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Anniversary Edition

Innovation Cup

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is all about science and technology. In 2018, we will celebrate our 350th anniversary. On this occasion, we will conduct a special anniversary edition of the Innovation Cup covering the fields of: healthcare, synthetic biology, material solutions, digitalization and new ways of collaboration.

Great minds coming together

Work in teams to advance a novel idea into a convincing business plan during a one week Summer Camp with coaching from top academic scientists, accomplished entrepreneurs, and experienced Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany professionals. To make things even more interesting, we are offering a shared prize of EUR 20.000 for the winning team plus EUR 5.000 for the top team in each category.

The Innovation Cup 2018 will take place near Frankfurt, Germany (July 16-24, 2018). Travel, accommodation, and food expenses will be paid by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

See for yourself!

The Innovation Cup is a great way to meet new people, gain insights into R&D and to advance your knowledge.

Who can apply?

Invited for application are postgraduate students on their way towards a PhD or working as a postdoc in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotech, bioinformatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, informatics, computer science, data science, engineering, business administration or related fields. Moreover, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical and chemical business can apply, too.

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How does it work?

75 students will be selected. During a week-long Innovation Summer Camp, participants will work together in small teams in a highly stimulating environment to: 

  • Learn the essentials about R&D within the pharmaceutical and chemical industry
  • Understand how products are successfully discovered, developed, and brought to market
  • Get to know Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and learn about career options
  • Work as part of a team to generate new ideas in the areas: healthy lives, synthetic biology, material solutions, digitalization, and new ways of working together
  • Evaluate your ideas from a technical and business perspective and build a convincing business plan
  • The best plans can be implemented

Your Benefits

The jury, consisting of top scientists and entrepreneurs, will select the best project plan in each of the five focus areas and present the winning teams each with a EUR 5.000 award. In addition, the overall winner across all five areas will be selected and presented the Anniversary Cup 2018 with additional EUR 20.000 for the winning team. The most promising project plans can be implemented.

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"Learning, innovating, networking, having fun and winning – the Innovation Cup is the chance for graduate students to make a difference!"

Ulrich Betz

Vice President
Department Head Innovation & Entrepreneurship Incubator


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