In three phases, you can participate in each submission deadline and submit your business concept for evaluation. The business plan and the business model canvas are approved. Your concept must be received by us by midnight on the respective submission date and should contain the required chapters. After the deadline, two jurors will receive your concept for evaluation. The concept will be reviewed on the basis of defined criteria and provided with hints, tips and remarks.
Participation in the competition is independent of the other offers. You can take advantage of every BPW service as an option. The same applies to the phase. Entry is possible in every phase.
In each phase we offer a varied seminar and workshop program. You can book the events online and attend them free of charge. Experienced speakers will give you insights into the main topics of founding a company. The seminars and workshops take place online, in Berlin and Brandenburg. Get informed regularly and have a look at our calendar.
The best concepts resulting from the jury's assessments will be awarded prize money in each phase. In total, we will award more than 50,000 euros in prize money in the three phases.
In our manual we have described the procedure, the conditions of participation and further information in detail.
Conditions of participation
We've got some good news: Participation in BPW, including all services and offers, is free of charge!
Participation does not impose any obligations on you; there is no entitlement to prize money.
We welcome every idea, regardless of the sector in which the business idea is based and whether it is a start-up or a business succession.
You simply register free of charge and can then register online for our seminars, workshops, forums and networking events and manage your appointments. You can also send us requests for advice. You can make use of all offers independently of your participation in the competition.
You have the opportunity to submit your business concept in the three competition phases and take part in the competition. Please note the deadlines for participation. They are the final deadline for your submission.
Our hurdles are low, but the following must be met for successful participation:
- The company is planned or has been founded in Berlin and/or Brandenburg.
- If the company already exists, it must have been founded no more than 12 months before the start of the BPW year (October 2020).
- The company already exists, but you are building up another business field or the company was taken over as part of a succession? In this case, participation is possible.
- The business concept was created by the team members themselves (not by a management consultant, etc.).
- The concept was submitted on time by the respective deadline.
Please note: If you have gone through all phases of a BPW year, participation in our programme is no longer possible. Teams that have won an award on stage in a BPW year can no longer participate with this business idea. If you are planning to expand your business or if the product changes, you are welcome to participate again. In individual cases, the BPW team reserves the right to refuse participation in the programme. Contact us, we will be happy to advise you.