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HHU Ideas Competition

Everything starts with an idea!

The origin of every business model and every problem solution is a good idea - and in the Ideas Competition of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) we are looking for exactly such an idea. You already have your first ideas on sticky notes on the wall, a first draft on a beer mat or maybe your idea only exists in your head? It doesn't matter, because now you have the chance to bring your idea to light and test its potential for further development into a viable business model. We support you with valuable tips and suggestions!

Who can participate?

  • Category I: Students of all departments
  • Category II: Scientists, graduates, employees of the HHU, the affiliated institutes and the University Hospital Düsseldorf as well as mixed teams

You can apply as an individual or as part of a team.

What do I need to submit?

Quite simply, just your idea sketch. Please use our template and send it back to us filled out to:

What can I win?

1.st prize*: 800 €      2nd prize*: 500 €      3rd prize*: 300 €
*per category

The prize money can be used for the further development of your idea in the year after the award ceremony - for example for coaching, equipment etc.

What else do I need to know?

  • Simultaneous application to the HHU Ideas Competition and the GFFU Startup Competition is not permitted
  • You will receive a free pitch training for the digital award ceremony
  • Of course we treat the startup ideas confidentially


Isabell Nethke
+49 211 81-11643
Simone Rehrmann
+49 211 81-10305

Creative minds in 2021 were found!

That's it: The HHU Ideas Competition 2021 is over and great weeks are behind us - with exciting ideas and committed teams!

Many thanks to everyone who participated and submitted their idea sketches! Many thanks to the jury, who read all the ideas and evaluated them to the best of their knowledge and belief, and many thanks to the terrific technical team and the moderation of Jules Banning , who made the award ceremony a very special highlight!

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