M.Sc. (University of Helsinki) IoT-Certification (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Max Eklund

Head of AI & Robotics

With almost 10 years of experience in identifying, acquiring and advising on European and German funding as well as the implementation and management of projects with a funding volume of sometimes well over €5 million, I am well prepared to master the complex challenges of my clients in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. This interdisciplinary and rapidly advancing sector has fascinated me since my student days. To be successful in this dynamic environment, you need a growth mindset, technical affinity, analytical skills and interpersonal skills – qualities that I have continuously developed over the course of my career.

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Before joining the FI Group, I worked at the Technical University of Munich in the field of research funding and technology transfer. My focus there was on areas such as mobility, additive manufacturing and robotics. Before that, I also worked intensively on European funding (Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe) and patents.

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As a technology optimist, I am always curious about how companies and employees can use digitalization as an opportunity for the future of the working world. Technology offers us flexibility, and we should use this to our advantage – both for the well-being of our employees and for the long-term success of our clients.

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Robotics and artificial intelligence have a huge impact on the way we live and work, but we shouldn’t forget to be physically active. Exercise can improve our physical and mental agility, reduce stress and keep us healthy. As someone who spends several hours a week in the office or at events, I enjoy cycling, swimming and hiking in the mountains.

Flying drones is a hobby that perfectly complements this passion. I enjoy taking my drone up into the air and seeing the world from a whole new perspective. This hobby allows me to put my technical skills into practice and find a creative balance at the same time. For me, it’s a wonderful opportunity to constantly push the boundaries of what is technologically possible and have a lot of fun in the process.

FI synergy: The way to maximize your funding

FI synergy stands for much more than just raising funds: The optimal strategy is crucial! We take into account regional, national and international funding opportunities through allowances and grants and work out how they can be combined most effectively to obtain the maximum amount of funding.

This comprehensive expertise from tens of thousands of projects worldwide is unique in the market. We support our clients from A to Z, taking them by the hand from the outset, working with them to identify potentially eligible projects, developing the best strategy and also supporting them in the context of a possible audit by the funding bodies or tax authorities.

In addition to in-depth industry knowledge, we also contribute our administrative contacts. After all, the authorities also value our expertise. Good contact with ministries, for example in the context of legislative procedures, is also of great importance to society.

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