The Calendar

Below you will find a description of the competition calendar.
From the call for projects / applications in October to the final jury in June, each step of the competition is explained in detail.

Calendar of Edition 6 | 2021-2022

The call for projects and applications

Track 1: Call for projects | 18 October 2021 – 29 November 2021

Student-teams are invited to submit their project proposals from the 18th of October 2021 until the deadline at 23h59 on the 29th of November 2021. Click here to get started!

Track 2: Call for applications | 18 October 2021 – 29 November 2021

18 October 2021 the final 10-15 project-ideas proposed by BL staff and clients will be posted on our website. After reviewing each one, student-teams will then be able choose and submit their candidature for minimum 2 and maximum 3 projects. Each application dossier must include a motivation letter (one page maximum) for the selected project-ideas. Click here to get started!

Announcement of the finalist-teams | 08 December 2021

A selection jury will be held during the first week of December 2021 in order to choose the 30 to 40 teams that will compete in the official competition (Tracks 1 & 2). The finalist-teams will be announced and notified on the 8th of December 2021.

The official competition period

The kick-off | 05 January 2022

The competition manager will organize a kick-off meeting with all the finalist-teams in order to explain the various aspects, steps and events of the competition, give strategic advice and to respond to questions.

Incubation coaching period begins | 10 January 2022 – 17 June 2022

All incubation coaching activities with the project coaches begin on the 10th of January 2022 and finish on the 17th of June 2022. Sessions are scheduled periodically and according to the needs and the availability of each team and their project coach.

Coaching sessions usually take place remotely (via dedicated Microsoft Teams channels), but can sometimes take place in person, when possible.

The progress evaluation stages

The two progress presentations | March and May 2022

During the competition, each team will have two important evaluations with the competition manager in which they will give a presentation concerning the progress they’ve made in the realization of their projects. The results of these evaluations will be integrated into the overall evaluation at the final jury (for both Tracks 1 & 2).

In addition, for Track 1 teams, these two scores will help to determine which teams qualify for the final jury at the Qualification Round (see below).

For more information, please see our FAQ section.

The qualification round (Track 1 only) | 01 May 2022

The qualifying round will take place in May, when at least 8 teams will be selected to advance to the final jury. The selection process will be based on evaluations provided by the project coaches and the competition manager.

Note: there is no qualification round for Track 2.
For more information, please see our FAQ section.

The final jury & the awards ceremony

Submission of the final project report | 06 June 2022

A central competition criterion, each team is required to submit a written report which summarizes their project, introduces their team and details their progress in a number of pre-determined areas.
For more information, please see our FAQ section.

The rehearsal presentation | 16 June 2022

The week before the final jury each team will be invited to a rehearsal session where they will give their presentation for the final jury to the competition manager and other staff members. This event will allow student-teams to practice and receive critical feedback and advice to help them improve.

The final jury | 22 June 2022

The final jury is the moment of truth when each team will present and defend their project in front of a jury composed of executives, managers, staff and clients of the Berger-Levrault Group.

Each team will have 25 minutes to present their project, show their promotional video and give a demonstration using their POC (or prototype). Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer period of 20 minutes.

The winning teams will be announced on the evening of or the day after the final jury during the official awards ceremony.


The start-up pitch | 01 July 2022

With a view to winning a start-up incubation and/or commercial partnership, the 5 laureate-teams will be invited to give a pitch of their projects to an ensemble of managers, employees and clients of the Berger-Levrault Group.

How to apply

You have your own project-idea.

In Track 1, student-teams propose and develop their own project-ideas.

The call for project-ideas for Track 1 is from 18 October to 29 November 2021.

You don’t have a project-idea.

In Track 2, student-teams develop the project-ideas proposed by staff and clients of Berger-Levrault.

The call for applications for Track 2 is from 18 October to 29 November 2021.