Innovation Contest

Take the chance and take the floor! Present your idea at the Innovation Contest in front of a high-profile jury. You will not only gain helpful insights and experiences to start a business but you also have the chance to win prize money to push your idea forward.

Bringing people together, creating innovative ideas and finding solutions for challenges in the field of Smart Urban Costal Sustainability – the Innovation Contest “Contest for Ideas” aims to unlock the entrepreneurial mindset.

Master students, PhD students and researchers are encouraged to apply to the innovation contest and ultimately present their innovative ideas to a high-profile jury.

Innovation Contest

Complete the first step of the application and submit your project idea by the end of February!

You are on your own? Don’t hesitate to take part!

You created your ideas within a team? Take the floor!

The EU-CONEXUS Alliance wants to foster multinational teams. If you are already working within a team that consist of members of the nine EU-CONEXUS partner universities, take the opportunity to present your idea to a wider audience. But if you are individually working on a business idea or in a national team coming from one of the EU-CONEXUS partner universities, your proposal is very welcome, too!

Your ideas, and eventually your proposals, for the innovation contest can cover any innovative field. Although the EU-CONEXUS Alliance encourages ideas with a reference to Smart Urban Costal Sustainability (SmUCS) related topics, no limitation of fields exists.

The innovation contest has a two-step application process:

  • 1st step – submit your project idea by the end of February
  • Workshops for all participants
  • 2nd step – hand in your final project proposal by April 21, 2024
  • Pitch your idea in an online format to a high-profile jury in May (exact date TBC)

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The innovation contest has a two-phase selection process. In the first phase, the jury selects a maximum of 12 ideas for each category, students and researchers. Do more than 12 proposals meet the prerequisites, the jury will make a pre-selection referring to the persuasiveness of the idea following the criteria for selection.

Each jury member evaluates the presentations and ranks the ideas. This will be the basis for discussion and final evaluation after the presentation pitch.

Win prize money to push your idea forward!

Category: Students

1st prize = 1,500€

2nd prize = 1,000€

3rd prize = 500€

Category: Researchers

1st prize = 5,000€

2nd prize = 2,500€

3rd prize = 1,500€