REACH for ideas 2020/2021

And win up to € 200,000 of funding


REACH – the EUREGIO Start-up Center at the WWU aims to combine excellent research, teaching and entrepreneurship. The center’s mission is “From interaction to cooperation, from ideas to markets, from science to success: We empower your ideas for a better future.” The goal is to establish a start-up ecosystem in order to foster more university spin-offs.

Since we cannot do this alone, we need your ideas on how to reach the mission! You know much better than we do what you need to bring your research to market.

Make REACH the center for entrepreneurship you want it to be: Share your ideas that will empower you and others to realize your dreams for a better future. Join our program “IDEAS@REACH” and develop projects that support a start-up friendly climate at the university.

The total funding amount is € 200.000, as it will be awarded for the years 2020 and 2021 together. Funds can be used to pay salaries or to buy equipment.

Who is eligible for funding?

Every member of the university, whether individual or team, is invited to apply. Even if your idea is not yet fully developed, we would like to encourage you to give it a try and submit a proposal. Let your creativity flow:

There are no limits to your imagination. Surprise us with radically new ideas and apply directly.

How to win in 3 steps

Step 1) Send your one-pager: Explain your idea in one page or in a short video (3 minutes max.) and answer the following questions:

Proposals may be submitted in German or in English.

Deadline: January 15, 2021

2) Make it to the next round: The finalists will be selected and informed by January 20. If you receive notification that you have made it to the next round, we will ask you to provide us with some additional information about your project. Your proposal must not exceed 7 pages and should contain the following information:

Deadline: February 7, 2021

Step 3) Final - Pitch in front of a jury: Our candidates will be invited to pitch their ideas in front of a jury consisting of WWU professors and members of REACH (5 minutes max.). The winners will receive a REACH grant to realize their idea.

Date: February 19, 2021

Apply here ()!


I am not a WWU member. Can I still apply?

If you are part of a team where at least one team member is from the WWU, then the team is eligible to apply.

Do you support start-up ideas?

No. We are interested in ideas, projects or services that make REACH (and the entrepreneurial ecosystem at WWU) better and that help us to support aspiring founders through workshops, training, courses, equipment etc.

What is the grant money for? Do I simply win €200.000 for a brilliant idea?

No, unfortunately not. Your idea sketch must also include a part in which you explain what you need the grant money for (buying equipment or paying fees and expenses for guest speakers).

But I don’t need €200.000 for my project. Can I apply for less?

Yes, this is not a problem. You can apply for the amount of money you need. €200.000 is the total funding sum. But this does not mean that only €200.000 projects will be supported. Small projects are also welcome.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us ().

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