Unleash Your Innovation at FALLING WALLS Lab!

Get ready for the ultimate thrill ride in innovation! Falling Walls Lab is not just a pitch competition; it's your ticket to joining a global movement of game-changers and boundary breakers.

Imagine this: in just three electrifying minutes, you'll captivate a panel of top-notch experts with your ground-breaking solution to one of the world's most pressing challenges. Picture yourself standing before a buzzing audience, ready to ignite minds and inspire change.

But wait, there's more! The winner of our adrenaline-fueled showdown will jet off to Berlin, Germany, to represent Manitoba on the world stage at the prestigious Falling Walls finale. This isn't just any conference – it's a celebration of freedom, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of breaking barriers. With visionaries from over 60 nations coming together, the energy is unparalleled, and the possibilities are endless.

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Hosted by the trailblazing Falling Walls Foundation, our Lab is your chance to shine. Join us and be part of a movement that's reshaping the future of science and humanity. Don't miss out – visit www.falling-walls.com to learn more. Remember, our Lab is an independently organized event. But the excitement? That's all you!"

2022 Lab Winners


The Falling Walls Lab competition is open to university students and early-career professionals of all disciplines.


You must be 18 years or older when submitting your application. There is no upper age limit for applicants.


You must fulfill at least one of the following formal requirements:
•    You are currently enrolled in university and/or are currently a postdoc
•    You received a Bachelor’s degree no more than 10 years ago
•    You received a Master’s degree no more than 7 years ago
•    You received a PhD no more than 5 years ago

Note: An MD (medical degree excl. a doctoral dissertation) is considered equivalent to a Master’s degree. A Dr. med. (medical degree incl. a doctoral dissertation) is considered equivalent to a PhD.


Dates and deadlines

  • Information session at 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Information session at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Information session at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Application deadline, 4:30p.m. Central Time
  • UM Falling Walls event (semi-finals)
  • Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin (finals)

To attend information sessions, please RSVP by clicking this LINK - Online Sign-Up

Prizes and benefits

Top prize:

  • Win a trip to Berlin (travel and accommodations included)
  • Participate in the global Falling Walls Lab Finale (November 7, 2024) in Berlin, to compete to become the Breakthrough Winner of the Year in the Emerging Talents category
  • Receive a ticket to the Falling Walls Science Summit (November 7-9, 2024)
  • Take part in exclusive extended program (including workshops, networking dinner, etc.)
  • Access to 1-on-1 coaching from pitch experts to further develop their presentation prior to the global finale
  •  $1000

2nd prize: $750 

3rd prize: $500 

Audience Choice winner: $500 

Application process

You will need to have your CV in PDF format, and have the following information ready to complete your application in the online form:

  • General Information
    • Name, email address, etc.
  • Education
    • Education status
    • University / College
    • Name of studies/major
    • Field of study
    • Grade on a general scale
    • Expected degree
    • Expected graduation year
  • Current affiliation
    • Institution name
    • Position
    • Institution city and country
    • Awards
    • CV to upload in PDF format, max. 3MB
  • Innovative idea
    • Presentation title: Breaking the wall of... (40 character limit incl. spaces)
    • Project field as well as subfield within project field (40 character limit incl. spaces)
    • Please state the problem you plan to address (200 character limit incl. spaces)
    • Please state your solution to the problem (200 character limit incl. spaces)
    • Please describe your project in 1-2 sentences (200 character limit incl. spaces)
    • Link to project website/video (if applicable)

Evaluation criteria

  • Breakthrough factor (50%): How innovative is the proposed idea?
  • Relevance/Impact (40%): How relevant is the idea to the discipline and beyond?
  • Structure/Performance (10%): How convincing was the presentation?

Past winners

Learn more about past winners of international Falling Walls Labs, and the overall Breakthrough Winners from the 2023 Science Summit in Berlin.