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Falling Walls Venture is an international competition for outstanding science start-ups. By providing a stage for pioneering spin-offs, our programme celebrates entrepreneurship in science, and erects bridges between the worlds of academia and business. After being nominated by leading universities and research institutions, 10 early-stage ventures are chosen to present before a global audience. Here, they pitch their breakthrough concept and its underlying business model, to be awarded the “Falling Walls Breakthrough of the Year” title.

This year, the call for nominations will be open until 1 September 2020.

Who are we looking for?

  • Entrepreneurs and scientists from all disciplines whose start-ups are based on scientific research
  • Start-ups with a prototype or proof of concept, and who have already received funding
  • Young science-driven ventures no older than 5 years

What can start-ups win?

  • Networking opportunities with investors, VCs and business partners
  • Extended global reach and exposure across our online platforms
  • Coaching on digital pitching
  • Opportunity to pitch before an online audience during the winner’s session on 6 November
  • Tailored advice from a distinguished jury, chaired by Stefan von Holtzbrinck, CEO of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
  • Chance to win the Falling Walls Science Start-Up Breakthrough of the Year 2020 award and be featured in a virtual award ceremony on 9 November

Falling Walls celebrates scientific achievement across all borders and disciplines. In this spirit, I kindly ask you to share our call for nominations amongst your member organisations, so that we may reach and inspire more people within the global science community. I’m sending you a .pdf to promote our call attached to this email. You may find additional materials (text templates, photos and videos) to help spread the word here.

Since its first annual meeting on 9 November 2009, the 20th anniversary of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall, the Falling Walls Conference continuously developed into a world science summit. Some of the most important researchers and thinkers on the planet come together and discuss central global challenges with world leaders in science, politics, business and the media. This year, all of this will happen fully remotely, which allows us to exceed the limitations of a physical conference and to foster a digital global showcase of scientific breakthroughs.

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