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"Master Founder Award" for electricians (Meister-Gründerpreis)
Every two years, the Peter und Luise Hager Foundation awards the Meister-Gründerpreis to three successful founders in the German electrical trade. The prize, which has been awarded since 2016 and is open to entries from all over Germany, rewards master craftsmen and women in the electrical trade for their courage, their personal business concept and the success associated with it.
The requirements for an application are:
- Master craftsman's title in the electrical trade
- Registration in the Register of Craftsmen and Entrepreneurs
- Registration of the craftsman's business as founder or successor in the last five years
- Demonstrated entrepreneurial public spirit as well as professional and social responsibility
Since the call for entries in 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic, the next round of calls for entries had begun in rotation with the Light + Building trade fair in spring 2022 and ended on August 31st. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 9th November, 2022 during the belektro 2022 trade fair in Berlin.
Patronage and Jury
The patron of the project is the current Minister President of Saarland.
The seven-member jury consists of renowned personalities from politics, business and trade:
Jürgen Barke: Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digital Affairs and Energy of the Saarland and Deputy Minister President of the Saarland
Markus Bruder: Member of the Board of VEG e.V. and Managing Director of Friedrich Streb GmbH in Offenburg
Bernd Hammes: Managing Director of the Vocational Training Policy Division of the Koblenz Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses
Christoph Hansen: President of the Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Association of Hesse/Rhineland-Palatinate
Dr. Jürgen Jarosch: Managing Director of the Electrical and Information Technology Competence Network ELKOnet and Managing Director of the Elektro Technologie Zentrum (etz), Stuttgart
Dominik Schömer: Head of the Vocational Training Centre of the Saarland Chamber of Crafts and Trades
Gregor Wille: Standards expert of the Hager Group and Foundation representative
Award winners 2018
In 2020, the competition didn't take place due to the pandemic.
Kevin Breuer has held the master craftsman's certificate in the electrical trade since the beginning of 2018. With the founding of BG Elektrotechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Ratekau, Schleswig-Holstein, he has become his own boss. His company's services range from electrical installations of all kinds to street lighting and event power supply. The installation of e-charging stations is also part of his portfolio.
Another award winner in 2018 was Jannik Henken, who made the decision to start his own business after receiving his master craftsman's certificate in February 2015. He specialised in the renovation of old buildings in the Oldenburg area. In June 2016, he took over Elektro Jäger, an existing company.
Jan Liesche (second from left) and Steven Kolbe (right) were also awarded with the Master Founder Award in 2018 with their company Likosys GmbH in Berlin. The two founders take care of electrical systems for industrial and commercial facilities of all kinds.
Award winners 2016
On 12th October 2016, the Master Founder Award in the German electrical trade was presented for the first time to three founders or successors in the trade. The awards were presented by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, former Minister President of Saarland, and the jury at the "Haus des Familienunternehmens" in Berlin.
Ronny Schröder, Elektros in Rechlin
Candy Kujat, Gebäude- und Systemtechnik Potsdam