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Ideas can change the world - if they receive sufficient support. The City of Ulm and the Sparkasse Ulm were holding an innovation competition to ensure that Berblinger’s experience doesn’t repeat itself in 2020. Over a period of three evenings, innovators presented their idea pitches, which ranged in topic from technical to social/sustainable and cultural/artistic.
The audience and the jury then decided who won the prize money of up to € 15,000.

The winners of the first Ulm innovation prize are: Philip and Sascha Rose with their project "Roko Farming".


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From September 14, 2020 projects, selected by our jury, could be supported directly at
On the innovators showed their idea to a larger audience, built up a community and received financial support from the crowd to reach the realization goal they have set thereselves beforehand. If not, the money would have flowed back to the supporters - unless the innovators managed to reach their goal after all by winning the Berblinger Innovationspreis in the amount of up to 15,000 Euros.


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In addition to the crowdfunding platform the inventors had the opportunity to present their project idea in the analogue world at three events in  2020.

Each project was given 5 minutes of time. It was not only about winning the audience for the crowdfunding, but also about winning the prizes of the city of Ulm and its partners. Why does the project fit the criteria of the competition particularly well? Why does it help to change the future in a positive direction? What is the status of crowdfunding and how do you intend to invest the additional prize money?
The audience on location and via online voting decided together with the jury in equal parts (50:50 principle) which projects went into the final.

In the final the procedure was the same as in the first and second rounds: 5 minutes for each project.

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The jury of the competition was composed by experts from different topics: technical, social and sustainable innovations and innovative art.

The following eight jury members discussed, advised and decided on the projects:
Birgit Kolb (manager of EYA), Claudio Rathlef (Sustainability Manager), Florian Geiselhart (develops digital products, is a scientist, entrepreneur and media computer scientist), Franz Joseph Radermacher (professor), Karla Spiluttini (Media artist and scientist), Manfred Spaltenberger (founder of several companies), Sabine Schwarzenböck (manager of the cultural department of Ulm), Sabrina Aggeler (works at the Sparkasse Ulm).

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Our coaches supported the inventors in setting up their crowdfunding sites, defining their financial targets, preparing their live pitches and advised them on further funding opportunities for their idea.


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Our network partners supported us in many ways. Whether as multipliers, jury members, coaches or speakers at one of our TTC events. Many thanks for this!

Our partners: european youth award, social entrepreneurship akademie, fawn, Deutsches Institut für Erfindungswesen, Social Impact Lab, Technologie Transfer, Frank Radynski.