The area reserved for start-ups presenting innovative products and services for boating, shipbuilding, refitting and composite materials is extended.

Carrara, 14 January 2020

Just under a month to the beginning of the 18th edition of Seatec, the International Exhibition of Technology, Subcontracting and Design for Boats, Yachts and Ships, due to take place at IMM CarraraFiere from 5 to 7 February together with the 12th edition of Compotec, the International Exhibition of Composites and Related Technologies.
In the wake of the developments taking place in the sectors involved in the trade fairs, the 2020 edition is further expanding the start-ups area. Conceived four years ago by IMM CarraraFiere, the area has developed specifically to provide promising new companies the perfect opportunity to benefit from two specialised events where the major players in boating and composites meet.

At Seatec and Compotec, the young companies will be exhibiting their products and services inside the Startup Arena, an exhibition area where they can develop contacts and enjoy opportunities for exchange and synergy with visitors, exhibitors and shipyards, the main players of this 2020 edition. There will also be a series of speeches dedicated to sensitive issues for the new companies, such as the speech given by Filippo Lubrano on the internationalisation of start-ups, and the final Elevator Pitch, a competition at the end of which the winning start-up of the 2020 edition will be proclaimed.

“Traditional” start-ups such as Superfici Srl, Balance srl, Leading Head, Duerf have confirmed their participation as have new names such as Kyneprox, iSpace2o and Gressani Srl, just to name a few. Among this year’s partners, Vr Facile will be the event’s Media Partner together with other protagonists and incubators of innovation and technology. In the words of the Chairman of IMM CarraraFiere Fabio Felici: “We are particularly pleased to support start-ups again this year too at our two leading events Seatec and Compotec. With their strong propensity for product and product innovation processes, attention to new technological developments and the use of innovative business models, they represent the future of the economy of our country. The extension of the exhibition format to include the main giants of the national shipbuilding industry, leaders in the world in terms of volume and production quality, which this year will be together at Seatec in the Shipyards Lounge, will be yet another opportunity for our young entrepreneurs to establish important new relationships aimed at launching their business.

Special visibility will also be given to young graduates and undergraduates in the disciplines of nautical design and engineering. Thanks to the “Seatec Career Day”, scheduled for Friday, 7 February, they will be able to visit the shipyards to discover possible job opportunities. Through these events, IMM CarraraFiere presents opportunities for meetings and contacts between established companies, young entrepreneurs, professionals and students in a territory with a strong nautical vocation. This is the task of trade fairs and as such we are happy to fulfil it.”

To participate in the Startup Arena as a partner or exhibitor, apply by 21 January 2020 (last call) expressing your interest to the email address

Director of Communication, Promotion and Marketing
IMM Carrara SpA