Applications are open for “Formnext Start-up Challenge” – AM Impact Ventures Award to be renewed

Formnext 2019. Copyright: Mesago / Mathias Kutt

For the seventh consecutive year, Formnext intends to celebrate young and innovative AM businesses that have decided to address a key challenge of the industry. From the very beginning, the challenge has given several start-ups , including 3Yourmind, Dyemansion, Kumovis, Sinterit, Trinckle 3D, Xioneer to name a few of them, the opportunity to showcase their products and services to the AM world and attracting the attention of customers, partners, and potential investors.

Applications for this challenge are now open for companies across the world and interestingly, the AM Impact Ventures Award has been renewed for this edition. As a reminder, the award was launched last year in order to recognize companies’ approach to sustainability. An approach that takes into account 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. Last year, USA-based company Molyworks is the one that took home the AM Ventures Impact Award.

As it was the case for the previous editions, the five winners of this year will also benefit from a solid Formnext exhibition and marketing package, which includes, among other things, a fully equipped exhibition booth in the Formnext 2021 Start-up Area and inclusion in all relevant and worldwide Formnext marketing and communication activities. In addition, the winners can participate in a pitch event as part of Formnext, receive an individual company profile from a media sponsor as well as corporate coaching from a member of the judging panel.

After many months of extremely limited contact opportunities due to the pandemic, it is all the more important for young innovative companies and start-ups to present themselves and connect with customers or partners,” explains Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President Formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “We want to support this over the long term with the Formnext Start-up Challenge and offer the winners a highly attractive package that allows them to make their mark in the international world of additive manufacturing.”

Companies that are less than five years old are now invited to apply. The deadline for applications is 2 July 2021; winners will be announced in September 2021.

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