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 7 | 2022-2023

The call for projects and applications

Track 1: Call for projects | 2 – 29 November 2022

Student-teams are invited to submit their project proposals from the 2nd of November 2022 until the deadline at 23h59 on the 29th of November 2022. Click here to get started!

Track 2: Call for applications | 2 – 29 November 2022

18 October 2022 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 | 15 December 2022

A selection jury will be held during in early December 2022 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 15th of December 2022.

The official competition period

The kick-off | 09 January 2023

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 | 16 January 2023 – 16 June 2023

All incubation coaching activities with the project coaches begin on the 16th of January 2023 and finish on the 16th of June 2023. 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 progress presentation | End of April 2023

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

In addition, for Track 1 teams, this score will also 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) | Week of 1 May 2023

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 | 07 June 2023

A central criterion at the final jury, 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 | Week of 12 June 2023

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.

Submission of the promotional video | 19 June 2023

Also an important evaluation criterion at the final jury, each team will create a short (2-3 minutes) promotional video in order to create a fun/entertaining narrative around your solution which can facilitate comprehension and demonstrate the functional value for potential users.  

The final jury | 21 June 2023

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.

Post-competition

The start-up pitch | 03 July 2023

With a view to winning a start-up incubation and/or commercial partnership, 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 2 to 29 November 2022.

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 2 to 29 November 2022.