Falling Walls Lab Capetown 2022 for early-career researchers, academics and entrepreneurs

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Application Deadline: August 5, 2022

Are you an innovator with an idea the world should know about? Enter the Falling Walls Lab Capetown and stand a chance to pitch your innovation to a prestigious international audience in Berlin in November!

 ‘Falling Walls Labs’ are events held around the world in which budding innovators have just three minutes to pitch a groundbreaking idea that stands to change the world for the better. Co-hosted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the University of Cape Town the FWL Capetown will take place on 22 September.


  • Students as well as early-career researchers, academics and entrepreneurs are eligible to apply.
  • Ideas from all academic disciplines are welcome.


  • The winners of these international labs come together in Berlin, Germany on the 9th of November each year – the day that marks the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. There, the lab winners compete against one another.
  • . The lab winners also have the opportunity to rub shoulders with renowned movers and shakers. In 2021, the Falling Walls keynote speech in Berlin was given by none other than Dr Özlem Türeci who, together with her team at BioNTech, developed one of the first mRNA-vaccines against COVID-19. Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also been amongst the Falling Walls keynote speakers.

1st prize: Trip to Berlin to participate in the international Falling Walls finale + R10 000

2nd prize: R8 000

3rd prize: R6 000

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Falling Walls Lab Capetown 2022

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