Thanks for your participation!

Application phase is now closed for the contest.


What comes next? In April, the jury will select the top startups moving to the Semi-Finals. Stay tuned to discover the Finalists here and follow the hashtag #forwardamaward on social media.

The Awards

Forward AM Innovation Award is designed to accelerate the growth of startups that innovate with Additive Manufacturing

The winning startup will receive 100,000 € in goods and services

What does "in goods and services" mean?

The winner will be able to pick any item from the overall product and service portfolio of the sponsors, e.g. printers, materials, consulting, software... Choose whatever you need to accelerate your startup.



Connect with leading investors, industry experts and fellow entrepreneurs.

Become part of the global Additive Manufacturing community and meet experts and mentors.


Pitch in front of a curated audience of renowned industry leaders and investors. 2 months of dedicated coaching provided by top-notch mentors in the industry.

Get spotted by international media with interview opportunities.


80,000€ Grand Prize in goods and services for the best Additive Manufacturing application, 10,000€ in cash for the best sustainable 3D printing application, 15,000€ in goods and services for the People's Award. Each finalist will also receive 20,000€ in goods and services to get ready for the final.

Dedicated Investor Day for 1-on-1 meeting with VC firm AM Ventures.

What to Expect

Your journey to the Award

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Who Is Eligible to Participate?

Startups using Additive Manufacturing
You Should Apply If
  • Your startup creates products using Additive Manufacturing
  • Your startup is less than 5 years old and employs less than 50 people. Spin offs from universities and medium-size companies are eligible as well.
You Shouldn't Apply if
  • Your startup develops 3D printers, software or material. We are looking for 3D printing applications!


Your startup can be in any industry; we are looking for 3D printing applications with a strong focus on innovation, sustainability and scalability.

Dental aligners, shoes, tools, automotive parts, music instruments, industrial tooling and molding, medical implants, sports equipment, toys, architecture, fashion, construction... Do you have an idea for a product that would benefit from switching to 3D printing? Then it's time to apply!

Application phase is now closed. Stay tuned for the Semi-Finals results!

Do you have questions about the contest? Feel free to contact us at

Hosted by Forward AM

BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, is a 100% subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH. It focuses on establishing and expanding the business under the Forward AM brand with advanced materials, system solutions, components and services in the field of 3D printing. BASF 3D Printing Solutions is organized into startup-like structures to serve customers in the dynamic 3D printing market. It cooperates closely with the global research platforms and application technologies of various departments at BASF and with research institutes, universities, startups and industrial partners.

Meet the Sponsors

They will provide coaching, marketing exposure and funding to the finalists.

We are honored to have them on our side.


AMPOWER is the leading consultancy in the field of industrial Additive Manufacturing. AMPOWER advises their clients on strategic decisions by developing and analyzing market scenarios as well as compiling technology studies. On operational level, AMPOWER supports the introduction of Additive Manufacturing.


AMT produces end to end automated post processing systems that are accelerating the mass adoption of industrial Additive Manufacturing 2.0. Founded in 2017, AMT is headquartered in the UK with a design and manufacturing facility in Hungary, and offices in Texas. More information about AMT is available at


At Autodesk, we exist to turn ideas into new realities that shape a thriving future. Our software and services harness emerging technologies—such as additive manufacturing (3D printing), artificial intelligence, generative design, and robotics—that give companies and individuals the power to work more quickly, effectively, and sustainably throughout the entire project lifecycle. For more information visit or follow @autodesk.


HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers and 3D printing solutions, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at


Photocentric has been manufacturing photopolymer resin since 2002 and are the undisputed world-leaders in visible light polymerisation. In 2014 we started our journey into 3D printing with the use of LCD screens as the selective light source to harden visible light photopolymer.



Digital manufacturing leader since 2009, Sculpteo works with innovative companies to integrate 3D printing into their manufacturing processes. Sculpteo's experienced Additive Manufacturing specialists provide on-demand 3D printing with professional technologies and
performance materials.


Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software, and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to transform the way they manufacture. Over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to digital manufacturing.

And supported by

AM Ventures

The leading venture capital firm in additive manufacturing has an extensive portfolio of more than a dozen successful companies in 7 countries on 3 continents. AM Ventures possesses in-depth technology know-how and is well connected with the most experienced industry experts in the 3D printing industry.

BASF Venture Capital

BASF Venture Capital are the corporate venture capital company of the BASF Group. Since 2001, we have been investing worldwide in young, fast-growing companies and funds related to current and future businesses of BASF. With our investments we focus on the areas of chemistry, new materials, sustainability, digitalization and new, disruptive business models.



Deloitte is a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services; legal advisory services in Germany are provided by Deloitte Legal. Our global network of member firms and related entities in more than 150 countries and territories (collectively, the “Deloitte organization”) serves four out of five Fortune Global 500® companies. Learn how Deloitte’s approximately 330,000 people make an impact that matters at


Women in 3D Printing

Women in 3D Printing is an organization dedicated to promoting, supporting and inspiring women who are using Additive Manufacturing technologies. Women in 3D Printing centers around the idea that we should embrace those diverse backgrounds because they are what makes this industry so rich and interesting.

Executive Jury

Top industry leaders and experts in Additive Manufacturing and entrepreneurship, they will be the ones to decide which startup will receive the Grand Prize

Francois Minec

Managing Director

Forward AM

François Minec is Managing Director of BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH Heidelberg since April 1, 2019. He is the Founder of Advanc3D Materials and shareholder of Setup Performance to develop and introduce innovative 3D printing materials. Both companies were acquired by BASF New Business and BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH in 2018. François holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, M.Sc. in Polymer Science and an Executive MBA at ESCP Europe.


Nuno Campos

Chief Marketing Officer


Nuno Campos is Chief Marketing Officer at Ultimaker. Nuno Campos holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and has enriched his knowledge with several degrees in Business, Digital Strategies and Digital Transformation. At Ultimaker Nuno Campos is tasked to strengthen the Brand strategy, build the digital infra-structure and scale-up global activities and processes to support fast growing sales of Ultimaker.

Joseph Crabtree

Founder & CEO


Joseph Crabtree is the Founder and CEO of Additive Manufacturing Technologies. Prior to founding AMT in 2017 Joseph spent 14 years in traditional manufacturing. A Material Scientist by trade, Joseph has worked across the globe in several diverse roles including Engineering, Operations and Sales.





Kimberley Losey

Head of Marketing, Fusion 360


As a brand marketing architect, business designer, and serial entrepreneur, Kim spends much of her time focused on the needs of design and manufacturing customers and turning complex technical concepts into attention-grabbing, insight-based campaigns that address those needs. She thrives on translating creative vision into projects and programs with immense impact, complemented by a healthy balance of running and wine.

Arno Held

Managing Partner

AM Ventures

Arno Held is managing director of AM Ventures Holding GmbH and responsible for investments into start-up companies in the field of additive and advanced manufacturing. He did several investments in the field of additive manufacturing such as  DyeMansion and 3YOURMIND.



Paul Holt

Managing Director


Paul started Photocentric in a small room in Peterborough 18 years ago. He has a degree in Maths, but never uses it. Having had to do every role in the building, the norm when you start a business, he has now managed to do only what he likes doing and solely occupies himself with how we can develop our technology. He oversees all research.

Clément Moreau



Clément Moreau has a Masters in engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris. He worked for 8 years in Telecommunication industry as software developer and leader before launching Sculpteo in 2009. Since then Clément served as CEO of the company, leading it through the growth and adoption of 3D printing.




Virginia Palacios

Strategic Marketing Director


Virginia is currently working at HP as Plastics Strategic Marketing Director in 3D Printing and Personalization Business.
She has been working in the company for more than 20 years in different positions from R&D to business development, technical presales and Product Management across 3 different business, Large Format, SW and 3D. She has been mainly based in Barcelona with international experience in Shanghai for 2 years. Before HP she worked in Sony




Matthias Schmidt-Lehr

Managing Partner


Matthias successfully managed multiple projects in Additive Manufacturing with focus on business case development and strategic development for AM users as well as system and material supplier. With a history in management consulting he has a wide experience in business development, strategy development and communication. At AMPOWER he leads projects in go to market strategy and technology scouting.



Markus Solibieda

Managing Director

BASF Venture Capital

Markus Solibieda is the Managing Director of BASF Venture Capital (BVC) since November 2016. Before joining BVC, Markus was a Partner at Mandarin Capital Partners and Head of the company’s Frankfurt office. Prior to this, he co-founded Baigo Capital, a growth capital fund focused on the healthcare industry. Markus studied Business Administration at the European Business School in Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as in Dijon, France and Phoenix, USA.

Nora Touré

Founder Women in 3D Printing

Director, Sales & Service Factory Operations Fast Radius

Nora Toure has been an additive manufacturing expert since 2010, particularly skilled at building strategy alliances and strong business relationships. She has a deep understanding and experience of the manufacturing ecosystem with a passion for working at innovative
companies driving social value through technology.