TUM IDEAward Award Ceremony & Event

Every year on the last Thursday in November, TUM and UnternehmerTUM host the TUM IDEAward, the annual award ceremony for the ideas competition of the same name, supported by the Zeidler Research Foundation.

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Ten founding teams are waiting that day to present their exciting and innovative ideas and/or technologies to the audience. They have been pre-selected from countless competition entries by a jury of experts and have made it to the final round of ten finalists.

In the end, the three most promising start-up ideas from science, which are expected to have a great market potential, will be awarded. They can look forward to prize money totaling 37,500 euros.

In addition to exciting idea pitches, the stage program is accompanied each year by keynote speakers, start-up Q&A and the festive awards ceremony. In addition, there will be a networking session afterwards where the teams and numerous representatives of the TUM & UnternehmerTUM ecosystem will have the opportunity to exchange ideas live.

More information about the TUM IDEAward competition.

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We want to bring people together and promote the exchange between founders, students, scientists, corporates and investors. In the second part of the evening, you will have the opportunity to talk personally with our 10 IDEAward finalists and to find out about the current offers for start-up support from TUM and UnternehmerTUM.

It doesn't matter if you are just discovering the topic of innovation & start-up for yourself or if you are already an experienced topic expert: We welcome all those interested in start-ups. We are looking forward to a colorful variety of guests from the innovation ecosystem of TUM and UnternehmerTUM, to old acquaintances as well as new faces.

At A Glance

TUM IDEAward 2023


The TUM IDEAward will take place on Thursday, November 30 as a physical live event in the foyer of the TUM Audimax between 18:00 - 21:30.

Address: Arcisstraße 21, 80333 Munich

Please note: the event will be held in English. Upon location entry we act according to the "first come first serve" principle. If the full capacity of the location is reached, access can not be granted. Thank you for your consideration.


Tickets are available now for free on Eventbrite: https://tumideaward2023.eventbrite.de


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  • Keynote „Beyond Startups: The Entrepreneurial Mindset as a Way of Life“ – Prof. Klaus Diepold, TUM Mentor of Excellence and Unipreneur 2023
  • Pitch of the 10 TUM IDEAward finalists 2023
  • Throwback – Q&A with Marlene Stechl und Thomas Rojas Sonderegger, founders of HopfON & 1st place winners TUM IDEAward 2022
  • Award Ceremony TUM IDEAward 2023
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Get Connected - Networking Session (including drinks & snacks)

The finalists of the IDEAward 2023 in a short introduction:

Past years

Here you can find information on past TUM IDEAward Award ceremonies:

2022     2021     2020    2019     2018     2017     2016     2015     2014     2013     2012

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.

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