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.
And with all the new innovations, technologies and developers popping up like error messages in Windows, it is hard to keep track of the important trends and separate the relevant and promising ones from the rest. And whether you are an established company with an astonishing new product or a start-up with a ground-breaking innovation, it is hard to get a head-start in this highly competitive and ever changing sector.
electronica Fast Forward (e-ffwd) consists of three complementary elements:
electronica Fast Forward Award powered by Elektor
Which founders or developers convinced the panel of judges the most?
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.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 winner of the year 2018 is Markus Strecker from Teiimo GmbH and will receive a start-up marketing package worth €75,000 including a trade fair stand at electronica 2020 for an innovative textile system consisting of sensors, conductors and electronics for measuring and transmitting body and position data.
Second place went to Wizama, an interactive board game console with an ecosystem of connected objects, and Elektor's media campaign with a total value of €50,000.
Third place went to Querom Elektronik GmbH for its customized power electronics solutions in the field of electromobility and receives media support from Elektor worth €25,000.
e-ffwd Forum—Pitches, lectures and meetings
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.
e-ffwd stand—The presentation amidst the semiconductor companies
The start-up platform of electronica Fast Forward is a joint stand in Hall C5.
The exhibitors have concrete products or prototypes as well as a business model and a business plan. What they still lack is the corresponding capital. The companies have been on the market for less than two years.