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Additive manufacturing, biomaterials and disruptive technology on Pre-Preg are the 3 innovations presented by these 3 winners from France, Ireland and the US.
The new edition of JEC World 2017 put innovative start-up composite companies at the forefront. The first day of the show marked the launch of the latest program of JEC ‘Startup Booster’: an international program combining innovations, entrepreneurship, start-ups and composites.
“With this program, we are at the heart of JEC Group’s mission: to promote innovation and networking, to showcase the potential of composites in all their applications to investors, buyers and all those who have specifications to fill. And we want to help develop the innovative capabilities of startups!” explains Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO of JEC Group and member of the jury.
After two hours of pitching in front of a public composed of manufacturers, institutionalists, funders and academics, the startups were judged on the following criteria:
Quality & clarity of the pitch.
Innovation & originality of the project.
Impact for the composites industry.
Quality of the team.
The members of the jury, from companies such as Airbus, ASTECH cluster, Coriolis, Daimler, IPC, JEC Group, Onera, Renault, Starburst Accelerator and TUM, chose their favourites. “We are very proud to announce the three ‘jewels’ chosen by the jury among the ten start-ups selected for this first edition. Manufacturers are on the lookout for innovation, and we would like to pay tribute to all of the start-ups, who have outgrown themselves in their presentation and their involvement in this program at JEC World. This first edition is a real success, and we look forward to seeing them evolve, because their potential is incredible! Great congratulations to 3D Fortify, Pond and H-Prec. The quality of their proposals is a reflection of the dynamism of composites industry” explains Anne-Manuèle Hébert, Show Director of JEC World and European Events.
The three winners of the Startup Booster program win a prize, a financial contribution and a package worth €15,000, including a booth in JEC World 2018.
“We are very pleased to be part of the winners of the first edition of this ‘Startup Booster’ program. JEC Group offers us a great opportunity that will accelerate our development. Meet-us in March 2018!” explains Dr. Arnaud Crassous, R&D Manager at H-Prec and one of JEC’s Startup Booster winners.
“Airbus is engaged with start-ups in order to enable capitalising on innovation coming from the outside and identifying future growth opportunities. From all the submissions from around the world including academics, institutes and SMEs, we will follow up with 15 in the next weeks,” says Turlough McMahon, Partnerships Manager of the Manufacturing Technologies Team at Airbus.
“Start-up Booster is a very efficient way to get to know about the worldwide innovation activities in composites. The large number of high quality submission shows the vibrant activity of this industry”, adds Karl-Heinz Fueller, Manager Material Innovations and BIW Concept Development at Daimler.
JEC Group will perpetuate this event and will open the next Start-up Booster competition for JEC World 2018 as of September 2017.
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