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Conditions of Participation

Start-up competition: Public Value Award 

General information


Participation in the competition is free of charge. The application perioends at June 30, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Participation is only possible up to this point. The organizers reserve the right to change the conditions of participation. The legal process is excluded. The information about you and your company will be kept strictly confidential. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your application for the Public Value Award by email at kontakt[at] or by using the contact form on this page.



All companies that act according to the basic principles of an honorable businessman and are therefore neither illegal nor immoral and that meet the criteria of a start-up are eligible to participate: The company must be in the start-up phase or early growth phase and have an innovative and 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 and jury), as well as start-ups that have won the (EY) Public Value Awards for Startups mattered.

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 "Send form" function at the end of the application form. 

An independent jury selects the finalists from the applications received in full by the above date. Finalists will be notified no later than six weeks prior to the award ceremony. 

The finalists are required to present at the awards ceremonyon the 1st9. October 2023hold a pitch 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 based on the five-dimensional Public Value Scorecard. These will be announced on the same day during the event.
Another prize is awarded by a public vote.



The winners of recent years have benefited above all from the meaningfulness 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 he/she has given about the person(s) and company is correct.

use of data


If you contact us via the contact form or by e-mail, your details will be saved for processing the request and for any follow-up questions. We 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 stored 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 agree that the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, in particular the Dr. Arend Oetker Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership, may contact you via the email address provided for scientific purposes related to public value or start-up research.

You can object to this consent and the receipt of the newsletter at any time and request the deletion of the e-mail address. To do this, send a message to contact[at]

Submitting the application form​

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


For the implementation of the  Public Value Award, in particular the application and selection process and the associated communication with you, the information provided about the start-up and the personal data saved. By agreeing, you agree that the information provided for the the jury members as well as our cooperation partners can be viewed.

You also agree that the information may be passed on to our cooperation partners, so that they can also 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).

123FormBuilder stores the information provided to provide the service 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 is committed to handling all personal information received from European Union (EU) member states and Switzerland in accordance with the Privacy Shield Framework in accordance with its applicable principles. For more information about the Privacy Shield Framework, visit the US Department of Commerce's Privacy Shield List at

123FormBuilder provides its services in accordance with GDPR and takes appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data. All your form entries are for exclusive use by the account holder (us) and are protected from misuse, interference and loss, and from unauthorized access, alteration 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.


Online voting (voting for the audience award)


In order to participate in voting, you must register with an email address or an existing Google or Facebook account. This allows us to reduce abuse by bots. We use the information exclusively for the purpose of a smooth execution of the online voting. We also transmit information about this with the Public Value Award for Start-ups (newsletter). The data is stored on the servers of our host Wix (Data protection) stored and not passed on to third parties. They will also be saved beyond the course of this year's awards. This keeps you informed and you will receive an invitation to vote online for the next Public Value Award for Start-ups.


You can object to the use of your data at any time, revoke receipt of the newsletter and request the deletion of the account. Send a message to contact[at]

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