Do you have an idea for a research project, a business model or a social initiative?

Is it original and innovative?

Is it relevant to the world of today?

Apply to pitch at Falling Walls Lab Delft!

There are 500€ in prizes!

Main prize



Pitching at the
international finale in Berlin

In front of decision makers and innovator from all over the world, and giving you global coverage through a myriad of networks.


Tutoring for your pitch


Help with your pitch video

Audience prize


Audience prize


All entrants

Free pitching workshop
In preparation for your pitch at the event


Present your project publicly
In front of some of the best changemakers in the Netherlands (check this year's jury)

How it works


Apply for Delft Lab before .

Fill in the application to submit your idea (which will take no more than 10 minutes)


Our committee will make a pre-selection of candidates and we will get back to you within two weeks


If you are selected as one of the participants, we will invite you to Delft Lab on


The winner of the Delft round will get to join the Berlin edition and a chance to present the idea at the Grand Finale on

Three winners of the Berlin Lab Finale receive a cash prize and the opportunity to give their talk in front of 600 institutional leaders and decision makers

How to participate

Follow these simple steps to submit your idea.

It could be a research project, a business model or a social initiative, which is at the same time original and new, innovative and relevant to the problems of the world today.

The deadline to apply is , and the competition will take place online on .


Fill in your personal information (name, country, education, etc.)


Briefly describe your topic: address the problem you want to solve (200 characters), and offer your solution (200 characters).


Title your presentation and provide a short description of your idea in one sentence (50 characters).


Explain your personal motivation (400 characters).


Upload your CV in PDF format.


We are working on a project as a group. Can we apply for a Lab as a group?

You cannot apply for a Lab as a group, as individual grades and the curriculum vitae of the applicant are important factors in the evaluation process of your application. If you are a member of a project group, please choose one representative to apply for the Lab. If you are selected to participate in a Lab, your group representative will present your project. You are obviously free to include the names of the group members on your presentation slides in order to acknowledge and appreciate the group effort behind the project. However, it is important that you clearly highlight the extent of your individual contribution to the project.

Are there any costs for participating?

After applying, the selected participants will be invited to join the Falling Walls Lab. There are no costs/fees for participating.

If you apply for an international Falling Walls Lab and you don't live near the city you selected, you will have to make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation. The Falling Walls Foundation and international Lab organisers cannot cover any of your costs.

The winners of each international Falling Walls Lab qualify for the Falling Walls Lab Finale on 8 November in Berlin. The hosting institutions for each Lab cover your travel epenses to Berlin. A scholarship will cover your accommodation expenses at our partner hotel from 8 to 9 November and a ticket to the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November.

I don’t have a breakthrough yet. Can I participate anyway?

By breakthrough we understand an idea, a research project, a business model or social initiative, which is at the same time original and new, innovative (overcoming old ideas and concepts) and relevant to the problems of the world today. This means that your breakthrough could be a project you already realised, a research topic you are developing or a business idea yet to be built up. Our jury members will appreciate authentic presenters with a vision and proof of concept.

To present my idea in 3 minutes sounds impossible. How should that work?

You will find out that it works – and preparing your 3-minute presentation will provide you with a new perspective on the topics you are working with. Having to shape your topic into a so-called "elevator pitch" is a challenging restriction on the one hand – but it also emphasises what is most essential about the idea: What it is, how it works and what it can be used for.

Hint: to visualise your presentation explain to us which wall you would like to break down, why it exists and how you intend to break it.

I have another question that's not here

You can contact us at, and we'll try to solve your doubts.