LOPEC Start-up Forum & Award

At the LOPEC Start-up Forum, selected founders will present their business ideas in short, ten-minute presentations.

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The aim of the Start-up Forum each year is to find partners and investors to support the realization of the founders' plans and ideas. A jury of investors and companies reviews the submitted applications in the run-up to LOPEC and puts together a selection which then present their business idea on site at the LOPEC Start-up Forum on March 6, 2024.

The best presentations in each of the categories Best Business Case and Most Impactful Technology or Most Impactful Product will be selected by the jury and awarded the LOPEC Start-up Award at the LOPEC Get-together on March 6, 2024.

As a special honor, the two winners will each be provided with a start-up full service stand package worth around €2,000 free of charge at LOPEC 2025.

Both the Get-together and the Award Show are open to all exhibitors, conference participants and trade fair visitors.

Interested start-ups will be able to apply for the Start-up Forum Award 2024 here from the beginning of November 2023.

Jury LOPEC Start-up Forum & Award

A high-ranking jury will evaluate the submitted applications and select the start-ups that will then be allowed to present their business idea live in the second round at the Start-up Forum during LOPEC 2024.

From this group of nominees, the jury will then select the two winners in the categories Best Business Case and Most Impactful Technology or Most Impactful Product.

The Start-up Forum Awards jury 2023 consisted of the following member:


  • Dr. John Fahlteich - Managing Director, KETMarket GmbH (DE)


  • Kerry Adams - Business Chair LOPEC, Director, Ventoux Consulting Ltd (UK)
  • Dr. Michael Hack - CTO, Universal Display Corporation Corp. and UDC Ventures (US)
  • Dr. Oliver Kahl – Principal, MIG Verwaltungs AG (DE)
  • Roman Pašek, CEO, AMIRES Sàrl (CH)
  • Dr. Guido van Tartwijk - CEO, Heliatek GmbH (DE)
  • Dr. Anne Umbach, Investment Manager, High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH (DE)

The winners of the LOPEC Start-up Forum Award 2023 are:

In the category Best Business Case

Noxon GmbH

In the category Most Impactful Technology

Molecular Plasma Group