The University Battle is now a few weeks ago and the impression our clients have is positive.

“The approach worked very well for us. High-quality solutions and an extremely professional cooperation convinced us.”


This is the opinion of Thomas Schultz-Homberg, Chief Digital Officer of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.


In close cooperation with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) and Merck, we have each specified one of their current problems in order to offer students real challenges for which they should develop future-oriented and innovative solutions. A multitude of out-of-the-box solutions came together and the best solutions were presented at the closing events at the end of January in Frankfurt and Darmstadt and the winners were chosen.

We would like to give you a little insight into the course of the first University Battle and show you who we worked with. In the next articles you will also find out who the lucky winners of the Challenges are!

The battle starts with the qualification phase: Between October 1st and November 15th the students had time to put together a team and present their approaches to the challenge. With the Challenges we offered them real problems through which they could put their acquired knowledge into practice and develop themselves personally and unfold their innovation potential. During this time, more than 60 teams have registered and the most unusual ideas have been born.

Once the teams were convinced by their solution approach, they made it to the development phase after a preselection by the client and were now able to work out their approach until the final event and perfect it with sufficient support from mentors of the client and their own university.

In addition, the teams were offered a Bootcamp. A one-day event where the teams could get the necessary input for the elaboration of their solution approaches. By support of some representatives of the customers and external experts from the respective fields, up to six stations developed there, which were run through all successively by the teams.

After handing over the developed solutions, the teams had to give their best for the presentation at the final event, in order to take the victory home for their university or college.

Each Challenge, there could only be four winners and the solutions of both Challenges were very different, but had one thing in common: They were all innovative!

We congratulate all winning teams and wish them lots of fun with their well-deserved prize money. But we also congratulate all the other teams that took part in the Challenges, because they are not empty-handed after the University Battle.

Because our challenges are not just about winning prize money in the end. With our concept we want to achieve that students develop themselves professionally and personally . We want to challenge them practical challenges and show them that no limits are set for them . Only in this way can they really gain experience and develop further.

“For Mainz University the cooperation with ekipa and the FAZ was a real enrichment: The students profited from the challenge prepared by ekipa super and could contribute their strengths to a real project. The FAZ, in turn, received valuable insights into the students’ living environment from the students. We would be happy to take part in the next Challenge again!”

With this statement by Professor Julia Kühne of Mainz University, our mission can be summed up well and we are naturally looking forward to future cooperations.

In the end, we can say that the University Battle is only open to winners, which Tobias Weitzel, Head of Operations at the Merck Innovation Center, can only confirm:

“Working together with ekipa was a unique experience and a new way to reach out to a lot of curious minds from various faculties. Combining the best of both worlds can generate valuable new business opportunities for large corporates but also open a lot of doors for creative and motivated talents.”

We would like to thank the Frankfurter Allgemein Zeitung and Merck for their trust in us. We would also like to thank the Univ

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