Credit: Mesago

More than shiny trophies, awards often serve as a powerful motivator for encouraging people to continue doing what they do best. In our small industry driven by talented and motivated individuals, such recognition is a true booster for companies.

That’s why to raise the profile of this industry’s talents and ideas, Mesago, the organizer of Formnext, has announced the launch of the Formnext Awards for this upcoming 2024 edition of the show.

The Formnext Awards come as a replacement for the Formnext Start-up Challenge which has honored and promoted innovative, creative companies since 2015.

 Through its new Formnext Awards, Formnext is taking this commitment even further. International entries in each of the six categories will be evaluated by a panel of prestigious judges. Submissions for the Start-up Award close on 9 August 2024; the remaining categories are open until 6 September 2024. The panel includes representatives of well-known companies, investors, associations, and research institutes, Mesago said in a press release.

The Formnext Awards will recognize the following categories:

  • Start-up award supported by AM Ventures
  • Rookie Award recognizing young individuals with promising business ideas who have either not yet founded a company or who launched less than a year ago
  • Sustainability Award supported by Renishaw: AM applications and products evaluated on the basis of their product life cycle.
  • Design Award: exceptional AM design and AM products assessed on the basis of aesthetic and functional considerations
  • (R)Evolution Award supported by 3D Printing Industry: products, technologies, or services demonstrating exceptional innovation and particular added value for the user
  • AMbassador Award: outstanding individuals or organizations who have had a unique impact on the industry and users through innovative training and education approaches, projects, or their personal advocacy.

The finalists will be selected by the panel of judges, and the overall winners will be chosen at Formnext, with the help of the public vote. The winners will be presented at the award ceremony on the evening of Thursday 21 November 2024.

It’s not just start-ups and new companies who benefit from exchanging ideas, showcasing their businesses, and networking with potential customers, partners, and investors. Therefore, rather than only supporting our AM newcomers, we now want to reach out to the growing diversity of the AM industry through our Formnext Awards as well and recognize the achievements of an even broader range of disciplines,” explains Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President for Formnext at organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “With our new awards, we also want to honor and promote achievements beyond the existing product categories.”

Applications can be submitted now.

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