Calling All Young and Innovative Companies From the Field of Additive Manufacturing: formnext is Launching its Start-up Challenge


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.

Formnext powered by tct is organizing this year’s competition in cooperation with the interdisciplinary network MUST 3D Printing.

formnext powered by tct
International exhibition and conference
on the next generation of manufacturing technologies
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
14 – 17 November 2017

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.

Exhibition formnext powered by tct 2016 - award ceremony Start-up Challenge (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

Exhibition formnext powered by tct 2016 – award ceremony Start-up Challenge (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

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.

About formnext
formnext powered by tct is the leading tradefair for Additive Manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It focuses on the efficient realization of parts and products, from their design to serial production. formnext shows the future of innovative manufacturing. The conference set to take place alongside the exhibition will also highlight the latest trends and issues in additive manufacturing, along with clever ways in which it can be integrated into process chains in industrial production. The conference’s content is designed by Rapidnews/tct + Personalize. formnext powered by tct is organized by Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. (

About Mesago
Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, founded in 1982 and located in Stuttgart, specializes in exhibitions and conferences on various topics of technology. The company belongs to the Messe Frankfurt Group. Mesago operates internationally and is not tied to a specific venue. With 130 members of staff Mesago organizes events for the benefit of more than 3,300 exhibitors and over 110,000 trade visitors, conference delegates and speakers from all over the world. Numerous trade associations, publishing houses, scientific institutes and universities work with Mesago closely as advisers, co-organizers and partners. (

About MUST 3D Printing
The Munich Summit is an ecosystem of interdisciplinary actors focusing on 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. The ecosystem promotes start-ups in Additive Manufacturing via targeted networking and stimulates new business models for industrial 3D Printing technology. Since 2014, EOS, SCE and UnternehmerTUM have developed the foundation for a strong community of start-ups, established companies, investors and research institutes. Together, we initiate new collaborations!

Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

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