JACOBS STARTUP COMPETITION 2018
 
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COUNTDOWN TO THE FINAL EVENT

 

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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.

 
 

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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SPEAKERS

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Nancy Sumari

Nancy Sumari is a Tanzanian author, businesswoman, social entrepreneur and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. She is the founder and executive director of the Neghesti Sumari foundation. Her foundation's flagship initiative, The Jenga Hub is a maker’s space and learning lab that is founded on the promise of a community of children and youth leveraging the use of technology and literature to create value and transform their lives. It aims to shape the future towards digital literacy for all.

Nancy is also the managing director of Bongo5 media group, a new media entity focused on digital content creation founded on the idea of empowering the youth through accessing credible and relevant information for decision making and economic development.

 
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Kaweh Kalirad

Kaweh Kalirad (43) is originally born in Berlin and spent his preschool childhood in Asia. After returning to Germany at the age of 12 he finished school and started studying Law and Business afterwards. During his school time he founded his first own band, working as music producer and DJ in Germany's musical landscape.

 

MENTORS

 

PARTICIPANTS OF JSC 2018

 

HOW IT WORKS

FIRST ROUND

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

 

JURY FOR THE FINAL EVENT

 
 

PRIZES

First prize:

3000 €

Runner Up:

1000 €

2nd Runner Up:

500 €

 
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JSC 2018 MINI-PITCH COMPETITION

 

Bremen! Show us your best Elevator Pitch!

As a new addition to our well established Jacobs Startup Competition we are introducing a special prize for Bremen Startups. Show our student teams how its done and impress them with your one minute elevator pitch!

You can win a bottle of champagne and we are not talking small! After your pitch, lean back and enjoy the pitches of student teams from all over the world or make use of our networking breaks and exchange ideas with startups and investors from all over the world.

Participation requirements:
1. You are a startup from Bremen or the surrounding area.
2. You think you can pitch!

SIGN UP HERE

 

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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SPONSORS