• Thank you!
    Weeks filled with anticipation and excitement for the Falling Walls Lab Groningen have come to an end last Wednesday. We were extremely honoured to host this event as a team in the name of the Honours College and in collaboration with Sean White from the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship. So, we would likeContinue reading “Thank you!”
  • Participants of 2021
    First prize winner Breaking the walls of protecting coral reefs from space Marcel Kempers is a serial entrepreneur focused on bridging the gap between high tech innovation and social needs. After completing his military service in Singapore, he moved to the Netherlands to study Aerospace Engineering leading to inventing a technology for smallholder farmers inContinue reading “Participants of 2021”
  • It’s a wrap!
    In our opinion, the Falling Walls Groningen 2021 edition was a huge success! We hope you will all attend next year again and thank you for joining us last Wednesday. The first place was awarded to Marcel Kempers for breaking the wall of coral reef restoration. Vanessa Bastek ended in second place for breaking theContinue reading “It’s a wrap!”



The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum for the next generation of early-career innovators, trailblazers, creators, and visionaries. Its aim is to promote exceptional ideas and connect promising scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level. Participants are given the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition and present their research, business model, or initiative to peers, a high-calibre jury of experts from academia and business, and the general public.

Each year, renowned academic institutions around the world are invited to host their own Falling Walls Lab to showcase the quality, diversity, and passion of their region’s most innovative minds. In three minutes each, participants try to convince a high-calibre jury of their solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Past presentations have ranged in topic from ‘Breaking the Wall of Cancer with a Fruit Fly’ to ‘Breaking the Wall of Energy Insecurity in Africa’. The breakthrough factor and potential impact of the presented work help determine the winner, who qualifies for the global Finale in Berlin on 7 November and wins a ticket to attend the Falling Walls Conference, where they get to interact with the world’s movers and shakers of science, business, and policy-making. At the Finale, the 100 Finalists compete to become the Breakthrough Winner in the Emerging Talents category of Falling Walls, taking home the title and prize money, and receiving the opportunity to pitch their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.

The international network of Falling Walls Labs includes renowned academic institutions from over 60 countries. New York University, ETH Zurich, Tohoku University, and the University of Cape Town are only a few of the universities that have recently participated in the Falling Walls Lab programme. The Falling Walls Lab is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Berlin-Senate, Google, and Huawei. It is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Berlin, dedicated to the support of science and the humanities. It is a unique international platform for leaders from the worlds of science, business, and politics, the arts and society. Falling Walls fosters discussion on research and innovation and promotes the latest scientific findings among a broad audience from all parts of society. The Foundation is supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research, the Helmholtz Association, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and numerous other acclaimed academic institutions, foundations, companies, non-governmental organisations and prominent individuals.

For more information visit: www.falling-walls.com/lab

Sponsored by the Honours College and the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship