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HHU Ideas Competition 2020

The HHU Ideas Competition is a competition to identify and support high potential, creative and innovative ideas.

Students, graduates, scientists and employees at HHU, its institutes and UKD are invited to participate in the HHU Ideas Competition in 2020!

Your creativity is the key to implement your own idea and start your own personel project. The CEDUS will give you hints and suggestions to boost your success.

We do not expect a completed business plan but a clipped and precise description (ma. 3 pages DIN A4) of your idea. Whether for a product, a service or commercial application of your research results - startup concepts of all specialisations are welcome.

Your sketches will be kept in confidence of course!




GFFU Startup Competition 2020

The "Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der HHU" (GFFU) is looking for elaborated and oustanding founding concepts planned to be implemented shortly. The GFFU intend to support and accompany the construction process and further development.

Further information:

Key deadlines

  • April 1st, 2020: Beginning of the competitions
  • May 31st, 2020: Closing date
  • June 24th, 2020: Jury meeting
  • July 9th, 2020: Award

For further questions we are at your disposal:

Our Jury

Dr. Natalie Diermann

Innovation & Research Management at HHU Düsseldorf

Vesna Domuz

Project Manager Gateway, Start-up service University Cologne


Berat Gider

NRW.BANK Spinoffs and Early Stage Funding



Dr. Thomas Heck

CEO of Ditec GmbH



Prof. Dr. Eva Lutz

Full professor for Entrepreneurship and Finance and Scientific Director of CEDUS at HHU Düsseldorf

Dr. Ruth Maas

CEO of Autodisplay Biotech GmbH

Dr. Nikolaus Paffenholz

Department head for law and taxes of IHK Düsseldorf


Dr. Christian Schwarz

CEO of Numaferm GmbH



Ingo Stefes

Start-up Eco System Builder and co-founder of The Katapult GbR


Thomas van den Boom

Consultant CEDUS, HHU Düsseldorf


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