Open Idea Competition

With the AI Startup Rising Open Idea Competition, we want to motivate potential founders and people interested in founding companies to develop and advance innovative and AI-based product or business ideas or research results. During the submission phase, a few ideation workshops, such as the Co-founder Wanted 4.0, will be held to support the teams with their idea sketches.

After a multi-stage selection process, the best ideas will be awarded prizes and presented to representatives from business and politics at an evening event at the beginning of September. All participants will receive feedback on their ideas. The winners will also receive a total of € 5,000 in prize money.

Submit your idea now and win great prizes:

First place: 2,500 €

Second place: 1,500€

Third place: 1,000€

Deadline for submission is 02.07.2024, 23:59. The prize money will be paid as in-kind services. No cash payment of the prize!

You want to exchange ideas with other participants during the submission phase? Or you are still looking for team members for your #AIdea? Join our AI Startup Rising Discord server:


April 25: Start of the Application Phase

May-June: Ideation Workshops and Events

for fine-tuning your idea sketches

July 2: End of Application Phase

Pre-selection of the best ideas for the video pitches

Beginning of September: Jury meeting

Selection of the finalists for the live pitches
Coachings for finalist and semi-finalist teams

End of September: Award ceremony

You still have questions or need support? The AI Startup Rising team will be happy to help you:

Submit your idea now:

The Application Phase 2024 runs from April 25 until July 2, 11:59 pm.

Participation, confidentiality and requirements

Winner Teams 2023