AZO awarded for ‘Best Innovation Support’ by Germany’s oldest innovation prize ‘Dieselmedaille’

AZO awarded for ‘Best Innovation Support’ by Germany’s oldest innovation prize ‘Dieselmedaille’


Out of many nominations, the panel of experts selected AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen as the winner of the Diesel Medal in the category of ‘Best Innovation Support’.

In front of around 200 invited guests and media representatives, Stefanie Herrmann (CFO) and Thorsten Rudolph (CEO) from AZO were presented with the coveted golden Diesel Medal by the spokesman of the Diesel Curatorium, Prof. Dr. med. Alexander J. Wurzer, German Institute for Inventions e.V., together with Dr. jur. Heiner Pollert, chairman of the sponsoring association for the Diesel Medal.

“We are very honoured to receive this award for ‘Best Innovation Support’ from Germany’s oldest innovation prize for economically successful entrepreneurial invention,” explains Stefanie Herrmann, CFO, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen. “This award confirms our mission. Nevertheless, such performance does not come from a single person. You always find a highly motivated team behind it. That’s why the Diesel Medal also goes to the ESA BIC Bavaria and AZO team,” adds Thorsten Rudolph, CEO, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen.

Originating from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), AZO has supported more than 155 Bavarian startups in space and satellite technology since it was founded in 2004. At the same time, AZO operates the largest space innovation network in Europe. AZO focuses on the commercial use of satellite infrastructures such as satellite navigation and communication as well as Earth observation and space technologies by startups, SMEs and large companies.

For almost 15 years, AZO supports entrepreneurship with more than 700 company foundation in Europe. In doing so, AZO has established the leading European space cluster innovation network for the satellite downstream market, while providing the necessary marketing and promotion platform, incubation and expert network, and regional funding programmes with the aim of increasing the uptake of business cases.

Today, AZO organises its ‘Innovation Masters Series’, the most important space-related innovation competitions: Galileo Masters, Copernicus Masters, INNOspace Masters, Space Exploration Masters and the Copernicus Hackathons in close cooperation with space stakeholders such as the European Commission (EC), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Germany (BMVI), European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Center (DLR), and a number of major industrial partners.

Here you find the corresponding press release.

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