The Merck Innovation Cup, now in its tenth year, brings together a promising new generation of academic talents from life sciences, material sciences, data sciences and business administration with the company’s senior management, active researchers and accomplished retirees.
If you are a post-graduate student with an interest in the pharmaceutical industry, this is your chance to gain in-depth knowledge about pharmaceutical and chemical research and development, to network with top students from around the world and to build a business case together with experienced professionals. Visit the innovation summer camp near Frankfurt, Germany, June 20-26 2020 and take your chance to win the EUR 20,000 Merck Innovation Cup, while exploring job opportunities at our company.
Who can apply:
We invite advanced students and post-docs in life sciences, computer sciences and business administration from all over the world to apply for participation in the Innovation Cup. 50 students will be selected:
The cup is not open to U.S. healthcare professionals.
How it works:
During a one week summer camp, in June 20-26 2020, 50 selected postgraduate students will attend in-depth presentations about the pharmaceutical and chemical industry given by our management, scientists and external experts. Participants will work in small teams to generate an innovative idea that addresses a scientific challenge and develop the idea into a business plan.
Teams will receive coaching and guidance from experienced veterans of our company, the summer camp moderator and our innovation management. You will learn the essentials about R&D within the pharmaceutical industry and understand how drugs can be successfully discovered, developed and brought to market. You will learn to evaluate your ideas from a technical and business perspective and build a convincing business plan. On the first day of the Innovation Cup, a conference with alumni from previous events will be organized with ample networking opportunities.
On the last day of the Cup, all teams will present their business plans to a grand jury composed of our top management plus external consultants. The jury will select the best business plan and present the winning team with the Innovation Cup award and a cash prize of EUR 20,000 plus EUR 5,000 for the runner-up.
All travel, accommodation and food expenses will be paid by the company.
How do I apply?
Visit http://innovationcup.merckgroup.com for more information on the program, and instructions on how to apply online from November 1st 2019 to January 31st 2020.