True to the motto "The best idea is of no use to anyone if it is not exploited" (Walter A. Heiby), various competitions offer you as students, founders and inventors the opportunity to apply for funding with your ideas for innovative products, novel services and processes. In advance, we offer to support you in preparing for the competition.

Here you will find an overview of competitions:

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Ideas Competition
Rhineland-Palatinate

Since 2009 the "Ideas Competition Rhineland-Palatinate" has offered all residents of Rhineland-Palatinate from pupil to students to scientific employees the opportunity to present ideas and have them evaluated by a competent jury of experts consisting of independent representatives from science, business and politics. Ideas can be products, novel services or even processes that are based in a business field, company or environment and do not yet exist in this form. Suggestions for improvement are also welcome. Any number of business ideas may be submitted. The application period begins November 16, 2020 and ends February 28, 2021.

For more information, visit: www.ideenwettbewerb-rlp.de.

startup innovativ 2021
Rhineland-Palatinate

This year, the annual "startup innovativ" competition is being expanded to include the special area of "Digital Interactive Media/Games" and is thus also specifically promoting the digital media industry. Innovative, digital developments (prototypes or production) by founders or young companies are supported, especially high-quality, culturally or educationally significant digital games or app-centric business models. The application deadline is March 31, 2021.

The 1.000€ Challenge

The stock market is currently going through turbulent times. Covid-19 presents us with new challenges, which is why a new economic concept is to be developed in this competition, which deals thematically with a fictitious investment of €1000. We are looking for creative investment ideas that resolutely counter the current corona crisis and are promising as an investment. You can send in your ideas until 31.12.2020, the jury of experts will then determine the best three ideas and distribute the prizes.

For more information, visit: https://www.finanzcheck.de/info/1000-euro-challenge/.

1,2,3,Go! Business Plan Competition  

This business plan competition is not only a competition for innovative ideas, but also offers coaching during preparation. After submitting the business plan, it is evaluated by jurors.

For more information, visit: www.123go-networking.org.

Pioniergeist: Your concept - our founder award

Entrepreneurs who have founded a startup company within the last five years or are planning to do so this year can apply for the "Pioniergeist Startup Prize". Prizes will be awarded for the best startup concepts. There is also a special prize for the best startup idea. The call for entries for the Founder's Prize is a joint initiative of the Investitions- und Strukturbank Rheinland-Pfalz (ISB), the Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken in Rhineland-Palatinate and the Südwestrundfunk (SWR). The competition is intended to help further promote the establishment of self-employed businesses in Rhineland-Palatinate.

For more information, visit: www.pioniergeist.rlp.de.

startsocial

You can apply to "startsocial" with an idea or a project that is interested in finding a sustainable solution to a social problem, focuses on people, is predominantly supported by voluntary work and has a project base in Germany. Individuals and teams as well as institutions or companies can participate in the competition. "startsocial" is aimed at innovative ideas and projects that are about to be implemented as well as projects that are already underway and need targeted advice. Participation in "startsocial" is independent of the degree of realisation and maturity of the idea or project. The different status will be taken into account in the jury's assessment. The uniqueness of the project idea is not a prerequisite for participation in startsocial. Rather, the transferability of an initiative is evaluated ("Would the project idea also be realisable in other places?").

For more information, visit: www.startsocial.de.