Every year on the last Thursday in November, TUM and UnternehmerTUM host the TUM IdeAward, the annual idea competition at TU Munich, supported by the Zeidler Research Foundation.

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 the field of science, which are expected to have a great market potential, will be awarded and thus have the chance to win prize money totaling 37,500 euros.

In addition to exciting idea pitches, the stage program is accompanied annually by keynote speakers, start-up Q&A and award ceremony. In addition, there will be another opportunity to talk live with the teams in the networking session afterwards.

Save the date: the next TUM ideaward EVENT awaits on 25 november 2021

TUM IDEAward Competition 2021


You have developed an innovative product/technology yourself and want to become part of the TUM IDEAward 2021 and take your chance to win 15,000 euros? Then apply now for the TUM IDEAward 2021 until July 4!



5:00 p.m.

Keynote: The start-up journey of Kewazo: how to benefit from an academic environment – Ekaterina Grib, KEWAZO Co-Founder and IdeAward winner 2017

5:30 p.m.  

Ideas arising in times of uncertainty – Q&A with Felix Schwencke, Streavent Co-Founder and CEO

6:00 p.m.

Pitch of the 10 IdeAward finalists & award ceremony

6:45 p.m.

Virtual Networking

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 München

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

Tel. +49 89 289 22636    
Fax +49 89 289 25245     

TUM IdeAward – Competition
Kathrin Söllner
Entrepreneurship Culture

Tel. +49 89 289 25502
Fax +49 89 289 25245