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Merck Innovation Cup

The brightest students from all over the world meet at our company headquarters to learn from professionals, network, develop business plans and win the 20,000 EUR Innovation Cup.

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for post-graduate students and young professionals in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany. All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by Merck. The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their team. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior managers and researchers and accomplished retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Drug Discovery Technologies, Digitalization, and Pandemic Preparedness. At the first day of the summer camp a conference with alumni from previous editions of the Innovation Cup will be organized.

What’s in it for me?

If you are a post graduate student with an interest in the pharmaceutical, chemical or digital industry, the Merck Innovation Cup is your chance to gain in-depth knowledge about research and development, to network with top students from around the world and to build a business case together with experienced professionals. Selected top performing participants could get an offer for apermanent employment at Merck.

Who can apply?

Advanced students and post docs in the fields of life science, material science, data science and business administration from all over the world can apply:

  • Sciences: Post graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, medicine, biotech, bioinformatics, data sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, physics or engineering.
  • Business: Advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical, chemical or digital business.
  • Not open to healthcare professionals.

How it works?

During a one-week Summer Camp, 30 selected students will attend in-depth presentations about the pharmaceutical and chemical industry given by Merck researchers and managers. The participants will be
divided into teams, work together to develop a business plan and present it to a grand jury, who will award the Merck Innovation Cup for the best plan along with a cash prize of EUR 20,000 plus EUR 5,000 for the runner-up. Options to implement the best business plans will be evaluated. A conference with alumni of previous Innovation Cup editions will be held on the first day of the Summer Camp.

The Innovation Cup will comprise the following teamtopics: oncology, immuno-oncology, autoimmunity, drug discovery technologies, digitalization, pandemic threat.


Near Frankfurt, Germany, June 26 – July 02, 2021. Travel, accommodation and food expenses will be paid by Merck.

Flyer for the Merck Innovation cup 2021.

Further informations

Deadline of Application:

January 31, 2021

Further informations:

For further informations and Application, please click here


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