Formnext Start-up Challenge Viable AM innovations plus contribution to sustainability

Editor: Steffen Donath

Recognising new, creative, viable, and above all, sustainable business ideas: This year’s Formnext Start-up Challenge once again invites submissions from innovative young companies.

The Formnext Start-up Challange is a great way for new companies to draw attention to their technology.
The Formnext Start-up Challange is a great way for new companies to draw attention to their technology.
(Source: Mesago / Mathias Kutt)

New for this year, companies who enter the sixth Formnext Start-up Challenge will also be competing to win the “AM Ventures Impact Award”. Applications are now being invited from companies that are no more than five years old.

“The Start-up Challenge is a well-publicised success story that has been rewarding very interesting young companies from additive manufacturing for a number of years. Among other advantages, it has given them the opportunity to showcase their business to a specialist international audience as part of Formnext and get off to a flying start in the AM market,” says Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President Formnext at exhibition organiser Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

The international panel of high-profile representatives from all corners of the industry comprises Dr. Kristian Arntz, Managing Director and Partner at ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing GmbH, Stefanie Brickwede, Head of 3D Printing@DB and Managing Director of Mobility goes Additive, Arno Held, Chief Venture Officer, AM Ventures, Tobias Kuhl, Senior Project Leader, Entrepreneurial Network at UnternehmerTUM GmbH, Alexander Oster, Director Additive Manufacturing, Autodesk, and Michael Petch, Editor-in-Chief at 3D Printing Industry. The winners will be announced in September 2020. The submission deadline is 4 September 2020.

This year, for the first time in the competition, a young company will also be selected from the applicants to receive the AM Ventures Impact Award in recognition of approaches to sustainability relating to the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Environmental considerations (such as green energy and resource conservation) and social aspects (for example, education and equality) play an important role in this.

Any up-and-coming company with a product or service that is marketready in terms of customers, product status, and revenue can take part in the Formnext Start-up Challenge, provided the start-up is not majorityowned by an established company and was founded after 31 December 2014.