For the second time, ConSozial is awarding the Social Innovation Award this year under the patronage of the Bavarian State Ministry for Family, Labour and Social Affairs. The award offers startups at ConSozial a unique platform to present themselves and their project, to attract attention from the social scene and the opportunity to attract new customers and partners. An eight-member jury is looking for the newcomer project, which convinces with a complete package of team, innovation and business model. The results of an online voting will also be included in the decision this year. In addition, the prize is aimed for the first time at all startups from the social scene and not only at exhibitors of ConSozial, as in the previous year. This puts the innovative power of the industry even more into focus.
The Social Innovation Award goes to the newcomer project, which convinces the top-class jury of experts with a complete package of team, innovation and business model. // © NürnbergMesse
“It is a great honor and joy for us”, “It is wonderful and we feel very honored” and “For us, the nomination means valuable visibility within the German social economy” – these are just some of the reactions of the nominated start-ups. A total of ten projects compete for the prize, which premiered at ConSozial 2021 and will be awarded for the second time this year.
The nominees of the Social Innovation Award at a glance:
- Deutschfuchs Gesellschaft für digitale Unterricht mbH with the “Deutschfuchs” project, a digital learning platform that combines the best of face-to-face teaching and e-learning in the sense of blended learning software.
- DiCognita GmbH with the project “Foreign nurses need the (German) state”. Nurses learn the basics of German care and the associated technical language on the basis of 19-language learning modules,
- enna systems GmbH with the project “enna for digital participation in our society”, which gives people without digital competence access to digital offers such as communication, information and entertainment.
- G-WEG GmbH with the project “New ways in fall prevention with the G-WEG”, a therapeutic gait mat with 98 exercise cards that combines movement and cognitive tasks.
- includo GmbH with the project “Building an inclusive eco-social marketplace platform”, which offers workshops for disabled people and inclusion companies a platform for their products, leisure activities and services.
- PlanHero Software GmbH with the project “planhero – the failure manager”, an innovative software solution that enables smart, fast and fair failure management in the care sector and automates roster creation.
- Pflegedienst Natürlich GmbH with the project “No crap, care on the farm”, the first nursing service that specializes in care and support on farms and offers people in need of care natural care on nursing farms.
- senexis GmbH with the project “CareTable – A digital supporter for the care of seniors”, an activity table on which apps for physical or mental activation, games, content for biography work and much more are integrated.
- smartkita GmbH with the project “smartkita – Simply organize daycare centers”, the smart AI, which contributes to the sustainable adapt of the area of early childhood education to social change through digitization.
- we integrate e.V. with the “we connect” project, an app that brings people together – especially with a migration background – due to similarities and the same interests.
Live pitches – expert jury honors winning project
The nominees will present their projects on Wednesday and Thursday, 7th and 8th. December from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the ConSozial Innovation Park. The award ceremony will be held by Dr. Markus Gruber, Head of Office at the Bavarian State Ministry for Family, Labour and Social Affairs on the 7th. December 2022 from 6 p.m. as part of the evening of the meeting.
The following eight-member expert jury selects the winning project:
Dr. Andreas Frank, Ministerial Councilor at the Bavarian State Ministry for Family, Labour and Social Affairs; Norbert Kunz, Managing Director of Social Impact GmbH; Michael Löher, Board Member of the German Association for Public and Private Welfare e.V. ; Wilfried Mück, Administrative Director of the Bavarian State Caritas Association; Dr. jur. Bernhard Opolony, Head of the Nursing Department at the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care, Elisabeth Ries, Consultant for Youth, Family and Social Affairs of the City of Nuremberg, Steffen Preuß, winner of the Social Innovation Award 2021 and CEO and founder icho systems as well as Beate Fischer, Head of ConSozial at NürnbergMesse.
Premiere this year: In addition to the technical expertise of the top-class jury, the result of an online voting is included in the decision. In addition, this time all startups had the opportunity to apply – regardless of whether they are represented as exhibitors at ConSozial.
The professional audience can look forward to imaginative startup pitches, interesting impulse lectures and exciting discussion rounds as well as take a look into the future of the social scene. In addition to the award, the best social startup wins its own stand space in the Consozial 2023 Innovation Park as well as membership in the expert jury 2023.
Beate Fischer, event manager of ConSozial, is pleased about the lively participation of the social scene this year: “The significant increase in applications compared to the previous year shows how much the social startups want to show themselves and with what great passion they want to advance their ideas. This reflects to us that we achieve the goal we pursue with the award of the Social Innovation Award: to help start-ups from the social sector and their innovations to become visible. As part of ConSozial’s Innovation Park, the nominees represent the entire social sector in their pronounced creativity.”