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

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Israel is a source of innovation and startup hotbed for mechanical engineering. This was confirmed by the Innovation Tour Israel 2022 with VDMA members. Reason enough to continue the project in 2023.

Startups and mechanical engineering: How the cooperation succeeds

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Mechanical engineering is hungry for startups

Creating and conquering future markets with young companies - more and more machine manufacturers are taking up this challenge. 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 initial aid for this.

Success factor AI - 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.

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.

Let's talk about EMO Startup-Area 2023

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.

This was the Startup Area at the world's leading trade fair for the construction machinery industry

Startup innovations for the construction equipment industry: there were 46 innovative startups to discover at bauma 2022, shaping the future of the industry with fresh innovations.

LIGNA.FutureSquare brings together established and emerging companies

From May 15-19, 2023, the Woodworking Machinery Association and Startup Machine organized the LIGNA.FutureSquare at LIGNA 2023, creating a place full of inspiration and innovation.

Start-ups for the future of the wood and furniture industry

From 15 to 19 May 2023, visitors were able to discover groundbreaking innovations from start-ups in the Startup Area at Ligna.FutureSquare. Emerging companies brought fresh ideas and innovations that had the potential to shape the future of the industry.

VDMA Future Business and Startup-Machine: One Team - One Vision

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

"Hello innovators of tomorrow's manufacturing": the Startup Area at EMO 2023

The VDW and VDMA Services GmbH are jointly designing the EMO Startup Area powered by VDMA Startup-Machine.

What toast has to do with innovation

Collaborations with startups, but also the right methodology for developing new solutions, can be useful approaches to innovation. The de.hub Journey Intralogistics offered participants impulses on both in Hamburg on February 23-24, 2023.

Innovation Tour 2023 to the Startup Nation Israel

Israel is a source of innovation and startup hotbed for mechanical engineering. This was confirmed by the Innovation Tour Israel 2022 with VDMA members. Reason enough to continue the project in 2023.

The VDMA at bauma 2022

The world's leading industry event for construction machinery, building materials machinery, mining machinery, construction vehicles and construction equipment was held at the Munich Exhibition Center from October 24 to 30, 2022.

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, discover startups that are steering the construction equipment industry toward a greener future with their groundbreaking technological solutions. Here's an overview of our exhibitors.

Startups for the mining of the future

Discover startups that bring sustainability, efficiency and safety to the mining industry at bauma 2022. Here's an overview of our exhibitors.

Startups as enablers of the autonomous machine

Discover startups that deliver automation concepts for the construction machinery industry at bauma 2022. Here's an overview of our exhibitors.

Startups for new construction methods and materials of tomorrow

Discover startups at bauma 2022 that are presenting the construction processes and materials of tomorrow through their innovative deep-tech solutions. Here's an overview of our exhibitors.

Start-up Transfer.NRW" funding program

The Start-up Transfer.NRW program gives start-ups from educational and research institutions the opportunity to bring their innovative ideas, which have a high application potential and a convincing business concept, to market maturity.

Storytelling at the Mechanical Engineering Summit: This is what "Future Services" in mechanical engineering look like

The VDMA future study "Future Services 2025" was also presented at the Mechanical Engineering Summit 2022. 3 speakers told their respective service stories.

Startups for the digital construction site

Discover startups at bauma 2022 that are making the vision of a digitalized, networked and automated construction site a lived reality. Here's an overview of our exhibitors.

Alcemy receives startup award for sustainability innovation

Using AI-supported software to create cement and concrete with lower shares of CO2 economically - with this solution, the young company Alcemy has won the Startup Award Mechanical Engineering Summit 2022 for "Sustainability".

Startup award for sustainability solution

At the Mechanical Engineering Summit 2022, the prestigious Startup Award will for the first time explicitly focus on the topic of "sustainability". 5 startups with transformative potential enter the race on Oct. 12.

Industry must be supported unbureaucratically and quickly

Between digital awakening, start-up ideas, war and energy crisis: the Mechanical Engineering Summit will be a barometer of mood and a compass for the largest industrial sector in the country. In the "Industry Insights" podcast, VDMA Vice President Henrik Schunk describes his view of the current situation and what demands and expectations the VDMA has of politicians and member companies.

Technology on the road

Reducing costs in technical service with Augmented Reality Remote Assistance in glass production – Oculavis, the young start-up demonstrated how this is possible at the VDMA booth at glasstec.

Fusion Bionic introduced bio-inspired glass surfaces

How can lasers create multifunctional surfaces? Startup Fusion Bionic answered this question with a live demonstration at the VDMA booth.

Automated gripping with a gecko effect

How does a robot transform into a gecko? The start-up INNOCISE knows how and demonstrated the transformation live at glasstec at the VDMA stand.

Scientific VISION Days 2022

Scientific excellence - this is presented at the Scientific VISION Days. Once again, AIT and partners have prepared an exciting programme.

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.

"Future Services 2035" in mechanical engineering

What role will services play in mechanical engineering in the future? The VDMA scenario study "Future Services 2035" will be presented. Impulses, controversies and recommendations for action from experts.

Our events

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

Accelerator program for technology start-ups

The program, endowed with 1.6 million euros by the state of NRW, connects innovative founders with universities, industry, companies and investors and, as a venture platform, builds bridges for a climate-friendly and competitive economy.

Securing the markets of the future with Market Intelligence?

Market Intelligence - is market data the key to keeping an eye on developments in mechanical engineering and making better strategic decisions? A VDMA-wide survey reveals.

The VDMA at glasstec 2022

As the conceptual sponsor and cooperation partner of Messe Düsseldorf, the VDMA Glass Technology Forum is responsible for key programme content at the glasstec conference and activities at its own stand in Hall 15B26.

8th Future Business Summit "Future Services 2035" - Register now!

From upgrades of classic services to new business models through digitalization, sustainability and changed, partly disruptive framework conditions: What does the future of service business and service processes look like in the next decade? Experience it on 06-07.09.2022 at the Campus Buschhütten, Germany!

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.

GrindingHub is fully booked

Even the last few square meters still available have now been allocated, around two weeks before the start of GrindingHub. From May 17 to 20, more than 370 exhibitors from 23 countries will be taking part on almost 18,000 m² of net exhibition space in three halls.

Startup Speaker Slots at the VDMA Technology Forum at AMB

There are 2022 startup solutions for metalworking to discover at the VDMA Technology Forum at AMB. Startups and machine builders who would like to participate can apply 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

Gain inspiration and starting points for startup innovation, build networks and engage in exchange: This 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.

Artificial intelligence: Cooperation with start-up helpful

Start-ups can help mechanical engineers to implement AI projects effectively and quickly. Many things are feasible and some should be planned in advance. New for members: the search platform.

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.

Blockchain deployment in industry

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) and blockchain are a crucial enabling technology for Industrie 4.0.They can be used, for example, as part of the certification of data or automation of business processes.The technology is currently experiencing a major boom - but what can use cases look like in practice?

Messe 4.0 - Creating added value with digitalisation

Digitizing the product and service portfolio pays off in the long run - not only for the presentation at stationary presence trade fairs.

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 solutions for mechanical engineering

Bringing startups and mechanical engineering together - with a focus on problems and topics. This is the objective of the web seminar series "Startup-Lösungen für den Maschinenbau" by ProduktionNRW and Startup-Machine.

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.

Secure supply chains in Industry 4.0

The recent supply chain attack on an IT service provider has shown how vulnerable companies are in the digitalized world: A zero-day exploit on the IT service provider suddenly affected countless customers! This example not only shows that crime-as-a-service is a thriving industry of organized crime with high double-digit million revenues, but also that the dependency on supply chain partners should not be underestimated!

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.

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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Weitere VDMA Leistungen

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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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