The deadline for applications is 1 July 2022 and the winners will be announced in September 2022.
It has become a sort of tradition in the calendar of Formnext and for this 8th edition of the show, Mesago the organizer of the event, will not depart from the rule. Applications are now open for the Formnext Start-up Challenge, a healthy competition that gives start-ups a voice among the more established players, that gives them the opportunity to pitch their product and services in front of customers, partners, and potential investors.
A great number of companies made their debuts on the Additive Manufacturing scene through the Formnext Start-up Challenge. 3Yourmind, Dyemansion, Kumovis, Sinterit, Spectroplast, Trinckle 3D, Xioneer are a few examples of companies that benefitted from an important boost after pitching at the Formnext Startup challenge. Today, some of them excel in their field of activity today.
According to Co-founder of Kumovis, Dr. Miriam Haerst : “The visibility is extremely helpful. You also get direct feedback from the market, which may not always be comfortable. Ultimately, though, it gives you an opportunity to keep developing and perfecting your product.”
Launched in 2020, the AM Impact Ventures Award has found a valuable place in this competition and is here to stay. “With this award, we want to give the topic of sustainability the attention it deserves as part of the Start-up Challenge,” recalls Arno Held, Managing Partner at AM Ventures.
In addition to the 3D-printed award, the five winners will each receive an impressive Formnext exhibition and marketing package, which includes, among other things, a fully equipped exhibition booth in the Formnext 2022 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, Mesago says.
“The experience of the past years has clearly shown how important it is for young and innovative companies to present their business ideas and developments to an international audience of industry professionals. A dedicated event such as Formnext provides the perfect environment in which to establish and maintain business relationships with customers and partners, as well as explore potential investments,” says Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President Formnext at exhibition organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “Winning the Start-up Challenge gives 5 entrepreneurs the opportunity to appear at Formnext. It always gives me great pleasure to help contribute to the laying of these foundations for sustainable company growth,” adds Wenzler.
Applications are now open for any up-and-coming company with a product or service that is market-ready in terms of customers, product status, and revenue, assuming that the start-up is not majority-owned by an established company and was founded after 1 January 2017.
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