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June 2023

Fiera Milano RHOMilan . Italy

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ITMA Start-Up Valley

Transformation Starts With Innovation


Start-Up Valley, a new initiative by CEMATEX, spotlights companies in its early stages of development with new and game changing solutions and technologies to support and inspire innovation for the textile, garment and fashion industry.


Transformation is more critical than ever, and ITMA is excited to put start-ups on the largest global stage in the textile industry to share their latest services and innovations, as we drive the industry forward together for a more digitalised and sustainable future.


We invite you to join the industry professionals at ITMA 2023 in Milan, a global hub of fashion, and garment manufacturing, to help truly transform the world of textiles and put your company on the map.


Application for participation at the Start-Up Valley and the CEMATEX Start-Up Grant closes on 30 June 2022.


Learn More About ITMA 2023

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What Makes ITMA 2023 Unique



The entire textile manufacturing value chain at ITMA



View Full List of Index of Products

Accelerate Your Brand at ITMA’s Multi Marketing Channels

Showcase your disruptive innovations through the different platforms available such as the Innovator Xchange, Sustainable Innovation Awards and the Innovative Video Showcase. Learn more.

Network with the Right Audience for Partnership and Collaboration

ITMA puts you in front of investors, customers, leading textile technologists and manufacturers to take your business to the next level.

Be at the Pulse of the Textile and Garment Industry

Gain valuable industry insights, hear from world-renowned experts, obtain immediate feedback, and assess potential competitors.

Increased Opportunities at Reduced Costs

Growing a business is challenging so we offer reduced marketing and participation costs through the CEMATEX Start-Up Grant. Apply Now!


Five reasons why you should exhibit


• At the Heart of the Textile and Garment Industry Since 1951

• Size Does Matter

• World’s Only Exhibition Covering the Entire Value Chain

• A Reputation for Quality

• Real Deals are Clinched Onsite

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Learn More About the CEMATEX Start-Up Grant



Eligible start-ups can apply for the CEMATEX Start-Up Grant. It covers 100% of the stand rental fee (EUR235 per sqm, including Rho City Tax and SIAE fee), special design stand and fittings, LED screen and entitlements such as:




• Business matching

• Cleaning of stand

• Exhibitor company digital listing

• Exhibitor badges

• Insurance

• Invitation to networking reception

• Wi-Fi




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Are You Ready to Join Start-Up Valley ?



To be eligible, you must be able to show:


• That your innovation or product must be within ITMA 2023’s Index of Products

• Your business has been incorporated for not more than 8 years

• Has either generated revenue for at least a year or raised capital from investors or grants from other incubator programmes

Required documents:


• Investor and sales pitches (compulsory)

• Patents filed (if any)

• Awards won (if any)

• List of reference partners (if possible)

Here’s what our selection panel will be looking for:


• Environmental, economic and/or disruptive impact, a gamechanger for the textile world

• Scalability of your solution or product

• Relevance to ITMA theme “Transforming the World of Textiles”, and the 4 trending topics namely Advanced Materials, Innovative Technologies, Automation and Digital Future, Sustainability and Circularity

• Reference partners to institutions, associations, or commercial partners (if any)

• Substantial innovative and intellectual content for your products and/or services and applications (please share any patents, if available)

• Any awards won. We love to hear success stories!


Online application will commence from 18 January - 30 June 2022.


Successful applicants will be advised by 28 October 2022.

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Hear What They Say

CEMATEX is excited to launch the Start-Up Valley initiative to attract innovative young companies to ITMA 2023. As the largest textile technology exhibition attracting leading textile and garment manufacturers from around the world, ITMA offers start-ups a useful platform to put their innovations in front of a global audience, to find investors and collaborators and to leverage industry connections and professional networks.

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