electronica fast forward: The start-up-week powered by Elektor

The start-up and maker scenes are changing the electronics landscape. More and more innovations are coming from new players in the electronics sector. In cooperation with Elektor, electronica provides a unique platform that brings together innovative ideas, prototypes, products or services and a broad, international and very relevant audience of industry representatives.

electronica fast forward (e-ffwd) comprises three elements:

1. The presentation at the e-ffwd stand amidst the semiconductor companies exhibiting at electronica,
2. the forum where pitches, lectures and meetings take place,
3. the e-ffwd award.

Starting from 2018 e-ffwd presentation and award categories will reflect electronica’s highlight topics. In 2018 these are:
  • automotive
  • embedded
  • artificial intelligence
  • Solid State Lighting/LED
  • smart grid/smart energy
  • industrial IoT
  • electronics in medical and healthcare (including wearables)
  • cyber security

The first edition of electronica Fast Forward (e-ffwd) powered by Elektor in 2016 drew 35 participants from 16 countries and was a resounding success. It will thus be continued and expanded in 2018: The start-up-platform becomes the start-up-week giving all target groups the crucial added value they need.

To just give you a hint of what’s coming up:
  • A new award category premiers at e-ffwd: “e-ffwd sponsors challenge” starts half a year early and gives applicants the possibility to develop their product with designated hardware provided by the sponsor.
  • e-ffwd 2018 will feature an extended forum program that benefits start-ups and the established industry alike.
  • More workshops and networking opportunities will be on offer.

Make sure you stay tuned:

Get your free electronica Fast Forward Start-Up Guide

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.

The list of this year's participants is available here for download

  • Exhibition and participants

    The list of this year's participants is available here for download

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sponsors
    • Logo ST Microelectronics

      Platin sponsor

    • Logo Conrad Electronic

      Gold sponsor

    • Logo Wuerth Elektronik

      Gold sponsor

    • Logo TRINAMIC

      Bronze sponsor

    • Logo ST Microelectronics

      Platin sponsor

    • Logo Conrad Electronic

      Gold sponsor

    • Logo Wuerth Elektronik

      Gold sponsor

    • Logo TRINAMIC

      Bronze sponsor

 
 
 
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electronica, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications. The entire electronics universe at a single location.

In the entrance at electronica

Welcome!

electronica, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications. The entire electronics universe at a single location.

Welcome!

electronica, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications. The entire electronics universe at a single location.

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Clearly structured: electronica showcases the electronics industry's entire range of technologies, trends, products and solutions.

The electronics industry clearly structured

Exhibition sectors

Clearly structured: electronica showcases the electronics industry's entire range of technologies, trends, products and solutions.

Exhibition sectors

Clearly structured: electronica showcases the electronics industry's entire range of technologies, trends, products and solutions.

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