Multi-step application procedure


Please note that while the application process is essentially identical at all universities, the timing may vary slightly.
The deadline for applications is January 31, 2021. The funding period commences April 1, 2021.

  1. Initial advising session
    Once the basic funding conditions are fulfilled, an initial discussion or orientation discussion will then be held at the university where the application is to be submitted. Please arrange an appointment with the specified contact person before the 31 January deadline.
  2. Written application
    You will be provided with the application papers once you have successfully completed the initial discussion. Once preselection has been completed, you will either be invited to present your project to our jury or receive a letter informing you that your application has not been successful.
  3. Jury pitch
    You and your team will then pitch your project to our jury. The jury consists of representatives of the universities as well as experts from the Berlin and national startup scenes. The jury decides on the suitability of your project for funding.
  4. Funding of successful teams
    Funding will initially be for a period of six months.
  5. Interim presentation (optional)
    Before the first six-month funding period expires, teams will be invited to make an interim presentation. An internal jury will decide whether to extend the funding period for a further six months on the basis of the progress made and additional funding requirements.