Exhibitors & Products
Events & Speakers

How important are startups to the economy? According to the German Startup Monitor 2021, young companies in Germany are increasingly important for job creation. The average number of employees rose from 14.3 to 17.6 compared to 2020, and 92 percent of the startups surveyed intended to hire an average of almost nine employees in 2021. Furthermore, 61 percent of founders want to grow sustainably and indicate that artificial intelligence and Industrie 4.0 are key to achieving their goals.

At HANNOVER MESSE, approximately 150 Startups demonstrate products and solutions for a broad cross section of industry and discuss their plans with potential investors and partners.

For example, CompActive's thermally controlled bending actuator reduces air vortices around vehicle rims. Craftworks AI and software solutions for predictive quality and predictive maintenance serve industrial companies. DELFA Systems develops sensor and drive systems that impart robots, machines and objects with reflexes and sensitivity. MotionMiners solution automates and anonymizes the analysis of manual work processes. NIMMSTA produces a combination smart watch-industrial scanner-e-paper touch display.

Dr. Andreas Schürzinger, Head of Sales at Q.ANT , explained, "We use HANNOVER MESSE to present our products and developments in the field of quantum technologies, which publicizes and builds our brand." Sebastian Heydorn, manager of sales and business development at MotionMiners , added, "We look forward to meeting visitors from our target industries who do not know us. Our product range has evolved and we can finally present it to the public again." Sven Hugo Joosten, vice president of sales at Craftworks , said, "We are happy to be part of a community that is just as eager to innovate as we are."

Young Tech Enterprises in Hall 3 – which features an exhibit area, speakers' corner, matchmaking events, and pitches – is HANNOVER MESSE's startup hub and the meeting point for entrepreneurs, related networks, incubators, and economic development organizations.

The Industrial Startup Stage in Hall 3 presents a daily program of keynotes, talks and podium discussions about such topics as additive manufacturing, augmented engineering intelligence, future of passwords, recruiting in times of crisis, and solving machine downtime with AI. The stage is also home to the "Startup Pitches @ Young Tech Enterprises", where companies briefly present their products and ideas and compete for customers, investors and media awareness.

"More and more, big industrial companies look at startups as sources of innovation and competitiveness, while the entrepreneurs behind these young companies often need funding and guidance. Meeting at HANNOVER MESSE is a win-win for everybody: visitors and established exhibitors have direct access to young and creative companies, and the startups reach a global audience at one place and time," said Basilios Triantafillos, global director at HANNOVER MESSE.