Displaying Futures Award

Calling scientists and aspiring entrepreneurs! With the Displaying Futures Award, we expand boundaries in the Electronics field and fosters entrepreneurial spirit.

The Displaying Futures Award 2018

Thank you for submitting your innovations to the Displaying Futures Award 2018.

We can unfortunately not accept any more applications, as our experts are currently evaluating the submitted ones. In the beginning of May we will inform you about our decision and are looking forward to welcoming the top ten teams in Darmstadt for our kick-off event from June 4-6th, 2018. 

Displaying Futures Award 2017
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Curious to participate?

Each year Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, hosts the Displaying Futures Award to foster breakthrough innovations and support PhD candidates, post-docs, senior research scientists as well as young entrepreneurs working on future-oriented business ideas.   

Do you have what it takes?

Have you stretched your imagination? Achieved a breakthrough innovation in the field of your research? Are you dreaming of realizing your idea? ​If so, we want to hear from you!

​​Every year, the Displaying Futures Award is offered to teams doing research in a field related to our Electronics units. At the beginning of the year we announce the focus area and open our application platform to those researchers courageous enough to take the challenge.​​

We will invite the best ten teams from all around the world to come to Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. They will be trained by professional coaches and pitch their ideas in front of an expert jury from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. The best three teams will receive up to US$ 50,000 each, to explore and realize their ideas. Over the course of one year, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, will provide each team with an exclusive network, mentorship and coaching, according to their individual needs. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, experts will help to push research further, build a prototype or to develop a business plan and thus lay the foundations of your future business. ​

Your team can be part of the action – we’d love to get to know you.

What happens when? The journey to success

We will announce the focus area and exact time frame here and on all our digital channels. The application period is open for 2 months. A jury of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, experts will select up to ten teams and ideas on the basis of innovativeness, business potential and social impact. ​Selected teams will be invited to participate in the kick-off boot camp and to pitch their idea at the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Innovation Center.

Boot camp and pitch day for all teams take place in June. Travel costs will be reimbursed for two members of each team (up to US$ 3,000 per team). Out of the pitches, a jury of high-ranked Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, managers will select up to three winners of the Displaying Futures Award. As part of their training program, the three winning teams will be invited in December for a second boot camp and a mid-way pitch. At the end of the 12 months, a final event will take place for all teams, giving them the chance to pitch in front of potential investors. 

Stay tuned

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