kfw arrows KfW Capital Award 2022

Award for “Best Female Investor” und “Best Impact Investor”

KfW Capital honours outstanding personalities from the venture capital (VC) ecosystem with the KfW Capital Award, which is being presented for the first time this year. The prizes will be awarded to personalities in the categories “Best Female Investor” and “Best Impact Investor”. The KfW Capital Award “Best Female Investor” honours female VC investors who successfully invest in start-ups and innovative technology companies in Germany. The KfW Capital Award “Best Impact Investor” focuses on female and male investors who have defined impact as an integral part of their investment strategy and invest, among other things, in start-ups and innovative technology companies in Germany. The prizes are each endowed with 5,000 euros and will be awarded on 19 October  2022 in Berlin. The KfW Capital Award is integrated as a special prize into the KfW Entrepreneurs’ Award, which has been honouring founders for 25 years.

 

 

 

Dr Jörg Goschin, Senior Managing Director of KfW Capital: “Women remain underrepresented as investors in the VC ecosystem, and there are still relatively few impact funds. The aim of the KfW Capital Award is to recognise successful male and female investors while raising awareness about these two important issues. In order to be successful in the long term, the VC market of the future will have to be more diverse – in both staffing and content.”

A high-ranking five-member jury will choose the winners from among the entries received:

Jury „Best Female Investor“

Alex von Frankenberg, Managing Director of High-Tech Gründerfonds

Ulrike Hinrichs, Managing Director of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK)

Prof Heike Hölzner, Professor for Entrepreneurship and SME Management at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin

Dr Eva Wimmer, Head of the Directorate-General for Financial Market Policy at the Federal Ministry of Finance

KfW Capital: Dr Jörg Goschin, Managing Director of KfW Capital and Theresa Bardubitzki, KfW Capital Sustainability Manager

Jury „Best Impact Investor“

Prof. Christina E. Bannier, Professor for Banking and Finance at Justus Liebig University Giessen

Dr Sabine Hepperle, Head of the SME Policy Department at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Anja Mikus, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at KENFO – German Nuclear Waste Management Fund

Dr Andreas Rickert, Chief Executive Officer of PHINEO, Co-CEO of Nixdorf Kapital, Chairman of the Federal Initiative on Impact Investing

KfW Capital: Alexander Thees, Managing Director of KfW Capital and Theresa Bardubitzki, KfW Capital Sustainability Manager

Note for applicants:

Applications are open from 1 April 2022 until 1 July 2022.

Investors can apply here. The relevant criteria can also be viewed there.
It is also possible to nominate investors for the award. In that case, please send an email to info-kfw-capital@kfw.de.