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.


Positive exhibition results for exhibitors in 2016

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:

  • 33 per cent of iENA exhibitors achieved concrete closure of contracts directly at the trade fair
  • 83 per cent of the exibitors assessed the contact possibilities at the trade fair as “very good” or “good”
  • and almost 90 per cent expect follow-up business

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

Also this year, the technical jury made up of 35 jurors selected the best ideas and inventions and awarded medals and prizes, although it has to be said this was again not an easy job. The experts present and the international expert jury were clearly very impressed about the high quality of the new products and inventions, and felt that they had some real opportunities to be successful in the market.
All of the inventions were evaluated in detail, and to independent inventors medals were awarded

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At a glance!

Trade fair dates

Thursday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 5st, 2017


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

Opening hours:

  • Thursday, November 2nd, Friday, November 3rd, 2017: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, only open to trade visitors/ specialized visitors, Admission until 1 h before closing time
  • on Saturday, November 4th, 2017: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, Admission until 1 h before closing time
  • on Sunday, November 5st, 2017: 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

Admission fee for trade visitors on Thursday, November 2nd and Friday, November 3rd, 2017:

  • one day ticket: € 30,- incl. catalogue
  • two day ticket: € 45,- incl. catalogue      

    Ticket order now

Admission fee on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th, 2017:

  • Adult: € 12,00

iENA admission fee on November 4th and 5th, 2017 is the same as for Consumenta >>see here

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