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The GRÜNDERPREIS NRW is being given for the ninth time and is one of the nation's most lucrative competitions for young companies and freelance professionals in the fields of trade, industry and services. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and NRW.BANK look forward to receiving your application (in German).

Conditions of participation:

Your company

  • was founded between 2015 and 2018,
  • has fewer than 250 employees,
  • generates annual sales of no more than EUR 50 million or has a balance sheet total of no more than EUR 43 million a year and
  • has its headquarters in North-Rhine Westphalia

You are

  • a freelance professional,
  • the founder of a small or medium-sized, independent company in the fields of industry, trade or services or
  • a company successor

You can also apply if you founded the company while unemployed or if it is a sideline enterprise.

A panel of experts chaired by Professor Christine Volkmann, holder of the chair in Business Creation and Economic Development at the University of Wuppertal, will look at your application. In addition to the economic success and the number of jobs created, the business idea is also evaluated. In this respect, questions about technological innovation, new processes, products or services as well as creative potential play a role. Likewise, criteria such as the compatibility of family life and career, environmentally conscious action or social commitment are also taken into consideration.

Ten candidates will be nominated for the final. You have the chance to win the first prize (EUR 30,000), second prize (EUR 20,000) and third prize (EUR 10,000).

Any more questions? Information line: 0201 43772-43