Idea. Transfer. Innovation – successful start for the 2017 futureSAX competitions

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The kick-off event on November 21 2016 in Leipzig marked the successful start for the 2017 futureSAX competitions. Applications for the Startup Competition, the Innovation Prize of the Free State of Saxony and, brand new, for the Saxon Transfer Prize can be handed in until March 15 2017.

The event was opened by Dr. Hartmut Mangold, Saxon State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Transport. In the fully-booked venue “Kuppelhalle of LVZ” he encouraged entrepreneurs, founders and all those occupied in technology transfer to take part in the upcoming competitions. For the first time, there will be three competitions running at the same time, as Oskar Krohmer, project manager of futureSAX explained in more detail.

The Startup Competition will focus again on innovative business ideas and founders. Individual founders, teams of founders or startup companies which are located in Saxony or plan to locate here are encouraged to apply. 

The 19th edition of the Innovation Prize of the Free State of Saxony will be awarded to the most outstanding innovation among Saxon enterprises. Saxon companies that have successfully introduced an innovation to the market within the last three years, are encouraged to apply. 

The Saxon Transfer Prize will be awarded for the first time in 2017. We are looking for successful projects in knowledge and technology transfer. The evaluation will focus on design and effectiveness of the transfer process. The prize is aimed at know-how-givers or intermediaries, that had a major impact on the success of the process. Nominations will be solely through the companies that have benefited from the transfer projects-

All applications or nominations for the 2017 competitions must be received no later than March 15 2017. More information (just in German language) can be found here.

The value added for taking part in the competitions was highlighted in the panel discussion at the kick-off event: futureSAX-Alumni Julia Ryssel (LAVIU GmbH), Ronny Bernstein (BMF GmbH) and Tobias Meyhöfer (FiberCheck GmbH) agreed that the competitions helped them to focus on important issues to address the market needs correctly. Not only the feedback of the jury, but also drafting the applications helped them to sharpen their strategies. One more value add was the increased PR and the use of the futureSAX network.

Christiane Bach-Kaienburg, head of technology transfer activities at TU Dresden emphasised the importance of technology transfer in the innovation process. She welcomed that the Saxon Transfer Prize will for the first time recognize this with a public prize.

All about networking was the get-together that also featured expert talks in the topics of patent law, invcentives and finance, coworking and technology transfer.