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Use the summer slump – Founder competitions invite you to join!

Currently, there is the break between semesters and summer is also not at its best. This leaves enough time to have a closer look at one’s own business idea. Do you currently have a startup in mind and are just fine-tuning your business plan? Would you like to have independent feedback and new ideas from experienced representatives of industry? Then now is the opportunity to do so! Take part in one of the many founder competitions.

Some calls for proposals will expire in the next few weeks and are just waiting for your idea! We will present a few current founder competitions to you here so you can start right away.


Until August 31st, 2014 (extended until September 14th, 2014), you can apply for the competition WECONOMY of the Wissensfabrik. The competition is focused on technology startups. You can apply as a prospective founder or young founder (company not older than five years) with your business ideas or your business model. Up to ten winners will be selected by a panel of experts and receive a year of active support in implementing their idea. So you will benefit mainly from the expertise of the partner network of managers and entrepreneurs. Here we go…

CyberChampions Award

For business concepts and startups in the IT and high-tech industry, the Cyber Champions Award 2014 by the Cyber Forum eV., is available. In two categories, BestConcept and NewComer, prospective entrepreneurs and young companies from the larger technology region of Karlsruhe may apply. In addition, the init innovation prize for development will be awarded for developments with a high degree of innovation. Among other things, you might win: prize money, a pitch workshop, and an image-short film for your young company. Apply now until September 5th, 2014.


Do you have a business idea in the social sphere? Are you looking for career development opportunities for your social startup? Then Social Impact Start is right for you. In a public pitch on September 30th, 2014, you can convince the jury of your idea and get a scholarship for one month intensive support for your startup project. You can apply for the scholarship until September 8th, 2014.

Science4Life Venture Cup

On September 1st, 2014, the Science4Life Venture Cup 2015 kicks off. In the business plan competition, entrepreneurs from the life sciences, chemical, and related industries can apply. Depending on the stage of development, you can go into three independent competition phases: conceptual phase, design phase and business plan phase. Along with the prize money, the individual feedback from the scientific and commercial point of view are very attractive. You can submit your application until October 24th, 2014.


For less technology-oriented startup ideas, start2grow is a great opportunity, as the competition is open to all industries. We are looking for innovative products or services with the aim of preparing the company’s start in the shortest possible time. Within two phases of the competition you can implement your first idea into a detailed business plan. Along with the prize money you profit from mentoring and coaching offers from a network of over 600 professionals. You can always submit your idea.

Don’t worry, these four competitions are not the only way to test your business idea. Throughout the year there are numerous competitions. We are excited which teams from Karlsruhe will take part in the various competitions!

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