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

Innovation needs communication!

To distinguish and to hold one's ground with innovative problem solutions and new products from the other market players! But what good is the best invention if nobody knows about it? 

Participation in the fair offers you a successfully present your inventions, new products and ideas to an international and professional audience, because: qualified contacts will create successful business! Participation in the fair means sure success for you too and also media attention form all over the world. 

The iENA Nuremberg - International Trade Fair Ideas - Inventions - New Products - is the professional marketplace for ideas and inventions and the leading trade fair of contacts and excellent opportunities for inventors and representatives of trade and industry.

The world of invention is waiting excitedly for the start of this year's iENA, because it will be the event at which inventions from throughout the world will be presented to the public for the very first time; the inventions will be celebrating their world premiere at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre. It is an important forum for enabling free inventors to get in contact with licensees and exploiters from all over the world.

Meet the future: Next iENA 2019,  31 October - 3 November             Save the date

iENA - International meeting point for the inventor scene

Inventors’ associations and collectives from all around the world meet at the iENA in Nuremberg to present their innovations, to network and to make contact with partners and investors.

This year, Croatia with the Union of Croatian Innovators (UCI) is the partner of the iENA 2019. The UCI is under the patronage of the Croatian Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Craft as well as the Croatian Patent Office. Since the 1970s, participation in iENA has been an integral part of the annual calendar of the Croatian Inventors' Association. The UCI brings young and adult freelance inventors to the iENA to showcase developments from various fields. 

iENA Innovation congress 2019

Innovations are considered to be the main driving force for the long-term success of companies and thus drivers for the growth of tomorrow.

The Innovation Congress (in german language only) on Thursday, 31 October 2019, is entitled "Successfully Managing Innovations". Among other things, it is about how networks and strategic partnerships can lead to promising ideas.

The innovation congress is taking place in addition of the iENA, and is supported by the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry user club “Product and innovation management”.

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"Hack & Make" 

The partnership with the "Hack & Make" technology festival will be continued this year on the weekend of 2 and 3 November: The "Hack & Make" is aimed at technology enthusiasts, creatives, inventors and the curious who deepen their knowledge, new contacts want to learn or learn basics.

The “Hack & Make” is a format of Nuremberg’s FabLab, which is directed towards a broad public: technology and computer freaks, visitors with previous knowledge in the maker scene as well as interested students and adults who want to know what is behind the technical appliances – all are in just the right place at the “Hack & Make”.

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Youth Researches – Youth Invents

Child and youth inventors also make an important contribution to the iENA and present their innovations to a specialist international audience. Alongside the “Jugend forscht” winners, the VDI pilots of the future and other inventor competitions are school pupils and students from nations such as Germany, Austria, China, Croatia and Taiwan (China).


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Valuable Inventions and Marketable Developments

Every year the highlight for the inventors is the award of the iENA medals. On Saturday, 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 in 2018

  • Bronze     38
  • Silver       94
  • Gold         54

Amount of medals given to Adult Inventors in 2018

  • Bronze     98
  • Silver       93
  • Gold         97

Exceptional prizes and Awards of honor



Picture album of the medal ceremony 2018



70 years of ideas, inventions and new products

The first inventions and new products exhibition took place in Nuremberg in 1948. Since then Nuremberg has established itself as the city of inventors and the iENA as the meeting point of international inventors.

Everyday life can no longer be imagined without numerous inventions which were shown for the first time at the iENA: From the first catalyst to the first push-button telephone and the Tipp-Ex correction pen and on to the wheelie suitcase and the insulating emergency blanket, many inventions began at the iENA. Numerous scientific developments for medicine and industry were also presented to the public for the first time in Nuremberg. The iENA’s new products are awaited every year with great excitement. At the 70th anniversary of the iENA, inventors from all over the world will be presenting approximately 800 inventions in Nuremberg.

Read more about the  iENA - story of success

For Exhibitors

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Next iENA: October 31 to November 3, 2019

For Visitors

The wide, wide world of ideas!

For 70 % of the visitors, the iENA ist the only event which they attend to keep themselves abreast of innovations and inventions.


Next iENA: October 31 to November 3, 2019

Award and Partner

iENA "Selected Place 2007"

Partner 2019

Expert partner

Cooperative partner

Partner for Media