Kilometer1 Awards

Win 1.000 Euro for your startup idea!
Application deadline: 16 September 2022

The format

You have a startup idea, that can solve an everyday problem? Or do you have exciting research results that you want to implement in practice? Then participate at the Kilometer1 Awards 2022!

The Kilometer1 Awards are an inter-university ideas competition for all students and scientists at the universities of Konstanz. In addition, alumni who have already successfully founded a company will be honored in a further category. Our awards are granted in three categories:

Show us in your application, how you could develop a product or a service with your idea. What is the added value compared to previous solutions? Does your idea maybe even have the power to change a system? Show the world how much innovative spirit lies in you and benefit from attractive prices and further support.

Who can participate?

All students, PhD students and postdocs from the HTWG Konstanz and University of Konstanz can participate. You can apply as an individual or as a team of up to three people. Each team has a group spokesperson who takes care of the submission. Each person can submit only one idea or be involved in only one team.

IMPORTANT: Students must be enrolled in the summer semester 2022 or winter semester 2022/23 to be eligible for the awards. It is not necessary to be enrolled in both semesters.

Alumni who would like to become “Founder of the Year” do not have to apply, as they will be selected by a jury of experts.

What can you win?

Participating in the Kilometer1 Awards is definitely worth it! The winning teams in all categories will receive 1.000 € that supports them on their road towards founding. For the second and third placed teams we will put together cool goodie bags.

All other teams nominated for the finals will also receive a great prize: they will be invited to exclusive workshop lasting several days, in which they will receive valuable support from selected experts for the further development of their ideas. In that way they will be optimally prepared for the final pitch event.

How does the participation work?

Participating in the Kilometer1 Awards is very easy! Simply fill out the application form until 16. September 2022 on our website. The applications by teams must be handed in by the groups spokesperson, who is responsible to inform the rest of the team about the process and further development.

In the application form you will be asked about some information regarding your team, the describtion of your idea and your business modell. If you have difficulties with the application or have other questions, you can gladly contact Christine from the Kilometer1 team any time.

Please be aware of the conditions of participation:

How are ideas evaluated?

The ideas submitted for the “Students Founder Award” and the “Science Founder Award” will be evaluated by an independent jury according to the following criteria:

  • degree of innovation
  • feasibility
  • clarity and comprehensibility of the business model
  • competences and motivation of the team

The resulting ranking determines the nomination for the final. The nominations for the final will be announced in October 2022. At the final, each nominated team must pitch its idea to the expert jury. The jury will evaluate the degree of innovation and the feasibility of the idea as well as the team’s pitch.

The candidates for “Founder of the Year” are also selected by a jury of experts. In each case, one startup from HTWG and one from the University of Konstanz will receive an award. We will announce the selection criteria as soon as possible.

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Helpful tools

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Do you still have any questions? Then write a mail to Christine!

Kilometer1 would like to thank all cooperation partners for their excellent support and provision of cash and non-cash prizes for the winning teams in the individual categories.

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