Innovators and Incubators Worldwide Join Growing Ansys Startup Program


Ansys reports that about 500 startup companies around the world have joined its startup program to enhance their product development and simulation efforts. From a 3D automotive radar system to electric Hyperloop transportation to a developer of fusion energy systems based upon magnetics technology, more than 500 startup companies around the world are leveraging the program to create and deliver lifechanging innovations. Since the program’s inception in 2016, 558 startups have joined, the company said in November.

It gives low-cost access to the companys suite of engineering simulation software to startups around the world lowering the barrier for entrepreneurs to use simulation to bring innovative products to market faster.

“The companies in this program are industry pioneers often on the leading edge of innovation,” said Sin Min Yap, vice president of global corporate strategic Initiatives for Ansys. This makes simulation both affordable and accessible to these companies enabling them to make key advancements in diverse industries.”

One such company is Zeleros a Hyperloop technology developer based in Valencia, Spain.

Daniel Orient_IN“Ansys and finite element simulations allow us to perform in-depth analysis of our Hyperloop developments, including mechanical and magnetic behavior of our active magnetic levitation system and fluid dynamic behavior of our aerodynamic propulsion system,” said Daniel Orient, chief technical officer & co-founder of Zeleros, a Spanish startup developing electric hyperloop. “Simulating and analyzing our results before prototyping empowers us to reach goals on the first attempt instead of building additional prototypes, resulting in significant cost and time savings.”

Another is General Fusion, based in Burnaby, BC near Vancouver. Dr. Michel Laberge founded General Fusion with a singular focus to develop economically viable fusion energy. His key insight was realizing that magnetized target fusion, with the aid of modern electronics, materials, and advances in plasma physics, could provide a faster, lower cost, and more practical path to fusion power.

Michael Laberge_INGeneral Fusion has built a world-class magnetized target fusion research and development team consisting of over 70 research and development professionals who have demonstrated the ability to quickly and cost-effectively design, simulate, prototype, and test advanced fusion systems.


General Fusions magnetized target fusion system uses a sphere filled with molten lead-lithium that is pumped to form a vortex. On each pulse, magnetically confined plasma is injected into the vortex. Around the sphere, an array of pistons impact and drive a pressure wave into the center of the sphere, compressing the plasma to fusion conditions.

Ansys Plasma Injector_IN

We relied on Ansys at a variety of points during our development process which aided us in reducing costs and shortening our timeline, noted David Plant, engineer with the company. Our engineers were able to use the software quickly because it is built with applied engineering in mind. We plan to continue using it as we construct a full-scale prototype.

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