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Ideas Competition @Uni Bonn

Our University is buzzing with ideas. Let’s demonstrate, how our knowledge contributes to change within the region and across the globe.

Do you have a big or small idea within you? Do you want to find solutions to relevant problems? Now is the time to "do" and take part in the Ideas Competition organized by the Transfer Center enaCom at the University of Bonn. Because we not only give you applause and individual advice for your idea, but also up to 1,000 euros.

In the Ideas Competition, the ideas of all members of the university are asked: students, researchers, employees - everyone is called upon to show how the knowledge of the university can solve local and global challenges. Participation is possible as an individual and as a team.

What kind of ideas are wanted?

Do you have an idea that can help solve a relevant societal problem?
This idea transfers knowledge from the university into practice and applies it directly to solve the problem?

Yes? Then we are keen to learn of your idea. Please describe us the following information in your idea sketch:

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?

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?

What’s in for you?

Our jury will determine three winners of the Ideas Competition. In addition, the jury will nominate a selection of ideas to be invited to pitch during the award ceremony.

jury prize

The prize in the amount of 1,000 euros is donated by the Bonner Universitätsstiftung.

enaCom prize

The enaCom prize will be donated by a number of start-ups from the University of Bonn.

special prize

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

This is how it works!

In order to participate in the Idea Competition 2021 please submit your short idea sketch using the attached pdf. 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. Please fill in the template according to the 5 topics. You can download the template here. Please upload the document in the registration form with your personal data.

How does the competition execute?

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. Shortly, there will be more information and leads to outline your ideas and assist in the story telling.

Online Impulse Week!

We will give teaser workshops on different topics, like innovation, sustainability, knowledge transfer and start-ups during the week of September 27th to 30th, 2021. Furthermore, we will offer you specific time slots to get more information from us during a personal appointment (online).

End of registration

Don’t miss the deadline to participate in the Idea Competition! Please submit all necessary forms until October 22nd, 2021 (23.59h).

Nomination for a live pitch

Beginning of November, we will consult on the nominees to pitch during the award ceremony. The nominees will run for the trophy!

Pitch Coaching

enaCom will guide you through the preparation of your pitch until November 17th, 2021. We will coach you on the elevator pitch of three minutes and offer tips and tricks to professionalize your performance.

Award ceremony

On November 17th, 2021 we will have the final (online) ceremony to award the best ideas coming from all members of the University of Bonn. 

This is our jury

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Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring

Prof. Dr Stefanie Bröring is Professor of Technology and Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Bonn. She is a jury member of various start-up competitions and contributes her expertise to scientific advisory boards and commissions as well as consulting.

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Prof. Dr. Günter Mayer

Prof. Dr Günter Mayer is Professor of Chemical Biology and Aptamers at the Life & Medical Sciences (LIMES) Institute and Transfer Officer of the Rectorate of the University of Bonn. He is an inventor and founder.

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Simon Hecht

Simon Hecht is Programme Manager at DIGITALHUB.DE. He has been working at the Hub since 2017 and has already met and advised numerous start-ups. As a freelance photographer and founder, he was previously involved in the Bonn start-up scene.


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Vesna Domuz

Startup Coach

+49 0228 73-62008

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Anna Müller

Startup Coach

+49 228 73-62003

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