What began five years ago with a classical award has become a wide-ranging and extensive initiative to support innovative and sustainable commercial models (sustainable entrepreneurship).
With the SEA, we specifically search for and support entrepreneurs who have recognised a social problem and linked its solution with an innovative and profitable business idea. Irrespective of the size of the company, industry or country of origin, anybody can submit a new idea, project or business model based upon the principles of Sustainable Entrepreneurship.
The SEA enables us to provide companies with a major international platform which is already having an impact. The SEA honours companies which act for the good of society, the economy and the environment – in harmony with their entrepreneurial interests.
The ten best projects submitted are nominated for the award. The most outstanding of these final projects then receives an award of € 10,000.
A top-class, international jury of experts evaluates the best submissions on the basis of evaluation criteria from the EU-InnovatE-Team lead by Prof. Frank-Martin Belz from the TUM Technische Universität München.
The most promising of these are awarded at the exclusive annual gala and getting public awareness through our media partners.
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