“The dream” has been paired many times: 15 times, all love marriages. And all relationships last to this day. It was not easy for the highest business award in Saxony and its winning statue. Even in early 2005, the then Dresden Commissioner for Equal Opportunities was outraged: the award discriminates against women because it calls itself “Saxon Entrepreneur of the Year” and therefore only targets men. Furthermore, the sculpture – created by a woman, by the way – is “pure pornography” and “a scandal because you see everything”.
Indeed, “Die Träumende” attracts attention. But scandal? 140 women entrepreneurs saw it differently too and have so far requested grace. Not only because of the dress made of ten grams of gold leaf, which makes the beautiful mug even more valuable. The ideal value is priceless, the message that beauty conveys is decisive.
Tall and slender, 1.20 meters tall, 40 kilos: the gilded bronze statue of sculptor Malgorzata Chodakowska is not a challenge cup, but a partner for life, a motivational boost for you and your employees and an object envy for competitors.
From November 20 to February 5, 2021, men and women can apply or be suggested for beauty. A dowry is expected from the candidates: ten or more employees, at least five years in the market, 500,000 euros of annual turnover, own shares of the company. The headquarters of the company in Saxony is not a requirement, but a good deed for the Free State. Award criteria: special business performance in 2020, e.g. maintenance and job creation, learnings, innovations, acquisitions, commitment to the region, successful crisis management.
An eleven-person jury will decide who will get the figure worth a car on May 7, 2021 at the transparent VW factory in Dresden, so Corona allows a gala. Speaking of which: In the special category “FocusX – Best Opportunity Manager”, for example, innovative reactions to the pandemic, creative and sustainable business ideas and safe jobs and learnings are recognized. The minimum criteria for employee and turnover do not apply there. The winner will receive a budget for media of 60,000 euros.
The same volume calls for the best start-up. Applicants must have been founded between 2016 and 2019, have been in the market for one year, present an innovative business idea and a compelling business plan. The finalists appear at the gala, where the public decides. Selected company stories are presented in Saxony in “Sächsische Zeitung”, “Freie Presse”, “Leipziger Volkszeitung” and MDR Sachsen. sir / sz
The “Saxony Entrepreneur of the Year” business award is an initiative of the “Sächsische Zeitung”, “Freie Presse”, “Leipziger Volkszeitung” and MDR, as well as Volkswagen Sachsen, the tax and audit consulting company KPMG, LBBW and the AOK Plus health insurance company.