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

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Next iENA: October 29 to November 1, 2020

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 29 to November 1, 2020


iENA inventors’ trade fair shows tomorrow’s world

From 31 October to 3 November 2019, Nuremberg will once again be home to creative people, innovations and inventionns from all over the world. Around 30,000 inventions have already been presented over the last 70 years at the International Trade Fair for Ideas, Inventions and New Products in Nuremberg. At this year, around 800 inventions from all over the world are expected once more. Significant momentum comes from national and international inventor organisations.

The iENA provides support in all stages of development, from the initial idea and creation of a prototype through to market launch, marketing and company formation. Key partners of the iENA include the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA), the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the Association of German Engineers (VDI) as well as the German Inventors’ Association (DEV) and other national and international inventors’ associations. 

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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).

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 2019

  • Bronze     31
  • Silver       62
  • Gold         50

Amount of medals given to Adult Inventors in 2019

  • Bronze     97
  • Silver       106
  • Gold         101

Exceptional prizes and Awards of honor



Picture album of the medal ceremony 2019




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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.

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