Innovation AveNEW Programme

… for start-up companies

The 2018 SLAS Europe Conference and Exhibition is the platform event for established companies launching new products and services. Innovation AveNEW is an in-kind, cost-sensitive programme that gives emerging, start-up companies the opportunity to actively engage and participate in a world-class event which helps to grow and scale their business as well as directly connects them with purchasing influencers and decision-makers from more than 40 countries.

The mission for Innovation AveNEW is simple — to offer start-up, entrepreneurial companies in the area of laboratory science and technology a venue for positive, collaborative interaction and exposure for their product and/or service concept. Innovation AveNEW will be located in a specially designated area on the exhibit floor.

Only a select few start-up companies are chosen for this program each year. Those chosen can only be selected for participation one time. The products and/or services offered must be available for sale/distribution in the year 2018.

Guidelines, Rules and Application Instructions

Candidate companies must align in some fashion with the area of laboratory science and technology, and while it is not required, an established relationship with a university, bioscience incubator or research institution is desired.

Candidate applications will be reviewed by an Innovation AveNEW Review Panel.
Application to be done by 5 May at the latest in this link.
The Review Panel will evaluate applications for technical merit and commercial feasibility as well as other criteria, inclusive of, but not limited to:

  • Compelling science and technology
  • Clarity of vision and market opportunity (business plan)
  • Strength of management team
  • Impact on the field of laboratory automation and technology
  • Start-up status

SLAS reserves the right to select and deselect any company at any given time. All decisions are final. Companies selected for participation in Innovation AveNEW must agree to and adhere to the rules and regulations. Companies may only be selected and participate in SLAS Europe Innovation AveNEW once.


Companies selected to participate in Innovation AveNEW are given the following advantages:
See below for information on travel cost and reimbursement.
Free space of a 4 sqm kiosk exhibit space on the Exhibit Hall including:

  • 2×2 m exhibition space
  • 1 electricity socket 1500W
  • 1 counter table for computer and literature and 1 bar stool
  • 1 exhibitor badge
  • Name of your company on the pocket guide, website and app
  • Travel grant up to €350 to cover part of your costs (transportation/accommodation) to attend the conference.

Reimbursement will proceed after the conference.

Innovation AveNEW participants are required to have an official company representative physically present in their booth space at all times during show hours. As well, participants not complying with this requirement may be removed from the show floor.

In addition, all participating companies are asked to submit a previously unpublished scientific manuscript (original research or a related review paper) for peer-reviewed publication in SLAS Technology or SLAS Discovery by 27 August 2018. Nan Hallock, SLAS Director of Publishing, will contact you with information on submission guidelines. In the meantime, for more information, please visit

Critical Dates

Application Deadline Saturday, 5 May 2018
Selection Announcement 2nd Week of May 2018

* Once selected, logistic dates will be supplied.


SLAS Europe Office
+32 (0)2.739.30.26