TUM IdeAward 2016
TUM IdeAwardImage: Andreas Heddergott/TUM

TUM IdeAward

Since 2012 TUM, Europe's leading center for innovation and business creation UnternehmerTUM and the Zeidler Research Foundation present the TUM IdeAward. The prize is intended to motivate scientists to develop their inventions and discoveries into marketable products. The winning teams receive cash prizes totaling 37,500 Euros from the Zeidler Research Foundation and coaching sessions with TUM´s start-up advising and UnternehmerTUM.

Award ceremony 2018

50 business ideas were submitted, the 10 most promising concepts were presented at the award ceremony on 28.11.2018 and the three best were awarded prizes: First place went to Orbem, second place to m-Bee and third place to Woodchicken. Press release on the TUM IdeAward 2018

Participating teams 2018

  • Ebenbuild
  • kiteKRAFT
  • m-Bee - erfindet Batteriespeichersysteme neu
  • metris.io
  • ORBEM - KI-betriebene Präzisionslandwirtschaft
  • sewts - redefining textile handling
  • SoilSpy
  • VSV-NDV - the new face of cancer therapy
  • vTech - good vibrations for water
  • Woodchicken

How to apply

The competition involves a two-step application process:


For Phase 1 entrants should submit a brief description of their idea via an online form on the competition website. The best ideas and projects will be admitted to Phase 2.

Phase 2

Ten selected entrants from Phase 1 will be invited to submit a detailed, 10-page outline of their idea. In addition, entrants will be asked to give a brief presentation on their idea to the jury.

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.


Sabrina Schulze
Entrepreneurship Culture

TUM ForTe – Forschungsförderung und Technologietransfer

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