Conditions of Participation

Conditions of Participation

Those eligible to participate are young companies from the DACH region (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) which have established business models on the market, and which employ the potential of “New realities – future of work, future of life”. The innovation should fulfill the three evaluation criteria of disruptiveness, scalability, and impact. The number of employees in the company may not exceed 500.

The nomination as a finalist will involve the personal participation of a member of your management at the jury session (September 30th) including a pre-coaching from an expert and the award ceremony (November 21st). Please make sure a member of your executive board will attend all appointments. Applicants who are not able to attend in person will be disqualified.

Additionally, all finalists and the winners traditionally take part in 2 other events relating to The Spark – The German Digital Award, yet to be announced. You and your company will thereby achieve maximum benefit from The Spark. Costs for travel or accommodation will not be reimbursed.

The application period for this year´s Competition is closed. Just send a short message to [email protected] and we will inform you as soon as next year´s application period starts.

Privacy & Consent

By entering your company information and submitting the application you consent to the terms of the application process and to the use of your data in  that process. We confirm that we will treat your documents with the utmost confidentiality. All submissions which do not reach the final selection round will not be passed on or published without your written consent.

We hope that the integrity of Handelsblatt will suffice as a guarantee for the promise of absolute confidentiality. Nevertheless, we understand if you would like to receive a written declaration of confidentiality before the electronic submission of your documents. In this case please send us a short e-mail with your name and the project title to [email protected] We would then be pleased to send you a signed declaration of confidentiality.

By submitting your application, you agree that Handelsblatt and its partner McKinsey can publish the name and logo of your company in a short presentation on the award. By doing so, you grant the rights of use to Handelsblatt GmbH and McKinsey necessary for this purpose.

Handelsblatt, its partner McKinsey as well as members of the jury panel reserve the right to exclude submissions which are not considered suitable or do not meet the application criteria.

Handelsblatt does not accept liability for the loss or incompleteness of the data submitted by the participants unless this loss or incompleteness is based on intentional or grossly negligent behavior on behalf of the organizer or its employees. This also applies to the publication of information by third parties due to technical errors in data transmission and / or unauthorized access.

The legal recourse is excluded.