Calling all young and innovative companies from the field of additive manufacturing! formnext is launching its Start-up Challenge

Author Marc Fuchs

For the third year in a row, the formnext Start-up Challenge will recognize innovative young companies from the field of additive manufacturing. Applications are now being accepted from companies that are no more than five years old. Prizes will be awarded for new, viable business ideas from the world of industrial 3D printing.

Winners Start-up Challenge 2016
Winners Start-up Challenge 2016
(formnext powered by tct Source: Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

Formnext powered by tct (14 – 17 November 2017 in Frankfurt am Main) is organizing this year’s competition in cooperation with the interdisciplinary network MUST 3D Printing.

The five winning entrants will receive attractive prizes, including a fully-equipped booth in the international Start-up Area of formnext 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,” states Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President formnext at exhibition organizer 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 up-and-coming company 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. A high-profile jury made up of recognized representatives from the realms of science, industry, and investment will select the five winning entries. The winners will be announced in the fall of 2017. For more information, see The closing date for entries is 7 July 2017.


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