To participate in the first stage of the competition, a completed application form and a concept paper of up to three pages (PDF, DIN A4, font size 11, simple line spacing) of a research-based product or business idea must be submitted. The concept paper should include the following aspects:
Please briefly describe the persons involved as well as their positions.
Connection to research
Describe the connection between your idea and the research of your university / research institution.
Idea and product innovation
Describe your idea and the product innovation and, if necessary, the technology.
Customer Value and market
Please indicate the potential benefits of potential customers. If possible, also describe in which specific market (e.g. FinTech, software industry, health technology, education) you could be active with your project.
Please provide a brief overview of the practicability of your idea: Where can development and research risks arise? What is needed for a transition into the market?
In the second stage of the competition, the concept papers need to be revisited and submitted again on a maximum of five pages (PDF, DIN A4, font size 11, simple line spacing).
The concept paper is supposed to have a cover sheet (not included in the page count mentioned above), which contains the following information:
Name of the project
Category the idea is submitted to (Digital / Life Science & Technologies / Cultural & Social)
A contact person for queries
Please send the concept paper as a PDF file (please note file size) with the completed application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org