JACOBS STARTUP COMPETITION 2018
 
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EVER HAD THAT SPARK OF AN IDEA?

Then Jacobs Startup Competition is the ideal springboard for you to light your spark into something more!

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 9th and 10th of March 2018, where you can take part in entrepreneurial workshops, find inspiration from the finalist pitches, and grow your network with like-minded people.

 
 

WEBINAR DATES

This webinar is offered to participants who made it through to the second round. Details on how to participate and log in credentials should have been emailed to you. Please write us at contact@jacobs-startup.com if you haven’t received one.

Finance for Startup Founders

by Irene Bejenke
Monday, 11 December 2017 (13:00 UTC+1)

Irene is the founder and director of MessageLab, an executive development consultancy with offices in London and Northern Germany. She is an Executive & Venture Coach, offering coaching on entrepreneurship, investor pitches and leadership development. Exclusively for JSC, she will explain major financing options for startup founders and the responsibilities that are connected to them. And the best part: You will get insider information of what investors really want. Irene will interview a startup investor and you get the opportunity to ask all your questions. Don’t miss out on it!

Pitching Techniques for Entrepreneurs

By Christoph Speckmann
Sunday, 17 December 2017 (15:00 UTC+1)

Christoph is a Certified Business Trainer, university lecturer in the Entrepreneurship study program at a Berlin University, and runs his own entrepreneurship consultancy. He has founded several startups himself and gained years of experience in all areas of entrepreneurship. Exclusively for JSC, Christoph will teach you how to convince anyone of your idea in a few minutes. This webinar can be your advantage when pitching to possible future investors.

 
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WHAT OUR TRIANGLES STAND FOR

 

MENTORSHIP

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.


NETWORK

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.


RESOURCES

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.

 
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PRIZES

First prize:

3000 €

Runner Up:

1000 €

2nd Runner Up:

500 €

 
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HOW IT WORKS

FIRST ROUND (APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW)

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!

Deadline: November 26, 2017 (23:59:59 CET/GMT +1)

SECOND ROUND

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.

Deadline: January 7, 2018 (23:59:59 CET/GMT +1)

THIRD ROUND

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 9 – 10, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO THE SECOND DEADLINE

 

SPEAKERS

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David Benigson, CEO of Signal

David Benigson founded Signal in 2012, after working for several startups and serving as an advisor to the Jamie Oliver Group. His belief was that artificial intelligence would change the way businesses everywhere worked and he relished the chance to start his own business. David joined forces with data scientist and Signal co-founder Dr Miguel Martinez to build an initial news monitoring product.

 

SPONSORS

 
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WINNER OF JSC 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. You can check them out here.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

 

GET IN TOUCH

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!

 
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