The winner of the Falling Walls LAB Addis Ababa 2023

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On Friday, May 26, 2023, the DAAD IP Addis Ababa, in partnership with the Goethe-Institute Addis Ababa hosted this year’s Falling Walls Lab at the Goethe-Institute.

Falling Walls Lab is a world-class pitch competition, networking forum, and stepping stone that brings together a diverse and interdisciplinary pool of students and early-career professionals by providing a stage for breakthrough ideas both globally and locally.


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Out of the 46 applications fourteen candidates were invited to present their pitch at the Lab and online in 2:30 minutes, with additional 30 seconds for questions from the jury (Dr. Berhanu Beyene, Dr. Guday Emirie, Dr. Germew Sahilu, Dr. Henok Tadele, Kefelew Negisho, Semere Gebrelibanos, Negede Yisihak).

The winner was Betelehem Ayele, breaking the wall of Car accident due to brake failure she was followed closely by Abdi Desta (Online)  of Awassa And Kalkidan Eshete (Online) in positions two and three respectively.

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The winner Betelehem Ayele qualified for the global finale in Berlin on November 7, won a ticket to attend the Falling Walls Science Summit, and will take part in an exclusive extended programme during her stay in Germany. She will also compete to become the Breakthrough Winner in the Emerging Talents category of Falling Walls, possibly taking home the title and prize money, and receiving the opportunity to pitch her idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year.

We at the DAAD Addis Ababa congratulate the winner and participants of the Falling Walls Lab Addis Ababa 2023 and wish them the very best in their future endeavours.

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