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IUIA Innovation Awards 2018

IUIA Innovation Awards 2018

What is IUIA

International Universities Innovation Alliance (IUIA,国际大学创新联盟) is a Chinese organization, which focuses on connecting young entrepreneurs worldwide to the Chinese market. It launched in 2015 with support from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Technology. Its Mission is to support international start-ups financially and operationally, to accelerate their business and to help them connect with the biggest market in Asia. In Germany, IUIA offers cross-border acceleration services for excellent start-ups. It co- incubates and invests in young entrepreneurs and ideas with great potential on the Chinese market.


What is „IUIA Innovation Awards“

A Program: The „IUIA Innovation Awards“ is a „Competition + Boot Camp“ program in a larger sense.
A Label: The „IUIA Innovation Awards“ is a „China Label“. The winning start-ups can show it as a proof of their great potential on the Chinese market.
A Channel: The „IUIA Innovation Awards“ discovers and rewards excellent german start- ups and helps them prosper and grow in an global context. 
2018 IUIA holds its 1st IUIA Innovation Awards in Germany.

Organizer: IUIA COSDF (China Oversee-Educated Schlolars Development Foundation)
Co-organizer 2018:Unibator (Geothe University Business Incubator Frankfurt am Main)


Who Can Apply

Start-ups with an academic background(alumni, student, researcher, drop-out...) Regardless of whether you are student or not. Regardless of whether your company is registered or still in establishing.

All start-up teams in Germany that meet the following 3 criteria can apply for the awards:

  1. Interest in Chinese market. Wish to expand into China sooner or later.
  2. Age: under 39
  3. Project in the following 7 categories: Energy / Mobility / Med&Health / Fintech / Artificial Intelligence / Blockchain / Mechanical Engineering in general


Benefits for the Winners

1) Prices:
1 x 1. Prize, 15.000 Euro
2 x 2. Prize, 10.000 Euro per team 3 x 3. Prize, 5.000 Euro per team
2) Innovation Boot Camp in China: One team member of each winning team Chance to get closer to investor, partners and clients in China. Travel expenses covered by IUIA.
3) IUIA Innovation Awards Certificate: The „China Label“ of your start-up product. International branding tool. Your proove of market potential in China in front of investors, clients, competitors, and partners.
4) Exhibition: The winning projects will be presented in all IUIA Innovation Centers in China (in total 6 persons) will be invited to China.



13. May 2018: End of Application
20. May 2018: Announcement of 12 finalists
1. June 2018: Final in Frankfurt
25-29 June 2018: Boot Camp in China
5-8 July 2018: Cambrige Final* (optional)
*The winners in Germany will be invited to participate in the European Final in Cambridge.
*Details about the Final (Demo day) in Frankfurt will be sent later to the 12 selected finalists individually.


Evaluation Criteria

  • Innovation and elaboration
  • Technological state of the art
  • Practical utility and benefits
  • Compatibility with the chinese market


How to Apply
No application fee.
You can click on this Apply buttom to apply on our F6S website.
Or you can send the following application documents to our contact person Dr. Miao Xu
1) Profils of the founders 
2) Pitch deck (max. 20 PPT-Pages) including relevant elements of Business Plan 
3) A short statement (max 500 words) explaining why you think that your product has potential on the chinese market.
*If you have more materials that you think would help you win, please also send us (Videos, road map, etc.)
* If you need an extra confidential agreement for your application documents, please contact us.
Your application will be treated highly confidentially.



Please send your application documents per email to
Dr. Miao Xu (IUIA Managing Partner in Germany)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 0049(0)17661544708
If you have any question, please don‘t hesitate to contact us.
Looking forward to receiving your application !

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