Call for Papers—startup speaker slots at the bauma Forum powered by VDMA Startup-Machine

The contents of this page refer to bauma 2022. Information on bauma 2025 will follow here in due course.

You want to get hold of one of 25 startup speaker slots? Here you can find out why your application is worth it:

  • A talk in front of a top-class audience: Your presentation is embedded in an attractive forum programme on a specific thematic focus. This ensures that you can present yourself to a large and relevant audience of experts who are interested in the solutions presented.
  • High visibility through communicative support before, during and after the presentation: In addition to your stage presence, you will benefit from the intensive promotion of the Forum programme in the pre- and post trade fair reporting. The startups that manage to win a startup speaker slot will be listed in the bauma Forum programme and explicitly highlighted in the VDMA's trade fair communication, both analogue and digital. By participating in the bauma Forum, you increase your chances of attracting more visitors to your booth during the exhibition days and generating relevant leads.

Bauma startups—Who we are looking for!

We are looking for startups that offer innovative solutions along the following five key topics.

Day 1 | Construction methods and materials of tomorrow

Whether it's green cement, 3D concrete printing, serial construction or aerated parts—startups that are revolutionising the construction industry with their deep-tech solutions in the field of construction processes and materials are given a stage here.

Day 2 | The way to autonomous machines

The future of construction machinery is autonomous—startups are leading the way: We are looking for pioneering young companies that pave the way for autonomous driving with their autonomous robots, sensor technology, data processing, alternative drives or operating concepts.

Day 3 | Mining—sustainable, efficient and reliable

Startup solutions open up new opportunities for increasing efficiency in the mining industry: whether climate protection, resource efficiency, interoperability, digitalisation, machine-to-X communication or the autonomisation of mining—here, young companies present the wide range of technological innovations that will lift the mining industry into the future.

Day 4 | Digital construction site

The construction site of the future is digital and networked. Startup solutions in the area of digital twins, a uniform “digital language” and with the same understanding of the transmitted data content, telematics, remote control, building information modelling, virtual and augmented reality and, at the end of the day, the much desired M2M communication show the way to more resource efficiency and work facilitation.

Day 5 | The way to Zero Emission

Mastering climate change with startup solutions: at bauma, innovative young companies will show how the path to zero emissions in the construction machinery sector can succeed—from production to the construction site, with material and process innovations for decarbonisation to sustainable mobility drives through green hydrogen or electrification.

3 steps to your application for a startup speaker slot:

  1. Book a startup booth & submit an application for a startup speaker slot
    In order to apply for a speaker slot, you must exhibit in the startup area. For this, please submit the booking of a booth in the startup area. The form for booking a booth also includes the option to apply for a startup speaker slot. In the process, please tell us
    • for which theme day(s) you would like to apply with a short presentation (subject fit provided) and
    • which solution related to the theme day you would like to present in the short presentation.

    Please note that we only have 47 exhibitor places and that these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis assuming that the participation requirements are met).

  2. Selection process & confirmation of a speaker slot
    A jury of VDMA experts will review the applications and arrange a coherent programme of Startup Sessions per theme day on the basis of the submissions. Around mid-June we will inform you whether you have been selected for one of the 25 startup speaker slots.

  3. 3. Briefing on the presentation & information on the promotion of startup speaker slots
    After confirming a startup speaker slot, we will provide you with further information about your talk and collect information from you, which we will use to promote your talk.


Dr. Laura Dorfer
  • Project Manager VDMA Startup-Machine