Innovation Cup

The brightest students from all over the world meet at our company headquarters to learn from professionals, network, develop business plans and win the 20,000 EUR Innovation Cup.


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Impressions from the Innovation Cup 2018

"It has been one of the most unique, challenging, and mind-provoking experiences to be listed in one’s lifetime."

Innovation Cup Participant


 

* This program is not open to U.S. healthcare professionals.

Great minds come together

As a participant in our Innovation Cup, you get a chance to network with top students from around the world, work in teams to develop new innovative ideas for unmet medical need, and build a business case with support from experienced professionals. We are offering shared prizes of €20,000 for the winning team and €5,000 for the runner-up. And to make things even more interesting, options to implement the best business plans will be evaluated.

The Innovation Cup ummer camp takes place near Frankfurt, Germany on 20-26 June 2020. Your travel, accommodation and food expenses are paid for by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

How does it work?

As part of the Innovation Cup, 50 students will be selected and invited to join a week-long summer camp, to work together in a highly stimulating environment.

  • Work as part of a team to generate new ideas in the fields: oncology, immuno-oncology, autoimmunity, small molecules drug discovery, protein engineering and screening, digitalization.
  • Evaluate your ideas from a technical and business perspective and build a convincing business plan.
  • Learn the essentials about R&D within the pharmaceutical and chemical industry.
  • Network with the brightest students from all over the world.
  • Understand how products can be successfully discovered, developed, and brought to market.
  • Get to know us and learn about career options.

A jury, consisting of top scientists and entrepreneurs, our senior managers and external experts will pick the winning business plans for first and second place.

On the last day of the summer camp, a conference with alumni of previous Innovation Cup editions will be organized. Learn what alumni are doing today and expand your network of top innovators.

Following the Innovation Cup, options to implement the best business plans will be evaluated. We will keep you posted.

Travel, accommodation and food expenses paid by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

This program is not open to U.S. healthcare professionals. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, retains exclusive right to make any press release or any kind of public communication about the Innovation Cup winner(s).

Who can apply?

Applications are from postgraduate students in the life sciences working towards a PhD in biology, medicine, biotech, bioinformatics, computer science, data science, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields. Postdoctoral students are also welcome to apply, as are advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in life sciences.

This program is not open to U.S. healthcare professionals.

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

Ulrich Betz

Vice President Innovation, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Innovation Cup Inventor and Manager

Seize your chance!

Participating in the Innovation Cup is a unique professional development opportunity for students from life science, computer science and business administration with an interest in the pharmaceutical industry. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with active researchers, members of senior management and accomplished retirees from our businesses. 

Your benefits

Enjoy the innovation experience of a lifetime! The winning teams are awarded the Innovation Cup and a shared prize of €20,000! The team in second place receive a shared prize of €5,000. The Cup is also a great opportunity to network and boost your professional development. On the last day of the summer camp, a conference with alumni of previous Innovation Cup editions will be organized. Learn what alumni are doing today and expand your network of top innovators.

How to apply

Applications are accepted until 31 Jan 2020. Please select your team by visiting the teams page here. You can apply for more than one team.

Awards

International Business Awards
International Business Awards

International Stevie Award

German Stevie Awards
German Stevie Awards

2017 Stevie Gold Winner

Edison Awards
Edison Awards

Edison Awards 2017 Winner

Innovationspreis der deutschen Wirtschaft
Innovationspreis der deutschen Wirtschaft

Innovationspreis der deutschen Wirtschaft Winner 2015

Deutscher Ideen-Preis
Deutscher Ideen-Preis

Deutscher Ideen-Preis International Idea 2014

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