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30th January 2020, Paris

JEC Startup Booster gives entrepreneurs a leg-up

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JEC Startup Booster is the key worldwide competition for start-ups in the composites industry. Twenty start-ups will be coming from around the world to pitch their project to a panel of expert judges. JEC Startup Booster will take place during JEC World 2020, the international composites trade fair, which takes place from 3-5 March at Paris Nord-Villepinte, Paris. JEC Startup Booster offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to network and raise their profile.

Leading competition in the composites industry

Since its launch in 2017, JEC Startup Booster has helped entrepreneurs from over 40 countries bring more than 500 innovative projects to life. Over the past three years, a total of 40 finalists have competed for 13 awards.

“Though it is no mere contest, but above all a win-win opportunity for the entire composites value chain. Indeed, JEC Startup Booster is a booster for the participants' business. They will be put in touch with key decision-makers in the composites industry as well as potential customers and partners. They can also enhance their visibility to professional visitors to JEC World,” JEC says.

“For composites companies and manufacturers, it serves as a unique opportunity to find sources of future innovation and be inspired by the latest technology on the market. It will also allow all decision makers in the composites sector to learn more about the newest generation of entrepreneurs. Finally, they will also be able to network with academics, R&T and R&D centres, clusters, associations, and specialist media outlets.”

Strict selection process and a prestigious jury

JEC Startup Booster is primarily aimed at entrepreneurs with innovative projects and solid academic credentials. The selection process is divided into two categories - Process and Materials & Products.

The jury includes representatives from major manufacturers and investors:

• Jelle Bloemhof, Head of Manufacturing Technologies of Composite, Airbus

• Karl-Heinz Fueller, Responsible for Material Innovations & BIW Concept Development,


• Brian Krull, Global Director of Innovation, Magna Exteriors

• Alex Ouimet-Storrs, Managing Director – EMEA, Solvay Ventures

• Markus Solibieda, Managing Director, BASF Venture Capital

Two pitch sessions of 10 presentations each will be held in the Agora Stage (Hall 5), on

Tuesday, 3 March, from 11.35am to 1.00pm and from 3.05pm to 4.30pm. Three winners will be chosen by the jury and one winner through an online voting process open to visitors to JEC World 2020. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 4 March, at 4.30pm.

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