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Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2023 (science startups)


The Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2023 is supported by the Falling Walls Foundation to recognize innovative start-ups that have translated breakthrough scientific thinking into promising business models.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Falling Walls Venture is open to start-ups that are based on scientific research.
  • Falling Walls Venture is open to all scientific disciplines (e.g. biotech, data & AI, cleantech, new materials, engineering, healthcare, food & agriculture).
  • Each start-up must be endorsed by a nominating institution. This can be a university,a research institution, or another type of organization, like an accelerator or incubator.
  • The company must be founded (incorporated) by the time you apply and cannot be older than 5 years (i.e. founded on or after 1 January 2018).
  • Start-ups and start-up representatives who have already participated in the Falling Walls Venture Pitches in Berlin are not eligible to participate again.
  • Start-ups should already have a prototype/proof of concept and primary funding.

Self-nominations are allowed. The Winners will be invited to present their startups on stage at the Falling Walls Science Summit during November 7-9, 2023 in Berlin, Germany. Invited startups will have an opportunity to establish a strong professional network with internationally recognized, top decision-makers, innovators, and emerging talents from different disciplines.

Nomination deadline extended to May 15, 2023.

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Full application due:

May 15, 2023

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