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"Messe meets Mittelstand" funding program

Service and benefits for SME

Finding new business relations and networks abroad - international trade fairs are ideal for this.

The effort for a trade fair stand often exceeds a company's budget. These companies have individual requirements when it comes to presenting themselves to a wide audience abroad. The "Messe meets Mittelstand" funding program is therefore designed to be particularly flexible: Small and medium-sized companies from NRW can exhibit at a trade fair of their choice - financially supported by the state of NRW.


As a company, you can take part in various trade fairs abroad worldwide according to your individual requirements. Your choice of trade fair is subject to only two conditions:

  1. The international trade fair must be listed with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry – auma
  2. Trade fairs with official federal or state participation are excluded from the funding program. 


Foreign trade promotion for NRW - Program 2023 (pdf, German only)

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Heike Dornbusch

Heike Dornbusch

Head of Business Unit Messe meets Mittelstand