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JEC Appoints Jury for Start-Up Booster Competition

05 December 2017

JEC Group has announced the jury for the second edition of its Start-up Booster competition to be held during JEC World 2018 on 6-8 March 2018.

The jury consists of:

  • 3M – Christophe Meuleman, Managing Director R&D;
  • Airbus Commercial Aircraft – Jelle Bloemhof, Head of Composites Manufacturing Technologies;
  • Alstom – Xavier Allard, Design & Styling Director;
  • CETIM – Christophe Champenois, Composites Department Manager;
  • Daimler AG – Dr Karl-Heinz Füller, Manager Hybrid Materials, Concepts and AMG;
  • GE’s Digital European Foundry – Vincent Champain, General Manager;
  • Innovation Plasturgie Composites (IPC) – Dr Bertrand Fillon, General Director of Research;
  • JEC Group – Frédérique Mutel, President & CEO;
  • Vector Space System – Jim Cantrell, CEO & Co-founder.

The 2018 Start-up Booster will offer an intensive three day-programme, jointly organised with BPI France Le Hub, which will include:

  • a pitching session in front of both the jury and industry leaders;
  • a Start-up Booster winners ceremony, attended by industrialists, international press and scientists;
  • 'Meet the jury' sessions to enable start-ups to interact with, and gain feedback from, each jury member;
  • 'Example of agility between Corporate and Start-up,' a session by Solvay Venture, with Stéphane Roussel, CEO of Solvay Venture and Leandro Castro, CEO of MultiMechanics;
  • an accelerator session with the Airbus composites and manufacturing teams;
  • an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session with Clémentine Gallet, CEO of Coriolis;
  • Start-up Club sessions with the three winners from 2017 sharing experience and tips with their

The full programme will be announced in early February.

The 10 selected start-ups will benefit from exposure to international media, and direct access to the composites industry, as JEC World attracts more than 40,000 visits over the three days. The selected start-ups will also be invited to the JEC World VIP Party, and will be offered a full logistic package. Out of these 10, three will be provided with an 18 m² stand for JEC World 2019, as well as a promotion package worth €10,000, and €3,500 to cover the costs of their participation in 2018.

Start-up Booster targets start-ups, SMEs and academic spinoffs in two categories:

  • PROCESS: Design, Manufacturing, Digitalisation/Industry 4.0; and
  • PRODUCTS: New materials including hybrid materials, bio-sourcing and intelligent composites, new market applications

“We are looking for innovative solutions to optimising the costs of our current production, as well as meeting our ambitious research targets," states Jelle Bloemhof of Airbus. "The robustness of processes throughout the complete carbon composite life cycle, including reuse/recycling, is a key requirement for successful implementation. Reduction of non-valued added operations and increased process automation are key parts of this, with both thermoset and thermoplastic technologies within the scope of our interest.”

“We are looking for new technologies in the composite area, supporting our CASE innovation strategy," adds Dr Karl-Heinz Füller of Daimler. "Specifically, we are looking into improving the cost situation, as well as activities making composites smarter – by integrating new sensor systems.”

The call for applications will be open until 15 December.

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