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The Patrons

These companies and foundations support the Deutscher Zukunftspreis and its attendant goals. With their commitment they make a special contribution to reinforcing Germany's global presence as a home to innovation and its position in global competition.

"Bayer is an inventor company and innovation is at the heart of our corporate strategy."

Werner Baumann

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bayer AG


"A good deal of our company’s strength in innovation comes from the R&D division."

Franz Fehrenbach

Chairman of the Management Board at Robert Bosch GmbH


"Germany is a land of innovation: our technologies, products and services are renowned all around the globe."

Federal Minister Anja Karliczek, Member of the German Bundestag

Federal Minister of Education and Research


"The Carl-Zeiss-Foundation is committed to supporting the natural and engineering sciences in order to facilitate scientific breakthroughs in those fields."

Ministerin Theresia Bauer

Chair of the Foundation Administration of the Carl-Zeiss-Foundation


"Innovation and the spirit of invention have always been part of our DNA at Daimler."

Dr.-Ing. Sabine Lutz

Vice President Group Research, Sustainability & RD Functions, Daimler AG


"Innovative science and technology are the core of our society."

Rudolf Herfurth

Member of foundation council of the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung


"The Federal President's Award for Technology and Innovation also ideally continues the route taken by the Hector Stiftung with its many years of sponsoring of gifted school children..."

Dr. h.c. Hans-Werner Hector

Chairman of the Board of the Hector Stiftung II


"The Heinz Nixdorf Foundation feels particularly connected to this Deutsche Zukunftspreis..."

Martin Nixdorf

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation


"Open-mindedness and enthusiasm for technology are the prerequisite to creating innovations for the benefit of society."

Dr. Reinhard Ploss

CEO, Infineon Technologies AG


"Then as now, this is precisely where farsighted individuals who are willing to take risks are needed so that economic benefits can be drawn from the results of research."

Beate Spiegel

Managing Director of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung


RA Dr. Stefan Stolte

Chairman Philip Morris Stiftung

"The desire for positive change, the identifying of solutions and their successful implementation are what drive society forward."

Dr. Jürgen Müller

Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Board Member Technology and Innovation, SAP SE


"Research and innovation are the key to sustainable growth and prosperity."

Dr. Roland Busch

President and CEO of Siemens AG


"The Stifterverband with its 3000 companies and members is dedicated to a scientific and economic system that is strong on innovation."

Prof. Dr. Dr. Andres Barner

Stifterverband President


"Anyone hoping to hold their own against international competition needs to focus systematically and purposely on the subject of innovation."

Prof. Dr. Axel Stepken

Chairman of the Board of Management TÜV SÜD