electronica Fast Forward
Start-ups are an important source of impetus for economic and employment growth. However, their founders face a number of challenges, particularly when it comes to finding the right partner or securing financing. Our support: electronica Fast Forward. The Start-up Platform powered by Elektor.
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It was beyond expectations: the quality of the 35 ideas, prototypes and start-ups that got selected for the first edition of our Fast Forward Awards in the Start-up Area staged on the East Entry floor space.
Our co-producer Elektor Labs and sponsors STMicroelectronics, Conrad, Würth Elektronik and Trinamic experienced some great pitches and the matchmaking with companies who got interested in monetising a prototype or idea looked promising. Nine selected participants were nominated; three were awarded with prizes ranging from € 5K to € 75K worth of marketing power furnished by Elektor, the media house for homelabs and start-ups. All innovations can be found in the 84-page electronica Fast Forward Start-Up Guide.
- Exhibition and participants
electronica Fast Forward Forum
Start-ups provide key impetus for economic and employment growth. However, to take good ideas and develop them into marketable products and business models, you need the right partners and viable financing. Conversely, it is essential for established companies to identify new trends and innovations to strengthen their ability to compete. Start-ups are an important source of momentum.
The electronica Fast Forward Forum gives founders, developers and established companies a perfect opportunity to make contacts and promote future-oriented projects together. The program at a glance:
- Discover new business ideas
Are you an established company that is looking for fresh, new ideas for its business? Be there at the Forum when creative minds present their ideas, prototypes and start-ups, which will be evaluated by a panel of judges. This is your chance to discover innovations from around the world at an early stage. An overview of the projects of all the participants is available here.
- Advice for new entrepreneurs
Do you work in a start-up or are you a "maker"? Take advantage of the Forum to have experienced experts advise you. You can exchange ideas and information with other founders and get valuable tips from business angels and investors. What is important when a company takes its first steps? How can you secure financing, and what do start-ups have to keep in mind? Find out in our technical lectures.
- Trends and interesting facts
What are the cultural differences between the old economy and the new economy? What effect do they have on collaboration between start-ups and corporations? What preferences do talented young people have? The presentations at the Forum will shed light on the latest trends and issues.
- Discover new business ideas
electronica Fast Forward Award
Which founders or developers in the three categories "Idea," "Prototype," or "Start-up" will convince the panel of judges the most? A total of 24 participants that have made it through the preliminary rounds will face this year's prominent panel.
Be there on November 10 when three winners are announced in each category.
On November 11, the first-place contenders from each category will compete against one another again for the top three prizes.