On 11 September 2018, the German Founder Award had been presented again in Berlin. In the two categories “startup” and “league climbers”, inspiring founders and innovative, sustainable business ideas are honoured every year. We congratulate all winners of the German Founder Award 2018!

FOND OF won the German Entrepreneur Award 2017

 

Berlin / Cologne, June 21, 2017. We made it to finals of the German Entrepreneur Award. In 2012, we had already competed for the award in the category “start-up”. Now, we were able to convince the jury in the category “league climber”, which includes companies, that are between four and nine years old. For the first time ever, a company, that had already been nominated in a previous year, was able to win the award in a different category.

The jury gave the following explanation:

“Within only seven years, FOND OF BAGS (now: FOND OF) was able to evolve into an excellent producer of bags, that look great, are practical, and are manufactured responsibly. The jury was impressed with how quickly the business managers developed their previous start-up into a successful company.”

When presenting the prize, Christian Krug, editor-in-chief of the magazine “Stern” named “preserverance and an absolute determination to succeed” as the qualities that make the founders stand out. The founders succeeded in multiplying the idea of the former start-up “ergobag” as “parents, teachers, and all of us, who have to go to the office daily, also need cool bags.”, said Krug, appreciating the company’s growth story.

At the same time, Sven-Oliver Pink, founder and CEO, said about the company’s current phase of growth: “To maintain the founder’s spirit within this phase is a great challenge, which we are coping with through cultural work. We try to find people, who live entrepreneurship, who enjoy taking responsibility, and want to develop their skills and talents.” We are always looking for new talents – currently for a “head of design” or a “global brand owner” for our young lifestyle brand AEVOR.

When the host asked whether there would be a party in Cologne, founder Oliver Steinki confirmed: “We are from Cologne. We love Carnival…”. To get an idea of our celebration, have a brief look on our Facebook or Instagram.

🇱🇷 the press release.

🇮🇹 Il comunicato stampo.

🇫🇷 le communiqué de presse.

Press publications are available, visit the German website.

For more information on the German Entrepreneur Award, click here.

 

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Picture: ©Franziska Krug bzw. Isa Foltin

BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 20: Oliver Steinki, Brigitte Zypries, Florian Michajlezko and Sven-Oliver Pink attend the Deutscher Gruenderpreis on June 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/Getty Images for Deutscher Gruenderpreis for Deutscher Gruenderpreis)
BERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 20: Oliver Steinki, Brigitte Zypries, Florian Michajlezko and Sven-Oliver Pink attend the Deutscher Gruenderpreis on June 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/Getty Images for Deutscher Gruenderpreis)