rules section. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What happens after the Challenge? What's in it for me?
A. If you are one of the three winning startups, you will have the chance to join the global Ericsson Garage network for technology incubation and investment opportunities with CAP A and Butterfly Ventures. Over an eight-month period, you will have unlimited access to the Urban ICT arena, a smart city testbed where you can experiment, build proof of concepts, and establish business cases. We will bring you into an innovation ecosystem to help your startup grow.
We will start our collaboration by setting milestones and expectations, together with you. After the final milestone meeting, we can explore options for further investment inside or outside of Ericsson.
Q. What is the Urban ICT Arena? How can it help my startup?
A. The Urban ICT arena is an open co-creation arena and testbed in Kista, Sweden. Urban ICT arena's open testbed aims to showcase both wired and wireless technologies and to serve as a platform for innovation. The testbed consists of several types of IT infrastructure supplied and operated by contributing partners, and which are openly accessible to you, the project owner. For example, do you have a solution that targets, retail customers? You can test your technology in the Kista Gallerian, and build your business case. The testbed also includes the streets, infrastructure (like lamp posts and bus stops), conference centers and more. Learn more about the Urban ICT arena testbed, here.
As a winner of the Ericsson Garage Challenge, you can have free access to the test bed to run your projects. Feel free to check out the live 3-D map of the testbed.
Q. What if I can't make it to the STHLM Tech Fest?
A. You can still explore the possibility to work with the Ericsson Garage network, by mailing us at Ericsson.email@example.com . You won't be able to take part in the Startup Challenge, but we would definitely like to hear from you.