Outstanding companies.

Award winning ideas.

Reduced to the maximum

Three young engineers from Karlsruhe developed chemical reactor technology that fits in a ship’s container. The revolutionary compact plant uses wind or solar power to produce synthetic fuel for use in the car industry and others helpt Ineratec GmbH win the the German Entrepreneur Award 2018 in the StartUp category.

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In store for the future

Tesvolt GmbH from Wittenberg have made a crucial contribution to the clean energy revolution with their highly efficient energy storage systems. The astounding development of a globally unprecedented product that will positively impact the future of the energy industry. They are also a winner - gaining the German Entrepreneur Award 2018 in the Rising Star category.

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Dr. Jörg Mittelsten Scheid, Vorwerk – A direct path to success

Vorwerk food processors and vacuum cleaners – setting the standard for household appliances for generations. Dr. Jörg Mittelsten Scheid turned the long-established company into a direct sales trailblazer – with corresponding international interests and aspirations. This has earned the trained lawyer the German Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award 2018.

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Magic of the moment

The highly-acclaimed Circus Roncalli has been captivating audiences all over the world with creative and daring new performances for more than 40 years. The old-school circus extravaganza’s winning formula is the vision and mission of its founder Bernhard Paul. His exceptional achievements have been now honoured with the German Entrepreneur Special Award 2018.

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Founded on partnership.

Fostered by the best.

Unparalleled in every category. The German Entrepreneur Award is the country's most prestigious acknowledgement of entrepreneurial excellence and achievement.

Initiated in 2002 by the four partner organisations Stern magazine, ZDF, Sparkassen and Porsche, the German Entrepreneur Award is now firmly established as Germany's most respected accolade for business success. The aim of the initiators is to foster a positive entrepreneurial environment in Germany and encourage people to go into business.

The award is presented to entrepreneurs who have excelled at starting up new businesses and creating new and sustainable business ideas. 
The German Entrepreneur Award is conferred annually in four categories for Startups, Rising Stars, Lifetime Achievement and Students. There is also a Special Award for exceptional entrepreneurial achievement.

300 experts from the field of business startups and 26 well known entrepreneurial personalities from Germany dedicate their time to the German Entrepreneur Award. Numerous other sponsors support the award to help foster a spirit of enterprise and endeavour in young people, including the Federal Ministry for the Economy and Energy (BMWi).


has been Germany's leading illustrated weekly news magazine since 1948, reporting on social, political and economic issues of the day.

Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband (DSGV - German Savings Banks Association)

is the umbrella organisation of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe (Savings Banks Finance Group). The organisation includes 396 savings banks, seven Landesbank Groups, eight Landesbausparkassen, eleven direct insurer groups of the savings banks, and many other financial service providers.

Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)

is Germany's national public television broadcaster. It is run as an independent non-profit corporation under the authority of the Länder, the sixteen states that constitute the Federal Republic of Germany.


is one of the world's most successful car manufacturers and prestigious marques. The subsidiary Porsche Consulting consolidates knowledge to advance the principle of strategic thinking and pragmatic action.

The Ministry for the Economy and Energy supports the initiative as a cooperation partner.