Conditions of Participation

Conditions of Participation

Young companies in the DACH region that have established business models on the market that are dedicated to the topic of “Medical Life Tech” are eligible to participate. This year, we are honoring startups that are committed to transforming the healthcare & medical industry for a better life. We are awarding successful technical innovations in the healthcare industry.

We are looking for entrepreneurs from the medical research, MedTech, Pharma, BioTech, Digital Health and E Health sectors that use technology to improve processes, procedures, automation and diagnostics or interfaces across the lifecycle.

The innovation meets the three evaluation criteria of novelty, scalability, and customer value. The company has no more than 500 employees and is not a corporate start-up, i.e., founded out of an established company or with majority ownership by an established company.

Nomination as a finalist includes the creation of a short pitch video for online voting (creation and submission of the video expected between July 06 – July 29, 2022), personal participation of a member of your management team in the jury session on September 12, 2022 in Düsseldorf (including pre-event coaching by an expert), and personal participation in the award ceremony on September 29, 2022 in Berlin. Participation is mandatory. Non-participation will result in disqualification. Any costs that may arise for travel to and from the event as well as overnight accommodation will not be covered. You can apply for The Spark 2022 via our online application form until June 03, 2022.


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.