For The Spark 2022 and the Female Founder Award 2022, we have once again put together a top-class jury that will use their expertise to select the winners. The jury meeting will take place on September 12th.

Fabian billing

Head of McKinsey Germany

Sebastian Matthes

Editor-in-chief Handelsblatt

Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner

Scientific Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies (CEFS), Munich University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm

Economist, Professor of Economics and Chair of Economics, in particular Economic Theory at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of the Scientific Management of the Energy Campus Nuremberg (EnCN), Director of the Laboratory for Experimental Research Nuremberg (LERN)

Thomas Grübler

The Spark 2021 Start-up Winner, CEO & Co-founder OroraTech

Kai Hankeln

CEO Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KG aA

Katharina Jünger

The Spark 2021 Female Founder, Co-Founder TeleClinic

Barbara Kux

Co-Chairwoman of the
Board of Directors Firmenich SA and Supervisory Board member of Grosvenor Group, Henkel und Pargesa Holding

Dr. Sierk Pötting

COO BioNTech

Peer Schatz

Managing Director PS Capital, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Centogene N.V., co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Resolve Biosciences GmbH and member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens Healthineers AG


Universitätsprofessorin für Digitale Medizin und Interoperabilität
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Director Core Facility Digital Medicine and Interoperability
Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH)

Betül Susamis Unaran

Chief Strategy and Digital Officer, Executive Board Member Zur Rose Group, Member of the Supervisory Boards of Ypsomed, dss+ and Brain+


In the 2022 nomination phase, external subject experts, the Handelsblatt editorial team and a representative from McKinsey will evaluate the applications. Taking into account the specific The Spark evaluation criteria, the finalists of The Spark Award are determined by the nomination committee from all applications.

The experts for the 2022 nominations are:

Prof. dr. Michael Dowling

Professor for Innovation and Technology Management, University of Regensburg and Chairman of the Board of the Münchener Kreis

Hans-Jürgen Jakobs

Senior Editor Handelsblatt

Prof. dr. habil. Alois Knoll

Professor at the Technical University of Munich, Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-Time Systems

Katharina Kreitz

Co-Founder Vectoflow GmbH

Stefan Biesdorf

Partner McKinsey & Company

Dr. Stephan Rohr

Founder & Co-CEO TWAICE