Special Prize Emerging Industries

Details of the prize competition

In order to honour the best innovations utilizing cross-cutting concepts combining technologies from ICT and Life Sciences, the Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport awarded the "Sonderpreis Emerging Industries 2015" (Special Prize Emerging Industries)  to the most promising project ideas.

The Special Prize Emerging Industries 2015 was broken down into three ranks:

1st rank: 15.000 Euro

2nd rank: 7.000 Euro

3rd rank:  3.000 Euro

44 Project ideas had been submitted to C3-Saxony following the calls for ideas or the C3-Saxony Innovation Workshops until November 10, 2014.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible for participating in the prize competition were project ideas which completed the following two steps:

  • They had been awarded with an innovation voucher in November 2014

and

  • have gone through further qualification steps until May 2015 (i.e., the preparation of a detailed project plan with a technology roadmap and a business model canvas).

Evaluation process

On June 4, 2015, a dedicated panel of experts from the ICT or Life Science business sector, research/academic organisations, and regional government reviewed the applications according to the assessment criteria:

  • Soundness of the overall concept (i.e. chances of realization in a customary timeframe, uniqueness, level of Innovation, user benefit)
  • Expected leverage effect/economic impact, and
  • realization of cross-sectorial innovation approach.

Panel of experts:

  • Dr.Ing. Gerold Bausch, Research Group Leader, Laboratory for Biosignal Processing, University of Applied Sciences Leipzig
  • Prof. Michael Brand, Research Group Leader, Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden
  • Dr. Konrad Crämer, Department of Strategy, Branches and Marketing, Saxony Economic Development Corporation, Dresden
  • Uwe Gäbler, Senior Manager Innovation, Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH
  • Dr. Dirk Orlamünder, Director General Digitalization and Market Regulation, Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, Dresden
  • Antje Strom, Partner, KPMG, Leipzig

The project maturity at the time of evaluation had not been assessed: The project status could range from concept stage up to (early) market introduction.

Award presentation

Saxon State Minister for Economy Martin Dulig and Silicon Saxony vice president Gitta Haupold congratulated the winners of the Special Prize Emerging Industries 2015: ZellMechanik Dresden (2nd rank), VivoSensMedical (3rd rank) and Lipotype (1st rank) (FLTR).