JEC Group puts entrepreneurship on the front scene with “Startup Booster”

JEC Group puts entrepreneurship on the front scene with “Startup Booster”

The only programme that detects and makes visible composites start-ups worldwide

JEC Group launches “Startup Booster”, a program meant to support and accompany innovations and entrepreneurship in composites (aeronautics, automotive, construction, medical, design, sports and leisure, etc.), a dynamic and growing market that is expected to reach USD  90 billion (in value) by 2020.

In a competitive world, composite materials play an important role by providing many elements of differentiation, because they integrate many functions impacting significantly and positively the environment, the intrinsic quality of the products and the industrial costs. The “Startup Booster” program is at the centre of JEC Group’s strategy for innovation and visibility towards investors: “JEC Group promotes the use of composites to all manufacturers and end-users. With this program, we spot and support composites innovation. In our sectors, it is the only programme that offers this opportunity to create links between start-ups and major players in the industry. We are pleased to have Airbus and Daimler as main partners for this first edition “explains Anne-Manuèle HÉBERT, Director of JEC World and JEC Group’s Shows in Europe.Startup Booster

This programme gives visibility to the innovation of composite start-ups around the world towards international investors and the entire value chain. Many start-ups have applied for this first edition of JEC World’s “start-up booster” program. Only 10 of them have been selected and will have the opportunity to present their innovation to the jury on March 14, 2017. “We are delighted to be part of the biggest event in the composites calendar and are looking forward to fostering the next generation of technologies to enable us to continue to grow our manufacturing capability” Turlough MacMahon, Partnerships Manager of the Manufacturing Technologies team at Airbus.

“In Startup Booster, we see a very good opportunity to get in contact with a broad network of innovative start-ups, exchange know-how and support new, fresh ideas in the area of composites. For us, the composite market is an important market for future developments, for example with regards to electric vehicles. These vehicles have extremely lightweight requirements and there’s still a great potential for lightweight innovations with composites, e.g. regarding crash-safe battery integration”, adds Dr Karl-Heinz FUELLER, manager material innovations and BIW concept development at Daimler AG.

JEC World will host the 10 start-ups in competition on a dedicated area, the Startup Booster Village, at the entrance of the Hall 6, a unique opportunity for these 10 start-ups to be visible to the 1300 exhibitors and 37000 visitors.

3 start-ups will then win the Startup Booster 2017 prize, a financial prize and a package worth EUR 15000 including a participation in JEC World 2018.

The Jury

The Jury will be composed of leaders, directors and experts :

–              Jelle BLOEMHOF • AIRBUS Commercial Aircraft – Head of Manufacturing Technologies of Composite

–              Didier LANG • AIRBUS GROUP Innovations, Pôle ASTECH – Executive Expert Composites Technologies

–              Mrs. Clémentine GALLET • CORIOLIS – CEO

–              Dr Karl-Heinz FUELLER • DAIMLER AG – Manager Material innovations and BIW concept development

–              Dr Bertrand FILLON • IPC (Innovation Plastics Composites) – General Director of Research

–              Mrs. Frédérique MUTEL • JEC GROUP – President & CEO

–              Dr Florin PAUN • ONERA – Industrial Innovation Deputy Director

–              Dr Gérard LIRAUT • RENAULT – Expert leader of the Strategic Domain of Polymers Training/Studies

–              François CHOPARD • STARBURST Accelerator – Founder & CEO

–              Klaus DRECHSLER • TUM (Technical University of Munich) – Dean & Founder xC Consultants

Moderator of the pitch session and the winners’ announcement ceremony:

Mrs. Kat BORLONGAN – FIVE BY FIVE – Founding Partner, named as one of the Top 10 Women to follow in tech by Starther.

JEC Group: With a network of 250,000 professionals, JEC Group is the largest composite organization in the world. It represents, promotes and helps develop composite markets by providing global and local networking and information services. For the past 20 years, JEC has achieved continuous growth and acquired an international reputation. It has opened offices in North America and Asia. The Company is entirely owned  by the non-profit Center for the Promotion of Composites. JEC Group’s policy is to systematically invest its profits in the creation of new  services to benefit the industry. After successfully winning over the composites industry, JEC Group is now enlarging its scope to the next segment of the value chain, i.e. manufacturers and end-users.

Through Knowledge and Networking, JEC’s experts offer a comprehensive service package: the JEC publications – including strategic studies, technical books and the JEC Composites Magazine – the weekly international e-letter World Market News and the French e-letter JEC Info Composites. JEC also organizes the JEC World Show in Paris – the world’s largest composites show, five times bigger than any other composites exhibition -, JEC Asia in Singapore and JEC Americas in Atlanta; the Web Hub; the JEC Composites  Conferences,  Forums and Workshops in Paris, Singapore and Atlanta and the JEC Innovation Awards program (Europe, Asia, America, India and China).

The composite industry employs 550000 professionals worldwide, generating EUR 79 billion Euros worth of business in 2016.

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2015, it generated revenues of EUR 64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes- Benz Vans, Daimler Buses, and Daimler Financial Services divisions, the Group is one of the leading global suppliers of premium cars and is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. Daimler Financial Services offers financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, investments and credit cards as well as innovative mobility services.

The company founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history by inventing the automobile in 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today by focusing on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior vehicles that captivate and inspire. Daimler consistently invests in the development of alternative drive trains – from hybrid cars to full electric vehicles with battery and fuel cell – with the goal of making zero-emission driving possible in the long term. Moreover, the company is actively promoting accident-free driving and intelligent networking all the way through to self-driving cars. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.

Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all countries of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. In addition to Mercedes-Benz, which is the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes me, Daimler’s current brand portfolio also includes smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, FUSO, Setra and Thomas Built Buses, as well as the Daimler Financial Services brands Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial, Daimler Truck Financial, moovel, car2go and mytaxi. The company is listed on the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchanges (ticker symbol DAI). In 2015, the Group employed a total workforce of 284015 and sold some 2.9 million vehicles. Revenue totalled EUR 149.5 billion and EBITs amounted to EUR 13.2 billion.

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