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DIGITAL CHAMPIONS AWARD 2020

THE DIGITAL X INITIATIVE IS LOOKING FOR GERMANY’S BEST DIGITAL SMEs

2020 has shown once more how important digital technology is for business, administration and society. With the Digital Champions Award (DCA), we have created the largest cross-industry award for the German growth market in the area of digitalization and transformation. This joint award from Telekom and WirtschaftsWoche recognizes SMEs which are consistently and innovatively implementing digital solutions.

The Digital Champions Award 2020 not only aims to reward the best projects, but to also give digital SME pioneers a platform as digital trailblazers. They are showing how to successfully tackle the challenges of digitalization and are responding to new situations bravely and flexibly with their powers of innovation.

The Categories

DIGITAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Has digitalization made your products or services even better? Then apply in the “Digital products and services” category.

DIGITAL PROCESSES & ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Are the processes at your business all digital? Has your internal organizational structure become more efficient as a result of digitalization? The apply in the “Digital processes and organizational structure” category.

DIGITAL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Are your customers benefiting from your new digital services? Then apply in the “Digital customer experience” category.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FOR SMES

Has your entire business entered the digital age? Has your business generally gone digital? Then apply in the “Digital transformation for SMEs” category.

BEST REGIONAL CHAMPION

From all regional champions, we will select the "BEST REGIONAL CHAMPION".

NATIONAL DIGITAL CHAMPIONS AWARD 2020

Despite all the cutbacks for SMEs, this year has also seen a number of digital success stories right here in Germany, which we are recognizing with the Digital Champions Award 2020.

The jury, which included Hagen Rickmann, Director Business Customers at Telekom Deutschland GmbH and Beat Balzli, Editor-in-Chief of WirtschaftsWoche, among other experts, convened on November 5, 2020 for the national Digital Champions Award 2020.

This year’s first digital edition of the national Digital Champions Awards also included awards for six regional winners. Telekom Deutschland, WirtschaftsWoche, and the University of St. Gallen, which was once again involved as an academic partner, shortlisted the following companies:

National DIGITAL CHAMPIONS AWARD WINNERS 2020

DIGITAL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
Freeletics GmbH
In the space of just a few years, Freeletics GmbH has transformed itself from a small start-up to a leading player in the competitive fitness industry. Their app, a digital trainer, is the key to this success. Freeletics GmbH has managed to create an outstanding digital customer experience in this key area, develop itself over time, and thereby become successful for the long term in a market which includes huge players like Apple and Nike.
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DIGITAL PROCESSES & ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
Universitätsmedizin Essen
The digitalization of the healthcare sector is an absolute must from a social and economic point of view. Digitalizing the healthcare sector can help to prevent medical malpractice, reduce costs, and improve communication between doctors, nurses, and patients. In the past, many digitalization projects for the healthcare sector have proved to be extremely difficult. The Universitätsmedizin’s Smart Hospital project is a promising approach to the digitalization of 32 clinics.
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DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FOR SMES
Beumer Group GmbH & Co. KG
Beumer Group GmbH & Co. KG is an impressive example of how a family-owned company can overcome the challenge of digitalization through various efforts. They are combining the establishment of start-ups at top universities with numerous internal transformation measures. The Beumer Group is thereby showing two things. The first is that digitalization opens up new opportunities for business, which are not achieved through parent companies but are nevertheless pursued proactively through the establishment of new companies, with a view to generating value. The second is how difficult and drawn-out the digital transformation of an SME is.
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DIGITAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES
BIT Technology Solutions GmbH
BIT Technology Solutions GmbH works in a sector where, with the rise in the use of artificial intelligence, it is increasingly important to create synthetic training and test data. BIT Technology Solutions GmbH supplies all this data and uses AI functions to make mobility safer. It’s incredibly difficult and sometimes impossible to reconstruct dangerous situations in real-life conditions. With the aid of BIT Solutions, billions of possible combinations can be reconstructed automatically without bringing harm to anyone. The different sensor data is not all generated synthetically. It is based on freely available actual data like maps, test drives, and customer and fleet data.
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DIGITAL CHAMPIONS AWARD 2019

At DIGITAL X 2019, the winners of the Digital Champions Award were announced live in Cologne. The prize is awarded to the most significant digital projects, highlighting innovation in SMEs. It is based on a joint initiative from WirtschaftsWoche and Telekom. 128 companies from all over Germany submitted their ideas in 2019.

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PATRON OF THE DIGITAL CHAMPIONS AWARD 2020

„SMEs need to be bold with digitalization if they want to remain successful in future. The Digital Champions Awards showcases digital pioneers who have integrated technologies and solutions in their companies to their advantage.“
Peter Altmaier
Federal Minister of Germany for Economic Affairs and Energy and patron of the Digital Champions Awards