Falling Walls UAlberta

Amazing Ideas | Amazing Minds

Falling Walls is a fast paced 'Dragon's Den/TED Talk' format to showcase science-driven ideas and innovations. An international platform created by the German government, industry and academic/research institutions on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Every November, Berlin hosts the Falling Walls Lab, Venture and Conference to bring the world together to promote science research and innovation and how it helps enhance our world.

The Falling Walls franchise has several components, some of which have local qualifying events around the world such as:  

  • Falling Walls Lab - showcases the quality, talent and passion of Next Gen researchers and innovators. Participants pitch their innovation or idea in just 3 minutes to a panel of government, industry, academic and media representatives. 
  • Falling Walls Venture - is where science meets business, and showcases science-driven start-ups who compete or the title of science startup of the year. 

Falling Walls Lab UAlberta
In 2014, UAlberta was asked to be 1 of only 20 international Labs alongside London, Paris, Madrid, San Paulo and Tel Aviv Labs among others. Our Lab winners automatically qualify for the global finale in Berlin. In 2014 and 2015, UAlberta presenters won 2nd-Nermeen Youssef 2014 and Lian Willetts 2015-both then presented at the Falling Walls Conference, to 700 decision makers. thought leaders and forward thinking individuals from 80+ countries discuss trends, opportunities and solutions to world challenges. Watch videos from our UAlberta Lab and UAlberta presenters in Berlin via the green button to your right.

Falling Walls Venture UAlberta 
The winner of this pitch event is nominated for Falling Walls Berlin Venture who invite top international research universities and organizations to nominate their science-based spinoffs. These spinoffs pitch their company + innovation in 5 minutes to international investment managers, venture capitalists, business experts and leaders, and the media. The winner is named Science Start Up of the Year and presents at the Falling Wall conference.