• Berlin Brandenburg Innovation Award: apply until 21 June

This year too, Berlin and Brandenburg expect a high level of participation in the innovation competition advertised by both States. Last year, 221 start-ups, established companies and partnerships between research and industry applied. A record number. Products, concepts and solutions are sought that exemplify the innovative capabilities and economic strength of the capital region.

“This process is significantly more efficient compared to the conventional method. Large amounts of solvents are saved. And in the end this results in a cheaper product for the patient – for example in the fight against cancer” says Andreas Regnery, co-founder of BELYNTIC, a company based in the Berlin-Adlershof technology park. In 2020, this scientific start-up was one of the six winners of the Berlin Brandenburg Innovation Award, with which the two States distinguish groundbreaking products, concepts or services from the capital region. The innovation developed by BELINTIC: A technology based on a chemical linker molecule (PEC-Link) for the purification of peptides (short proteins).

It is still uncertain who will take home the prize this year, worth a total of 50,000 Euro. Established companies and start-ups with their registered offices in Berlin and Brandenburg have until 21 June to apply – also gladly in cooperation with universities and scientific institutions.

Innovations as answers to new challenges

The competition, which has been jointly awarded by the two States since 1992, already saw record participation in 2020:  221 founders, established companies and partnerships between research and industry applied for the Berlin Brandenburg Innovation Award – despite the difficult conditions caused by the corona pandemic. “This past year has shown us that we are dependent on outstanding and pioneering innovations in times of crisis. Together we want to make this visible and promote it in order to strengthen our economy and society in the capital region sustainably”, says Ramona Pop, Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Economy, Energy and Public Enterprises. And Brandenburg’s Minister of Economic Affairs Jörg Steinbach underlined: “We want to awaken this inventive spirit again this year. Innovations can make an important contribution to our society and provide answers to new challenges.”

The award is closely linked to the Joint Innovation Strategy of the States of Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB 2025). Therefore the award is given to products, concepts and solutions from the innoBB 2025 clusters:

  • Healthcare
  • Energy technology
  • ICT, media and creative industry
  • Optics and photonics
  • Transport, mobility, and logistics

Each of the five winners of the Innovation Award 2021 will receive a prize of 10,000 Euro. The jury can award a special prize for innovations that are particularly socially relevant. The nominees for this year’s award will be announced on 8 October. The award ceremony will take place on 26 November 2021 as part of a celebratory event. (vdo)

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