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Application process

Next application call: 16.12.2021-15.01.2022

DesignFarmBerlin grants funding to design-driven start-ups. Individuals as well as teams, up to three members, can apply for 9 month grants: please see the exact requirements at the bottom of the page. The main applicant (founder) must have a background in design.
The DesignFarm’s application process consists out of 2 stages:

1. Fill in the application form.

2. Take part in our application workshop.

1.

Application
> until 15.01.2022

1. your design-in-tech idea and your product:

What have you designed, developed, and perhaps already prototyped? Impact: What social, environmental or technological challenge are you addressing with this project?

Briefly outline your concept and the possible product/service that you would like to transfer into a business with the help of DesignFarm.

700 characters

2. your business strategy:

How can this become a business idea? Or: how can this product become the start of your design-in-tech company?

700 characters

3. you, your team, your network:

Who are you? With whom do you apply together? What different competences do you combine? Your network: with whom have you already collaborated for this project and who supports your project? This can be professors and supervisors at the university (mentors), research institutes, industrial partners, craft enterprises or other experts who contributed with their knowledge and experience to your project.

700 characters (links and contact details, if applicable).

4. your plan:

Where are you right now with your idea? At what stage of development? What do you want to achieve during the 9 months grant? Dare to look ahead: in 3 years?

700 characters

2.

Online pitch
>10.-11.02.2022

For the selected applicants we organize a pitch.

You will be able to present your idea and also receive initial feedback.

Please reserve this date in your calendar today!

Eligibility criteria

Formal criteria

1.
You have a Diploma/Bachelor or Master degree in Design.

2.
You plan to set up your own business based on your design-in-tech project. The date of your business registration is not more than 3 months before your application to DesignFarmBerlin.

3.
You have already developed a proof-of-concept for your idea.

4.
You have a mentor/professor who will supervise the progress of your start-up initiative at DesignFarmBerlin.

5.
Your place of residence is Berlin.

6.
You don’t receive and haven’t received any grants through other German start-up programs (e. g. EXIST).

7.
It is expected that you invest 100 % of your time in your new venture.

 

Project criteria

DesignFarm supports harvesting and start-up strategies for Design-in-Tech concepts in three different fields:

1. Product-related innovations
2. Innovative manufacturing processes
3. Competence-based start-ups

In all three directions, the development of the product, process or proof of competence must already have taken place and must be verifiable, e. g. by means of prototypes, samples, relevant activities, etc… Together with mentors and coaches, sustainable and effective economic models are then developed on the farm.

 

What we mean by Design-in-Tech

The new digital technologies allow designers to radically rethink their role. Design, manufacturing, and distribution models are changing: Designers are developing new digital tools and innovative manufacturing methods that enable different products, open up new aesthetic fields and reconfigure production chains. We expect that this comprehensive innovation impetus will not only enable new, innovative products and services but also create meaningful start-up initiatives and fulfilling employment opportunities. DesignFarm – as a new vehicle to traditional business development strategies – supports the instinct of designers to open up qualitatively different perspectives for start-ups.

We look forward to receiving your application!

*Exceptions are made for applicants from the excellence cluster “Matters of Activity”.