Innovation Network for Advanced Materials

Advanced Materials Competition


Where high-tech startups become successful ventures.

The AdMaCom addresses scientific driven startups with outstanding technologies and business models in the area of advanced materials and related digital services. Startups with applications ranging from lighting and displays to sensors and wearables are addressed. During the AdMaCom, 15 startups will undertake an intensive 2-week competition in Berlin, where experienced entrepreneurs, industry partners, researchers and designers will evaluate their businesses and technologies. After the final presentation of all participants, up to 5 startups are selected for the follow-on process.

The winners of the 2017 AdMaCom have the unique opportunity to secure investment, proceed their business with leading scientific and industrial partners and receive medial, technological and business support by receiving a free membership in INAM.


More than 30% of the participants were relevant to us, which is a great success. We are looking forward to the next AdMaCom.
— Dr. Paolo Bavaj, Head of Corporate Venturing, Adhesive Technologies at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

We are so thankful and would have never dreamed to be literally so accelerated in such a short time. We found great partners, met amazing mentors and learned a lot for a lifetime.
— Caroline Dallacorte, CEO a PACKID

The Process


19th May – 19th July

Startups and small teams from corporates apply via an online tool by answering questions regarding their team structure, their business model and especially their technology.


20th July – 31st July

AdMaCom Partners have access to the entire application pool and evaluate the applicants according to their potential. The INAM will undertake interviews as one last quality measure and select the 15 most promising startups according to the evaluation.


25th September – 6th October

During the the first phase of the AdMaCom all participants are present in Berlin and will discuss their technologies and businesses in closed sessions with industrial and scientific partners as well as pre-selected mentors.

EPIC Venture Forum

4th October – 5th October

Selected teams of the AdMaCom will be invited to pitch at the EPIC Venture Forum to international targeted investors. EPIC is with 300 members the largest European Photonics Industry Consortium and acts as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement.


6th October

During an evening event, participants have the opportunity to announce first partnerships and present themselves as well as their solutions to the public and invited investors. A jury of selected experts will then judge on the best teams and make a selection of up to 5 winners, which will be granted to participate in the next phase of AdMaCom.


9th October – 13th October

The winning teams are fully hosted by INAM to go into detailed and individual discussions with their potential collaboration partners in order to fulfill the first requirements for a partnership. INAM supports this process in regards to technical challenges, possible funding schemes, legal issues, infrastructure access etc. to get a project rolling.


What's in it for me?

  • A once in a lifetime chance to hop into an international ecosystem of professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, designers, etc. who will change our world through tangible technology

  • Essential feedback about your technology, business, design, financial situation, roadmap, or what ever you need help with

  • One heck of a lifetime in Berlin with likeminded people

  • You gain easy access to potential collaboration partners, investors, manufactures and R&D partners

  • Chance to win cash, services, INAM membership and much more

  • Publicity like Donald Trump... but different... we promise!