In 2018, we celebrated our 350th anniversary. 75 participants came to Darmstadt for a special anniversary edition of the Innovation Cup (July 16-24, 2018). In this edition, the anniversary cup which normally runs in Healthcare only, was extended for the first time to Life Science, Performance Materials, Digitalisation, new ways of working together/building a better world.
Anniversary Cup 2018
In 2018, we celebrated our 350th anniversary at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. On this occasion, we conducted a special expanded anniversary edition of the Innovation Cup with 75 participants in Darmstadt, Germany (July 16-24, 2018). This Innovation Cup covers not only the field of Healthcare, but also Life Science and Electronics, Digitalisation and new ways of working together/building a better world.
As part of the Innovation Cup, participants attended the Curious2018 Future Insight Conference.
Following the Curious2018 Future Insight conference, participants joined the Innovation Cup boot camp where they worked together in small teams in a highly stimulating environment. Convincing business plans were developed under the guidance of executives and team coaches, considering both technical and business perspectives.
A jury, consisting of top scientists and entrepreneurs, selected the best business plan in each of the five focus fields and awarded each winning team with EUR 5.000. From these, the jury selected the overall winner of the Anniversary Cup 2018 with a prize of EUR 20.000.
Innovation cup current teams
Designed for post-graduate students with an interest in the pharmaceutical industry, and running every year since 2008, this is your chance to visit the innovation summer camp and win the Innovation Cup.
"The Innovation Cup really hit the ideal balance between education (for the students) and implementation (generating ideas for us and others). The Innovation Cup was an excellent opportunity to network, learn, and grow as a scientist. Thank you so much."
Boot camp team event
Waiting for the start
Grand final event
On stage presentation
Winning the Anniversary Innovation Cup 2018
"Thank you so much for organizing this wonderful event and for giving me a chance to participate! It created this very special and rare team spirit, which makes almost anything possible."
Impressions from the finals
Ulrich Betz (Vice Preseident Innovation) introducing the teams
The audience cheering
Discussions during dinner
Listening to the talks in a filled auditorium
The orga team comparing notes
Poster discussions close up
Poster session at the back of the auditorium
Materials & Solutions
"Learning, innovating, networking, having fun and winning – the Innovation Cup is the chance for graduate students to make a difference!"
Future Insight Conference
Anniversary Cup participants attended the Curious2018 conducted on the occasion of our 350th anniversary in 2018. The Curious2022 - Future Insight conference is currently pre-registering for tickets.