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:
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.
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 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.