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Startup Matchmaking at the Hannover Messe 2018

The Hanover Fair in 2018
The partner country of this year’s Hannover Messe was Mexico, which had brought along some startups as well as some exhibitors. Once again this year, the organisers of the fair had created an area specifically for start-ups in the Young Tech Enterprises area in Hall 17. These represented the general trends of this year’s Hannover Messe 2018, such as Industry 4.0, Integrated Energy, Smart Supply, Predictive Maintenance, Cobots, Lightweight Construction and Digital Twin. For this purpose, a start-up matchmaking between the exhibiting companies and start-ups was offered again this year as part of Young Tech Enterprises. Ambi-Vation and the Federal Association of German Startups were able to implement this. In addition, a total of 45 start-ups presented on stage during the 5 days, which was supplemented by several technical presentations and panel discussions.

 

The Startup Matchmaking at the Hannover Messe 2018

During the startup matchmaking from 23rd April to 27th April, representatives of established companies met with relevant startups in Hanover for a brief exchange. In preparation we have compiled and analysed these. In addition to the exhibitors in the Young Tech Enterprises sector, many start-ups were spread across the various halls of the Hanover Fair and were partly represented as sub-exhibitors at established companies. Existing and successful cooperation between start-ups and companies became evident here. For example, Vision Lasertechnik and Augmented Reality Startup Augmenta presented themselves together at the Vision Lasertechnik booth.

The Startup Matchmaking Talks

The range of startups in the talks varied greatly, from newly founded startups from Mexico to very mature startups from Germany. In addition to Germany, startups came from the Netherlands, Mexico, Poland, India (GINSEP), Israel (GISEP), France, Switzerland and the USA. Among the 250 or so start-ups that took part in the Hanover Fair in 2018 were well-known representatives such as innoactive, Toposens, FDX and 3yourmind. In the course of the discussions, discussions were often held about possible cooperation as an innovation partner, for example as a pilot customer or as part of a research cooperation.

Here are some visual impressions of the Hannover Messe:

We also offer startup scouting and startup matchmaking outside the Hannover Messe and support the cooperation with startups (services). We are also available to answer questions about participants and start-ups at the Hanover Messe.

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Ambi-Vation connects innovative companies and start-ups for innovation partnerships. As an innovation consultancy and match-maker, Ambi-Vation promotes cooperation between established companies and start-ups within the framework of a general exchange as well as within the framework of concrete customer, supplier and research partnerships. Ambi-Vation specifically supports companies in identifying their needs, identifying start-ups, assessing start-ups and initiating cooperation. Formats such as research into relevant startups, startup monitoring, strategic cooperation consulting or event formats such as startup tours are used for this purpose. The monthly newsletter also informs curious company representatives about current cooperation examples and events on these cooperations.

Author: Christoph Baier

Christoph Baier matches Startups & innovative Companies for Cooperation & Open Innovation. He is Managing Director of Ambi-Vation and Co-Founder of founderio. His focus is on (Industrial) Internet of Things, CleanTech and Big Data and shares insights into the cooperation of startups and companies as a speaker or interview partner. Prior to that he studied Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship at TU Berlin, wrote his master thesis about the learning capability of B2B startups and the cooperation with external partners. During his studies he cofounded START Berlin and is now an alumni.

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