Hessischer Gründerpreis 2020 HESSIAN FOUNDER AWARD : THESE ARE THE WINNERS
Prizes for innovative business ideas, social impact, sustainable successors and university founders.
Almost 8,000 votes were cast in the online voting on the Hessischer Gründerpreis 2020 website. There were more than 16,000 views of the pitch videos — fantastic numbers and a lot of attention for the founders in the last round of the Hessian Founders Award. There was also great interest in the other parts of the grand finale on November 27, such as the specialist conference, GründerLAB and finally the award ceremony as a live stream.
“This confirms once again that our decision in spring to award the Hessian Founders’ Prize in the Corona year 2020 was correct,” says project manager Elisabeth Neumann. “Unfortunately, the planned big gala with awards ceremony in our twin city Kassel could not take place, we could only hold many events online. But we were still able to generate a lot of attention for the great achievements of the young companies. ”The Hessian Minister of Economic Affairs Tarek Al-Wazir as patron and the other laudators and partners who came to Offenbach for the physical award ceremony with a strict hygiene concept.
“ Founders make an economy innovative and adaptable. They strengthen their resistance to crises. That is why the support of founders is at the center of Hessian economic policy ”, said Minister Tarek Al-Wazir at the award ceremony. In the “Innovative Business Idea ” category, it honored the winners Benjamin Federmann and the team from doks.innovation from Kassel , the team around Max Limper and Miguel Sousa from the Darmstadt Graphics Group, and Simon Schmidt and the team from Gründau with their tea balls as the winners. The minister then announced doks.innovation as the winner of this category. Doks.innovation enables automated inventory recording in warehouses and the Darmstadt Graphics Group automatically optimizes complex 3D models for visualization. Teaballs produces pressed tea balls from plant extracts, which dissolve in hot and cold water within a short time.
Then the moderator Dirk Wagner from hr-iNFO asked the head of the Hessen employment agency, Dr. Frank Martin on stage to honor the winners in the “Social Impact” category. Nicolas Barthelmé from Eltville from the company “You are the boss here — the consumer brand “ , the team around Felix Beinenz and Vitalij Hilsendeger from Darmstadt with their senior-friendly app Lylu and Nina Schönrock and Christian Schulte from VertrauTier from Willingen (Upland) . “The finalists in the Social Impact category are excellent examples of how social responsibility and entrepreneurship go hand in hand,” explained Dr. Martin, before he awarded “ You are the boss here — the consumer brand” as the winner. The company creates transparency and codetermination in the food market, the Lylu app connects seniors with their environment and confidant enables contact between humans and animals in animal-assisted therapy.
“ Future-proof succession” is not only the third competition category, but also a big topic for the Bürgschaftsbank Hessen and an affair of the heart for Managing Director Sven Volkert: “There is so much dynamism in continuing an existing company: for the economy, the acquirer, his new employees and their employees Familys. Those involved can draw on our expertise in a special way to find the best solution. That is why we are always very passionate about participating in the Hessian Founders’ Prize. ”Volkert then presented the certificates to the three winners in the category: Christoph Jestädt is the tenth generation to produce organic and sustainable food at the Hannheinehof in Fulda . Katharina Koch has owned the Koch Landfleischerei, which has existed since 1877 in Calden as part of an internal family succession and turned it into a modern online brand. Timo Reinhardt finally started as an apprentice at the Balzer painting company from Marburg, and now he is the owner of it . He relies on ecological building materials and attaches great importance to integration: three of his employees come from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Syria . As the winner in the category , Volkert ultimately awarded the Koch country meat shop .
Young companies are also constantly emerging at the University of Kassel. That is why Chancellor Dr. Oliver Fromm the right laudator for the category “Startups from the University” . He honored Stefan Weiss, Hanno Storz and Torben Hellmuth and their intelligent elastic fitness band STRAFFR as award winners, as did Lea Schücking and Leya Bilgic from SHARDS with their tiles made from recycled rubble. Both ideas were developed at the University of Kassel. The D rode in league Jonas Eiden, Marius Mersinger and Fabian Hegner of isolated house in Offenbach have simple, temporary shelter and sustainable invented. Dr. Fromm then emphasized: “ University founders contribute directly to social change in all dimensions — economic, ecological, social and cultural. That is why promoting start-ups is one of our core tasks in knowledge transfer “ before he zeltHAUS handed over the trophy .
At the end of the event, there was another novelty: Felix Kläres from Ober-Ramstadt received the special award as the youngest founder . Felix was only 15 years old when he submitted his application and was only 14 when he was founded. He still attends school and runs his company 3D for you, with which he creates realistic components for model airplanes and other products individually using 3D according to customer requirements -Printer makes. Kläres received its prize from Ingo Buchholz, the chairman of the management board of Kassler Sparkasse. “Innovative ideas and creative concepts are the engine for change,” says Buchholz. “That alone is not enough, it has to be implemented. This requires people who have vision and entrepreneurial courage. ” He then handed over the baton to Oliver Schwebel, Managing Director of the Frankfurt Economic Development Agency, on behalf of the Mayor of Kassel, Christina Geselle . In this difficult year, with severe restrictions for physical events, Kassel was a very good partner of the Hessian Founders’ Prize, Lord Mayor Geselle initiated the entire award ceremony with his greeting — currently as a video message. Oliver Schwebel accepted the baton as a representative of the city of Frankfurt, which will be the partner of the Hessian Founder Award 2021 — then hopefully without Corona and again with face-to-face events.
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