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Falling Walls Venture is a global platform for the most promising research-based 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. This year, 28 emerging companies will compete in three industry clusters: Healthcare, Engineering of the Future, and Sustainability. The winner will be awarded the “Falling Walls Science Start-Up of the Year” title.

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 and the representatives of the nominating institutions are invited to pitch on the Falling Walls Venture stage. Additionally, they win a ticket to attend the Falling Walls Conference, as well as various exclusive networking events.

The pitch competition takes place annually on 8 November, the eve of the Falling Walls Conference. After being introduced in one minute by their endorsing institution, each start-up is given five minutes to present their concept and business model. A high-calibre jury of international experts, investors, and corporate innovation leaders, chaired by Stefan von Holtzbrinck, CEO of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, will award a winner per cluster and select one of these three as “Falling Walls Science Start-up of the Year”. The grand winner will receive the opportunity to present their company on the main stage of the Falling Walls Conference to an audience of 750 industry leaders, decision makers, and media representatives as well as a global audience following the event via livestream.

Falling Walls Venture is generously supported by the Berlin Senate and by the global partner Boehringer Ingelheim, as well as by numerous international partner universities and research institutions.

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