More than 150 guests attended the final round of the first EY Public Value Award for Start-Ups at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management yesterday, October 27, 2016. The company COLDPLASMATECH from Greifswald was crowned the winner and took home the first prize. The start-up Kiron Open Higher Education came in second while Sonovum AG was ranked third. The People’s Choice Award also went to Kiron Open Higher Education from Berlin. A total of seven finalists from a pool of 88 applicants pitched for one of the coveted prizes and the trophy, which was exclusively designed by artists from the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle.
The EY Public Value Award places the public value of entrepreneurship at the center of attention and wants to inspire entrepreneurs to reflect on their own contribution to social coexistence or – in other words – the common good. The award has been created to make these and other ideas more apparent and honor them. According to the judging panel of five experts from the economy, science and politics, the start-up which stands out in particular in this context is COLDPLASMATECH. „We are honoring a start-up which developed an innovative solution that can be applied by anyone to heal chronic wounds Therefore, the business fulfils an important task in society by improving the quality of life of those affected,“ says Markus T. Schweizer, who co-chaired the judging panel.