Success has many good founders.

Inventiveness and variety were certainly not in short supply with this year's nominees: They have designed a new type of gearbox that will revolutionise the bicycle market or created huge indoor playgrounds for the whole family. There are business ideas ranging from healthy sausages through complex software design automation tools to customisable jewellery and sustainably produced bags.

A dynamic start.

Finalists in the StartUp category.

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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Exceptionally placed.

Finalists in the Rising Star category.

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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Simply inspirational.

Winners in the Lifetime Achievement, Student and Special Award categories.

Friedrich von Metzler – 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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