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Starting signal for the European Business Award: German Stevie Awards 2020

The coveted German-language business prize enters the 6th round

International benchmarking: This year for the first time for all countries with German as their official language.
Applications can be submitted from 11 September 2019.

On 11 September 2019, the German Stevie Awards will start their sixth round. This year, for the first time, all European countries with German as their official language will take part. All organisations from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Belgium are thus allowed to submit nominations in the more than 200 categories of the international German-language Business Award.
The German Stevie Awards are a top-class business award for the German-speaking European business world that honors outstanding achievements in more than 200 different categories. They are part of the Stevie® Awards, which include the renowned International Business Awards® and receive more than 12,000 entries each year from over 70 countries in seven competition programs.
The German Stevie Awards were launched in 2014. The initiators had already consciously chosen the name "German Stevie Awards" because they wanted to signal that the Stevies are more than just a country award.
Now these ideas are being put into practice: From the competition year 2020 onwards, the German Stevie Awards will open the borders of participation and are now open to all organizations that are active in a country in which German is the official language. This applies to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Belgium.
Geographically, these countries form a German-speaking area in Central Europe. The most western point in which German or a German dialect is the current colloquial language is the municipality of Rambruch in Luxembourg, the most eastern the Austrian municipality of Deutsch Jahrndorf in Burgenland. In the north the German municipality List on Sylt is the end of the language area, in the south the Swiss municipality Zermatt on the Matterhorn.
"By opening the German Stevie Awards to the German-speaking world, we want to take account of the European idea and the strong economic and innovative power of all German-speaking countries," explains Michael Gallagher, President and Founder of the Stevie Awards. "The new design with a new logo also takes up the European idea of the awards", Gallagher continues.
Organisations of all sizes, public and private organisations, for-profit or non-profit, but also individuals from the business world may take part. Gallagher is delighted "that we are now inviting all German, Austrian, Swiss, Liechtenstein, Luxembourgish and Belgian business leaders and innovators to apply with their achievements and successes and to face international German-speaking competition".
It is about nothing more or less than the Economic Champions League in German-speaking Europe. Companies profit in many ways from winning a Stevie Award. This ranges from increased media and public international attention to positive effects of employer branding and new networking and acquisition opportunities.
"Already with the production of the application convincing success stories are written, which can be used also in other places of marketing , know Gallagher. "The intensive argument with the coworkers and their achievements make possible again a completely own view of the own enterprise and the possibility of sharpening the profile.
By applying, the companies show that they recognise the performance of their employees. In addition, the applicants benefit from the qualified feedback of the jury on their applications. These comments provide information about the strengths and weaknesses of the application and/or the company. And since the award ceremonies are streamed live, the Stevie winners receive international attention through the broadcast alone. In addition, the Stevie Awards PR agency creates Europe-wide, regional and local attention for the Stevie winners.
All companies and organizations can submit as many nominations as they like free of charge - in English, of course. The application phase for the 6th German Stevie Awards starts on 11 September 2019. All those who submit their applications by the first entry deadline, 4 December 2019, will benefit from a discount of 25 euros on the prizewinner's fees per successful nomination.
Several jury committees will select the gold, silver and bronze winners, who will receive their trophies at a festive awards ceremony on 8 May 2020. Each prize winner will receive a trophy in gold, silver or bronze according to his or her prize level.


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