Members of the Jury


Carl Fruth is the founder and chairman of Lupburg-based FIT AG. He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and has more than 20 years’ experience in Additive Manufacturing.


Paul Hastings LLP

Dr. Jan Gernoth is partner of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Frankfurt office. Paul Hastings is a global law firm that advises regularly national and international tech companies and was e.g. involved on the initial public offering of Voxeljet and Materialise. 


AM Ventures Holding GmbH

Arno Held spent 7 years working in strategy and business development for EOS, the world-leading provider of industrial Additive Manufacturing technology. Arno has been supporting startup companies in successfully entering the world of 3D Printing since 2008 and is now in charge of the investment team at AM Ventures Holding, sister company of EOS and also the world-leading strategic investor focussing on industrial 3D Printing.


Formlabs GmbH

Michael Sorkin became Managing Director of Formlabs GmbH in 2015, after founding and successfully establishing his own company, iGo3D, making him responsible for the American company’s activities in Europe.


coparion GmbH & Co. KG

Christian Stein is Managing Director of COPARION, a 225m Euro venture capital fund. Christian has been an investor since 2007, after working for leading international companies such as The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Ernst & Young and IBM, as well as for fast-growing startups.


beteiligungsmanagement thüringen gmbh

Kevin Reeder is Managing Director of beteiligungsmanagement thüringen gmbh. He is a native of America and a graduate in business administration with an MBA degree in Oxford. After working for investment companies in Denver and Zürich he was investment manager for bm|t between 2013 and 2014. Before returning to bm|t in 2017 he was a strategic advisor to the management of M-KOPA, a high-growth company in Eastern Africa.


Bitkom e.V.

Iris is responsible for 3D Printing & Tech startups at Germany’s biggest digital association Bitkom. Before she started to work for Bitkom, she studied Business Informatics and Sustainability Economics & Management and worked several years for SAP.