Innovation market & sessions

The DIF 2017 will explicitly focus on supporting innovative SMEs and Start-ups, to access key industry representatives and Venture Capitalists by organising the innovation sessions and market addressing four emerging challenges: Smart Energy, Smart Health, Smart Manufacturing and Smart Mobility.

What are the benefits for SMEs and Start-ups?

  • Pitch your idea to a high-ranking jury composed of industry top executives, Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs
  • Showcase your innovation to the global software innovation community in a 2-day innovation market
  • Network with industry top executives and potential business partners, customers and investors from around the globe




Digital Innovation Forum 2017 Innovation market

Innovation market - 10 & 11 May

On 10 and 11 May, a dedicated SME & start-up innovation market will be organised, enabling you to exhibit your innovative idea and product to the DIF 2017 attendees. You can take your time to explain your idea to VCs, CEOs of large industry and potential customers, or even look for partners to develop your idea further.



Digital Innovation Forum 2017 Innovation session

Innovation session - 11 May

On Thursday 11 May (10:45), there will be four parallel innovation sessions open to an audience. Each session will consist of:

  • six SME pitches in front of a jury
  • Q&A sessions per SME with the jury
  • general Q&A session with the audience

The jury will deliver a session report including unique quotes for each partaking SME / Start-up, which you may disseminate proudly to your network and customers. The DIF organisers will widely promote these jury reports highlighting the market value of the participating SMEs and Start-ups. Finally, two of the six SMEs / start-ups per theme will be selected to give their pitch during the plenary closing session in the afternoon of 11 May.



The jury

Icon workshop energy Smart Energy

  • DIF - Innovation page - Luis Abril   Luis AbrilGeneral Director for Industry and EnergyINDRA
  • DIF - Innovation page - Nicolas Landrin   Nicolas LandrinManaging partneriSource Venture Capital
  • DIF - Innovation page - Isabelle Moretti   Isabelle MorettiDirector of TechnologiesENGIE
  • DIF - Innovation page - Carmelo Papa   Carmelo PapaCEOSTMicroelectronics Italia

This session is moderated by Eloy Ortega Gonzalez of INDRA and Francesco Gennaro of STMicroelectronics

Icon workshop smart health Smart Health


This session is moderated by Björn Andersson of Elekta and Ronald Begeer of Royal Philips.
Other jury members will be confirmed soon.

Icon workshop manufacturing Smart Manufacturing

  • DIF - Innovation page - Jean-Luc Beylat   Jean-Luc BeylatVP Ecosystems, Market Enablers & Customer Innovation CentersNokia
  • DIF - Innovation page - Alain Fauré   Alain FauréVP Avionics and Simulation ProductsAirbus
  • DIF - Innovation page - Okan Kara   Okan KaraManaging parnterACT Venture partners

This session is moderated by Jerker Delsing of Lulea University of Technology and Etienne Pouille of Airbus.
Other jury members will be confirmed soon.

Icon workshop smart mobility Smart Mobility

  • DIF - Innovation page - Valerie Gombart   Valérie GombartManaging partnerHi inov - Dentressangle Initiatives

This session is moderated by Maria Rimini Doering of Robert Bosch and Daniel Watzenig of Virtual Vehicle (VIF).
Other jury members will be confirmed soon.

Interested to join?

To apply for the Innovation market and Innovation sessions, you only have to:

  • download and complete the Innovation market and sessions form (Word)
  • fill in the online form below
  • upload the completed Innovation market and sessions form (Word file) to the online form
  • submit your application

Once you are selected you will be entitled to:

  • a pitch in the innovation session to a high-ranking jury composed of industry top executives, Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs
  • an exhibition space for 1 standard-size roll-up banner, including 1 table & chair and 1 power connection
  • inclusion in the DIF 2017 exhibitor overview & floor plan


Participation to the innovation market and sessions is only possible for DIF registrants. The DIF organisation reserves the right to grant or refuse participation to the Innovation market and/or sessions. All applicants will be informed by email at the latest by the first week of April 2017 whether they can participate to the DIF 2017.





The form can be downloaded here. The size should be between 5kB and 8MB.