THE SPARK

1. YOUR APPLICATION

To apply for the award, you need to complete our online form until June 30th.
This year we are looking for companies within the field of new realities, which offer an innovative, scalable concept and have been already successfully tested in a business context.

2. APPLICATION CRITERIA

DISRUPTIVENESS

We are looking for innovations which are a transformation of the existing solution and have the potential to change markets fundamentally and disruptively.

SCALABILITY

We are looking for companies whose innovation or results have significant growth potential and whose business model is scalable and characterized by a high degree of versatility.

IMPACT

We honor results that have already been proven with a customer and have led to efficiency improvement, cost reduction, improvement of quality, or customer satisfaction. Your products should at least exist as Proof of Concept.

3. DETERMINATION OF FINALISTS AND WINNERS

1. Screening

During the pre-screening phase all applications are examined for validity in line with the conditions of participation. In addition, an initial assessment is made as to how well the three evaluation criteria of disruptiveness, scalability, and impact have been met. All valid applications are accepted for the second evaluation stage, the nomination.

2. Nomination

In the nomination stage the applications are evaluated by external subject experts, the Handelsblatt editorial team and a representative of McKinsey. The three criteria also form the basis of the evaluation at this stage. The best applications are nominated as finalists.

3. Jura-Panel

All finalists will be invited to attend the jury panel session on September 30th. The finalists will have the opportunity to personally present their innovations before the jury panel. Again, the assessment is made based on the evaluation criteria. Each member of the panel has one vote and creates a personal ranking of the finalists. The individual rankings are combined to a total result and the best finalists are determined as winners.

4. RECOGNITION OF THE WINNERS

On November 21st, the winners will be announced at a glamorous award ceremony in Berlin in front of a specialist audience. In addition to the winners, the finalists will be presented and relevant insights on the topic „New realities – future of work, future of life“ will be shown on stage.

We have summarized the most memorable impressions of the 2018 award in a video for you.

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