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JEC Group Puts Entrepreneurship on the Front Scene With ‘Startup Booster’

07 March 2017

JEC Group launches ‘Startup Booster’, a program meant to support and accompany innovations and entrepreneurship in composites (aeronautics, automotive, construction, medical, design, sports and leisure, etc.), a dynamic and growing market that is expected to reach $ 90 billion (in value) by 2020.

In a competitive world, composite materials play an important role by providing many elements of differentiation, because they integrate many functions impacting significantly and positively the environment, the intrinsic quality of the products and the industrial costs. The ‘Startup Booster’ program is at the centre of JEC Group's strategy for innovation and visibility towards investors: "JEC Group promotes the use of composites to all manufacturers and end-users. With this program, we spot and support composites innovation. In our sectors, it is the only program that offers this opportunity to create links between start-ups and major players in the industry. We are pleased to have Airbus and Daimler as main partners for this first edition," explains Anne-Manuèle Hébert, Director of JEC World and JEC Group's Shows in Europe.

JEC explains that this program gives visibility to the innovation of composite start-ups around the world towards international investors and the entire value chain. Many start-ups have applied for this first edition of JEC World’s ‘start-up booster’ program. Only 10 of them have been selected and will have the opportunity to present their innovation to the jury on 14 March 2017. “We are delighted to be part of the biggest event in the composites calendar and are looking forward to fostering the next generation of technologies to enable us to continue to grow our manufacturing capability,” Turlough MacMahon, Partnerships Manager of the Manufacturing Technologies team at Airbus.

“In Startup Booster, we see a very good opportunity to get in contact with a broad network of innovative start-ups, exchange know-how and support new, fresh ideas in the area of composites. For us, the composite market is an important market for future developments, for example with regards to electric vehicles. These vehicles have extremely lightweight requirements and there’s still a great potential for lightweight innovations with composites, e.g. regarding crash-safe battery integration,” adds Dr. Karl-Heinz Fueller, Manager Material Innovations and BIW Concept Development at Daimler AG.

JEC World will host the 10 startups in competition on a dedicated area, the Startup Booster Village, at the entrance of the Hall 6, a unique opportunity for these 10 startups to be visible to the 1,300 exhibitors and 37,000 visitors.

3 start-ups will then win the Startup Booster 2017 prize, a financial prize and a package worth € 15,000 including a participation in JEC World 2018.

The Jury will be composed of leaders, directors and experts :

  • Mr. Jelle Bloemhof - AIRBUS Commercial Aircraft – Head of Manufacturing Technologies of Composite

  • Mr. Didier Lang - AIRBUS GROUP Innovations, Pôle ASTECH – Executive Expert Composites Technologies

  • Mrs. Clémentine Gallet - CORIOLIS – CEO

  • Dr. Karl-Heinz Fueller - DAIMLER AG – Manager Material innovations and BIW concept development

  • Dr. Bertrand Fillon - IPC (Innovation Plastics Composites) – General Director of Research

  • Mrs. Frédérique Mutel - JEC GROUP – President & CEO

  • Dr. Florin Paun - ONERA – Industrial Innovation Deputy Director

  • Dr. Gérard Liraut - RENAULT – Expert leader of the Strategic Domain of Polymers Training/Studies

  • Mr. François Chopard - STARBURST Accelerator – Founder & CEO

  • Mr. Klaus Drechsler - TUM (Technical University of Munich) – Dean & Founder xC Consultants

Moderator of the pitch session and the winners’ announcement ceremony:

  • Mrs. Kat Borlongan – FIVE BY FIVE – Founding Partner, named as one of the Top 10 Women to follow in tech by Starther.

Visit the agora on Tuesday 14th March from 11:00 to 13:00 to listen to the start-ups pitches and at 17:00 at the 'events' room in the VIP club, Hall 6 to attend to the winners announcement ceremony.

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