For the seventh time, Handelsblatt and McKinsey award The Spark – The German Digital Award to exceptional and innovative start-ups whose ideas have the potential to fundamentally and sustainably change markets.


This year, we are honouring start-ups that are committed to transforming the health & medical industry for a better life.
We are looking for entrepreneurs in the fields of medical research, MedTech, Pharma, BioTech, Digital Health or E Health who use digital technologies to improve processes, procedures, automation, diagnostics or interfaces throughout the lifecycle.


At the start of The Spark 2022, we discussed the challenges the healthcare and medical industry has to face. Watch the recording of the live stream here and be inspired by the answers from our experts and founders.

your benefits

As a finalist and winner of “The Spark – The German Digital Award” you will receive …

… valuable contacts, a knowledgeable network and relevant access.

… a “high-visibility” platform to present your company.

… a well-recognized award enhancing your company’s reputation in the market.

the application process at a glance

Registration & online application form

The application is made via the online form. The application period runs from 28.03.2022 to 03.06.2022.

Review & preselection

Based on your information, a pre-selection of applications is made. The best ones will be determined as finalists.

Community voting

The online community votes on the finalists. The result is included in the jury’s decision.

Jury meeting

On Sept. 12, 2022, the finalists will present their business to the top-class jury in a live pitch. The jury will select the 2022 winner on this basis.

Award ceremony

On 29.09.2022, all finalists will be presented and the winners announced at the grand awards ceremony in Berlin.


The winners of this year’s awards were announced at the awards ceremony
on November 11, 2021.


OroraTech develops the first global information service for forest fires from space, which includes risk assessment, early detection, real-time monitoring and damage analysis. By using New Space technologies, the company wants to help shape a sustainable future.


DABBEL was founded in 2018 with the mission to develop the most scalable, cost-efficient and sustainable software to drastically reduce CO2 emissions in commercial buildings worldwide as quickly as possible. With the DABBEL KI software, CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 40% in less than 4 weeks – completely without additional hardware.


Circunomics is the first cloud-based IoT marketplace for the reuse and recycling of batteries with the vision of a circular economy. With artificial intelligence, the platform simplifies and optimizes the return and re-marketing of e-vehicle batteries for a sustainable use of resources.


Katharina Jünger


THE SPARK success stories

Many of our The Spark winners and finalists from previous years have had a strong growth trajectory since their participation.

Also apply to The Spark and take your chance.

Current The Spark success stories at a glance:

Ubimax (now TeamViewer)

The third-placed company from 2019 managed a 136 million Euro exit to software company TeamViewer just 9 months after the award. Before The Spark, the company had only raised a few external financings (around 6 million). 


In 2016, the first year of The Spark, our distinguished jury awarded the start-up KONUX as the winner. In February 2019, the company received a further 13 million US dollars as part of an expansion of its Series B financing round. The total volume of KONUX therefore increased to a total of 33 million US dollars.


In 2017, the start-up Octimine was named a finalist of The Spark – The German Digital Award. In November 2018, the founders sell their company. The Dennemeyer Group, founded in Luxembourg, acquires Octimine.


In 2016, the start-up relayr was also named a winner of The Spark. Just two years later, in September 2018, the company exits with an estimated enterprise value of USD 300 million. Munich Re acquires 100 percent of relayr.


Another success story from the first year of The Spark is Cassantec. The finalist from 2016, a start-up from Berlin, was acquired by ABB at the end of 2019 and was thus able to build on the positive result from four years ago.

you want to learn more?

TOPIC: Medical Life Tech

The experts from McKinsey will provide you with in-depth information and analyses on this year’s focus topic “Medical Life Tech” here.

Handelsblatt Special

In a special feature on Handelsblatt Online, you will find exciting articles about The Spark – The German Digital Award and this year’s core topic “Medical Life Tech”

The Spark Review

Handelsblatt and McKinsey have been awarding The Spark – The German Digital Award since 2016. Learn more about the winners, finalists and jury members of the last years here.


Annika Rademacher

Manager Concept & Development Awards

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