Source: KfW-Bankengruppe / Thorsten Futh

© KfW-Bankengruppe / Thorsten Futh

Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, is opening deGUT, the Founder and Entrepreneurship Fair, in Berlin today. Traditionally, the patron of DeGUT, which is being held on 12 and 13 October 2018 in the Berlin-Treptow ARENA, holds an opening event on the eve of the Fair in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Minister Altmaier said: “Entrepreneurs breathe fresh life into our Social Market Economy. Their fresh ideas, innovations and new business models make Germany fit for the future. deGUT, and especially those entrepreneurs awarded the KfW’s “Gründen” prize, provide an important boost and encourage others to go into business themselves.”

The winners of the KfW’s “Gründen” award are receiving their prizes at today’s opening event. The awards are presented to successful entrepreneurs from all of Germany’s Länder. In addition to the national winner and the winners from each of the 16 Länder, a special Social Entrepreneurship prize is being awarded this year to flag up the social and sustainable effects of start-ups.
deGUT offers entrepreneurs and start-ups information, advice, support and networking. Some 180 exhibitors, networks, associations and other stakeholders from around Germany are attending the exhibition.

Around 6,000 visitors are expected to attend the country’s largest start-up trade fair. The Economic Affairs Ministry is offering an interesting programme of lectures each day, and is also presenting its wide range of funding measures to support start-ups.

You can find out more about deGUT and the winners of the KfW’s “Gründen” award at: (in German).