The most important international specialized Trade Show for "Ideas - Inventions - New Products"

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iENA - tradition and future

What do inline-skates, rolling suitcases and folding bicycles have in common? Many inventions that were shown at iENA have gone into series production and in the meantime these have also become part of life. The above-mentioned inventions are just three good examples. Since the very first run in 1948 iENA has already presented about 31.000 inventions. Let your invention become a part of this success story too and take your chance in 2018 - November 1st to 4th, 2018!

>> 6 convincing reasons for your participation to iENA 2018


The story of success of the iENA

Inventors? Inventors are tinkerers. They are like Gyro Gearloose and things just do not turn out as intended at times. 

However, inventors have long left this image behind. We just could not do without many of their inventions in our modern day life anymore. Think about trolleys, for example, or the folding bicycle, inline skates, the snow board or retractable dog leads. 

These products, which meanwhile are more than 30 000 inventions, all started their success at the iENA – International Trade Fair “Ideas – Inventions – Novelties” at Nuremberg. This successful exhibition celebrat its 65th anniversary in 2013!

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High satisfaction of the exhibitors

The results of this year's exhibitor survey clearly reflected the significance of the inventors trade fair as contact hub. Further, it clearly indicated that marketing inventions played a central role for the exhibitors:

  • approximately a quarter of iENA exhibitors achieved concrete closure of contracts directly at the trade fair: 25 per cent
  • 89 per cent of the exibitors assessed the contact possibilities at the trade fair as “very good” or “good”
  • and almost 90 percent expect follow-up business

The high attention of the media on a national and international scale also supplied the exibitors with great awareness for their products and ideas.

Investors, Entrepreneurs and Scouts at the iENA

Trade visitors from 40 nations came to the iENA 2017. On the weekend the iENA was also open to the visitors of the Consumenta which took place at the same time. Many visitors of the Consumenta used this opportunity to gain information about new product developments and inventions. Altogether approximately 11,100 visitors attended the iENA 2017.



The technical jury awarded the best inventions with medals and special prizes

Every year the highlight for the inventors is the award of the iENA medals: the most promising ideas, inventions and new products were honoured. During the first days of the fair a panel of experts carefully examines all of the 800 inventions. The inventions are then evaluated by a brain trust

Amount of medals given to Young Inventors 

  • Bronze     64
  • Silver       66
  • Gold         57

Amount of medals given to Adult Inventors  

  • Bronze     85
  • Silver       102
  • Gold         102

Exceptional prizes and Awards of honor



Pictures of the  medal awarding iENA 2017

Good Reasons to participate in the iENA

(facts & figures from 2017)

  1. Around 850 inventions from 31 countries – creative minds from all over the world present themselves in Nuremberg
  2. Trade visitors from 40 countries visited the iENA – users, representatives from trade, industry and manufacturers and scouts
  3. 89 % of the exhibitors surveyed evaluated the iENA’s contact opportunities as "very good" and "good"
  4. Approximately a quarter of iENA exhibitors were even able to make concrete deals during the trade fair
  5. almost 90 % of the exhibitors expect good post-fair business because of the conversations and promising contacts
  6. Worldwide media attention from radio, television and print media
  7. High regard of the iENA medals particularly for market introduction of innovations
  8. High-quality moderated entertainment program with specialized lectures and podium discussions round off the specialized competence of the trade fair
  9. Reliable and capable trade fair organizers. The iENA will be held in 2018 for the 70th time
  10. Longstanding partnerships with inventor associations from all over the world – the IFIA International Federation of Inventors’ Association is partner of the trade fair.

The participation at the trade fair iENA offers you a down-to-earth way to put your invention
in the sportlight and get in contact with trade visitors as well as journalists from all over the world. Your participation provides you the opportunity to communicate directly with trade visitors and representatives of well-known trading and industrial companies. Make your inventions come alive.

Welcome your invention to the promotional products market

The search for fresh ideas and extraordinary products goes on. So as well the cooperation with the PSI, Europe’s leading trade show of the promotional product industry, who is looking for creative minds. Don’t miss the opportunity and be part of PSI when distributors or suppliers watch out for new and innovative products.
Get started now and book one of a limited number of stand spaces in the inventors’ area of the PSI 2020 in Düsseldorf.


Everyone’s talking about innovations – but your invention will convince

Knowledge transfer live – the IdeenDialogForum

Knowledge transfer live – the IdeenDialogForum
The perfect complement to the trade fair activities: the diversified, moderated stage program. It offers interesting specialized lectures and discussion forums on current topics for a look at the work of inventors and a description of the conditions and questions from the working world of the creative. This facilitates the exciting exchange between exhibitors and visitors.

Touching the future – focus on young inventors

Innovative solutions and new product ideas are the only way companies can differentiate themselves form each other in the marketplace and succeed. Against this background and to get future generation interested in sciences, mathematics and technology numerous national and international young inventors’ initiatives offer different support programs and competitions. Winning projects of some respected initiatives will be shown at the iENA.

Valuable marketing aids – iENA medals and certificates

The international jury honors outstanding inventions with medals, certificates and prizes. The high regard enjoyed by these carefully selected awards in specialized circles is particularly important when it comes to market introduction. Every exhibitor receives a certificate of participation.

Strong Partners at your side!

The presence of international patent offices as well as the national and international organizations and specialized associations for inventors as the iFIA offer concrete on site help and qualified advice. This makes it easier for you to make contacts and take immediate orders.

At a glance!

Trade fair dates

Meet the future: iENA 2018 - 1 - 4 November                   

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Germany - Messe Nürnberg (Exhibition Center Nuremberg) - Hall 12

Opening hours:

  • Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd, 2018: 
    9:30 am - 6:00 pm, only open to specialized visitors, Admission until 1 h before closing time
  • on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, Admission until 1 h before closing time
  • on Sunday, November 4th, 2018: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Admission until 1 h before closing time

List for exhibitors

  • The list of exhibitors can be found online at the beginning of the fair

Number of inventions/exhibitors 2018:

More than 800 inventions, exhibitors from 30 countries.

Participating countries 2018:

Angola, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Colombia, Congo, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Syria, Switzerland, Taiwan (China), Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America

We warn against misleading entries for exhibitor directories


Registration, service forms, informations and more

All forms for your trade fair participation you will find here

Exhibitor news


04. May 2018


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70 years of inventiveness! The International Trade Fair iENA celebrates an anniversary

12. Apr 2018

On its 70th anniversary International Trade Fair “Ideas – Inventions – New Products” iENA Nuremberg shines in a new look: the approximately 800...

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Project management

Henning Könicke

Project management

Sandra Hübner

Project management

Lydia Zetl

Project management

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Representatives in various countries

For exhibitors from abroad we work closely together with representatives in various countries who organize a collective booth. They are available for information and questions regarding your participation or travel preparation. A list of our representatives you find >> here.
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