Opportunity for Postgraduate Students to Turn their Oncology Innovation into Business 2020

Opportunity for Postgraduate Students to Turn their Oncology Innovation into Business 2020

ألمانيا 31 janv. 2020


Organisation à but non lucratif, Parcourir ses opportunités similaires


Organisation à but non lucratif
Pays hôte
Date limite
31 janv. 2020
Niveau d'études
Financement d'opportunité
Financement complet
Pays éligibles
Région éligible
Toutes les régions

Merck invites postgraduate students to participate in the Innovation Cup 2020 - Team Oncology. The Innovation Cup in its tenth year brings together a promising new generation of academic talents from life sciences, material sciences, data sciences and business administration with the company’s senior management, researchers and accomplished retirees. This meeting of the minds is a creative and innovative platform aimed at advancing science and technology. The innovation summer camp will be held near Frankfurt, Germany, June 20-26, 2020

The team oncology will work on new innovative approaches for the targeted treatment of cancer with small molecules or proteins.


Participating at the Innovation Cup is open to any postgraduate student with an interest in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, the Innovation Cup is his chance to gain in-depth knowledge about pharmaceutical and chemical research and development, to network with top students from around the world and to build a business case together with experienced professionals.

Merck invites advanced students in life sciences, chemistry, physics, computer sciences and business administration from all over the world to apply for participation in the Innovation Cup. 50 students will be selected:

  • Sciences: Postgraduate students in the life, material and data sciences, on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, biotech, bioinformatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, informatics, computer science, data science, engineering or related fields. Also Post Docs can apply!
  • Business: Advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a life science background.


The winning team will receive the Innovation Cup along with EUR 20,000 (and EUR 5,000 for the runner-up team).

Note: All travel, accommodation and food expenses will be paid by the company. 

How it Works:

During a one week Summer Camp, 50 selected postgraduate students will attend in-depth presentations about the pharmaceutical and chemical industry given by Merck management, scientists and external experts. 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 experienced veterans of the company, the Summer Camp moderator and Merck Innovation Management. The student will learn the essentials about R&D within the pharmaceutical and chemical industry and understand how products are successfully discovered, developed and brought to market. The student will learn to evaluate his ideas from a technical and business perspective and build a convincing business plan.

The teams will present their business plans to a grand jury. The jury will be composed of Merck's top management plus external consultants. 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. On the first day of the Innovation Cup, a conference with alumni from previous events will be organized with ample networking opportunities.

Application Process:

Application's First Phase: 

  • Student should upload his CV & cover letter.
  • Student then should choose a team.

Evaluation: Students will receive notification & information about the next step.

Application's Second Phase: Student should submit his idea.

Selection: Student will be selected into a team.

See more available grants on Mina7

See more scholarships available on Mina7

Autres organisations

Choisissez votre destination d'études

Choisissez le pays que vous souhaitez le visiter pour étudier gratuitement, travailler ou faire du bénévolat

Mots clés