Successful commitment to innovation and growth in Saxony since 2002: futureSAX

For more than 15 years, futureSAX has been dedicated to the promotion of business startups, growth and innovation in Saxony. futureSAX provides growth impulses and honors innovative companies, transfer projects and startups in Saxony with the Saxon Innovation Prize, the Saxon Transfer Prize and the Saxon Founder Prize.


futureSAX GmbH

What began in 1999 as a business plan competition for the IT industry has successfully established itself as a project under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs as a cross-industry and cross-technology interface for founders, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists and transfer players in Saxony.

The innovation platform of the Free State of Saxony becomes futureSAX GmbH. The Free State of Saxony and Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH (WFS) act as shareholders of the new GmbH. The managing director of futureSAX GmbH will be Marina Heimann, who has been project manager for many years. The new futureSAX GmbH team is looking forward to continuing and further developing the established formats as well as the comprehensive network work on a long-term basis.


Combining the proven and the new - for innovative founders and companies

In 2017, the Saxon Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport carried out the various activities of futureSAX on its own initiative, with the aim of creating a sustainable structure and thus further strengthening the impact for Saxony.

Within the network, the new format Saxon Mentoring Network was established, which gives young and established companies the opportunity to exchange their experiences and relevant topics around the growth process with other entrepreneurs and knowledge carriers outside of specialist consulting and coaching.

In addition to the futureSAX ideas competition (now the Saxon Founder's Prize) and the Saxon Innovation Prize, the Saxon Transfer Prize was awarded for the first time at the Innovation Summit. Altogether over 100 applications clarify once more the potential and commitment in the innovation country Saxony. In addition to the showcases, the transfer area was honoured with its own area during the conference.


Rediscover Saxony as a land of innovation with futureSAX

Since April, the german futureSAX website has been shining with a new, fresh design and new functions.

While the futureSAX innovation radar provides an overview of the innovative founders and entrepreneurs from the futureSAX network, the futureSAX partner networks make it even easier to find the right contacts for reasons and transfer in the entire Free State.

futureSAX also expanded its repertoire of event formats live with the futureSAX innovation exchange. As an extension of the existing format, cooperation requests between science and industry can now not only be placed as one-pagers online or at events, but also presented on stage.


Focus on the next generation of entrepreneurs

In April, the first startups from the network inaugurated the new futureSAX Start-up Corner format at the Hanover Fair - created to help Saxon founders enter the market and increase awareness. After its successful debut in Germany, the futureSAX Start-up Corner travelled across European borders to the USA to SEMICON West, from where it left many more stations behind. In November, futureSAX ceremoniously announced the cooperation "futureSAX meets Jugend forscht" at the kick-off event of the same name. Since then, the two networks have been linked by a common goal as a nationwide pilot project - to strengthen the young spirit of innovation and invention in Bavaria. In December, futureSAX invited the futureSAX Startup Network Partners to meet for the first time with the aim of intensifying the exchange between the public supporters of the Saxon Startup scene.


New appearance for futureSAX - new event formats for alumni and investors

futureSAX in a new guise: At the beginning of the year, the corporate design and Internet presence were revised, and futureSAX is now also represented on various social media channels.

In May, the first futureSAX alumni breakfast was launched. Representatives of Saxon companies and startups meet every six months in a relaxed atmosphere to exchange information and experiences. Since October, futureSAX has been bringing together capital-seeking founders and entrepreneurs with potential investors at the futureSAX Investors Roadshow, which takes place several times a year at different locations. In addition, the futureSAX Know-how Network has created a central point of contact for transfer events throughout Saxony.


Handover of the baton for the future orientation of futureSAX


With the start of the competition year 2013/14, the future of futureSAX will be placed in new hands. Fachverlag Moderne Wirtschaft GmbH now acts as the organizer of futureSAX, replacing BPWS GmbH, a subsidiary of Sächsische Aufbaubank - Förderbank. BPWS GmbH is responsible for the professional organisation of this year's final award of the futureSAX ideas competition (now the Saxon Founder's Prize) in Dresden's Ostra-Park in a proven manner. In the second half of the year and with a new line-up, the organisation of the "Saxon Innovation Prize" under the futureSAX flag was on the agenda for the first time. In addition, the futureSAX Innovation Forum was introduced as a half-yearly, interactive expert forum and the foundation stone was laid for the futureSAX Alumni Circle, which comprises the nominees of the futureSAX competitions.


"Growing and Growing through Innovation" instead of business plan competition

This year, futureSAX offers two significant innovations: The new concept "Growing and Growing through Innovation" replaces the classic business plan competition. And for the first time, there is the futureSAX ideas competition (now the Saxon Founder's Prize) with four specially created competition categories that are open to all sectors of industry / across all boundaries and are oriented towards the markets in which they are used. Beyond that futureSAX invites to the innovation forums "Trends for the economy" and "Creating room for innovation". Further highlights of the year are the final award ceremony in the Ostra-Park in Dresden and the innovation summit in Dresden with Moshe Rappoport and Prof. Alexander Gerybadze.


The first innovation summit in the "Founder City Dresden

The most important futureSAX events of the year are popular with rain. These include the 3rd Venture Capital Forum in Dresden as well as the Future Forum "planet@2021" with IBM and Datev and the Vodafone Forum "High-Tech with fire and flame" with forensic expert Mark Bennecke. This year, the Ostra Park in Dresden serves as an excellent backdrop for the traditional final award ceremony. In addition, a new event will be launched: the Saxon Innovation Summit, which will take place for the first time in Dresden.


futureSAX wins award itself: "Selected Landmark 2010" in the Land of Ideas

The special university prize awarded at futureSAX is given a new name: Initiative prize. Other major innovations include the introduction of a start-up lunch with Sven Morlok, Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, and a start-up breakfast with Sparkasse Leipzig. The spectrum of outstanding events ranges from the founder pitch with the High-Tech-Gründerfonds, the forum with IBM and Datev Plan@2020 with trend researcher Sven Gabor Janszky to the Vodafone forum "Rules of the game - how we should deal with each other" with Moritz Freiherr von Knigge. The final award ceremony will take place at PIER 15 in Dresden. Beyond that futureSAX can record another special success: the award of the network as "Selected Landmark 2010" in the Land of Ideas.


An award for success-oriented founders: the new HHL Founders' Prize

The newly introduced HHL Start-up Award makes the futureSAX business plan competition even more attractive. The most important events of the year include the 2nd Venture Capital Forum, the IBM Forum "Recognizing Opportunities - Restructuring and Growth through Innovation" and the Vodafone Forum "Making Safe Decisions" with referee Dr. Markus Merk. The well-attended final award ceremony will take place this year at the Primondo Logistics Center Leipzig.


Launch of the HHL Q-Cells Award and Venture Capital Forum

The HHL-Q-Cells Award will be presented for the first time at futureSAX. Among the events of the year, the 1st Venture Capital Forum in Dresden and the two forums "Companies in Transition" with Primondo Logistics and "(Economic) Espionage - The Future Has Begun" stand out. There was also great interest in the business talks with Dr. Michael Kölmel (Kinowelt AG) and Dr. Frank Junker (KBA Koenig & Bauer AG) as well as the final awards ceremony at Elbe Flugzeugwerke Dresden.


To the advantage of the participants: Optimization of the business plan competition

The three-phase business plan competition model introduced in 2003 will be significantly optimised: with the redesign of Phase II with the jury meetings in the individual categories. The most important events of the year include the Chemnitz Innovation Forum with IBM and Vodafone, the 3rd Saxony Equity Forum with contact evening in Chemnitz and the final award ceremony in the German Workshops in Dresden-Hellerau.