Your participation in the

German Innovation Awards

Dates

Oktober
11.10.2021 Call for applications German Innovation Award 2022
November
January
February
04.02.2022 Deadline for digital submissions for jury meeting
May

Your path

to a German Innovation Award

The German Innovation Awards is open to companies from all industries and sectors of the economy as well as non-commercial and governmental organisations from all over the world. The expert committees of the German Design Council decide on admission to the contest. This procedure ensures the independence and excellence of the awards.

  • 1 Award registration
    • The German Design Council nominates companies, on a rolling basis, that are notable for their innovative capabilities. If your project is nominated, you will receive a written notification including login data and can register your nominated project via our registration portal My Design Council. You can then proceed to register your project at our registration portal »My Design Council«. The registration is binding. The project you are submitting needs to have been released or launched within the last five years. You can register your project in up to three of the categories for which your project was nominated.
      More about the categories

      In addition, companies have the opportunity to submit projects for the awards directly and on their own initiative. After a review by our expert committees, you will receive a written notification from the German Design Council whether your project meets the required criteria and has thus been admitted to participate in the German Innovation Awards. If your project is not accepted, you will of course also be notified, and you will not incur a service charge.

      You’ll find information here about the competition categories and the relevant fees and services.
  • 2 Digital presentation for the jury session
  • 3 Participation and evaluation criteria
    • All submissions that are received by the deadline and meet all of the mandated formal requirements will be submitted to the jury. Criteria for the evaluation include:

      » User benefits
      » Innovation strategy
      » Social, ecological and economic sustainability
      » Functionality and ease of use
      » Synergy effects
      » Economic efficiency
      » The extent to which energy and resource use are taken into account
      » Location and employment potential
      » Longevity and quality
      » Overall concept
      » Market maturity, technical quality and functionality
      » Technological progress
      » Sustainability

      Please note that the list above is not a hierarchical list pertaining to criteria and vetting, i.e. the jury is free to weight the various criteria as it sees fit. The jury also reserves the right to switch a project from one category to another. You will receive written notification of the jury’s decision. Any litigation in connection with this contest is excluded.

  • 4 Awards ceremony
    • The German Innovation Awards will be presented in May 2022 as part of a festive awards ceremony at Berlin. Impressions of the German Innovation Awards 2019 can be found here.

The award

categories

In the categories »Excellence in Business to Consumer« and »Excellence in Business to Business«, the jury honours particularly outstanding innovations with one »Gold« award per category. Innovations that advance the industry through originality, implementation and effectiveness receive the »Winner« award. For well thought-out partial aspects and original approaches, the jury awards »Special Mention« awards.

 

  • Excellence in Business to Consumer
    • Beauty & Care f.ex. Body care, cosmetics, wellness
      Drugstore Products f.ex. Drugstore articles, hygiene
      E-Business f.ex. E-Commerce Systems
      E-Mobility f.ex. Electric mobility
      Entertainment Electronics f.ex. Consumer electronics, TV, audio, video, photo, accessories
      Fashion f.ex. Clothing, shoes, accessories
      Food & Beverages f.ex. Food, beverages
      Gardening & Tools f.ex. Garden equipment, garden maintenance, tools, tool equipment
      Heating & Bathroom f.ex. Bathroom and sanitary, heating, air-conditioning and energy technology
      Household Appliances f.ex. Household appliances, large electrical appliances, household goods
      Interior & Living f.ex.Furniture, wall and ceiling cladding, floor coverings
      Kids & Toys f.ex. Games, toys, children's products
      Kitchen f.ex. Kitchens, electrical appliances, kitchen accessories, cooking utensils
      Leisure & Crafts f.ex. Leisure articles, hobby and craft supplies, musical instruments
      Lighting f.ex. Luminaries, illuminant
      Luxury f.ex. exclusive products, luxury articles
      Medical & Health f.ex. Pharmaceuticals, rehabilitation and care
      Office & Stationery f.ex. Paper, office supplies, stationery
      Public Space f.ex.Street appurtenances, advertising technology, security systems, sanitary equipment for public facilities
      Smart Living f.ex. Smart Metering, Smart Home
      Transportation f.ex. Automobility, bicycles, motorcycles, vehicle accessories and mobility service providers
      Travel, Sports & Outdoor Goods f.ex. Sports equipment and products, sportswear, bags, suitcases, travel utensils
  • Excellence in Business to Business
    • Automotive Technologies f.ex. Mobility technologies, vehicle and component development, vehicle safety
      Aviation, Maritime & Railway Technologies f.ex.Aviation and space travel technology, shipbuilding and maritime technology, rail vehicles, vehicles for public transportation
      Building & Elements f.ex. Building materials, building elements, paints, insulation, windows, building automation
      Chemical Industry f.ex. Fine Chemistry, Specialty Chemistry
      Connectivity f.ex. IoT, Industry 4.0
      E-Mobility Technologies f.ex. Systems, products and components for electromobility
      Electronic Technologies f.ex. Automation, measurement technology, sensor technology
      Energy Solutions f.ex. Renewable energy systems, energy generation, heating and cooling technology
      Information Technologies | Functional Software f.ex.Cloud solutions, data analytics, process management and production software, cyber security, virtual reality, sales and CRM solutions, education technologies
      Information Technologies | Industry Specific and Service Software f.ex.Financial technologies, smart facility, geospatial and touristic related technologies, gaming and media, product- and service software
      Lighting Solutions f.ex. Light sources, lighting technology, projection, light management
      Logistics & Infrastructure f.ex. Passenger and freight traffic, storage, packaging
      Machines & Engineering f.ex. Capital goods, mechanics, processes and manufacturing techniques, robotics
      Materials & Surfaces f.ex. High performance materials and coatings
      Medical Technologies f.ex. Medical technology, medical supplies, medical devices
      Office Solutions f.ex.Office supplies, business process and office technologies
      Pharmaceuticals f.ex. Pharmaceutical products, laboratory equipment
      Retail & Trade Solutions f.ex. Business equipment, display systems, gastronomy, hotel industry
  • Design Thinking
    • Apart from the opportunity to register projects under the categories listed above, all projects can also be registered under the overarching category called Design Thinking.
      Eligible projects are those that strive for innovation through more agile innovation methods such as design thinking, scrum, lean start-up or sprinting. That said, what we are primarily looking for are innovative achievements whose primary aim is to incorporate the relevant stakeholders into the development process and whose results prominently feature user-centricity. Projects that document the decisive difference between agile and participatory development processes have a shot at winning this very special prize.

*Projects can be registered in up to three categories of a competition class

Registration and Service fees

for award winners

  • Registration fees
    • Registration for the contest by 28 January 2022 per project

      € 495.00

      Early Bird registration by 19 November 2021

      € 449.00

    • All information is valid per submitted project plus the legally valid value added tax. For submissions registered after 28 January 2022, an additional late fee of € 140.00 will be charged.
  • Nominee Package (optional bookable)*
    • The nominee package includes: 
    •        
    • - Use of the Nominee label        
    • - Two personalised Nominee documents        
    • - Access to our marketing services        
    • - Text modules    
    • - Social media tag: nominees are named and tagged in a social media post
    •    
    • Costs for optional Nominee Package: € 1,950.00
    •  
    • Find out more about your benefits as a Nominee here.
  • Special Mention
    • The award includes:

    • - Use of the »Special Mention« label for your communication
      measures (from end of communication embargo /
      awards ceremony)
      - Receipt of two personalised winner documents
      - Exclusive access to the marketing services concerning
      the German Innovation Awards 2022
      - Target group-specific and individual advertisement
      on Facebook
      - Pre-formulated text modules for use in your
      communication measures
      - Presentation of the awarded project with short text, image,
      company information and backlink in the online gallery
      - Short individual video clips (Facebook and Instagram
      format) of your award are included
      - Invitation to attend the awards ceremony and receive
      your personal winner document and opportunity for a
      professional photo

    • Service fee for »Special Mention«: € 3.150,00**
    • Find out more about your benefits as an award winner here.

  • Winner
    • - Use of the »Winner« label for your communication
      measures (from end of communication embargo /
      awards ceremony)
      - Receipt of two personalised winner documents
      - Exclusive access to the marketing services concerning
      the German Innovation Awards 2022
      - Target group-specific and individual advertisement
      on Facebook
      - Pre-formulated text modules for use in your
      communication measures
      - Presentation of the awarded project with short text, image,
      company information and backlink in the online gallery
      - Short individual video clips (Facebook and Instagram
      format) of your award are included
      - Invitation to attend the awards ceremony and receive
      your personal winner document and opportunity for a
      professional photo

    • Costs for »Winner«: € 3,450.00**

    • Find out more about your benefits as a winner here.
  • Gold
    • The award includes:
       
    • - Use of the »Gold« label for your communication
      measures (from end of communication embargo /
      awards ceremony)
      - Receipt of two personalised winner documents
      - Receipt of an award sclupture
      - Exclusive access to the marketing services concerning
      the German Innovation Awards 2022
      - Target group-specific and individual display on Facebook/
      Instagram, as well as on LinkedIn or Pinterest
      - Personalised press release (in German and English) as well
      as pre-formulated text modules for communication
      - Presentation of the awarded project with short text, image,
      company information, detailed jury statement and backlink
      in the online gallery
      - Short individual video clips (Facebook and Instagram
      format) of your award are included
      - Invitation to attend the awards ceremony and receive
      your personal winner document as well as the award sculpture
      on stage and opportunity for a professional photo

    • Costs for »Gold«: € 4,450.00**

    • Find out more about your benefits as a winner here.
  • Our grant programme
    • The German Design Council offers all SMEs, freelancers and business startups the opportunity to apply for a waiver of the service charges for winners. These waivers will be granted on the basis of financial need. In order to qualify, your annual revenue for the past two years must be €50,000 or less. Your application must be received by the German Design Council by 21 January 2022. You can download an the application form here.

* optionally bookable and plus valid value-added tax 
**All data are valid per award and plus the legally valid value-added tax.

Download announcement documents (PDF)

How to

register

1. Click on the registration button to access our online database My Design Council. There you register as a new participant and create your profile. Or you can log in with your existing access data.

2. Complete your profile and enter the following details about your innovation: project name, short description (German and English, max. 800 characters incl. spaces), one image (JPG, max. 10 MB), as well as details about customer/manufacturer/developer and category selection. Registration is possible in up to 3 categories of a contest class and the additional category.

3. As soon as you have completed all the details, you can complete your registration as a binding participant. Please note that participation in the competition and a possible award will entail fees and costs. More information about fees and services can be found here and in our announcement documents.

4. Use an upload link to upload a digital presentation of your innovation for the jury session by 4 February 2022 at the latest. Further information on the permitted file formats and the scope of your submission can be found in our announcement documents and in the factsheet for digital presentation.

5. You will be informed of the results of the jury by e-mail. All award winners will be invited to the awards ceremony of the German Innovation Awards in Berlin in May 2022.

We wish you much success!