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Falling Walls Lab Groningen: GREAT MINDS, 3 MINUTES, 1 DAY

15 April 2021

Falling Walls Lab Groningen 2021, organized by the Honours College University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship (UGCE), is an international pitch competitions for the next generation of early-career innovators, trailblazers, creators, and visionaries. Its aim is to promote exceptional ideas and connect promising scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level. Participants are given the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition and present their research, business model, or initiative to peers, a high-calibre jury of experts from academia and business, and the general public. Each year, renowned academic institutions around the world are invited to host their own Falling Walls Lab to showcase the quality, diversity, and passion of their region’s most innovative minds. Past presentations have ranged in topic from ‘Breaking the Wall of Cancer with a Fruit Fly’ to ‘Breaking the Wall of Energy Insecurity in Africa’.

The name of the event was inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall on the 9th of November 1989. Every year, on the anniversary of the Fall of the Wall the FallingWalls Conference takes place and top-class innovators from around the world are answering the question: “Which are the next walls to fall?” Among the speakers are Nobel laureates, artists, and heads of state.

The breakthrough factor and potential impact of the presented work help determine the winner, who qualifies for the global Finale in Berlin on  7 November and wins a ticket to attend the Falling Walls Conference. During their multi-day stay in Berlin, the 100 finalists take part in a broad extended programme that includes a coaching session and networking dinner, expert workshops on a broad range of topics such as career development, entrepreneurial skills, and academic publishing, and events hosted by prestigious German research organisations.

At the Finale, the 100 Finalists compete to become the Breakthrough Winner in the Emerging Talents category of Falling Walls, taking home the title and prize money, and receiving the opportunity to pitch their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference. On the 12th of May, we provide you with the opportunity to pitch your idea at an independently organised event in Groningen in front of an interdisciplinary jury. At the end of the event, you will have the possibility to get involved in exciting discussions and network with fellow innovators and experts from different disciplines.

Don’t miss your chance and sign up today!

Want to become a participant? The deadline to apply as a participant is on April 25th.

Register to attend this event via this Google Form.

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