The Call for nominations 2021 is closed. Thank you for your nominations!

Do you run a science start-up? And do you want to grow your global reach and visibility, while expanding your network with investors, VCs, and strategic partners? Keep reading and learn how to showcase your start-up at Falling Walls Venture 2021.

Do you represent an institution and would like to nominate a start-up? Check down below, if the start-up is eligible to become the Falling Walls Breakthrough of the Year, and nominate the start-up.

Who are we looking for?

  • Entrepreneurs and scientists from all disciplines whose start-ups are based on scientific research.
  • Start-ups with a prototype or proof of concept who have already received funding.
  • Young science-driven ventures no older than 5 years.
  • Start-ups must be endorsed by a nominating institution. This can be a university or a research institution.


Why apply? 

  • Grow your network with investors, VCs and business partners.
  • Extend your global reach and be spotlighted across our online platforms.
  • Get coached on pitching.
  • Win a trip to Berlin and pitch to a distinguished jury and online audience on 7 November.
  • Become the Falling Walls Science Start-Up Breakthrough of the Year 2021.
  • Present your start-up in front of an audience of global leaders at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November.



  • Boost your spin-off and your institution’s entrepreneurship initiatives.
  • Amplify the reach and visibility for your institution or university.
  • Join our network of leaders from science, industry and politics, and meet entrepreneurs and innovators from across the world.


How does the NOMINATION AND APPLICATION process work?

1. NOMINATIONS. Before you can apply: Ask your university or research institution (i.e. VP Innovation, Director Technology Transfer, Head of university accelerator or a professor) to nominate your start-up as the Science Start-up Breakthrough of the Year 2021 (Category 9: ‘Science Start-Ups’).

2. APPLICATIONS. After you have been nominated we will ask you to:

  • fill out the application form (preview here),
  • send us your pitch deck (PDF) and
  • upload a pitch video (video requirements and recommendations here).

You will receive further details on the necessary application materials after your nomination was submitted. Then, you do have about two weeks to submit your application.

3. FINALISTS. The applications are reviewed and evaluated. Should you make it to the next round you will be able to call yourself a Falling Walls Finalist and you will be announced as such on our website.

4. WINNERS. Our selection committee will screen the applications of all Finalists. The 25 most promising start-ups will be invited as Winners to Berlin to pitch their start-up to a distinguished jury and global online audience on 7 November.

5. SCIENCE START-UP BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR 2021. The jury will select the Science Start-Up Breakthrough of the Year from all Winners. He or she will present their start-up live on stage at the Falling Walls Grand Finale in front of global leaders on 9 November.


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