The Heidelberg Innovation Forum has been nominated for the Diesel Medal, since 1952 one of the most coveted national awards in the entire field of research and development. The decision by the German Institute for Invention recognises the matchmaking initiative’s strategic orientation and success rate.
“We are very proud that our Heidelberg Innovation Forum, which is organised on a partnership basis, has been selected as one of the four best innovation support projects. Just being nominated alongside such a well-known support initiative as the Federal Ministry of Economics’ ZIM programme is an honour in itself,” said MFG CEO Klaus Haasis and Professor Andreas Reuter from the European Media Laboratory.
The Diesel Medal has an exceptionally high public reputation due to the rigorous selection criteria. Previous prizewinners include such notable figures as wall plug inventor Arthur Fischer, SAP founder Dietmar Hopp, and patron of the sciences Dr. h.c. Klaus Tschira.
The Heidelberg Innovation Forum provides an opportunity for researchers and inventors to showcase their research findings and business ideas in brief presentations. More than 325 inventors and developers from ten countries have shared their ideas to date. Over half of them were able to make valuable contacts with investors and decision makers from industry.
MFG Baden-Württemberg and the European Media Laboratory have been bringing together IT researchers, company founders and investors during the early stages of innovation since 2005. The aim of the matchmaking event is to help start-ups find sources of finance and opportunities to license technology. It also makes it easier for research institutions and companies to meet up and enter into alliances.
To help innovators prepare for the event, MFG has been trialling special founder coaching sessions. Researchers receive professional advice on the presentations they will deliver to potential investors and cooperation partners.
About MFG Baden-Württemberg
As Public Innovation Agency for ICT and Media, MFG Baden-Württemberg has been working to strengthen the federal state of Baden-Württemberg as a key location for IT, media and creativity since 1995. It enhances state-wide innovation and competitiveness by promoting regional, national and international cooperation, among other activities. Its focus is on supporting successful entrepreneurship, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises, and on their linkage with application-oriented research and public funding programmes.
About the European Media Laboratory
The European Media Laboratory GmbH (EML) is a Heidelberg-based company involved in the research and development of innovative IT solutions. It was established by SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira. Under the motto “Experience IT – Intuitive Technology”, the EML conducts R&D activities in the fields of human-technology interaction and natural language processing.