Merck KGaA

2023 Innovation Cup - Build your business plan

Merck KGaA

Darmstadt, Frankfurt-Rhein Main, Germany

Innovation Cup 2023 – Great minds come together

The 2023 Innovation Cup brings together a promising new generation of academic talents from natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration with our senior management, active researchers and accomplished retirees. This meeting of the minds is a creative and innovative platform aimed at advancing science and technology.

What’s in it for me?
If you are a post-graduate student with an interest in the specialty chemistry and pharmaceutical industries, the Innovation Cup is your chance to gain in-depth knowledge about pharmaceutical and chemical research and development, to network with top students from around the world and to build a business case together with experienced professionals.

Explore job opportunities at our company and visit the innovation summer camp near Frankfurt, Germany, June 10 – 16, 2023 and take your chance to win the Innovation Cup along with EUR 20,000 with your team (EUR 5,000 and EUR 3,000 for the runner-up teams).

Options to implement the best business plans will be evaluated. Top performing participants might be offered a position at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany or our affiliates.

All travel, accommodation and food expenses will be paid by the company. In the event of travel restrictions, the event could be held virtually.

Who can apply:
We invite advanced students in sciences, computing and engineering as well as business administration from all over the world to apply:

  • Sciences: Postgraduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, electronics, applied physics, biotechnology, bioinformatics, scientific computing, computer and cognitive sciences, data science, engineering or related fields. Also Post Docs can apply!
  • Business: Advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates.

The Innovation Cup is not open to healthcare professionals.

How it works:
On the first day of the Innovation Cup summer camp, a conference with alumni from previous events will be organized with ample networking opportunities. During the course of the week, selected postgraduate students will attend in-depth presentations about the pharmaceutical and chemical industry given by our management, scientists and external experts. Participants will work in small interdisciplinary teams to generate an innovative idea that addresses a scientific challenge and develop the idea into a business plan.

The team oncology will work on new innovative approaches for the targeted treatment of cancer with small molecules or proteins either directly attacking cancer cells or via stimulating the immune system and overcoming the immunosuppressive environment of tumors.

The team autoimmunity will work on innovative approaches for the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as e.g. Lupus.

The team medicinal chemistry will work on innovative approaches to discover, screen, design and optimize new small molecular drugs

The team protein engineering will work on innovative approaches to discover, screen, design and optimize new protein based drugs

The team artificial intelligence/machine learning will work on innovative in-silico approaches, machine learning and AI algorithms and smart applications to support R&D in drug discovery, life or material sciences

The team neuromorphic computing will work on innovative system architecture and chip components and their interdependencies, reliable, energy efficient memristive systems based on new materials and stack design, software & algorithms complementing novel neuromorphic hardware

The team smart manufacturing will work on innovative approaches for AI-driven energy saving, digital twins for manufacturing process optimization and top notch digitalization and automation solutions

Teams will receive coaching and guidance from experienced veterans of our company, the summer camp moderator and our innovation management. You will learn the essentials about R&D within the pharmaceutical and chemical industry and understand how products are successfully discovered, developed and brought to market. You will learn to evaluate your ideas from a technical and business perspective and build a convincing business plan.

The teams present their business plans to a grand jury composed of our top management plus external experts. The jury selects the best business plan and awards the Innovation Cup and the prize money of EUR 20,000 (EUR 5,000 and EUR 3,000 for second and third place).

Further information about the program and how to apply online from November 1st 2022 until January 31st 2023

Please apply via recruiter’s website.