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KfW Award Gründen 2021

Circunomics was honored as state & nation winner




Since 1998 the banking group KfW honors German start-ups every year with respect to the aspects of innovation, creativity, and social and environmental responsibility. Around 500 applications reached KfW this year.

Circunomics was nominated as state winner of Rhineland-Palatine, and therefore, qualified for the finals of the nationwide competition. Yesterday our COO, Sebastiaan Wolzak, participated in the award ceremony.




Circunomics' COO holding the award
Circunomics' COO accepting the award. Copyright: Thorsten Futh

We are happy to share with you that we were honored not only as federal state winner but also as nation winner of the KfW Award!


Big thanks to the jury and congratulations to all the great and visionary start-ups which made it to the finals!




For our German readers: you can read and watch more about our story here or tune in tomorrow morning at 8:30 on n-tv !












Sebastiaan Wolzak, about yesterdays awards ceremony:

"All finalists have pioneering solutions for a progressive industry development and an environment-conscious direction. It was a great evening connecting with such ambitious people. Congratulations to all, we hope everyone has a successful road ahead!"




German minister holding a speech on stage
Peter Altmaier, German minister for economic affairs and energy, honoring the finalists

Out of the other finalists, you can chose one "audience winner" who will be awarded with an additional prize money of 5,000€. The voting is open via this link.

















Dr. Ingrid Hengster, Member of the Board of KfW, states:

"The KfW Award Gründen has established itself throughout Germany as a seal of quality for innovative, creative and socially responsible new business models. The award-winning teams are role models for entrepreneurial spirit and determination. The KfW Award Gründen sends the signal that the courage to become self-employed deserves recognition and imitation."



Receiving recognition like this pushes our motivation to keep moving forward with our vision of a sustainable battery economy, thanks to all supporting us!





About KfW:

KfW is one of the world's leading development banks. Since 1948, KfW has been working on behalf of the German federal and state governments to improve economic, social and ecological living conditions worldwide. In 2020 alone, it provided a funding volume of EUR 135.3 billion for this purpose.






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Pictures by: Thorsten Futh, Alia Begisheva, Sebastiaan Wolzak

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