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!

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 outline hands-on first steps towards 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.

Participation is open to scientists (master students), graduates, employees and alumni of TUM.
The detailed participation criteria can be found here (pdf). Application phase 2024: 01 June to 30 June

Our TUM IDEAward finalists will tell you why an application is worth it:

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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.


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