Become the SCIENCE Start-up BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR 2022

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 2022.

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

THE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO NOMINATED!

 

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for innovative start-ups that have translated breakthrough scientific thinking into promising business models.

To be eligible, the start-up must:

  • be based on scientific research
  • have a prototype or proof of concept for which the start-up has already received funding
  • have been founded (incorporated) no longer than 5 years ago (i.e. founded on or after 1 January 2017)
  • be endorsed by a nominating institution (a university or a research institution)

WHY PARTICIPATE? 

As a start-up, you will have the chance to:

  • 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 selected audience on 7 November
  • Become the Falling Walls Science Start-Up Breakthrough of the Year 2022
  • Present your start-up in front of an audience of global leaders at the Falling Walls Breakthrough Day on 9 November

WHY NOMINATE A START-UP?

  • 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.
  • Get the chance to participate in the Falling Walls Science Summit 2022

 

Falling Walls Venture 2021 Winners

HOW DOES THE NOMINATION, APPLICATION AND EVALUATION PROCESS WORK?

1. NOMINATIONS. For Nominating Institutions: Nominate the selected start-up as the Science Start-up Breakthrough of the Year 2022 (Category 9: ‘Science Start-Ups’). You will only have to provide basic information; the nominated start-up will send in detailed application material in a second step.

For Start-ups: 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’).

Nominations must be submitted by 31 May 2022 (extended deadline) through our online form.

2. APPLICATIONS. (For start-ups only:) After you have been nominated, you will receive further details on the necessary application materials. You will have two weeks to submit your application.

The application will consist of:

·       an application form you need to fill in (you can see a preview here)

·       your pitch deck (PDF)

·       your pitch video (check the requirements and recommendations here)

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 advisory board will screen the applications of all Finalists. The 25 most promising start-ups will be invited as Winners to Berlin to pitch their work to a distinguished jury and selected audience on 7 November.

5. SCIENCE START-UP BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR 2022. The jury will select the Science Start-Up Breakthrough of the Year from all Winners. They will present their start-up live on stage at the Falling Walls Breakthrough Day in front of global leaders on 9 November.

 

QUESTIONS?

Check the FAQ and feel free to get in touch at venture@falling-walls.com for any further questions.

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