TUM IDEAward 2022

Do you have an idea and/or technology with market potential? In addition, you meet social challenges? With your founding idea you want to create added value?

Then apply for the TUM IDEAward 2022!

Take your chance to become one of the finalists, benefit from constructive feedback of the jury and receive an individual pitch training. Within a tailored workshop you will get ready for the first steps on your way to a sustainable start-up. And at the public award ceremony of the IDEAward, you will also have the opportunity to present your innovative idea to a broad audience.

The three winning teams will receive prize money of totaling 37,000 euros (1st place: 15,000 euros, 2nd place: 12,500 euros, 3rd place: 10,000 euros) from the Zeidler Research Foundation and an individual start-up coaching from TUM start-up consultancy to accompany their idea until market launch.

  • The participation in the competition can be done as an individual (relation to TUM required) or a team. 
  • A team must consist of 50% TUM scientists (min. master students) and/or graduates (min. BSc.). The other 50% can be students or external members.
  • Application until 10 July via the online form.
  • Excluded are ideas which are already financed by funding programmes such as EXIST or similar.  
  • Furthermore, ideas that have already been implemented in existing companies or companies where related business activities have already been initiated, are excluded from entry. 
  • Founding may not take place until the prize is awarded.

After an initial selection, the best ideas and projects will be admitted as finalists to phase II.

Further information regarding the conditions of participation can be found here (pdf).

Teams with the best ideas will be invited, in early august, to submit a detailed description of the project via email to ideaward(at)tum.deby September 30, 2022.

Required documents and dates:

  • ten-page detailed idea sketch
  • CVs of the team members as an attachment to the idea sketch
  • Clarification of the patent situation and requirements via TUM ForTe Patents & Licenses with deadline 23 September
  • Presentation to a Jury (KW 45)
  • Participation in a pitch training(KW 46)
  • Participation on the ceremony award event on 24 November
  • Participation in a Deep Impact Session (KW 49)

Further information regarding the conditions of participation can be found here (pdf).

Scientists (master students), graduates, employees and alumni of TUM can participate.
The detailed participation criteria can be found here (pdf). Application phase 10 June until 10 July.

Our Cooperation Partners

UnternehmerTUM – the Center for Innovation and Business Creation at TUM – helps enterprises and start-ups seize the challenges of our time and create successful new businesses.

Zeidler-Forschungs-Stiftung promotes research in a number of areas, including the natural sciences and engineering, and nurtures young scientists working in these areas.


Do you also have a great business idea in a deep tech field, but are not yet part of the TUM ecosystem? Then the TUM Deep Tech IDEAward might be just right for you. The TUM Deep Tech IDEAward supports international idea owners who want to come to Munich. There is a total of 80,000 euros (40,000 EUR in prize money and 40,000 EUR in scholarships) to be won to financially support the first year on site in Munich. The application is still possible until 21.08.2022.

More information about the TUM Deep Tech IDEAward


Technical University of Munich – TUM ForTe – Office for Research and Innovation
Arcisstraße 21, 80333 Munich

TUM IDEAward – Competition
Kathrin Söllner
Entrepreneurship Culture

Tel. +49 89 289 25502
Fax +49 89 289 28381

TUM IDEAward – Award Ceremony
Anna-Sophie Rauschenbach
Projektmanagerin Marketing & Events

Tel. +49 89 289 22636    
Fax +49 89 289 28381