• 11/7/2022
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Idea competition celebrates its 10th anniversary

TUM IDEAward to be presented on November 24

For ten years now the TUM IDEAward has been honoring entrepreneurial ideas which address the challenges facing society while creating added value. The anniversary will be celebrated with a special event on November 24 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm: Guests can look forward to a varied program featuring pitches, presentations and opportunities for personal exchange. The event is driven by personal encounters and is being held in the university's Audimax main auditorium. Registrations are open as of right now.

Five people standing together at a table and laughing together. On the table are two laptops and several glasses of water. Astrid Eckert / TUM
Meet-and-greet with experienced companies: The IDEAward enables the exchange with investors, start-ups and other people interested in founding a company.

After evaluating a large number of submissions, an expert panel has chosen ten finalists who will now present themselves and their ideas to the public. The three best will receive cash prizes totaling 37,500 euros (1st Place: 15,000 euros, 2nd Place: 12,500 euros, 3rd Place: 10,000 euros). The prize money is supported by the Zeidler Research Foundation.

Remembering ten years of the TUM IDEAward

Keynote speaker Sebastian Hilsenbeck, co-founder of laser technology vendor NavVis, will take guests on a trip through time: He was a member of the team that won the first IDEAward and looks back on a decade of company history. In a Q&A session Kristina Liu, co-founder of sensor specialist QuantumDiamonds and winner of the 2021 IDEAward, will respond to questions on the first year of entrepreneurship. This will be followed by a networking session giving guests the opportunity to make contacts, meet the finalists and find out more about support for founders from TUM and UnternehmerTUM.

The event is open to anyone interested, whether with prior knowledge on the topic of founding a business or absolute beginners.

TUM IDEAward 2022 – Key facts

When: Thursday, November 24, 2022, from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Foyer of the Audimax, Arcisstraße 21, 80333 Munich

Please note: The event will be held in English and exclusively on location. Admission is free, the number of tickets available is limited.

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 6:00 - 7:30 pm

  • 10 Years of TUM IDEAward – Now & Then
  • Keynote: Navvis in transition – a look at 10 years of company history (Sebastian Hilsenbeck, Co-Founder Navvis GmbH)
  • Pitches by the 10 finalists for the 2022 TUM IDEAward
  • Throwback – Q&A with QuantumDiamonds, the 2021 IDEAward winner (Kristina Liu, co-founder and COO of QuantumDiamonds)
  • 2022 TUM IDEAward awards ceremony

7:30-9:30 Uhr

  • Get Connected – Networking session (including food and beverages)


The finalists of the 2022 TUM IDEAward: Cassandra, GLAICE, PAVAOO, HeyOctopus, HopfON, RubisCO2, Sensei, Sinforsa, SISIRON bioactives, WasteEX.

To the individual finalists portraits

Further information and links

Every year TUM spawns more than 70 technology-focused spin-offs. TUM and the UnternehmerTUM Center for Innovation and Business Creation support start-ups with programs especially geared to the individual phases of new business creation, from designing a business model to management training, from market entry to a potential IPO. The TUM Venture Labs offer founder teams from different important fields of technology an entire ecosystem with a direct connection to research. As many as 30 teams can simultaneously use the TUM Incubator to prepare the launch of their companies. UnternehmerTUM's own venture capital fund invests in highly promising technology companies and offers the MakerSpace, a 1,500 square meter high-tech prototyping workshop. According to the "Start-Up Radar" of the German business community's innovation agency Stifterverband for German Science, this support is the best offered by any German university.

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