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Diverse support for Saxony's start-up scene, transfer actors and innovators

This year, futureSAX, the innovation platform of the Free State of Saxony, is once again organizing the three Saxon state awards for start-ups, transfer and innovation. The competition announcement as well as the diverse support offers are intended to give the Saxon start-up scene, transfer actors and innovators courage and confidence to continue realizing ideas and visions, especially in the current time of crisis.

The deadline for submitting applications for the state prizes is March 7, 2021. The futureSAX start-up forums, the Saxon Transfer Roadshows and the futureSAX innovation forum will also take place to intensively promote exchange and networking in the Saxon innovation ecosystem and to make Saxony's innovative strength visible.

futureSAX, the innovation platform of the Free State of Saxony, is once again organizing three state awards in 2021 on behalf of the Saxon Ministry of Economic Affairs: the Saxon Founder Award, the Saxon Transfer Award and the Saxon Innovation Award. The prizes are endowed with a total of up to 110.000 euros. With their participation, the companies, founders and scientists not only gain recognition in the innovation landscape of Saxony, but also become part of the futureSAX network with over 8.500 actors from science and industry.

Marina Heimann, Managing Director of futureSAX: »Positive examples as a signal for innovative entrepreneurship and technological solutions as an answer to the challenges of the future - that is what lies behind the participants in the competitions and their ideas, projects and innovations. Especially in the current time of crisis, we want to give people and institutions a stage and encourage them to push their own ideas forward with courage and confidence.«

Especially in the current crisis, it is particularly important to give the Saxon start-up scene, transfer actors and innovators courage and confidence so that they can continue to realize their ideas and visions.

Martin Dulig, Saxon Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport, emphasizes: »The corona pandemic poses existential questions for numerous companies and start-ups. It is now more important than ever to continue writing the success story of the innovative state of Saxony with innovative start-up concepts, successful innovations in established companies and also exemplary transfer projects. Saxony can show that it is one of the innovation drivers in Europe, especially in these difficult times!«

The application deadline for all three prizes is March 7, 2021.

The state prizes for start-ups, transfer and innovation are presented

The Saxon Founder's Prize is being awarded for the 21st time and is endowed with a total of up to 30.000 euros. We are looking for innovative business ideas and start-up concepts.

The Saxon Transfer Prize, which the Free State is awarding for the third time, focuses on knowledge and technology transfer projects with a model character. It is endowed with up to 30.000 euros. In addition, a special prize »technology mediator« will be awarded.

Also for the 21st time, the Free State of Saxony is honoring innovative products and services, new processes and innovative business models with the Saxon Innovation Award. Prize money totaling up to 50.000 euros and the special prize of the Saxon Chambers of Crafts are attractive. You can apply via the online-based application process until March 7, 2021 at apply.

The Saxon Founder's Prize:

The Saxon transfer price:

The Saxon Innovation Prize:

Diverse support: start-up forums, Saxon transfer roadshows and innovation forums 2021

The innovation platform futureSAX supports the Saxon doers with various formats accompanying the awarding of the state prizes: In the current competition year, founders, transfer actors and innovators will find many points of contact to connect very closely in the futureSAX network despite the distance.

Well attuned to the start-up award: In preparation for the Saxon start-up award, futureSAX is organizing three start-up forums in February, March and May 2021 as a series of events exchange come. The three annual futureSAX start-up forums focus on the topics of business models (founder forum I in February 2021), financing concepts (founder forum II in March 2021) and communication (founder forum III in May 2021). Those interested can apply at register for each event.

Further details on the start-up forums 2021:

futureSAX Founders' Forum I: Developing and communicating business models

04.02.2021 | 15:00 p.m. – 18:30 p.m. | online event

futureSAX Founders' Forum II: Create a financing concept suitable for investors

04.03.2021 | 15:00 p.m. – 19:00 p.m. | online event

futureSAX Founders' Forum III: Present your own idea convincingly

04.05.2021 | 10:30 a.m. – 19:30 p.m. | Chemnitz

Overcome distances with successful transfer: Furthermore, transfer actors will receive valuable impulses in preparation for the Saxon Transfer Award 2021 at the Saxon Transfer Roadshow. The series of events, which takes place four times a year, gives insights into the Saxon research landscape and creates a platform to stimulate joint cooperation between science and industry. The participants of the Saxon Transfer Prize open the (virtual) doors of their institutions to share their experiences from successful transfer projects.

Saxon Transfer Roadshow I:

From InnoTeam to innovation cluster – transfer with model character

23.03.2021/10/30 | 19:30 a.m. – XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. | Chemnitz

Saxon Transfer Roadshow II:

Research cooperation in the living laboratory of the city district of the future

05.05.2021/16/00 | 19:00 p.m. – XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. | Zwickau

All information and registration at:

Thinking ahead of innovations at the impulse event for Saxon medium-sized companies: futureSAX innovation forums bring scientists and companies together to facilitate the practical transition of innovations. The futureSAX innovation forum paves the way for successful knowledge and technology transfer with keynotes and keynote speeches by renowned experts, themed workshops and networking opportunities, and thus sets the perfect framework for developing innovations.

futureSAX Innovation Forum

Rethink innovation management

24.02.2021 | 09:00 p.m. – 14:15 p.m. | online event

All information and registration at:


Source: Media information futureSAX - the innovation platform of the Free State of Saxony from 03.02.2021

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