During a one-week Summer Camp, 50 selected postgraduate students will attend in-depth presentations about the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Participants will work in small teams to generate an innovative idea that addresses a scientific challenge and develop the idea into a business plan. Teams will receive coaching and guidance from Merck managers and scientists as well as experienced retirees. The teams will present their business plans to a grand jury composed of Merck top management plus external experts. The jury will select the best business plan and present the winning team with the Innovation Cup award and a cash prize of EUR 20,000 plus EUR 5,000
for the runner-up. Options to implement the best business plans will be evaluated. On the first day of the Summer Camp, a conference with alumni from previous edition of the Innovation Cup will be organized.
Further information about the program and how to apply is available online: https://www.merckgroup.com/en/research/open-innovation/biopharma-open-innovation-portal/biopharma-innovation-cup.html
November 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020
June 20-26, 2020