fabrics logo.png

OPEN INNOVATION CHALLENGE:
ADVANCED FABRICS

INAM Logo.png

JULY - NOVEMBER 2019

ADVANCED FABRICS STARTUPS TO IMPROVE
AIRBAGS AND SEATBELTS.

MEET THE FINALISTS

unnamed.png

COVERT SCIENCE

Berlin, Germany

Covert Science designs and manufactures cutting edge lighting components as well as components for other related industries.

Ghost NEW.png

GHOST - FEEL IT.

Berlin, Germany

Ghost – feel it aims to enable companies and individual product developers, to integrate a new channel of machine-human interaction into their products using haptics. 

Artboard+1@320pxLogo-01.png

LOOMIA

New York, New York, USA

The LOOMIA Electronic Layer (LEL) can perform where normal circuit boards can’t. They provide a scalable, multi-axis flex, circuitry solution to companies looking to develop electronics in high-motion areas or across curved surfaces.

Fili-Pari.png

FILI PARI

Milan, Italy

Fili Pari designs materials and garments using a marble. MARM \ MORE ® is a patented marble-based coating suitable for fashion, interior and footwear industries.

hyconnect-logo-1.png

HYCONNECT

Hamburg, Germany

HYCONNECT has developed a certified and patented technology that enables the connection of metal and fiber-reinforced components in an uncomplicated way.

MotorSkins black.png

MOTORSKINS

Berlin, Germany

MotorSkins has created a fluid-driven exosuit that helps people walk more easily. Their bio-inspired, passively actuated system harvests the potential energy in a person’s gait, using each step to power the next one

joyson web.png

At the Innovation Challenge hosted by INAM, a great number of Startups presented interesting and innovative ideas. Product and concept ideas emerged that far exceeded the task we had originally set. On this basis, collaborations were initiated in various forms and solutions were jointly developed for direct use in our products.

Lukas Scholz, EMEA Safety Innovations

The brief: 2 Categories

fabric light blue.png

LIGHT & STRONG FABRICS

Weight and size are critical for any automotive product. Today’s airbag fabric is a highly specialised and strong material, but there is always room for improvement. If your startup works on strong and light-weight yarns or fabrics or foils to replace fabrics, this challenge is for you. That includes everything from raw materials to manufacturing processes.

fabric yellow.png

SMART FABRICS

The second field we are interested in is smart fabrics. That means fabrics that have additional integrated active or passive functionality. Examples: power generation/transfer/storage, human interface elements, sensing/transmission functionality, shape memory functionality. If your startup works on special materials, individual components, integration or manufacturing processes in this field, this is the challenge for you.

REQUIREMENTS

  • The challenge is open to any university research group, research center and startup.

  • You have developed an innovative and disruptive technology or a combination of existing technologies in Advanced Fabrics (Light & Strong Fabrics or Smart Fabrics). That includes everything from raw materials to manufacturing processes.

  • You would like to collaborate with a large company on a pilot project, contributing to the development of the next generation of airbags and/or seatbelts.

TIMELINE

check-mark+copy.png

APPLICATIONS: 1 JULY - 14 OCT 2019

check-mark+copy.png

SELECTION: 14 OCT - 30 OCT 2019

check-mark+copy.png

PRESENTATION: 12 NOV 2019
(5-7 SELECTED PROJECTS @ COMPANY'S HQ)

check-mark+copy.png

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: END OF NOV (1-2 PROJECTS)

BENEFITS

  • Win a long-term corporate partner

  • A chance to work on a pilot project with a global leader in automotive safety.

  • Validate, grow and scale up your solution globally with us.

  • Technical and business mentoring.

  • Technical integrations for a joint proof of concept.
     

Note: Previous IP will be respected; if new processes in a co-development project develop, we will evaluate the distribution of the IP according to the degree of co-development and the provided knowledge.