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The Prize

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."

Bill Anderson

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bayer AG


"Our founder Robert Bosch emphasized that technical progress should always serve the good of mankind."

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Hartung

Chairman of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH


"Germany is one of the world's most important centres of research and innovation."

Federal Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Member of the German Bundestag

Federal Ministry of Education and Research


"As the Carl Zeiss Foundation, we support outstanding ideas and projects in the natural sciences and engineering with added value for science, business and society."

Ministerin Petra Olschowski, MdL

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


"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


Dr. Ulf Zillig

Leiter Konzernforschung, Nachhaltigkeit & RD-Funktionen, Mercedes-Benz AG


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

Martin Nixdorf

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation


"Every generation faces particular challenges and makes history in one way or another."

Jochen Hanebeck

CEO, Infineon Technologies AG


"We aspire to think and sponsor outside the box motivated by that which drives research: human inquisitiveness and perseverance."

Prof. Dr. Rafael Lang

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. Michael Kaschke

Stifterverband President


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

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken

Chairman of the Board of Management TÜV SÜD