Innovative minds
in the spotlight

Video impressions of the Innovation Award 2023

Every year, the Innovation Award honours people who make progress possible in North Rhine-Westphalia with their knowledge of social contexts and hands-on solutions.

Innovation is the key to a strong, adaptable economy and the driving force behind actively tackling the various transition challenges. Numerous people contribute to our country's innovative strength with their wealth of ideas, their inventive spirit and their entrepreneurial willingness to take risks.

Every year, the NRW Innovation Award honours individuals who are helping drive forward the transition of North Rhine-Westphalia in the various phases of the innovation chain - from testing an outstanding idea to commercial application and scaling up.

Only the interaction of all these phases in our innovation ecosystem makes it possible to transform new ideas into economic vigour. This is the only way to ensure the competitiveness of North Rhine-Westphalia as a business location, going forward.

The Innovation Award will also be presented in four categories in 2024:

01

innovation

This award category honours Individuals with outstanding ideas whose feasibility has already been proven and which have very good prospects of market success.

02

innovation
2business

This award category honours individuals who have developed a successful business model from outstanding ideas for product or process innovations.

03

innovation
2market

This award category honours individuals whose innovation has shown particularly strong growth just a few years after its launch on the market.

04

innovation
4transformation

The Audience Award honours personalities whose innovative products, solutions or business models make an outstanding contribution to solving transition challenges.

Award winners 2023

Prof. Dr. Klaus Gerwert
Prof. Dr. Klaus Gerwert
innovation
Prof. Dr. Uwe Sauer
Prof. Dr. Uwe Sauer
innovation2business
Porträt von Dr. Kai-Philipp Kairies
Dr. Kai-Philipp Kairies
innovation2business
Dr. Sascha Feldhorst
Dr. Sascha Feldhorst
innovation2market
Lilian Schwich
Lilian Schwich
innovation4transformation

days

until the award ceremony

We have made a start with Alzheimer's; we are currently expanding to Parkinson's and other misfolding disorders. The award comes at just the right time and gives us a bit of a tailwind.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Gerwert
Winner of the 'innovation' category 2023