Mercator Launch Innovation Competition 2022

Call for Mercator Launch Innovation Competition & win €10.000

More than 80% of the PhD candidates pursue a career in industry, start their own company or work in the public sector. The Innovation Competition (IC) – organised by Mercator Launch – is a training programme designed for researchers who want to innovate and discover the commercial applications or services from their own research and technology.

During the programme, you will gain the following skills:

  • Identify the business potential from your own research
  • Understand the value creation process in a very early stage
  • Think about your sector’s opportunities from different angles (e.g. customer, marketing, business)
  • Translate your research outcome into value for industrial partners
  • Develop your entrepreneurial skills

After attending the programme, you will submit a pitch deck and present your idea to an independent jury. The best applicant will receive a €10.000 prize to spend on further development of their innovation.

The information session took place on Monday November 1st, at 12:15h. You can find the recording of the Information session here.

Apply for the Mercator Launch Innovation Competition

The Innovation Competition is for all PhD candidates and postdocs at Radboud University and Radboud University Medical Center.

Ideally, you are in the final years of research and already have an idea of the potential results or technologies that your research will lead to such as a specific material, process, technology, algorithm, knowledge & knowhow.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The submitted idea/product is new and not already part of a (planned) project.
  • The submitted idea/product is ‘owned’ by the applicant.
  • For PhD candidates and postdocs: the PI/group leader is informed about the application.
  • The money has to be spent for further development of the innovation and has to be spent before 31 December 2022.

Deadline for application: 30 November 2021


  • An evaluation committee will be installed with representatives of Radboud Innovation / Valorisation Radboudumc.
  • This committee will select the 15 best ideas, who get to hand in their pitchdeck. To prepare the pitch deck, the applicants will be offered an expert training program of 4 days with Hans Westerhof known from EIT Jumpstarter and ClimateLaunchpad.
  • The evaluation committee will select 6 finalists, who get to pitch their idea in front of an independent jury and their peers.
  • The winner will receive a cash prize of €10.000, business coaching, and a free working space at Mercator Launch for one year. The two runner-ups will receive a cash prize of €5.000

During the Grande Finale – on Wednesday 16th of February 2022 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM – the researchers will pitch their business idea to an expert jury. In addition to the main prize of €10.000, a runner-up and public prize of €5.000 each will be awarded as well. This pre-seed capital will allow the researchers to bring their innovation closer to the market and create impact with their research. In doing so, they will receive additional support of Mercator Launch to further succeed their startup.

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