ABOUT Venture






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.

Each year, universities and research institutions from all over the world are called upon to nominate their most innovative science start-up. From all nominations, 20 pioneering young companies are selected to participate in Falling Walls Venture in Berlin. On November 8, the eve of the Falling Walls Conference (The International Conference on Breakthroughs in Science and Society), they join a fast-paced pitch event embedded in an exceptional event and networking experience. Introduced by their nominating institutions, the start-ups present their business models in just 5 minutes in front of a high-calibre jury who awards the most promising concept. The winner, the Falling Walls Science Start-Up of the Year, gets the chance to present again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference amongst Nobel laureates and other luminaries, and to an audience of 750 industry leaders, decision makers and international media representatives. All participants receive access to exclusive networking functions and the Falling Walls Conference on the following day.

Participants In the past numerous renowned universities and research institutions nominated start-ups, among them New York University, University of Rochester, Imperial College London, Tohoku University, University of Alberta, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, McMaster University (Hamilton), University of Edinburgh, Fraunhofer Society (Munich), ETH Zurich, the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot), Princeton University, University of Cambridge and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. 

Falling Walls Venture is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously supported by the Berlin Senate and by Boehringer Ingelheim as global partner as well as by ASTP-Proton and numerous international partner universities and research institutions as network partners. The jury e-voting is supported by Swarmworks.

When & where?

Falling Walls Venture will take place on 8 November 2019 in Berlin. Start-up nominations will be open from 1 May to 21 July 2019.



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