Outstanding companies.

Award winning ideas.

It's all about the sausage

They enjoy barbecues and had a certain hunger for sausages with low fat and zero chemicals - Manuel Stöffler and Michael Ziegler were inspired to create the "Sausage revolution 2.0". The healthy sausage creations are a success story both offline and online and helped Grillido win the German Entrepreneur Award 2017 in the StartUp category.

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Bags of love

Established to carry their idea into the entire world: For over 5 years FOND OF BAGS from Cologne is a international renowned company for respondsible produced sport, business, school and travel bags. They are also a winner - gaining the German Entrepreneur Award 2017 in the Rising Star category.

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Foresight and trust

He is a descendant of a 337 year old traditional banking family and is still leading Germany's eldest and most prestigious private bank. Especially for his merits of the financial center of Germany Friedrich von Metzler has been rewarded with a German Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award 2017.

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The cameraman

Overwhelmed by the rapid advancement of digital photography, about 15 years ago the cult brand Leica was teetering on the brink of collapse. In a difficult environment Dr. Andreas Kaufmann got the company with a heritage back on track on the road to success, earning him the German Entrepreneur Special Award 2017.

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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.