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Hannover, Germany. Startups are sources of innovation that develop new technologies and business models and help solve the challenges of our time. Their products and solutions – from blockchain and machine learning to digital twins and IT/OT integration to e-mobility and green hydrogen – reflect this.

The central Startup Area in Hall 17 consists of exhibition and stage areas for product presentations and one-on-one meetings as well as a range of different networking formats. “We offer a number of packages that meet the individual needs of participating startups,” explains Basilios Triantafillos, Global Director at HANNOVER MESSE. “The supporting program, featuring stage and side events, adds to the range of networking opportunities.” Complementing this is the “Young & Innovative Companies” group exhibit in Hall 16, which is sponsored by the German Office of Economics and Export Control.

ai-omatic solutions GmbH exhibits at HANNOVER MESSE for the first time this year. The Hamburg-based startup showcases a digital maintenance assistant that transfers an engineer’s expert knowledge to an AI system with limitless processing capacity, detecting unusual behavior before it becomes a problem. It represents the first working and scalable solution for monitoring machinery to provide reliable and interpretable results. “We look forward to HANNOVER MESSE, because we know it will be well attended. We hope to meet potential customers, partners and investors and draw attention to our company’s solution,” reports Anna Weirauch, Customer Success Manager at ai-omatic solutions. “Currently we are building promising partnerships with SAP, Siemens, LHIND, Adamos and Telekom. Our product is geared to production companies and machine manufacturers, for example in the automotive, packaging, pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries.”

Solid partners generate lasting ties through networking

“The Digital Hub Initiative (de:hub) and its 12 digital hubs unite startups and SMEs via industry-specific programs where they work together on digital solutions,” explains Karolin Hewelt, Hub Agency Lead of the Digital Hub Initiative and co-founder of RCKT. "HANNOVER MESSE brings together potential cooperation partners and enables them to exchange innovative ideas,” she continues. “Our matchmaking format facilitates targeted networking, provides impulses for collaboration and thus lays the foundation for innovative partnerships between startups and SMEs. We are delighted that HANNOVER MESSE provides the starting point for this.”

“We are very excited to be back at HANNOVER MESSE, this time in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW),” said Stephane Ouaki, Head of the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency. “The 20 companies selected are among the most promising and innovative of our portfolio. The technologies they will present at the EIC Pavilion range from digitalization, artificial intelligence and automation to sustainable energy concepts for societal challenges. These EIC pioneers are looking for new business partners to enter new markets and scale up their activities. Don’t miss the EIC Pavilion at HANNOVER MESSE!”

The Netherlands participates in the Startup Area for the sixth time with the Netherlands Innovation Square. “HANNOVER MESSE has proven to be a great global platform for startups, as it is an ever-growing force driving technical innovation and helping to solve the major societal challenges and opportunities of the energy transition and digitalization,” said Willem Drost, co-organizer of Netherlands Innovation Square. “Trends to shorten global supply routes are also offering great new opportunities for startups at the fair, as many companies are searching for new suppliers and development partners nearby that offer innovative and pioneering technologies,” he added.

On behalf of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia's Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Transport, the “Kompetenznetzwerk Umweltwirtschaft.NRW” organizes a group exhibit in the Startup Area with nine young companies focusing on green, sustainable technologies. For example, AdaptVerticalMills is developing vertical wind turbines with self-regulating, elastic rotor blades that automatically adapt to changing wind directions and changing wind speeds.

Industrial Startup Stage: Pioneer spirit enriches industry

What problem does my product solve? How do I bring it to market? How can startups and established companies work together effectively, and what difficulties can arise? What’s new in the world of startups? Answers to these questions are available at the Industrial Startup Stage in Hall 17 at HANNOVER MESSE.

One of the highlights is the daily pitch session, where startups go up against each other in short rounds. On Monday at the show, for example, companies from the fields of Industrie 4.0, “The Future of Work” and 5-G technology compete. Tuesday spotlights the Portuguese startup community. On Wednesday, Carsten Lackner from VRdirekt talks about “Opportunities and Challenges for Companies in the Metaverse.” Thursday presents the project “German-Israeli Network of Startups and SMEs (GINSUM),” a project of ELNET Deutschland e. V. that connects Israeli companies with German companies and startups. On Friday, Alexander Wachter of Possehl Online Solutions GmbH reports about “The Path from In-house Startup to Spin-off.”

Special side events promote creativity and networking

At the official opening of HANNOVER MESSE on 16 April, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Germany’s Minister of Education and Research, announces the winner of the HERMES Startup AWARD, which recognizes degree of innovation and economic viability as well as benefits for industry, the environment and society.

The Innovation World Cup series honors outstanding “techpreneurs” in the categories of industry, energy, mobility and security. The top 15 present their solutions at the finale on 19 April on the Industrie 4.0 Stage in Hall 8.

The HACK4INDUSTRY networking event in Hall 17 on Thursday brings startups together with other exhibitors and potential partners and investors.


HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. Its lead theme “Industrial Transformation” unites the exhibit categories Automation, Motion & Drives; Digital Ecosystems; Energy Solutions; Engineered Parts & Solutions; Future Hub; Compressed Air & Vacuum; and Global Business & Markets. Leading topics include Industrie 4.0, carbon-neutral production, artificial intelligence and machine learning, energy management, and hydrogen and fuel cells. Conferences and forums complement the program. The next edition runs from 17 to 21 April 2023 in Hannover, Germany. Indonesia is Partner Country in 2023.