The "Innovation" category is intended for technology and knowledge-based companies that have successfully transformed scientific and technological insights into entrepreneurial achievements. The "Courage" category is for young companies that have ventured off the beaten path, have prevailed against challenges and adversities, or have successfully tried out new things.
Companies can apply for the award until 23:59 on September 30, 2023. The application for the prize is free of charge and only possible in one category. Participation is via the online application form.
An expert jury will select the winners in two rounds based on the online applications. In the first round, three applications per category will be nominated for the second round. In the second round, the finalists will present themselves in a pitch session to the jury. The pitches will take place on the afternoon of November 17, 2023, just before the award ceremony.
To participate in the competition, companies must have been founded between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2023. In addition, the business activity must take place as a main occupation, or at least there must be the intention to take it up soon. Lastly, the company's headquarters must be in Heidelberg.
This award highlights the City of Heidelberg's commitment to creating a supportive environment for courageous and innovative companies and acknowledging their contribution to the regional economy.
Further information and participation conditions can be found here on the City of Heidelberg's website.
In cooperation with and with the support of Sparkasse Heidelberg, Heidelberger Volksbank, Frauenbad Heidelberg, and Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V.