67 submissions from around the world led to 7 shortlisted ideas and 3 outstanding finalists!
This is the great result of the call of the Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2023! A big THANK YOU to all participants for their efforts and innovative ideas!
These finalists will pitch their detailed ideas at the WSA Global Congress 2023. This year, the event will take place in Puebla, Mexico from May 31 - June 3.
The winner will get the chance to realise the idea with Umdasch Group Ventures*.
*Subject to the conditions of the rules of the contest
The world population is projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050. The need for affordable housing and infrastructure in terms of transportation, energy, drinking water, and waste management is increasing tremendously. The building sector will play a key role here. But the building industry is also a large contributor to negative environmental impacts and climate change: exploitation and consumption of resources with half being non-renewable, energy consumption, air and water pollution, and waste.
Therefore, innovative and new solutions are needed to solve these challenges and transform the lifecycle of a building project into a sustainable one.
Your idea is particularly relevant if it falls into one of these areas:
Convincingly present tangible benefits and give us more details about the stage of your idea/solution.
*Subject to rules and conditions of the contest
Registration and idea submission until 5th March 2023
February & March 2023: calls with the best shortlisted teams will take place
Finalists will be notified by the beginning of April 2023 (Rewarded with EUR 5,000)
June 2023: Final pitch presentations by all finalists & announcement of award winner
All start-ups, students and innovators throughout the world who have practical use cases and ideas on “sustainable solutions for the building lifecycle” are eligible to enter. No costs are involved in submitting an entry.
Please carefully read our Rules of Contest!
Since 1990, the Umdasch Group has been supporting outstanding achievements in research and development through the Josef Umdasch Research Prize. The award was created by the company’s present owners Hilde Umdasch and Alfred Umdasch, who named the prize after their father, Josef Umdasch.
As a result of the cooperation with the World Summit Awards (WSA), which has been in existence since 2018, the Josef Umdasch Research Prize is increasingly aimed at start-ups, entrepreneurs and future-oriented thinkers around the globe who can inspire enthusiasm with an innovative project idea.