Your participation in the

German Innovation Awards

Would you like to participate?

The announcement phase for the German Innovation Awards 2021 has ended. We will inform you as soon as participation in the German Innovation Awards 2022 is possible.

Pre-register here for 2022!

Download of the 2021 announcement documents (PDF)

Video How to participate

Dates

May
18.05.2021 01.06.2021 »Insights Into Innovation« Online Event
Oktober
11.10.2021 Call for applications German Innovation Award 2022

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 Registration for the contest
    • 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 competition categories

      In addition, companies have the opportunity to submit projects for competition 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 entry
  • 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 2021 as part of a festive awards ceremony at Berlin. Impressions of the German Innovation Awards 2019 can be found here.

The competition

categories

The 2021 German Innovation Awards will be granted in two classes.
In the »Excellence in Business to Consumer« and »Excellence in Business to Business categories«, the jury will bestow one Gold and up to ten Winner awards. The jury will also grant Special-Mention awards for specific aspects of product innovation.

 

  • 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 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 29 January 2021 per project

      € 395.00

      Early Bird registration by 20 November 2020

      € 349.00

      Project handling digital submission

      € 100.00

    • All information is valid per submitted project plus the legally valid value added tax. For submissions registered after 29 January 2021, 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      
    •         
    • 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 the embargo period/awards ceremony)
      - Receipt of two personalised winner documents
      - Exclusive access to marketing services for the German Innovation Awards 2021
      - 1-page presentation in the catalogue with short text, image and contact details
      - Basic public relations around the German Innovation Awards by the German Design Council
      - Basic communication and content marketing around the German Innovation Awards through the social media channels of the German Design Council
      - Receipt of your personalised winner doucuments and possibility for a professional winner 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 news embargo / awards ceremony).
      - Receipt of two personalised winner documents.
      - Exclusive access to the marketing services concerning the German Innovation Awards 2021.
      - 1-page presentation in the catalogue with short text, image and contact details. One specimen copy per registrant.
      - Presentation of the project with short text, image and contact details (duration 3 years).
      Basic public relations concerning the German Innovation Awards by the German Design Council.
      - Basic communication and content marketing concerning the German Innovation Awards through the social media channels of the German Design Council.
      - You will receive your personalised winner document and possibility for a professional winner 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 news embargo / awards ceremony).
      - Receipt of two personalised winner documents.
      - Exclusive access to the marketing services concerning the German Innovation Awards 2021.
      - 2-page presentation in the catalogue with short text, image and detailed jury statement as well as contact details. One specimen copy per registrant.
      - Presentation of the project with short text, image and a detailed jury statement as well as contact data (duration 3 years).
      - Industry-specific and cross-industry public relations for the German Innovation Award 2021 as well as pre-formulated modules for your public relations.
      - Comprehensive communication, content marketing and links the online gallery of award winners trough the social media channels of the German Design Council.
      - You will receive a personalised winner document and the possibility for a professional winner photo as well as the presentation of the prize sculpture on stage.

      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 15 January 2021. 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 the 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 3 February 2021 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 submission.

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 2021.

We wish you much success!

Video How to participate

Fact sheet for digital submissions