Member: Dalarna Science Park

From tour guide in Morocco to interviewing the Dalai Lama and president Bill Clinton, today multi talented entrepreneur Annika Dopping is running the automatization startup Texactor.

“My professional life has brought me an extensive, highly esteemed global network and access to influential people in many important arenas which, of course, is invaluable in entrepreneurship.”

Texactor is deeptech of the week and one of the 12 winners of the 2017 ÅForsk Entrepreneurial Scholarship.

Dalarna Science Park

Entrepreneur: Annika Dopping

Company: Texactor

Incubator: Dalarna Science Park

Business idea:

Using sophisticated technology to increase the precision and level of automation for users in industries such as metal, farming, constructing and the forest industry.

a wide array of insights

– As an entrepreneur in the communications field, my foremost passion is to discover and share brilliant ideas and innovations which significantly uplift the lives and well-being of many people.

At the age of 20 years Annika became Site Manager in Scotland for the Swedish Travel agency Fritidsresor, after a season as tour guide in Morocco.

– This taught me to be prepared to creatively solve urgent, unexpected problems, while taking full responsibility for the welfare of people of all ages.

Later, having graduated as a physiotherapist in Sweden, Annika found the repertoire of conventional medicine far too limited. Instead, she began to make educational films about how to prevent disease and maintain health.

– After an exclusive TV producer course at Sweden’s National Public TV Broadcaster SVT, I ended up with my own TV show on TV4, with the opportunity to interview many knowledgeable and high profile leaders such as the Dalai Lama and president Bill Clinton. 

The experience has given her a wide array of insights about how to achieve success as well as avoiding the failures that come from dysfunctional management, Annika explains.

– Through the years, I have developed a gift for identifying urgent needs and challenges across many sectors of society, and then facilitate opportunities for the most apt individuals, strategic stakeholders and partners to share their unique perspectives and viable, visionary solutions with receptive audiences.

a smart, precise handling system

– Our business idea is to use digital technology to increase the precision and level of automation for different types of industrial processes. The technology can be used in different sectors to handle equipment fast and automatized. Examples of sectors are heavy handling in metal industry, farming, constructing and the forest industry.

In summary, a smart, precise handling system.

The flexibility of the software makes it easy to adapt the system to different areas. The users can handle the software on different levels and adjust it for their needs, and the collecting of big data gives us the opportunity to use adaptive control loops to constantly improve the system. 

– The technology is designed to use renewable energy within a low energy consumption concept, which meets the new requirements for climate change and enables sustainable solutions, says Annika and adds:

– We are proud to announce that 14 out of Sweden’s 16 National Environmental Objectives are positively affected by our innovation, among them: Reduced Climate Impact, Clean Air, A Non-Toxic Environment, Thriving Wetlands, A Varied Agricultural Landscape, Good-Quality Groundwater, Natural Acidification Only, A Balanced Marine Environment, Flourishing Coastal Areas and Archipelagos, and A Rich Diversity of Plant and Animal Life.

“We have done our homework”

The ideas have emerged and evolved from the members of the team, successively addressing challenges in the different sectors where they operate, Annika explains.

– The team’s broad range of experiences in research and technology as well as industry and practical farming, has led to a number of well-grounded solutions, adapted into a smart handling system.

The team is extremely well prepared, says Annika:

– Checking our progress with numerous relevant stakeholders and out of that merging innovation, professionalism and care for the planet into a powerful and promising core. We have done our homework.

Texactor’s purpose is to help secure a sustainable and smart handling system. Through digitalization and sophisticated technology, they increase the precision and level of automation for users, which both simplifies their work and increases profitability, while reducing emissions and climate impact.

Money’s a challenge

The biggest challenge so far has been financing the startup, Annika tells us. Lucky enough, Dalarna Science Park in Borlänge and Robotdalen in Västerås has backed the team, contributing with experience and valuable networks.

And as a push in the right direction, Annika was one of the 2017 ÅForsk-winners, receiving a scholarship of SEK 200 000 earlier this year.

– This scholarship will allow us to fully focus on the crucial next steps towards getting our financing secured and find the absolute smartest capital for our long-term development. It is incredibly welcome for a startup, having spent years to gather, develop and refine endless input, to get this opportunity to strategically plan and prioritize our upcoming actions. Getting this attention, recognition and respect means a lot for the whole Texactor Team.