Prizes and recognition


Grand Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and People’s Choice Prize winners will be selected in each of the following two categories:


Entries will be posted on the competition website and are subject to online commenting and public voting. Ten finalists in Youth (idea & project) and Adult (idea & project) categories will be determined according to votes and the Personal Activity Indicator algorithm.
Finalists are requested to submit a video of their idea/project if they have not done so yet. The video can be a maximum of 3 minutes long, longer videos cannot be considered!

From among the finalists, the judges will make the final selection of three winners (Grand Prize, 2nd Prize, and 3rd Prize) in each category. Entries will be evaluated based on their entrepreneurial vision, feasibility, innovation, leadership, social impact, and sustainability, among other factors. The People’s Choice is awarded to the participant with the most votes. They are automatically among the finalists.

Grand Prize winners will receive a virtual Gold Badge and a Certificate.

Second Prize winners will receive a virtual Silver Badge and a Certificate.

Third Prize winners will receive a virtual Bronze Badge and a Certificate.

People’s Choice Prize winners will receive a virtual Gold Badge and a Certificate.

Finalists not chosen as prize winners will receive an Honorable Mention Badge.

Grand Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize, and People’s Choice will be made public at a virtual Announcement Ceremony on 10 December 2020. All information about the process will follow.

In addition to the certificate, the winners of the Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition 2020 also have the chance to receive input and feedback from our experts in a 90-minute webinar. This gives you the opportunity to clarify open questions, network, and promote your idea/project and maybe find supporters outside of the CEC community. The topics and corresponding dates will be announced in December.


Our Experts


Jochen Schell

Since April 2012, Jochen Schell is the director of YEPP EUROPE which is based in Berlin and at the centre of the YEPP Community Network, a European Network of marginalised communities. He has more than fifteen years of professional experience in a wide range of areas such as communications, film making, project management, journalism, non-formal education, (social) entrepreneurship as well as youth and community empowerment work.

Being a polyglot fluent in German, English, French, and Spanish, he has run projects as well as his own companies and non-profit organizations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In recent years, he has specialized in the field of human rights, has become a strong advocate in Child and Youth participation and finished a Master degree in Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies at the Free University of Berlin through which he has run and organized numerous workshops and training programmes for children and young people at an international level. At YEPP EUROPE he is in charge of the development and expansion of the YEPP Community Network which reaches out to more than 100 communities in 17 countries and for the development of capacity building programmes for young people in the field of civic engagement, youth and community empowerment, social inclusion, children’s rights, (social) entrepreneurship and media work.


Florian Komm

Florian Komm is an expert for entrepreneurial design. Since 2003 he devoted much of his time and carrier to the field of entrepreneurship. In his role as project manager at the Projektwerkstatt GmbH, he helped to start the company’s offers for entrepreneurs and startups. At this point, the main focus of work is the companies and entrepreneurs his company is invested in and the business development for the ‘Komponententenportal’.
In his volunteer work at the Stiftung Entrepreneurship (Entrepreneurship Foundation), he supported the development of the Entrepreneurship Campus, the Laboratory for Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin. Florian Komm was mentoring entrepreneurs at the Free University Berlin and the Seed Camp in Berlin. He is still supporting entrepreneurs and companies with sparring, coaching and consulting and serves as an expert for competitions, commissions and on boards.


Tim Janßen
Executive Director of the Cradle to Cradle Association

Tim Janßen is the executive director and co-founder of the Cradle to Cradle association. He studied economics at Leuphana University Lüneburg and at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg. His focus was on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership. Stays abroad led him to the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, as well as the University of Vienna within the framework of a DAAD PROMOS scholarship.

Based on the idea of bringing the Cradle to Cradle school of thought and the design concept into the middle of society, Tim Janßen co-founded the C2C association in 2012 and has been its co-executive director ever since. He develops strategies to maximize the impact of the organization on society and actively shapes the growth of this young, ever-growing movement. Tim Janßen gives numerous lectures at national and international conferences and seminars and passes on his knowledge of Cradle to Cradle to expert audience and interested parties. Furthermore, he teaches as a lecturer at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), Leuphana University Lüneburg, HS Mittweida and TU Berlin.


Nora Sophie Griefahn
Executive Director of the Cradle to Cradle Association

Nora Sophie Griefahn is a member of the executive board and co-founder of the Cradle to Cradle Association Germany. She studied environmental sciences and engineering at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, the Technical University of Berlin, the Goethe University Frankfurt, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, as well as the University of Copenhagen. Further studies abroad led her to the USA and France. For her studies and her commitment, she received numerous awards and scholarships, among them a study scholarship by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and an award for outstanding honorary commitment by the federal country of Lower Saxony. Moreover, she was selected as one of GreenBiz’ 30 Under 30, a list of inspiring young leaders from all over the world. With the idea to carry the Cradle to Cradle School of Thought and Design Concept into the middle of society, Nora Sophie Griefahn was one of the founders of C2C e.V.. Since then, she leads the association as a co-executive director.

In her work for the C2C association, she coordinates its political, scientific and organisational work. With ideas and initiatives, she promotes knowledge about Cradle to Cradle, a re-thinking in the economy, education, politics, and society. As a speaker and in numerous essays, interviews, and articles she comments on topics and issues revolving around Cradle to Cradle. She is part of scientific advisory councils, juries, and European and international networks. Moreover, she assumes teaching activities at various universities and offers seminars at many institutions.


Katja Walther

Katja Walther is Coach for Entrepreneurship and Head of Accelerator at Science Park Kassel GmbH, the start-up and innovation centre at the University of Kassel. She motivates and supports founders from Hessian universities, who participate in the “Hessen Ideen” start-up program, to take the path to entrepreneurial independence and to realize their business ideas. Additionally, she is responsible for the planning and implementation of the workshop series of the accelerator program and supervises the university network of the Hessian start-up support programs. Walther is also involved as a speaker and trainer for social entrepreneurship for young entrepreneurs.

She studied education, psychology, and sociology at the University of Hannover and has been working on the topics of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education since 2010. After her graduation, she worked in the education sector and accompanied young entrepreneurs as trainer and coach with the “nfte” program.
She also built up the state-wide network “Sustainable Student Companies” for the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Lower Saxony. There, she accompanied numerous student companies in the development process against the background of the 17 SDGs.