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JEC Start-up Booster Open for Submissions

11 July 2017

The second edition of JEC's Start-up Booster competition is open for submissions.

The competition will be held during JEC World 2018 and is open to entrepreneurs, SMEs and start-ups, including academic spin-offs, wanting to connect with world leaders in the composites industry.

Innovations will be divided into two categories:

Process:

  • Design;
  • Manufacturing; and
  • Digitalisation/Industry 4.0.

Products:

  • New composites materials including hybrid materials, bio-sourcing and intelligent composites; and
  • New applications and markets for composites.

Ten start-ups will be selected to pitch on 6 March 2018 in front of a jury of experts and leading industry players at JEC World. They will also benefit from a business package, including three days at the show on the Start-up Booster Village and mentoring sessions with industry experts including Airbus and Daimler, the main Start-up Booster partners for the second year.

Out of the ten start-ups, three winners will be announced during JEC World. In addition to the extensive exposure to the composites market they will benefit from an acceleration package, including a booth at JEC World 2019.

“This year’s event has been a very efficient way to scout and engage with start-ups for innovative composite technologies," according to Jelle Bloemhof, Head of Composite Manufacturing Technologies, Airbus. "We expect a significant contribution to our future developments from this, and we are looking forward to partnering with next generation of technological entrepreneurs.”

“Worldwide screening of start-ups related to composites technologies over the JEC event in Paris is a good opportunity for us to get in touch with innovative start-ups and possibly even pick up fast new partnerships in a fast-moving automotive world,” says Karl-Heinz Fueller, Manager Material Innovations and BIW Concept Development at Daimler.

“The Start-up Booster has had a meaningful impact on our business," comments Cécile Crassous, CEO of H-PreC, a 2017 Start-up Booster winner. "Today we are in discussion with four big groups in two different sectors.”

“The JEC Start-up Booster gave us extra visibility during the show and a premium display area, which was very helpful since there are 10s of thousands of attendees," adds Josh Martin, Co-Founder and CEO of 3D Fortify, another 2017 Start-up Booster Winner. "We met with several large corporations and thought leaders in the field as a direct result of the Start-up Booster programme. This is an opportunity not to be missed!”

"JEC Group's mission is to support and to sustain the growth of composites by promoting and showcasing the potential of composites in all possible applications," says Frédérique MUTEL, President and CEO of JEC Group. "Start-up Booster is a way to source and to filter innovations to present them to the industry and boost adoption."

The call for applications will be open until 15 December 2017.






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