Who is behind it?
More than 450 start-ups have applied for the Public Value Award since 2016. From 2021, the non-profit association Forum Gemeinwohl eV will be responsible for the Public Value Award. In addition to the initiators Handelshochschule Leipzig (HHL) and EY, ZEISS and the city of Leipzig are added as additional partners. Together they organize the Public Value Award and want to promote the anchoring of the common good thinking in young companies in German-speaking countries.
“There are good reasons for start-ups to think about their contribution to the bigger picture right from the start. This creates the mixture of courage and humility that is so important for the company's success. Common good is not an old-fashioned idea, but shows an attractive way to grow together in a meaningful way. The enormous response to the award shows how topical the topic is.”
- Prof. Dr. Timo Meynhardt, Leipzig School of Management (HHL)
"We want to give the start-ups a message that they should see themselves as part of society and make their decisions in the context of whether they are valuable to society."
— Markus T. Schweizer, EY
»The common good has many faces. Namely those of people who want to make our world greener or more democratic or more solidary or fairer. As the City of Leipzig, we want to use the award to honor entrepreneurs who have recognized the opportunity to weave common good into the DNA of their business model. And encourage them!«
— Clemens Schülke, Head of the Office for Economic Development Leipzig