Then Jacobs Startup Competition is the ideal springboard for you to project that unique idea!

Contest your idea, benefit from the expertise of successful entrepreneurs through our one-to-one mentorship process, and win thousands of euros to kick-start your venture!

Here at Jacobs Startup Competition, we guide you from your first business idea towards your very own company—from vision to venture. From the first application round you will be provided with valuable advice by experienced founders and entrepreneurship professionals and get a chance to participate in webinars that introduce you to the most important aspects of founding your own business.

The best ten teams will be paired with a personal mentor to guide them through the last application round and prepare them for their pitch during the final event on the Jacobs University campus.

Our 2-day finale takes place on the 15th and 16th of March 2019, where you can take part in entrepreneurial workshops, find inspiration from the finalist pitches, and grow your network with like-minded people.





Our mentors are accomplished individuals who are familiar with the creation of new and successful ventures. They will supply you and your team with feedback and support and you'll have the chance to meet them in person to receive advice during your one-on-one workgroup sessions.


Because we know how important networking is for developing businesses, you will be given the opportunity to meet upcoming and aspiring entrepreneurs from top universities around the world and exchange ideas to gain valuable insights for your venture. During “speed dating” sessions, coffee breaks, and other activities you will develop a network with leading professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors.


We will bring in experts during our final event to teach the fundamental skills for venture-building, and we will also award the best ideas with generous prize money.




Submit a short summary of your startup idea and how you plan on being profitable directly on our website. Applications will be reviewed by the experienced JSC team and the most promising ideas will enter the second round. Make sure to watch out for valuable advice/hints on our Facebook page. This will help you find your startup idea and make the best out of your application!

Applications open: October 12, 2018

Deadline: November 25, 2018, at 23:59 CET/UTC +1


Teams that go through to this round will be asked to submit a more detailed executive summary of their business ideas. You will be guided by questions about your startup’s value proposition, pricing and sales strategy, financing plans and your visions for the future. During the second round, participants will have the chance to take part in online webinars on relevant entrepreneurial topics and lead it toward success. All executive summaries will be evaluated by our mentors who are founders with many years of experience in the startup world.


The best 10 applicants will then enter the final round of the Jacobs Startup Competition. Each team will be provided with a personal mentor who will advise them on their final JSC pitch. The two-day final event will take place on the international Jacobs University campus (Jacobs Startup Competition will support a portion of your travel expenses.).  It will be packed with fascinating talks and workshops given by startup founders and entrepreneurship professionals and motivating startup pitches. Get the opportunity to meet inspiring entrepreneurs from all over the world and network with established accelerators and investors. The final 10 teams have the chance to win a boosting prize money as well as several other valuable resources.

Final Event: March 15 - 16, 2019, in Bremen (Germany)



  1. You can apply as an individual or as a team.

  2. All members of your team who would attend the final event and pitch your idea must be enrolled at a university throughout the course of the competition (October 2018 to March 2019). Non-university students may work on the startup but will not be allowed to pitch the idea.

  3. Business ideas submitted to JSC should not yet have generated revenue of more than 20,000€ p.a.



First prize:

3000 €

Runner Up:

1000 €

2nd Runner Up:

500 €


JSC Winner 2018

MyCornea from Cambridge University

MyCornea aims to quickly produce bio fabricated corneas for keratoplasty patients in a process ensuring both fast delivery times and the best visual performance in the market.


JSC Winner 2017

Hyre from Carleton University

Hyre is an online platform that connects event organizers with event staff to revolutionize the event staffing industry by making it fairer and more transparent for both parties.


JSC Winner 2016

InGlove from Free University of Tbilisi and Agricultural University of Georgia

InGlove is a cutting-edge Virtual Reality product which allows the user to feel temperatures and shapes of unreal objects by wearing an interactive glove.


JSC Winner 2015

Kingii from WHU

Kingii is a small wearable that provides you with an extra level of safety while being in or around the water.


JSC Winner 2014

Lumen from Jacobs University

Lumen is a device that allows the blind to navigate on their own with the help of 3D sensors. The founder, Cornel Amarieri was on the Forbes' 2016 30 under 30 Europe List.



Jacobs Startup Competition is an annual startup competition event organised by students, for students from all over the world. Our home base is Jacobs University, an international university situated in the charming city of Bremen, Germany.

For any queries or questions you may have, please do not hesitate to contact us, by writing to contact@jacobs-startup.com. Alternatively, you will find us very active on Facebook and Instagram—feel free to shoot us a direct message anytime!