Conditions of Participation

Conditions of Participation

The competition is open to young companies in the DACH region that have established business models on the market that make use of the opportunities offered by “Smart Mobility”. The innovation meets the three evaluation criteria novelty, scalability and customer benefit. The company has no more than 500 employees. The company may not be a corporate start-up i.e. it is not a spin-off from an established company or with a majority stake by an established mobility company.

The nomination as a finalist includes the creation of a short pitch video for online voting (creation and submission oft he video is expected between July 23rd and August 2nd), the personal participation of a member of your management team in the jury meeting (September 22nd, 2020) including pre-coaching by an expert and in the final (12th of November). Please ensure that a member of your management can attend all appointments in person.

Non-participation leads to disqualification. In addition, the finalists and winners traditionally take part in 2 further events around The Spark – The German Digital Prize, which will be announced later. This way, you and your company can benefit from The Spark to the maximum. Any costs that may arise for travel and accommodation will not be covered. Until 05th of July you can apply for The Spark 2020 via our online application form

Privacy & Consent

By filling in the company information and sending the application, you agree with the application process and consent to the use of your data in the application process. We assure you that we will treat your documents with the utmost confidentiality. All submissions that do not make it to the final selection round will not be passed on or published without your written consent.

We hope that the seriousness of the Handelsblatt is enough for you as a seal of approval for the promise of absolute confidentiality. Nevertheless, we do understand if you wish to receive a written declaration of confidentiality from us before submitting your documents electronically. In this case, we ask you to send us a short e-mail to [email protected] with your name and the project name. We will gladly send you a document signed by us.

By submitting your application, you agree that the Handelsblatt and the partner McKinsey may publish your company’s participation in a short presentation including logo. You grant Handelsblatt GmbH and McKinsey the necessary rights of use for this purpose.

The Handelsblatt, the partner McKinsey as well as the members of the jury reserve the right to exclude submissions that are judged unsuitable and do not meet the application criteria.

Handelsblatt does not accept any liability for the loss or incompleteness of the data transmitted by the participants, unless the loss or incompleteness is due to intentional or grossly negligent behaviour of the organisers or their employees. This also applies to the disclosure of information by third parties due to technical errors in data transmission and/or unauthorized access. The legal recourse is excluded.