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H-Prec, Pond and 3D Fortify, great winners of JEC Group Startup Booster Competition

JEC World 2017
17 Mar 2017
Additive manufacturing, biomaterials and disruptive technology on Pre-Preg are the 3 innovations presented by these 3 winners from France, Ireland and the United States.

The new edition of JEC World 2017 puts innovative startups in composites on the front scene. 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
  • Sustainability / cleantech
  • Market potential
  • Quality of the team

A day dedicated to the Startup Booster Program on JEC World

The members of the jury who announced their favorites come from companies such as AIRBUS, ASTECH cluster, CORIOLIS, DAIMLER AG, IPC, JEC GROUP, ONERA, RENAULT, STARBURST Accelerator and TUM.

"We are very proud to announce the three “jewels” chosen by the jury among the ten startups selected for this first edition. Manufacturers are on the lookout for innovation, and we would like to pay tribute to all of the startups, who have outgrown themselves in their presentation and their involvement in this program on 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 proposal is a reflection of the dynamism of composites industry” explains Anne-Manuèle HÉBERT, Show Director of JEC World and European Events.


3 winners for this first edition

Startup Booster winners
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.

During the three days of JEC World, the 1,300 exhibitors and the 39,000 expected professional visits could discover the Startup Booster Village, located at the entrance of Hall 6, it gathers information, booths and videos on the 10 startups selected for the first edition of the program.

"Airbus is engaged with startups in order to enable capitalizing 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.

“Startup 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 AG.

JEC Group will perpetuate this event and will open the next Startup Booster competition for JEC World 2018 as of September 2017.