Participation requirements

Natural persons of legal age who fulfill the following requirements are eligible to participate:

Category I - Students & apprentices

  • Students enrolled at the University of Rostock
  • for teams: at least one student enrolled at the University of Rostock
  • Apprentices from the Rostock area

Category II - Researchers, graduates & externals

  • Research assistants (m/f/d), doctoral candidates (m/f/d), post docs (m/f/d) and professors at the University of Rostock (former members up to 5 years after their departure)
  • Graduates (m/f/d) of the University of Rostock who graduated no more than 5 years ago
  • Members of the participating non-university research institutes (former members up to 5 years after their departure)
    • Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW),
    • Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP),
    • Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT),
    • Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN),
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Large Structures in Production Technology (IGP),
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD),
    • Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIdF) and
    • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    • Third parties interested in founding.

Further participation requirements

  • The business idea submitted must not have been formally founded at the time of registration for the competition.
  • The idea must have been developed independently by the participants and must not infringe the rights of third parties.
  • Several people can participate as a team. Ideas can be further developed in interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary teams, for example.
  • Participation is confidential, i.e. the jury members sign a confidentiality agreement. The personal data of the participants and the competition entries will be treated confidentially by the organizer and will not be passed on to unauthorized third parties.
  • After prior consultation, the participants agree to present their idea as part of the award ceremony and to participate in the public relations work. Participants also agree to the publication of the images and video recordings they create during the award ceremony.
  • Participants in the competition are obliged to ensure that the data provided to them is treated confidentially. In particular, they are prohibited from disclosing personal or other sensitive data of other participating teams to third parties without their consent.
  • Participation in the competition implies agreement with the conditions of participation stated here.
  • The decisions made by the jury and the prize sponsors are final.
  • Legal recourse is excluded.

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Duration: 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2025

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