BREAKTHROUGH AWARD 2021: apply now!

The BREAKTHROUGH AWARD will be presented for the fifth time in 2021. Founders from the fields of telecommunications, e-mobility and IoT can apply until August 31, 2021 and win a total of 500,000 euros in media volume.

Our well-known start-up competition BREAKTHROUGH AWARD is entering the next round and this time too there is a lot to win for start-ups. Specifically, a media volume of EUR 500,000 will be made available to WEKA Media Publishing GmbH.

Our thanks go to our sponsor, the city of Dresden, who supported us in organizing the competition!

How do you take part in the competition? Simply present us your product or the service of your start-up in the fields of telecommunications, e-mobility or IoT in an article with a picture and optionally a short video. Put yourself in the shoes of a reader who would like to find out more about you, your business idea, the team behind it and the plans for the future.

We do not require any shares in your start-up for this. On the contrary: we want to support you from the start and help you with media attention already in the voting phase. With the prize money, we will make your breakthrough in 2021 easier.


You can register for the BREAKTHROUGH AWARD 2021 with your start-up from the areas of Telecommunications, e-mobility or IoT Sign in.

As a guide you can find the participants of the previous competition here.

The application is made directly on the participation page for the competition. After you have registered, you will receive an email with an overview of the documents to be submitted.

We would be happy to send you a template on request. Basically, however, you decide how you want to introduce yourself to our community.

>> Click here to participate!

User voting from September 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021

The submitted products and services (including backlinks) will be presented on Our community then chooses in the categories Telecommunications, e-mobility and IoTwhich product or service they believe will make the breakthrough in 2021.

Jury decision

The user voting ends on October 31, 2021. This results in a shortlist (number depending on the total number of participants), which is presented to a top-class jury. This decides on the top 3 of the BREAKTHROUGH AWARD 2021.

Award ceremony

On November 23, 2021, the start-ups on the shortlist will pitch live in front of the jury at a large event in Dresden. This will select the start-up top 3 on site. The first-placed start-up receives media performance in the online and print media of WEKA Media Publishing GmbH in the amount of 300,000 euros, the second-placed team receives 150,000 euros and the third-placed company receives 50,000 euros in media performance .

Here go to the overview of all print and online media of WEKA Media Publishing!

Prize distribution

The media service gained can be used in 2022.


Apply directly to the Participation page for the competition. If you have any questions about registration, just send us a short message about your product / service and your start-up by email to breakthrough_award (at)

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