In the nomination stage the applications are evaluated by an external subject expert, the Handelsblatt editorial team and a representative of McKinsey. The three criteria also form the basis of the evaluation at this stage. The best applications are nominated as finalists.

In 2018 the experts of nomination are:

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Kirsten Ludowig
Handelsblatt - Head of department company & markets
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Niko Mohr
Parnter at McKinsey
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Michael Dowling
Professor for Innovation and Technology Management, University of Regensburg and Chairman of the Board of the Münchener Kreis
Prof. Alois Christian Knoll; Institut fur Informatik; 
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Alois Knoll
Director of the An-Institut of the Technischen Universität Fortiss GmbH and of the Graduate School of Information Science in Health (GSISH)
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Jackson Bond
CPO (Chief Product Officer) and Co-Founder relayr


In 2018 a high-caliber jury will select the winners of The Spark during the jury session.

The jury session will take place on September 19th 2018.

Sven Afhüppe
Editor-in-chief Handelsblatt
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Cornelius Baur
Head of McKinsey Germany
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Simone Strey
CEO and Co-Founder PEAT GmbH
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Jörn Nikolay
Managing Director and head of DACH General Atlantic
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Reinhold Achatz
Chief Technology Officer and Head of Corporate Function Technology, Innovation & Sustainability thyssenkrupp AG
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Ann-Kristin Achleitner
Scientific Co-Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies (CEFS), Technological University Munich
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Till Reuter
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Lucian Schönefelder
Partner at KKR
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Klaus Glatz
Chief Digital Officer ANDRITZ AG
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Norbert Elkmann
Robotic Systems Business Unit Manager Fraunhofer IFF Magdeburg
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Thomas Herzinger
Head of Innovations and Digitalization for Engines and the Electrified Powertrain
BMW Group
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Christian Schlögel
from September onwards: Chief Digital Officer Körber AG

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