The application period closed on May 19, 2017. 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. The jury will be headed by Executive Vice President Michael Heckmeier, Head of Display Materials within the Performance Materials business sector.
Selected teams will be invited to participate in the kick-off bootcamp and to pitch their idea at the Innovation Center in Darmstadt, Germany. The bootcamp and pitch day for all teams are planned for June 2017. Travel costs will be reimbursed for two members of each team (up to US$ 3,000 per team). Out of the pitches, the jury will select up to three winners of the Displaying Futures Award. In addition, the three winning teams will be invited in December 2017 for a mid-way pitch and a second bootcamp. At the end of the 12 months, a final event will take place for all teams, including a pitch in front of potential investors.