Formnext organiser, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany, is inviting submissions for its sixth Start-up Challenge award from companies that are no more than five years old. Those who enter will also be competing to win the “AM Ventures Impact Award”, a new feature in this year’s show.
“The Start-up Challenge is a well-publicised success story that has been rewarding very interesting young companies from additive manufacturing for a number of years,” explained Sascha F Wenzler, Vice President Formnext at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “Among other advantages, it has given them the opportunity to showcase their business to a specialist international audience as part of Formnext and get off to a flying start in the AM market.”
The five winners of the challenge will all receive a Formnext exhibition and marketing package, which includes a fully equipped exhibition booth in the Formnext 2020 Start-up Area and inclusion in all
relevant and worldwide marketing and communication activities.
This year, for the first time in the competition, a company will also be selected from the applicants to receive the AM Ventures Impact Award in recognition of approaches to sustainability relating to the seventeen sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Environmental considerations (such as green energy and resource conservation) and social aspects (such as education and equality) are said to play an important role in this.
Arno Held, stated, “The potential offered by Additive Manufacturing for addressing the major global sustainability challenges is significant. The technology can be used to make drives more efficient, minimise material consumption, accelerate repairing cycles, and extend battery ranges.”
“In all areas, AM can improve the world if we use the technology correctly. The Impact Award aims to help raise awareness of this,” he added.