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Research to Market Challenge - the competition for business ideas from research


The competition is aimed at students, researchers and alumni. Ideas can be submitted for the Healthcare & Prevention, Technologies & Resources and Sustainability & Society clusters. There is prize money totaling €12,000 at stake. One winner per cluster will receive €3,500 and a special prize of €1,500 will be awarded for artificial intelligence. Examples include ideas with generative AI (e.g. the generation of texts, images, videos, 3D objects), new AI models and ideas for improving collaboration between humans and machines or solving ethical challenges.

The kick-off event is the Impulse Day on March 14th at EINS (Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1), where you can be inspired by exciting presentations on the latest developments in the respective clusters. In addition, alumni founding teams will tell you what the path after the Research to Market Challenge could look like. The subsequent networking invites you to discuss the impulses and impressions and possibly lays the foundation for new ideas and teams.

A Workshop Day will then be held on March 19th, also at EINS (Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1), so that the ideas can be deepened, structured and submitted. Through overarching and cluster-specific workshops, initial approaches will become concrete ideas that can then be submitted.

A jury of experts will review and evaluate the idea sketches and nominate the winners. The prizes will be awarded at a closing ceremony on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at the Max-Liebermann-Haus.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 14.03.2024 (16:00 - 19:00): Impulse Day - Exciting presentations on current developments in the respective clusters, alumni founding teams also give an insight into their founding history
  • 19.03.2024 (14:00 - 19:00): Workshop Day - Through interdisciplinary and cluster-specific workshops, initial approaches become concrete ideas that can subsequently be submitted.
  • 05.04.2024: Application Deadline - Apply now
  • 18.04.2024 (9:00 - 17:00): Pitch training for the finalists in each category.
  • 23.04.2024: Final event and presentation with subsequent award ceremony

Apply now