"formnext start-up challenge"
for Innovative Start-ups in the Field of Additive Technologies
formnext 2015, the international exhibition and conference on additive technologies and tool-making taking place in Frankfurt on November 17 to 20, 2015, has launched the formnext start-up challenge. This competition is aimed at young, innovative companies in additive manufacturing and is being organized by formnext in cooperation with EIT Digital.
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 formnext 2015, 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.
"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 at the exhibition organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. "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."
The five winners will be selected by an international jury consisting of analysts and representatives of companies, research institutes, and universities. The jury will evaluate the overall business concept, inter alia, of the start-ups. Criteria include, for example, consideration of what makes the product special and valuable, as well as the team, marketing strategy, and financial planning.
Start-ups can submit their application by e-mail as of next week to email@example.com. Please ensure that you completely fill out the application forms, which are now available on the formnext Web site at formnext.de/startupchallenge. Please submit your application by August 31, 2015.
Our cooperation partner EIT Digital is a non-profit organization that is headquartered in Brussels and has several co-location centers around Europe. A supporter of start-ups, its mission is to foster entrepreneurial talent for innovations in Europe. EIT Digital is a partner network of universities, companies, and research institutes; it has a Europe-wide network of numerous start-ups from various fields of information and communications technology.
Images: R. Eberhard, messekompakt.com, EBERHARD print & medien agentur gmbh