2019 Falling Walls Venture Nominations for Research based Startups Worldwide

Deadline: June 30, 2019.

Falling Walls Venture is an international platform showcasing the most promising research based start-ups from all over the globe. Nominated by renowned universities and leading research institutions, 20 emerging companies pitch their breakthrough business models at a unique event that celebrates the vast entrepreneurial potential in science and fosters the community of scientist-entrepreneurs.



  • Science-based start-ups from all disciplines (biotech, data & AI, cleantech, new materials, engineering, healthcare, food & agriculture,..)
  • Each start-up must be endorsed by a nominating institution. This can be a university or a research institution.
  • The company must be founded (incorporated) between 1 January 2014 and the application date at the latest)
  • Start-ups should at least have a proof of concept/protoype and should already have received some funding



Benefit of joining Falling Walls Venture as a start-up

  • win a trip to Berlin (7-10 November 2019) to present your start-up in front of a high-level jury of international innovation experts and investors (travel and accomodation stipend included for start-up presenter)
  • receive a ticket for the full Falling Walls programme and exclusive networking functions
  • if you become the “Falling Walls Science Start-up of the Year”, present your company in front of a high-level audience of 800 decision makers from business, finance, academia and government at the Falling Walls Conference
  • as one of 25 start-ups, get international visibility and media coverage
  • obtain personal advice from the jury
  • join the Falling Walls network of leaders and luminaries from science and business and make strong connections to successful entrepreneurs, corporate innovation leaders and investors
  • receive pitch coaching and preparation on the presentation

Benefit of joining Falling Walls Venture as a nominating institution

  • boost your spin-off and your university’s entrepreneurship initiatives
  • get visibility for your university, including a slot on stage to introduce your start-up
  • receive a ticket for the full Falling Walls programme and exclusive networking functions
  • join the Falling Walls network of leaders from science, industry and politics and meet entrepreneurs and innovators from all around the world



  1. Secure an endorsement by a university or research institute (i.e. VP Innovation, Director Technology Transfer, Head of university accelerator or a professor).
  2. Submit your application here online by 30 June 2019 at the latest (incl. contact details of the representative of the nominating institution).

    Before your start:

    1. Have your pitch deck ready (PDF)
    2. Prepare a 1-minute video showing you (the presenter) giving your elevator pitch (self-shot clip with smartphone camera is fine). File formats: .avi or .mp4
    3. Fill in the online application questionnaire (preview here).
      Please note: You must fill in and submit the form in one session (your answers won’t be saved if you close the browser tab). But you can click back and forth in the form to edit your answers.
  3. After the deadline has passed, our selection committee will screen all nominations.
  4. The 25 most promising start-ups will be invited to attend the event.
  5. November 7 to November 10: Travel to Berlin, join the pitch event on 8 November and enjoy the Falling Walls programme as well as the Berlin Science Week.




Click here to apply

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