The world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water puts the industry's newcomers in the spotlight.

Start-ups at ISH

As a unique driver of innovation, ISH is the flagship of the sector and at the same time the place where solutions for a sustainable future become tangible. In March 2023, the world's leading trade fair, together with the VdZ – the German Association for Energy Efficiency in Building Services, will therefore offer young, innovative start-ups a platform to present themselves and make valuable contacts.  

Start-up@ISH Programme

  • Startup pitches on the stage of the newly created associations area
  • After-hours and morning mingles as networking events in the space of the associations area
  • Startup Talks on top ISH top themes with start-up participation
  • Spotlight stories from founders, experts and companies who report on successful, but also failed business ideas, outline the innovation process, present inspirations and cooperations and much more

Your advantages as a start-up at ISH

Start-up@ISH Forum

On site

  • one-day participation as an exhibitor at ISH
  • Startup Booth: own exhibitor stand on the associations area in the foyer of Hall 12.0
  • 10-minute pitch on the ISH Energy stage
  • 2 exhibitor tickets for the team plus 50 visitor tickets
  • the opportunity to network with around 2000 exhibitors from 50 countries
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  • entry in the ISH Contactor 
  • Possibility of virtual meetings on the ISH Digital Extension platform
  • own pitch video
  • increased media presence in the context of trade fair reporting
  • comprehensive media package incl. ISH Digital Extension

Participation criteria

Startups are young, fast-growing and/or innovative companies. They are:

  • younger than 10 years,
  • (highly) innovative in their products/services, technology and/or business model,
  • have significant employee and/or revenue growth (or are aiming for it)

Costs & Registration

Interested start-ups can apply for a one-day participation at a start-up compact price of € 300.00 (plus VAT) at ISH 2023. The compact price includes a complete stand for start-ups.

Up to 25 start-ups can participate in the Start-up Area at ISH. Details on the benefits, participation requirements and other registration modalities are available at There you can apply for participation directly via the registration form.


Sophie Bode (VdZ)
030 / 27874408-24

ISH - Team
+49 69 7575 3273