Criteria include the following
- commercial success
- the number of jobs created
- the creativity of the business idea
- the compatibility of family life and work commitments
- the acceptance of environmental responsibility and social commitment
Professor Christine K. Volkmann
University of Wuppertal
Holder of the UNESCO chair in Entrepreneurship and Intercultural Management
Holder of the chair in Business Creation and Economic Development
Chairman of the Board of the Jackstädt Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research
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- Professor Christine K. Volkmann
NRW has unique entrepreneurial potential worldwide. To create businesses and thus make a fundamental contribution to the sustainable development of society: That is the central intention of the GRÜNDERPREIS NRW. We are looking forward to innovative start-ups again this year.
Cultivator of good ideas, social entrepreneur & innovation nerd at MAK3it GmbH
Regional spokesperson in Düsseldorf for the Federal Association of German Start-Ups (BVDS e.V.)
NRW’s state representative for Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany (SEND e.V.)
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- Daniel Bartel
The GRÜNDERPREIS NRW emboldens courageous entrepreneurs! These pioneers are creating innovations and the jobs of the future. As a juror, I focus on sustainable and responsible business models.
Director of the Rhineland division of the funding advisory organisation NRW.BANK
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- Claudia Brendt
As a banker, I look at the profitability and earning power of the company. We have already discovered seven model companies through the GRÜNDERPREIS NRW, all of which are examples of successful start-ups. We want to build on this and also give this year's winners a stage on which they can attract a lot of attention.
Business Unit Manager for Start-Up Support and Business Development
Bergische IHK Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid
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- Thomas Grigutsch
Many people have vague ideas of becoming self-employed. The GRÜNDERPREIS NRW has an enormously important function here.
It gives a face to the topic of founding a business and provides motivation those with an idea in their head.
Head of Department for Management Consultancy of the Dortmund Chamber of Trade
Member of the steering group for STARTERCENTER NRW
Representative of the NRW Chambers of Trade
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- Gabor Leisten
If we want to secure a future for the economy in our region, we need entrepreneurs who use pioneering business ideas and specialist know-how to stimulate entrepreneurial culture and sustainably strengthen SMEs. The GRÜNDERPREIS NRW therefore regularly recognises exemplary young companies, puts their commitment and zest for action in the spotlight, and actively promotes entrepreneurial culture in NRW.
Dr Meike Rabanus
Head of the Department of Company Start-Ups, STARTERCENTER NRW
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitization and Energy for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia
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- Dr Meike Rabanus
The GRÜNDERPREIS NRW is one of the most lucrative competitions nationwide. It also offers a great stage for entrepreneurs and shows how diverse and lively the entrepreneurial scene in North Rhine-Westphalia is.
Managing Director of GWS
Board member of the Association of Business Development and Development Companies in NRW
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- Jochen Schröder
Company founders are interesting people: It is a question of mentality, namely the unconditional wish for self-employment and self-initiative that characterises them. I also see particular potential in successful company succession, because the coming years will see a generation-related transfer process occur in many companies.
Founder of Wildling Shoes GmbH
Winner of the GRÜNDERPREIS NRW 2018
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- Anna Yona
The GRÜNDERPREIS NRW supported us in spreading our vision of making a difference. As part of the jury for the 2019 GRÜNDERPREIS NRW, I am very pleased to be able to pass this experience on to other exciting companies.