Formnext Start-up challenge to attract innovative AM companies

Editor: Barbara Schulz

Germany - Formnext 2015, the Frankfurft-based international exhibition and conference on additive technologies and toolmaking (17 to 20 November 2015) has launched the Formnext start-up challenge, aimed at young, innovative companies in additive manufacturing (AM).

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Sascha F. Wenzler, vice president at Mesago : "Additive procedures enable changes in product development and production and, therefore, influence numerous upstream and downstream sectors of the process chain."
Sascha F. Wenzler, vice president at Mesago : "Additive procedures enable changes in product development and production and, therefore, influence numerous upstream and downstream sectors of the process chain."
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According to the organisers, prizes will be awarded to start-ups who impress the jury with an innovative and viable business idea and have a product ready to market. To enter the competition, a start-up must be incorporated in the European Union and not older than five years.

Together with EIT Digital, Formnext will award the five winners a booth in the start-up area of of the exhibition, including booth construction and paid travel and hotel expenses. The winners will also have the opportunity to be integrated into the EIT Digital Startup Community of 130 network partners and, thus, benefit from consulting with business development and communication experts as well as contacts to potential investors and customers throughout Europe, Formnext organiser Mesago said.

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"With this competition, formnext is offering start-ups an innovative exhibition platform to pitch their product idea and company to highly qualified industry professionals from around the world," says Sascha Wenzler, division manager for formnext. "Moreover, in EIT Digital we have a partner that gives start-ups prospects for success in the long term and numerous contacts throughout all of Europe."

Start-ups are invited to submit their application by e-mail to startup_challenge@mesago.com. Applications close on 31 August 31 2015.

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