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To empower the dynamic companies that move the world. Sixth Sense is an open innovation platform enabled by Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence that connects scaling startups with world-class companies to solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges.


Launched in January 2022, Sixth Sense invites proposals with a big idea that addresses the pressing demands Hexagon’s customers are facing. It then selects a cohort of startups that are developing transformative solutions in the manufacturing space and gives them the opportunity to work with manufacturing experts and business mentors to refine their pitches, technology and business plans.

The programme is bookended by the Sixth Sense Summit that showcases the participating companies to investors, industry and potential customers. In our role as the lead event delivery partner for the Global Summit, we curated dynamic, interactive, and insightful agendas to draw attendance from across Hexagon, its network, and the wider start-up ecosystem. We also developed all branding and design for the Summit across both the hybrid platform and in person event, as well as high-quality videos that captured the spirit of the event and spotlighted Sixth Sense’s mission to drive innovation.

“Sixth Sense is a revolutionary approach to the traditional accelerator, designed as an exchange of value between Hexagon and the start-ups, providing more than just theoretical training.” – Paolo Guglielmini, President, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division



The latest Sixth Sense Summit was hosted in The Hague and attracted over 150 members of the Dutch startup, investor and manufacturing ecosystem, who came together to take part in roundtables, meet-ups, networking, demos and startup pitches that were live streamed to viewers from around the world. 

Seven Hills also secured a wide range of expert judges to interrogate the companies that were pitching, including Ana Avaliani, Royal Academy of Engineering; Abhishek Sengupta, Hexagon Manufacturing; Bindi Karia, Molten Ventures; Drew Rogers, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence and Hanadi Jabado, Sana Capital. 

Startups supported by the Sixth Sense programme have gone on to launching new products, expanding their customer base and securing multi-million pound contracts.

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Chapter 1 outlines the concept of mission and how the breakthrough brands of today have succeeded by building a mission that inspires belief, generates a following and instils a purpose beyond profit.