Falling Walls VENTURE Nomination And Application process

As part of the Falling Walls Global Call and in search of the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2024, we invited leading actors in science and academia worldwide to nominate the latest breakthroughs and outstanding science projects in 9 different categories, Science Startups being one of them. This year’s Global Call, which took place from 1 March to 15 May 2024, has officially closed.

For information about this year’s Global Call, contact us at venture@falling-walls.com.

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WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

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

Eligibility criteria:

  • Falling Walls Venture is open to start-ups that are based on scientific research
  • Falling Walls Venture is open to all scientific disciplines (e.g. biotech, data & AI, cleantech, new materials, engineering, healthcare, food & agriculture)
  • Each start-up must be endorsed by a nominating institution. This can be a university, a research institution, or another type of organization, like an accelerator or incubator
  • The company must be founded (incorporated) by the time you apply and cannot be older than 5 years
  • Start-ups who have already participated in the Falling Walls Venture Pitches are not eligible to participate again
  • Start-ups should already have a prototype/proof of concept and primary funding

 

WHY PARTICIPATE? 

As a start-up, you get the chance to:

  • Get selected as one of the 25 Venture Winners, participate in the Falling Walls Science Summit in Berlin from 7 to 10 November, and have your accommodation and part of your travel costs covered
  • Get coached on pitching and present your work to a distinguished jury, global leaders and a selected audience during the Falling Walls Venture Pitches on 7 November
  • Become the “Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year” in the “Science Start-Ups” category
  • Present your work in front of an audience of global leaders at the Falling Walls Breakthrough Day on 9 November
  • Expand your network with investors and business partners and become a part of the Falling Walls Community
  • Extend your global reach and be spotlighted across our online platforms

WHY NOMINATE A START-UP?

As a nominating institution, you get the chance to:

  • Boost your spin-off and your institution’s entrepreneurship initiatives
  • Amplify the reach and visibility of your institution
  • Join the Falling Walls Science Summit in person and be inspired by visionary scientific breakthroughs
  • Meet leaders from science, industry and politics, and get in touch with entrepreneurs and innovators from across the world

HOW DOES THE NOMINATION, APPLICATION AND EVALUATION PROCESS WORK?

1. NOMINATIONS

For nominating institutions: nominate one or more start-ups as the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year in the “Science Start-Ups” category.

For start-ups: ask your university, research institution, or another organisation, like an accelerator or incubator, to nominate your company as the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year in the “Science Start-Ups” category.

 

2. APPLICATIONS

For start-ups only: after you have been nominated, you will receive further details on the necessary application materials. 

The application will consist of:

  •       An application form (see a preview here)
  •       Your pitch deck (as a separate PDF file)
  •       Your pitch video (see requirements and recommendations here)

 

3. FINALISTS

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated. Should you make it through the pre-selection process, you will qualify as a Falling Walls Venture Finalist. Finalists will be announced in June. Our Advisory Board will screen the applications of all Finalists and select the most promising start-ups, which will become Falling Walls Venture Winners.

 

4. WINNERS

Divided into three clusters (Sustainability, Engineering of the Future, and Health Solutions), the 25 Falling Walls Venture Winners will be invited to the Falling Walls Science Summit in Berlin, where they will pitch their work to a distinguished Jury and selected audience on 7 November. Winners will be announced in the middle of August. As a Winner, you will also receive a high-quality video as well as photos of your live pitch which you can share with potential investors and partners after the event.

 

5. FALLING WALLS SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR IN THE “SCIENCE START-UPS” CATEGORY

After the live pitches on 7 November in Berlin, the Jury will select one Cluster Winner for each cluster and, among them, one “Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year in the Science Start-Ups category”.  The selected start-up will present again on the big stage of the Falling Walls Breakthrough Day on 9 November, alongside other “Science Breakthrough of the Year” laureates.

 

Evaluation criteria for the science start-ups

  • Level of innovation
  • Commercial potential
  • Business planning and presentation skills
  • Scope of impact

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QUESTIONS?

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

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