Our Competitions


At Science & Startups, we give you all the support you might need so your idea and your research transfers into a successful product or service to change how things are done in your area of expertise. A really important factor is to showcase to and test your idea with many people – and, of course, the right people: Established companies, non-university research institutions, multipliers, academics, any many more. If you are looking to sell your product or meet the top employers in your are, they will be here.

Next to connecting with the right people to further your mission, you can win attractive prizes – from cash to invaluable support and free office spaces in one of our four startup support units.

There are three different competitions – depending on where you are in your journey and what you are planning to do with your research and/or studies.

Check out our competitions below and enter your idea – good luck!

4Campus - Idea competition for students


Idea competition for students - You want to challenge yourself, boost your CV the fun way, and try out the entrepreneurial role ... maybe with an idea that has been on your mind for a while? And you are a student at one of our network partners FU, HU, TU Berlin or Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin? Then 4Campus is the right fit for you. The idea competition’s next edition will take place in summer 2022 - application will be open on May 2nd.

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Research to Market Challenge


You are researching at one of our network partners FU, HU, TU Berlin or Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and you want to find out if your research might be a great product or service? Then enter our Research to Market Challenge and have your idea evaluated and honed by professionals from the universities as well as from established companies and the startup ecosystem. We can help you with the perfect customer fit. The three categories “Digital & Technologies”, “Life Science & Health”, and “Cultural & Social” provide a fantastic starting point to explore your idea. Fantastic cash prizes and free office spaces as well as further incubation of your idea are waiting for you. The science competition’s next edition takes place RIGHT NOW - Apply until May 8st!

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Forum Junge Spitzenforschung


Once a year within the framework of the research idea competition “Forum Junge Spitzenforschung”, the Stiftung Industrieforschung and the Berlin universities seek young researchers with innovative and practice-oriented ideas and approaches to solutions that emerge from their innovative basic research. This is the competition for you if you are more interested in cooperating with an established company rather than startup your own. There are 6 prizes - with prize money totalling 30.000 € to use on further research! This year’s edition focuses on the "Future of materials and material production". You can apply now (deadline October 31th, 2022) and the finals will take place on November 22th, 2022. (Forum for young researchers - general language German, applications & pitches in English allowed.)

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