Research to Market Challenge

The Science & Startups Competition
for research-based business ideas!

The Research to Market Challenge is a competition that awards business and start-up ideas that are based on research results from Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité. Freie Universität and Charité launched the competition in 2014 with the intention of facilitating and promoting the transfer of innovative ideas with market potential. Since then, each year the best projects in the categories "Digital," "Life Sciences & Health," and "Cultural & Social" have been awarded. The competition is organized by the Berlin University Alliance.

Stiftung Charité has been involved in the Research to Market Challenge as a cooperating partner from the very beginning. Alongside other independent jurors, it provides an assessment on the applications submitted in the "Life Sciences & Health" category and donates the prize money in this category. Other cooperating partners are Ernst Reuter Gesellschaft, Humboldt-Universitäts-Gesellschaft, Gesellschaft von Freunden der TU Berlin, Berliner Sparkasse and IBB Business Team GmbH.

The competition consists of two rounds: In the first round, participants submit a short idea sketch. The creators of the ten best-rated project ideas in each category will be given the opportunity to further develop their projects with the help of experts in a one-day workshop. In the second round of the competition, the elaborated concepts will be submitted again and evaluated by a jury with regard to innovative content, research relevance, feasibility and customer benefits.

The three best-rated projects in each category are presented and awarded at the final event in the summer. The prize money totals 9,000 euros.

Various products and start-ups have already emerged from the winning projects of previous years.

Students, doctoral candidates, postdocs, research assistants and alumni of the respective institutions and their cooperating research institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg can apply. Further information on the procedure and participation can be found here:


Winning projects from the Life Sciences & Health category:

1st place: Grief relief
The Grief Relief app is designed to help mourners deal with their loss and to find relief to that particular feeling of sadness.

2nd place: mHealthAtlas
The tool for evaluating mHealth applications is intended to enable German health insurance companies to optimize their portfolios, create transparency and thus strengthen trust in the healthcare markets.

3rd place: MANVnet
MANVnet is a decentralized network including a application for smartphones, tablets and laptops, so that this information is synchronized in real time between the different locations. 

1st place: CoViCide
An antiviral polymer coating to protect clothing and any surface. The hydrophilic spray coating absorbs aerosol droplets on contact through negative charging, binding the virus and structurally deactivating it.

2nd place: Optiplan
An automatic planner for efficient tours of outpatient care services: The solution consists of an algorithm that automatically calculates the most efficient deployment routes for caregivers.

3rd place: Viskit
VISKIT is a system for standardized recording and evaluation of nosocomial infections and antibiotic use in veterinary medicine. The VISKIT system consists of a web service for hygiene officers and a mobile application for veterinarians and animal keepers, respectively.

1st place: Green DiagNose
Green DiagNose is an intelligent system that reports, locates and identifies pathogens and parasites shortly after an infestation or infection. Combined with intuitive software, the greenhouse operator gets an integrated management solution for optimal organic cannabis cultivation.  

2nd place: FLURINOCYTE
The Flurinocyte team has developed a method to diagnose various kidney diseases using urine samples. Previously, this often required an invasive kidney biopsy. The analysis kit now makes it possible to detect elevated levels of kidney and immune cells in urine as biomarkers in the routine laboratory.

3rd place: DiNaE
The DiNaE software solution provides digital and non-invasive diagnosis and treatment planning for patients suffering from nasal airway obstruction and can be efficiently used in the clinical routine of ENT practices.


1st place: SmartCor
A software application for diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with heart failure and valvular heart disease. The application expands the diagnostic capabilities of conventional imaging methods and provides more information for diagnosis.

2nd place: DiAvEn
DiAvEn uses ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to precisely locate and control drones indoors. With GPS technology commonly used to date, autonomous operation of drones indoors is often not possible due to insufficient signals.

3rd place: AlphaLink
An innovative technology for unmanned multi-body aircraft. Multiple aircraft modules are connected at the wingtips via mechanical joints. The result is a high-aspect-ratio wing that enables longer flight durations or higher payloads compared to single aircrafts.

1st place: PoGoN
The team has developed a method to produce intact graphene with a polar surface and unique quality from graphite in an energy-efficient manner through a chemical process to deposit it on carrier materials. This process is expected to produce so-called polar graphene "finder grids" (TEM grids), which are needed in electron microscopy and nanotechnology to visualize the smallest structures.

2nd place: FertiLac
The FertiLac team developed a treatment for the common inflammation of the endometrium in dairy cows based on probiotic bacteria. Compared to the common treatment with antibiotics, the presented therapy has a positive effect on the fertility rates of the animals.

3rd place: Fixatas
Behind this project is a surgical knotting device for use in minimally invasive surgery, which is designed to simplify the surgical effort and significantly reduce the operating time.