The world is facing a multitude of technological disruptions that will change businesses and the lives of billions of people. In the fields of medical and pharmaceutical technology, biotechnology and digital health, founders are developing innovative business models that are revolutionising the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of serious diseases. With “The Spark – the German Digital Award”, together with McKinsey, we want to honour start-ups whose entrepreneurial concepts have the potential to fundamentally change industries.

Sebastian Matthes, Editor-in-chief Handelsblatt

Today medicine and healthcare are changing at astonishing speed. Personalized medicine, medical microrobots, telemedicine – they all aim to help people live not just longer, but better. The growing acceptance of technological advances in medical life tech opens countless doors for start-up founders to pursue innovation. Let’s come #zusammen to celebrate the tech revolutionaries dedicated to transformation that improves lives.

Fabian Billing, Head of McKinsey Germany

Handelsblatt is the largest business and financial newspaper in the German language. Around 200 editors, correspondents and permanent staff around the globe ensure up-to-date, comprehensive and well-founded reporting. In a daily newspaper comparison, the business and financial newspaper, which is published daily on the stock exchange, is indispensable reading for decision-makers at the first and second management levels. According to the “Leseranalyse Entscheidungsträger in Wirtschaft und Verwaltung” (LAE) 2018, Handelsblatt reaches more than 305,000 top decision-makers on every trading day. Handelsblatt stands for high topicality, reliability, substance and objectivity. News is researched, analysed and placed in its complex context. Special emphasis is placed on illuminating the background, commentaries and analyses. With well-founded reports on future trends and new technologies, Handelsblatt provides important insights for successful action in constantly changing industries and markets.

McKinsey is a global management consulting firm that helps organisations achieve sustainable, inclusive growth. We work with clients in the private, public and social sectors to solve complex problems and create positive change for all stakeholders. We combine bold strategies and transformative technologies to help organisations innovate more sustainably, achieve lasting performance improvements, and build workforces that will thrive for this generation and the next. In Germany and Austria, McKinsey has offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart and Vienna. Worldwide, McKinsey teams work in more than 130 cities and 65 countries. McKinsey was founded in 1926, the German office in 1964. Global Managing Partner since 2021 is Bob Sternfels. Fabian Billing has been Managing Partner for Germany and Austria since 2021.