Expert Topic Startup-Machine


Uniting Machine Engineering and Startups

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Startups transform trending topics into new technologies and products that will be of importance in the future of mechanical engineering. Startups employ novel work practices which mechanical engineers should be aware of.

Conversely, mechanical engineering represents a huge user industry for startups. With VDMA Startup-Machine, we have created a platform that brings both of these parties together - matchmaking which is relevant to the mechanical engineering industry. We invite you to join us!


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Titel der Empfehlung: Startup-Machine

  • Startups @ bauma 2025
At bauma 2025, April 7-13, startups will again get the chance to show off their solutions at World's Leading Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment.

Startups and mechanical engineering: How the cooperation succeeds

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Mechanical engineering is hungry for startups

Creating and conquering future markets with startups - more and more mechanical engineering companies are making this their goal. The search for suitable partner companies and cooperation models is thus becoming a central task in mechanical engineering. A startup radar serves as an important starting aid for this.

AI as a success factor - machine builders and startups find each other

42 percent of AI startups for mechanical engineering come from Europe. Process optimization, visual quality control and predictive maintenance as key innovation fields. Financing is lacking in Europe.

The VDMA Startup Search Platform - Your entry into startup scouting!

Discover startup contacts and trends for mechanical engineering worldwide?! The digital startup search platform helps to get started with startup scouting and to find suitable partners.

Biointelligence Prize: An opportunity for start-ups

The Wittenstein Foundation has announced the attractive Biointelligence Prize for the first time, which is aimed in particular at start-ups. The prize will be awarded at the second Stuttgart Biointelligence Congress on October 22, 2024.

Save the date: LIGNA.FutureSquare from May 26-30, 2025 in Hanover

The Woodworking Machinery Trade Association is once again organizing the LIGNA.FutureSquare at LIGNA from 26 to 30 May 2025. This is where exhibitors, start-ups and trade fair visitors come together. Look forward to the second edition of the industry meeting place!

New horizons: networking between industry and startups

The cooperation between VDMA Startup-Machine & ignites the turbo for industrial innovations: with specially designed networking events and fresh innovation formats, we create groundbreaking solutions. Help shape the change!

bauma Startup Area 2025: apply now for your Pitch at the bauma Forum!

At bauma Forum from April 7-11, 2025, startups will have the chance to present their latest innovations and business ideas on stage that are leading the construction and mining machinery industry.

bauma Startup Area 2025: Registration for the exclusive startup exhibition

At bauma 2025, April 7-13, startups will again get the chance to show off their solutions at World's Leading Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment.

Startups present fresh innovations at glasstec 2024

With 928 exhibitors from 47 countries and 29,278 visitors from 121 countries, glasstec is the world's largest trade fair for the international glass industry.

15th Innovation World Cup at Hannover Messe 2024

On 24 April 2024, the outstanding TOP TECHPRENEURS of the year presented their innovative solutions as part of the grand finale at the Industry 4.0 Conference Stage.

This was the Startup Area at EMO Hannover 2023

From September 18-23, 2023, 60 innovative startups from 12 countries presented themselves at EMO Hannover 2023, shaping the future of production technology with fresh ideas.

Review of the productronica Startup Area 2023

From November 14 to 17, 2023, visitors discovered innovative startups at productronica in Munich. They presented their future solutions for the development and production of electronics.

Startups at trade fairs as the key to success

For the Berlin startup AdaptX Systems, participation in the EMO Hannover Startup Area 2023 was worthwhile. Tim Bornemann, Co-Founder, shares his experiences with us and why an early trade fair presence is worthwhile for startups.

Targeted matchmaking for successful collaborations

EMO Hannover attracted numerous company representatives from the production technology sector. From September 18 to 23, 2023, they were matched with forward-looking companies.

Startup Award at the Mechanical Engineering Summit 2023

On 8 November 2023, VDMA Startup-Machine and Production presented the Startup Award to the startup that opens up new paths for the future of production through the biologization of industry.

Ucaneo named "Startup of Biorevolution"

The startup company Ucaneo was presented with the coveted Startup Award at the Mechanical Engineering Summit for its world-first biomimetic technology for direct CO2 capture from ambient air.

Startups Pioneering Future-Ready Machines and Manufacturing Processes

Visitors experienced innovative startups in the EMO Hannover Startup Area 2023 and took a look into the future of machines and manufacturing processes that challenged existing physical limitations.

Startups Enabling a Greener Tomorrow

Visitors were able to discover innovative startups in the EMO Hannover Startup Area 2023 and gained insight into the possibilities promised by more sustainable production methods.

Startups unleashed the potential of AR/VR technology

Visitors discovered innovative startups in the EMO Hannover Startup Area 2023 and took a look into the future of AR/VR and its innovative applications.

Startups for forward-looking Industry 4.0 solutions

Visitors discovered innovative startups in the EMO Hannover Startup Area 2023 and took a look at the future of automation solutions that led them into the world of Industrie 4.0.

Startups Shaping the Future of Ecommerce and Business

Visitors discovered innovative solutions and inspiring startup personalities in the EMO Hannover Startup Area 2023 and took a look into the future of AI-based e-commerce, which is revolutionizing automation in business.

Let's talk about EMO Startup Area 2023 with Bitmotec

At EMO Hannover 2023, the startup Bitmotec is an exhibitor in the Startup Area! Directly from the technological hotspot Hannover, the young company knows exactly what advantages this important trade fair location offers for innovative startups.

Startup scouting

Tracking down startup trends and contacts for mechanical engineering worldwide - this is the mission we pursue with our startup scouting services. This is made possible by the Startup Radar project. Find out here how we can help you keep an eye on international startup activity and identify suitable partners.

Innovation essential - cooperation with start-ups is an opportunity!

Cooperation between mechanical engineering companies and start-ups is still in its infancy. But it offers enormous market and future opportunities. The summer forum provided insights and promoted exchange.

Let's talk about EMO Startup Area 2023 with Synctive

The start-up Synctive from Bielefeld is making its debut in the Startup Area at EMO Hannover this year. In a short interview, Albert Gorlick, CEO and Co-Founder, highlights how important EMO Hannover is for emerging startups and underlines the benefits of participating.

Start-up Transfer.NRW

The Start-up Transfer.NRW funding competition supports people from science and research who are interested in setting up a company.

Let's talk about EMO Startup Area 2023 with remberg

The startup remberg from Munich made a conscious decision to participate in the EMO Startup Area. In an interview, CEO David Hahn explains why startups are indispensable in production technology and how participation in the Startup Area is worthwhile for aspiring companies.

VDMA Future Business and Startup-Machine: Your team for the future!

When it comes to future topics, we at Future Business and the Startup-Machine are exactly the right people to talk to.

Innovation tour to the Startup Nation Israel

Israel is a source of innovation and a startup hotbed for the mechanical engineering industry. The VDMA Innovation Tour Israel project introduces VDMA members to the Israeli innovation ecosystem.

Industrial VISION Days 2022 - presentations on demand

If you could not see all the lectures at the Industrial VISION Days 2022, missed VISION 2022 altogether or would like to recapture a bit of the VISION feeling: VISION is once again offering all the lectures "on demand". Benefit from the bundled know-how of the machine vision industry. At any time. From anywhere in the world.

Startup solutions for zero emissions in the construction machinery sector

At bauma 2022, startups showed how they are steering the construction machinery industry towards a greener future with their pioneering technological solutions. Our exhibitors at a glance.

Startups for the mining of the future

Startups that bring sustainability, efficiency and safety to mining were presented at bauma 2022. Our exhibitors at a glance.

Startups as enablers of the autonomous machine

Start-ups developing automation concepts for the construction machinery industry were presented at bauma 2022. Our exhibitors at a glance.

8th Future Business Summit - Results

Services in mechanical engineering: The focus is already on people, digitization and sustainability. Will everything be new, will everything be different in the next decade? Around 120 guests discussed future scenarios and received new impetus on applications, training and new business models at Campus Buschhütten.

Our events

List of planned experience exchange events ("ERFA") from the North, VDMA North Regional Association and the AG Marine Equipment and Systems (MES).

8th Future Business Summit "Future Services 2035"

From upgrades to traditional services to new business models through digitalization, sustainability and changing, sometimes disruptive framework conditions: What will the future of the service business and service processes look like in the next decade? Experience it on September 6-7, 2022 at the Buschhütten campus!

Future Business Summit at CERN: "The largest machine in the world"

The exclusive follow-up event to our sixth Future Business Summit took place live in Geneva and brought the future to life. Photos, video interviews and presentations are available now.

AI startups with relevance for drone applications

Artificial intelligence is also increasingly relevant for drone applications. A new startup overview from the Industrial Drone Solutions consortium profiles young AI companies.

Ecosystem Journey "Startup Innovation" with UnternehmerTUM

Gaining inspiration and starting points for startup innovation, building networks and exchanging ideas: That was the Ecosystem Journey "Startup Innovation" 2021 in Munich.

Startups in Intralogistics

Who is starting up with which solutions in the intralogistics sector? An overview provides information on the international startup scene in the last 5 years.

New startup search platform | explore now!

Discover startup contacts and trends for mechanical engineering worldwide?! The new digital startup search platform helps to find suitable partners.

Mechanical engineering and startups compete in Linz

At the VDMA Startup Machine Event, more than 80 participants met at the Linz Tabakfabrik on November 3, 2021 to live the exciting exchange between mechanical engineering and startups.

INNOCISE wins startup award for bioinspired gecko gripping systems

Innovative handling systems inspired by nature - with its gecko gripping systems, the young company INNOCISE GmbH has won the "Startup Award Mechanical Engineering Summit 2021" at the 12th Mechanical Engineering Summit in Berlin. The prize, awarded by a jury of experts as well as the congress participants, honors the startup with the greatest potential for mechanical and plant engineering.

Startups in the focus of the industry

Cooperations with startups are also gaining importance in mechanical engineering. With the Startup-Machine, the VDMA offers its members a versatile tool box for matchmaking and networking.

Startup Award Mechanical Engineering Summit 2021

Future startup wanted: At the industry's top get-together, VDMA Startup-Machine and Production once again honored the startup with the greatest potential for mechanical engineering.

Benefiting from the network - tackling AI projects together

More and more companies in mechanical and plant engineering are turning to artificial intelligence. Cooperation partners such as universities, IT service providers or start-ups are playing an increasingly important role.

Startups and mechanical engineering: How the cooperation succeeds

There is great potential in the cooperation between startups and mechanical engineering. The prerequisite is that both parties find each other and master the challenges of cooperation. VDMA Startup-Machine helps companies to get started.

The machine for discovering the future has three parts

The basic components: Trendscouting – Lighthouses in the infinite ocean of trends, Corporate Foresight – Thinking in alternative futures, Startup Machine – Machine makers and startups create new business.

Self-made circular economy – the potential of Makerspaces

Makerspaces are freely accessible workshops with high-tech equipment. Ideal for machine makers – e.g. for trying new technology, meeting startups, or sustainability gains and training of own staff.

Future Business: Five years, a success story

Five very successful years for VDMA Future Business: From the start in 2016 until today, trend scouting, foresight and startup networks have been pushed as important drivers for members and the association!

In a nutshell

In a nutshell

Auf den Punkt Zitat - Expert Topic Startup-Machine

"I am proud that with our VDMA Startup Machine we are making a significant contribution to understanding mechanical engineering and the startup world as an innovation system and realizing integration."

Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Executive Director of VDMA

Auf den Punkt Zahl Expert Topic Startup-Machine


Percent of SMEs

are already working with startups.

Source: VDMA

Auf den Punkt Zusammenfassung Startup Beispiel

Using AI to find startups for the mechanical engineering sector
  • Only 23 percent of SMEs working with startups fund their own scouting
  • VDMA Startup-Machine thereby supports members in their search for partners and in the screening of startup trends
  • The Startup Radar provides an overview of the global startup scene for the mechanical engineering sector (3000+ startups)

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Tue. 25.06.24 Tue. 25.06.24

  • Startup-Machine & Startups
  • Competence Center Future Business

Discover startup contacts and trends worldwide?! The new digital startup search platform for mechanical engineering makes it possible. By participating in the web seminar, you will receive an introduction to the possibilities of the new dashboard as well as your personal access so that you can use the tool to search for startups yourself.

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Weitere VDMA Leistungen

Weitere VDMA Leistungen
Tracking down and highlighting startup trends and contacts for the international mechanical engineering industry - that is the mission behind our startup scouting services.
Networking and Matchmaking
As a platform for mechanical engineering and startups, we bring both parties together: We create spaces to meet, establish networks and initiate partnerships.
Member Coaching
Startup methods and collaboration - in a close exchange with mechanical engineering companies and startups, we develop and communicate methods and strategies.

More expert and focus topics

More expert and focus topics
Future Business
Trendscouting - Foresight - Startups: We are tracking the future of mechanical engineering. Well structured and across all sectors within VDMA, in the almost infinite variety of complex topics for the next 10-15 years. Our goal: to identify trends and disruptions relevant to machine makers at an early stage and make them usable, to point out new business opportunities and to build networks.
Culture of innovation
Increasing the ability to innovate in times of digitalization and "VUCA" has been in the spotlight of companies in our industry for several years. Especially following a crisis, it is crucial to be ready and prepared with the right business models as well as suitable systems and structures, and to break away from old habits. The culture of innovation is an important basis and prerequisite for all efforts. If you want hard successes, you should start soft.
Corporate Foresight
Corporate Foresight means conducting futurology from a corporate perspective in order to „manage“ the future. It is a vision-building process which complements classical innovation management and prepares for all kinds of change – achieving resilience no matter what kind of trend or forecast will become real.
Innovation and transfer networks
Research, innovation and transfer networks allow us to reach a broad range of companies with offers suited for practical application. Key success factors include networking and maintaining a dialog with the parties involved, consolidating a wide range of competencies and quickly transferring research results to companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector.
Industrial collective research
Industrial Collective Research (IGF) serves as a unique innovation platform for small and medium-sized enterprises. Being a thematically open and industry-driven program, IGF represents an important building block in pre-competitive research for the mechanical and plant engineering sector.
Research Funding
In order to support long-term and future-oriented research and development, innovative projects are granted financial backing. In addition to collaborative and joint research, companies may also benefit from tax-based research funding.
Artificial Intelligence
Everyone is talking about artificial intelligence and machine learning. At VDMA, there are already many organizational units that are examining the topic more closely. Here, you can gain some insight into all the activities that the VDMA is conducting on the topic of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
As an open interface standard, OPC UA is a central prerequisite for the successful introduction of Industrie 4.0 in production. OPC UA ensures the interoperability of machines and systems, which can be linked and redesigned as required via Plug & Work - platform-independent and cross-manufacturer.
When it comes to security at the VDMA, everything revolves around protecting machines and systems in production, manufacturing or intralogistics from attacks and disruptions. The aim of these organizational and technical protective measures is to develop cyber-resilient machines and systems and trustworthy services while reliably maintaining their permanent operation.
Platform economy
The mechanical engineering industry is successfully advancing the digital transformation. So far, this has primarily concerned manufacturing, but in the future it will also involve new business models. Digital platforms and the associated platform economy are going to play an ever more prominent role, and value creation in the mechanical engineering industry is increasingly taking place via digital services.
In manufacturing and assembly outstanding machines and plants become reality. This is where information and material flow together, not always according to plan. However it is important to meet the high demands in terms of quality, time and costs every day.
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