The participating ministries of the Innovation Network Lower Saxony have published the following press release:

Innovation Award Lower Saxony 2018 honours forward-looking success stories

The Minister of Economics, Labour, Transport and Digitisation of Lower Saxony, Dr. Bernd Althusmann, and of Science and Culture, Björn Thümler, together with the Chairman of the Board of the Innovation Network of Lower Saxony, Dr. Susanne Schmitt, today awarded the Innovationspreis Niedersachsen for the first time.

In the three categories “Cooperation”, “Economy” and “Vision” the award honours innovative projects and success stories from Lower Saxony. Each category is endowed with 20,000 euros. In addition, a professional image film was shot with the winners about their respective projects.

Minister of Economic Affairs Bernd Althusmann: “Lower Saxony’s medium-sized businesses are characterised by innovative and forward-looking ideas. Today, we honored three of these companies with the Lower Saxony Innovation Award. I am very pleased about the great innovative potential of companies in Lower Saxony, whose ideas and projects are driving the economy of Lower Saxony forward”.

Science Minister Björn Thümler: “The nominated and award-winning projects impressively demonstrate that visionary and application-oriented thinking and research is taking place in Lower Saxony. The Innovation Award of Lower Saxony contributes to the successful transfer from science to industry by promoting forward-looking ideas and providing a stage for clever minds”.

From a total of 75 applications, the jury selected nine nominated projects. Among these, one winner was chosen for each category:

Category “Vision”: We were looking for projects with groundbreaking ideas or spectacular approaches to current issues.
The winner is Syrphus GmbH from Seevetal. It is developing an innovative mobility solution that enables individual traffic in airspace. The award went to the concept of a modular flight system based on a drone.

Category “Cooperation”: Innovative projects were sought by companies, founders, freelancers or other project partners (e.g. associations, schools, cultural institutions) with less than 50 employees who were supported in their projects by members of the Innovation Network Lower Saxony.
Here osthaus & beckert GmbH from Schwanewede and Strehl GmbH & Co KG from Bremervörde were awarded in cooperation with the Elbe-Weser Transfer Centre (TZEW). In a joint project, they have developed a movement platform in the rehabilitation area.

Category “Economy”: Projects were sought in which new or significantly improved products, product processes or services were developed for the market that represent a novelty in Germany.
The winner was RITTEC Umwelttechnik GmbH from Lüneburg with the “revolPET” project. The project develops the first technology that makes it possible to transfer plastic waste into a recycling economy without loss of quality.

Further information on the winning projects and all nominated projects as well as images of the event can be found on the website of the Innovation Network Lower Saxony: