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

Efficient, interactive, communicative

What do inline-skates, wheeledsuitcases and folding bicycles have in common? They were presented at the iENA and discovered for the market. Since its implementation in 1948 more than 30,000 inventions were presented to the public within the scope of the specialized fair iENA.

A visit to the international leading trade fair for inventing, the iENA promises the direct contact with innovative thinkers and inventors from around the globe. At the iENA you will have the chance to obtain information about novelities and inventions across all sectors of the industry. Here you can find solutions for almost all problems or questions.

For 70% of the trade visitors from 40 countries (2016), the iENA is the only event which they attend to keep themselves abreast of innovations and inventions.

Meet the future: iENA 2018 - 1 - 4 November                   

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At a glance!

Trade fair dates

Thursday, November 1st to Sunday, November 4th, 2018


Germany - Messe Nürnberg (Exhibition Center Nuremberg) - Hall 3 C

Opening hours:

  • Thursday, November 1st, Friday, November 2nd, 2018: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, only open to trade visitors/ 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

  • We are sorry to have to inform you that legal patent regulations prevent us from providing an online list of exhibitors for the iENA although this is customary at other trade fairs. We apologize for any inconvenience
  • However, you may take iENA exhibition catalog from the fair opens with us on delivery order (36,50 € incl. shipping)
    Please call for this our customer support
    Phone : + 49.911.98833-7000
    Fax: + 49.911.98833-7999
    or send e-mail to

Number of inventions/exhibitors 2017:

More than 800 inventions, exhibitors from 31 countries.

Participating countries 2017:

Angola, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Congo, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan (China), Ukraine, United States of America.

Admission fee

Day ticket for trade visitors on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd, 2018

  • The trade visitor Day ticket: € 30,-  entitles you to an one-off visit to the iENA on 1 or 2 November 2018 at 9.30 am including a trade fair catalogue and the option to book a guided tour of the exhibition (starting with at least 5 people).
  • The trade visitor 2 Day ticket: € 45,- entitles you to visit the iENA on 1 and 2 November 2018 at 9.30 am including a trade fair catalogue and the option to book a guided tour of the exhibition (starting with at least 5 people).

Day ticket on weekend (Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, 2018

  • Online Day ticket weekend: € 10,50 (without exhibition catalog)
  • Day ticket at the box office: € 12,50 (without exhibition catalog)

The weekend Day ticket entitles you to a single visit to the iENA and "Hack & Make" from 9.30 am on 3rd or 4th, November 2018.

Day ticket - Innovations Congress (November 2nd, 2018)

The Innovations Congress Day ticket (€ 80,-) entitles you to participate in the Innovations Congress on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 from 10.30 am as well as a single visit to the iENA (from 9.30 am onwards on this day). Incl. exhibition catalogue and guided tour ot the iENA.

Problem solutions and innovations

The range of the presented inventions spans from high-tech inventions to low-tech inventions and encompasses above all developments and innovations from the areas of

  • Technology
  • Electrical engineering/ electronics
  • Solar technology/ energy technology
  • Machine construction
  • Medical technology/ medicine
  • Hygiene
  • Cosmetics
  • Security and alarm equipment
  • Environmental protection
  • Traffic
  • Transport
  • Automobile accessories
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Games/ sports/ hobby
  • and many other areas for example winning projects of selected national and international youth competitions e.g. “Jugend forscht” (youth researches), “Azubi forscht Pfleiderer” (apprentices research at Pfleiderer), “Maristengymnasium” (Maristen Highschool) and so on

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The story of success of the iENA

Tradition and Future: iENA celebrates its 65th anniversary - and can look back on a long, successful history. It started off small, and in the first years essentially represented a showcase for bizarre and whimsical ideas. Today, it is the most important international trade fair for the inventor community, and Germany's only inventor fair with a true global image.

The huge amount of interest from inventors, associations and organizations associated with inventions of all types and the new cooperation with the START Messe Bavaria, which will take place for the first time in collaboration with iENA, certainly point to a strong anniversary fair.

"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 add up to 25 000 inventions, all started their success at the iENA – International Trade Fair “Ideas – Inventions – New Products” at Nuremberg.

>> Read on about the story of success - iENA 1948-2013