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 performance materials, digitalisation, 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.