Falling Walls Venture is a global platform for the most promising science start-ups nominated by academic institutions from across the world. The format provides a stage for pioneering founders who have successfully turned science into business, proving how entrepreneurial solutions can help solve today’s most pressing challenges. Every year, emerging companies compete across various industry clusters. The winner of the competition is awarded the title “Science Start-Up Breakthrough of the Year”.

Throughout the year, universities and research institutions from all over the world are called upon to nominate their most innovative science start-up for the competition. The most promising young companies, carefully selected by our Advisory Board, are invited to pitch on the Falling Walls Venture stage in Berlin on 7 November. They also gain access to the whole Falling Walls Science Summit as well as to exclusive networking events and the Falling Walls Community.

A high-calibre jury of international experts, investors, and corporate innovation leaders, chaired by Stefan von Holtzbrinck, CEO of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, will select one of the winners as the “Science Start-Up Breakthrough of the Year”. The grand winner will get the chance to pitch their breakthrough innovation on the big stage on 9 November, the anniversary of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, alongside other outstanding researchers who will each showcase their work.

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