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Conditions of participation

General information


Participation in the competition is free of charge. The application period ends on June 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Participation is only possible up to this point in time. The organizers reserve the right to change the conditions of participation. The judges' decision is final. The information about you and your company will be treated as strictly confidential. We are happy to receive all questions about your application for the Public Value Award by email at kontakt [at] or using the contact form on this page.

Eligibility to participate


All companies that act according to the basic principles of an honest businessman and thus neither illegal nor immoral and meet the criteria of a start-up are eligible to participate: The company must be in the development phase or early growth phase and have an innovative and growth-promising business model.

An entrepreneur can submit applications for several start-ups he (co-) founded.

Excluded from participation are companies that were founded or are managed by one or more members of the Public Value Award team (including the organization team & jury), as well as start-ups that have been the winners of the (EY) Public Value Awards for Start-ups counted.

Participation process


In order to nominate their own company, the participant must fill out the application form completely and truthfully. This is confirmed by the “Submit form” function at the end of the application form.  

An independent jury will select the finalists from the applications that have been received in full at the time mentioned above. The finalists will be notified at least six weeks before the award ceremony.  

The finalists are obliged to pitch a pitch at the award ceremony on October 14, 2021 in Leipzig.
This gives you another opportunity to convince the jury and the audience of the public value of your company in the pitch and the subsequent Q&A session. The jury selects the winners of the award on the basis of the five-dimensional Public Value Scorecard. These will be announced on the same day as part of the event.
Another prize is awarded based on an audience vote.



The winners of the last few years have particularly benefited from the informative value of the award and the network of organizers and partners. You will also receive a custom-made trophy and a certificate. Other prices (such as workshops and consulting services) are displayed on the website.

Accuracy of the information


By agreeing to the conditions of participation and submitting the application form, the participant assures that the information they provide about person (s) and company is true.

use of data


If you contact us via the contact form or by email, your details will be saved to process the request and any follow-up questions. We would like to point out that this information is transmitted unencrypted. Your data will not be passed on without your consent.

Newsletter subscription

The e-mail address provided will be used for the purpose of sending the newsletter and will only be saved by the organizer of the Public Value Awards for Start-ups (PVA), Forum Gemeinwohl eV. We use this to inform you regularly about the PVA and related topics or processes.

In addition, you can consent to the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, in particular the Dr. Arend Oetker Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership, to contact you for scientific purposes related to public value or start-up research via the email address provided.

You can object to this consent and the receipt of the newsletter at any time, as well as request the deletion of your email address. Send a message to kontakt [at] publicvaluea

Submission of the application form ​

The information that you send us via the application form will be treated as strictly confidential. However, we would like to point out that this information is transmitted unencrypted.  


For the implementation of the  Public Value Awards, in particular the application and selection process and the associated communication with you, will be the information provided about the start-up and the personal data  saved. With your consent, you agree that the information provided may be used for the  the jury members as well as our cooperation partners are made visible.

You also agree that the information may be passed on to our cooperation partners so that they can contact you on other matters.

Your data will not be passed on to other parties without your consent.


For the application of companies for the award we use the function of the third-party provider 123formbuilder (123FormBuilder, Flavia Palace, Vladimirescu n ° 10, Ground Floor 300195, Timisoara, Romania, EU).

For the provision of the service, 123FormBuilder saves the information provided  Amazon AWS servers in the US or Europe.  Amazon AWS is a certified participant of the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework.  Amazon AWS has undertaken to handle all personal data received from member states of the European Union (EU) or from Switzerland in accordance with the Privacy Shield Framework in accordance with its applicable principles. For more information about the Privacy Shield Framework, see the US Department of Commerce's Privacy Shield List at .

123FormBuilder provides its services in compliance with the GDPR and takes appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data. All of your form entries can only be used by the account holder (us) and are protected against misuse, disruption and loss as well as against unauthorized access, modification and disclosure by 256-bit SSL encryption.  

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By using the application form, you agree to this privacy policy, including the collection and processing of your personal data, as explained above.  

We use the 123FormBuilder service to record the application.

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