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Ideas Competition @Uni Bonn

Knowledge at the University of Bonn is diverse, innovative and relevant for society. It arises from studies and theses, from dissertations and research projects. But how do these explorations find their way into practice - in business, politics or civil society? Through you and your ideas! The ideas competition of the Transfer Center enaCom at the University of Bonn is the ideal opportunity to turn your ideas into reality.

We will provide individual feedback for your idea and offer prizes of up to 1,000 euros. Let us support you in your implementation, fulfill your dream of your own start-up or make your research accessible to the economy and society.

What kind of ideas are wanted?

You have an idea that transfers knowledge from the University of Bonn into practice?
It is either a start-up project, a social innovation project or a valorization project?

Yes? Then we are keen to learn of your idea. Please hand in your idea sketch answering the following questions:

  1. Describe the problem to be solved and for whom it exists.
  2. Describe your idea and how it will help to solve the problem.
  3. How can your solution be implemented into practice?  As a start-up project, a social innovation project or a valorization project?
  4. To what extent does your solution come from the University of Bonn or from knowledge of the University?
  5. How can the University of Bonn specifically contribute to your solution?
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What does start-up mean?

Start-ups are characterized by an innovative business idea. At the University of Bonn, these are often based on new scientific procedures or  research results (e.g. Bachelor/Master thesis; dissertation). Within the framework of the ideas competition, a research-oriented start-up idea can be developed, but a self-developed start-up idea can also be pursued.

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What does social innovation mean?

Social innovation refers to all those new ideas for products, services and models that solve a social problem more effectively than existing approaches. In this context, a social innovation consists of a new form of collaboration at the individual or organizational level. Such an innovation can have a positive impact on society, improve the quality of life and/or change social relationships. The focus is on social or ecological added value; profits are seen as a means to an end.

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What does valorization mean?

By an valorization project we mean the translation of (research) ideas into practice (e.g. market, politics, society). This can happen, for example, through collaboration in a cooperative project with companies or social actors such as NGOs or public institutions. The creation of a novel product or service - beyond a start-up idea of one's own - can be the goal of an valorization project.

Who can participate?

The ideas competition calls for ideas from all members of the university: students, researchers, employees, alumni up to 3 years after graduation. Participation is possible as an individual and as a team. At least one member of each team must be a member of the University of Bonn.

Excluded from the competition are start-up ideas on the basis of which the formal foundation and start-up of the business activity has already taken place.

What’s in for you?

Our jury members choose the candidates for the pitch at the award ceremony and the three winners of the ideas competition. In addition to prizes, you will receive professional feedback from the jury members from science and business for each idea submitted. We will also be happy to support you in the realization of your idea after the ideas competition with our extensive range of consulting services.


3 prizes of 1,000 euros each will be awarded. The donors are: Bonner Forum Biomedizin, Comma Soft AG, Universitätsstiftung.

Digital Startup Prize

The special prize of the DIGITALHUB.DE consists of a founder package with the benefits of the ALPHA Accelerator.

This is how it works!

In order to participate in the ideas competition 2022 please submit your short idea sketch using the attached pdf-template. Please upload the sketch using the registration form. The idea must have been developed independently by the applicants and must not infringe the rights of third parties. Several ideas may be submitted per participant or team. However, a maximum of one proposal per participant or team can be awarded a prize.

Template for the idea sketch

We’re looking forward to receiving your idea. You can download the template here. Please upload the document in the registration form with your personal data.

How does the competition work?

Sketch your idea

All members of the University of Bonn are invited to participate and share their ideas! Our start-up coaches will be glad to help and answer your questions throughout the process until deadline is up. 

Design Thinking Workshops

We offer a "Design Thinking" workshop where you develop a sustainable project that you can submit directly to the ideass competition. On 28.10.2022 for scientists in English and on 4.11.2022 for students in German. Participation is not a condition of the competition.

End of registration

Don’t miss the deadline to participate in the ideas competition! Please submit all necessary forms until November 25th, 2022 (23.59h).

Nomination for a live pitch

By end of November, we will name the nominees to pitch during the award ceremony. These nominees will run for the trophy!

Pitch Coaching

Until the award ceremony, all nominees can get personal coaching for your 3-minute pitch. Our start-up consults offer helpful tips and practice the speech and presentation with you. So that everyone is perfectly prepared for the pitch.

Award ceremony

The highlight of the ideas competition will take place on December 13th, 2022. At the award ceremony in the Digitalhub, not only will the best ideas from the University of Bonn be presented, but the three winners selected by the jury will also be announced.


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Marcus Wille

Startup Coach

+49 228 73-5703

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Alexander Küsshauer

Startup Coach

+49 228 73-62026

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