Hessian Founders Award 2018

Since the year 2003, the state of Hessen offers young companies a platform to present themselves and recognizes their achievements. The award show takes place in the course of the Founders’ Days in the state capital Wiesbaden. Bringing together experts in the promotion of startups, people interested in startups, founders and young entrepreneurs.

To apply for the prize you need to fulfill certain criteria. Such as:

  • Self-employment has not been carried out for more than five years
  • The entrepreneur can make a living with his company
  • The headquarter of the company is located in Hessen

The prize is awarded in three categories, plus an additional category:

  • Innovative business idea
  • Courageous foundation
  • Social impact
  • Additional category: Foundation from university

Application process:

Applications can be submitted on one’s own initiative or by suggestion until August 13, 2018. Each founder can apply for one or more of the categories.

After all applications have been received, the jury decides in a first step on the assignements. The semi-finalists in each category will be determined in a pre-selection and the results will be published on August 20, 2018.

In the semi-final in Wiesbaden at the end of September, the semi-finalists present themselves and their company to the jury for a 5-minute presentation. The three most convincing entrepreneurs in each category will be invited to the final award ceremony on November 7, 2018 in the RheinMain CongressCenter.

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