10/08/2020 | The show

Join the race

for the ACHEMA 2021 Start-up Award

Founding a company is a marathon, not a sprint. And somewhere along the way, a supply  station might be a welcome sight – such as the ACHEMA Start-up Award.

The starter’s gun for the ACHEMA Start-up Award went off in 2015: Three winners (at the time from three different categories) went on the track towards entrepreneurial success. The next three winners joined them in the race in 2018. The track record is impressive: Five are still on a growth path, and the series of awards and distinctions they share between them is impressive. Four of them have announced significant investment over the past years of seed-financing organisations and/or corporate investors.

Now it’s your turn to go to the starting block: Until 30 November, founders and young start-ups from Germany and beyond are invited to submit their business plan  to the competition. All will receive expert feedback; the best will be invited to pitch to the jury in early 2021. Up to 10 prospective founders or young entrepreneurs have the chance to exhibit at ACHEMA 2021, where “the best of the best”, the top  three, will announced as the winners of the ACHEMA Start-up Award 2021.

2017: Red Herring Top 100
2018: EIT Climate-KIC European Cleantech Top 30

"We make the energy transition work"

Volterion GmbH

2018: Deutscher Rohstoffeffizienz-Preis
2020: Deutscher Innovationspreis für Klima und Umwelt
2020: EUR 3.4 mn investment by corporate investors

"Efficiency is the benchmark"

wattron GmbH

2019: Major investment by Boysen Abgastechnik

"Wherever ions flow"

IONERA Technologies GmbH

2019: Handelsblatt: Future Engineering Award
2020: Investment by BayBG & partners

"Chemical Sensing Technology”

Plasmion GmbH

2019: 7digit seed financing by HTGF & partners
2020: Extension of product range: Vitalising mask spray with mint and lemon scents



Your company – Join the race!

Submit your business plan by 30 November 2020 at achema.de/start-up_award.


Kathrin Rübberdt


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