Applications open for formnext’s Start-up Challenge – rewarding new Additive Manufacturing companies

May 29, 2017

Applications are now open for formnext’s third Start-Up Challenge, a competition which recognises new, viable business ideas from companies of five years old or less in the field of Additive Manufacturing. This year’s competition is being organised in cooperation with interdisciplinary network MUST 3D Printing.

The five winning entrants will receive prizes including a fully-equipped booth in the International Start-up Area of formnext 2017, to take place in Frankfurt, Germany, November 14-17, 2017, and extensive marketing opportunities. The winners will also be given the opportunity to present a product pitch directly at the exhibition.

“For the last three years, the Start-up Challenge has been giving young companies the chance to present themselves and their products to a highly qualified international audience on our innovative exhibition platform,” stated Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President of formnext at exhibition organiser Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “Previous winners have shown just how effective this platform can be for start-ups: Since winning the competition, the software and service provider trinckle and the printer manufacturer Sinterit have evolved into successful enterprises that have established themselves firmly on the market. They will also be exhibiting their accomplishments at formnext 2017.”

Any company of five years old or less with a product or service that is market-ready in terms of customers, product status and revenue can take part in the formnext Start-up Challenge, provided the start-up is not majority-owned by an established company, state the organisers. A jury of recognised representatives from science, industry and investment will select the five winning entries, which will be announced in Autumn 2017.

The closing date for entries July 7, 2017. Applications can be made via the formnext 2017 website.

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