#GoGAIN19: Startup Pitch 2019

GAIN Award 2018: (from left) Dr. Katharina Schultebraucks, Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel, President, German Academic Exchange Service, Prof. Dr. Oliver Günther, Ph.D., President, University Potsdam

GAIN Award 2019

Presentation of Ideas – Discussion of Ideas – Realization of Ideas

We want your start-up ideas! Present your start-up pitch at GAIN19 and win the GAIN Award 2019: a week of mentoring and coaching on a German campus!

WHO? Whether it’s in the life sciences, IT, humanities and social sciences, material sciences or natural sciences – the start-up call is for all areas of research!

HOW? Send us your pitch in English using the GAIN19 Start-Up-Pitch Deck presentation format by June 15, 2019 to GAIN19@gain-network.org.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? A jury will choose the candidates in July for the Final at GAIN19 in San Francisco. The judging criteria will focus on the following: (1) the vision of the founders (2) the quality of the presentation, (3) a targeted solution to the problem, (4) whether the start-up is grounded in research (5) the future business model. Six presenters will be chosen and nominated for the GAIN Award 2019.

THE PITCH! At GAIN19 the finalists will have five minutes time to do the following: Persuasively present the start-up idea in a clear and understandable format for both the judges and the public. The jury will then have five minutes to ask questions of the presenters.

The GAIN Award 2019 is an interactive format. The three universities that are offering the prizes —  the Technical University of Berlin, the Technical University of Dortmund and the Technical University of Munich – will present their accelerators. The jury will privately deliberate and select the prize winners. On Sunday at 12pm the prize-winners will be announced by the jury and the GAIN Award 2019 will be presented.

 THE PRIZE! The three first-place winners of the GAIN Award 2019 will win one week of intensive start-up mentoring and coaching at a university in Germany for one person – travels costs, room, and board are all included.

The start-up idea will be further developed during the week at the campus. The universities will offer an individualized week-long program. The university leaders, academic experts and entrepreneurs, start-up mentors and businesses within the region will intensively discuss the next steps with the prize-winners, providing constructive feedback and analysis of the business model. A campus mentor will accompany the presenters for the entire week to ensure that optimal results are achieved. The GAIN19 start-up will transition into the realization phase.


Your GAIN19 team!