65,000 euros for the most innovative business start-ups by women
Especially in economically difficult times, we need innovative business concepts that solve societal challenges and generate economic growth. The potential of courageous women is supported by the sponsorship award and female entrepreneurs should receive more publicity. This is still necessary, as women are still underrepresented in the field of business start-ups.
Albert Darboven (2021 award ceremony)
The criteria for awarding the Förderpreis award are clearly defined. The focus is on the viable business concept, the degree of innovation of the business idea, the personal commitment of the founder and, new this year, the sustainability (social, ecological, economic) of the start-up idea. Female founders and entrepreneurs who have been self-employed for at least three years are eligible to participate.
In the first application phase, all interested women had to complete a standardized application form and submit it by July 31, 2021. Three business ideas will be awarded. The first prize is worth 50,000 euros, the second prize 10,000 euros and the third prize 5,000 euros.
From the large number of entries, five female applicants will be given the opportunity to present themselves and the start-up idea in person to the jury. A place for this final round is awarded by public voting.
The Förderpreis award is under the patronage of Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schipanski. The prize winners are selected by a top-class jury chaired by Prof. Dr. Rolf Eggert.
The other jury members are: Dr. Bernd C. Janssen, Norbert Leopoldseder, Wilfried Peters, Dr. Anita Plantikow, Manuela Rasthofer, and Laura Bücheler (winner of the Darboven IDEE Förderpreis Award 2019).
In several meetings, the jury reviewed the concepts submitted by the founders and requested additional documents. Additional business plans, profit-and-loss statements, excerpts from the commercial register, lists of shareholders, as well as patents gave the jury a comprehensive picture of the business concepts.
The five finalists or finalist duos for this year's Darboven IDEE-Förderpreis award beat a total of 144 applicants with their ideas. Four of the five female founders or founding duos directly secured a ticket to the final round: Dr. Anne Lamp and Johanna Baare from Hamburg with traceless materials GmbH; Dr. Katrin Schuhen from Karlsruhe with Wasser 3.0 gGmbH; Dr. Beatrix Förster from Alpenrod with Doderm GmbH; and Dr. Christina Linke and Patricia Griem from Berlin with Clean Ocean Coatings GmbH. In addition, the jury selected nine promising candidates for the public vote. And the public decided: Alexandra Herget and Franziska Altenrath from TUTAKA GmbH in Hamburg were also allowed to enter the final. On November 25, 2021, the three most innovative and sustainable start-up concepts were honored..
A role model for others
Founders of Clean Ocean Coatings GmbH
The founding duo Dr. Christina Linke and Patricia Griem invented the first petroleum-free, biocide-free and solvent-free coating for ships. With its Ecoatings, Clean Ocean Coatings GmbH introduces a sustainable alternative to so-called antifouling coatings, which are designed to prevent mussels and algae from attaching to ships' hulls.
Founders traceless materials GmbH
With traceless materials GmbH, Dr. Anne Lamp and Johanna Baare bring novel, natural, innovative materials to the market that are a real alternative to conventional (bio-)plastics in terms of their quality, functionality and price. The holistically sustainable alternative to plastic takes into account all impact indicators and is made from agricultural residues.
Founder Wasser 3.0 gGmbH
Dr. Katrin Schuhen is the founder of Wasser 3.0 gGmbH, which has developed the world's first filter-free process for removing microplastics and micropollutants from water. In addition to selling the scalable process, Wasser 3.0 conducts education and outreach on the topic of microplastics and water. A three-tier revenue model allows for the investment of 100 percent of profits into research and education.
Founder Doderm GmbH
Dr. Beatrix Förster is the founder of Doderm GmbH and has developed a biotechnological process to obtain therapeutically effective antibacterial antibodies from cow's milk at low cost. The aim is to significantly reduce the use of antibiotics in the treatment of humans and animals, because antibiotic resistance often results from this, which in turn leads to treatment failure.
Founders TUTAKA GmbH
The founders Alexandra Herget and Franziska Altenrath won the public vote for this year's Darboven IDEE- Förderpreis award and thus secured a place in the final. TUTAKA is the first marketplace for sustainable products and services in the hospitality industry that takes a holistic approach to sustainability.
traceless materials GmbH
With traceless materials, Dr. Anne Lamp, Johanna Baare and their team bring novel, natural and innovative materials to the market, which are a real alternative to conventional (bio)plastics in terms of quality, functionality and their price.
The company Doderm GmbH, headed by founder Dr. Beatrix Förster, was awarded second place and prize money of 10,000 euros. Their innovation is a biotechnological process for obtaining therapeutically effective antibacterial antibodies from cow's milk at low cost.
Wasser 3.0 gGmbH
In third place with a grant of 5,000 euros is Dr. Katrin Schuhen with Wasser 3.0 gGmbH. She and her team are developing the first filter-free process for removing microplastics and micropollutants from water.
15th Darboven IDEE-Förderpreis award
IDEE-Förderpreis award 2019
GHOST - feel it. GmbH
The winners of the 14th Darboven IDEE-Förderpreis award developed a software environment for the creation of haptic user interfaces so that the sense of touch can be used as a human-machine interface.
The runner-up of the 14th IDEE-Förderpreis award produces particularly user-friendly and economical bio-nanotechnological products. For example, gold nanoparticles are used to make antibodies visible.
Hellstern medical GmbH
The third-place winner of the 2019 Darboven IDEE-Förderpreis award developed an ergonomic and innovative body support system for surgeons to reduce muscle fatigue and pain among Operation Room staff.