Feature Topic: 15 years of the Steinbeis Foundation’s Transfer Award – Löhn Award

A look back (and forward) at winners and their projects

The Steinbeis Foundation Transfer Award – the Löhn Award was initiated and first bestowed by the Steinbeis Foundation in September 2004 in acknowledgement of the outstanding achievements of Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Johann Löhn. The prize is awarded in recognition of outstandingly successful projects in the competitive field of knowledge and technology transfer. The success of a project is measured by the quality of the actual transfer process, reflected in the commercial benefit a project delivers to all involved partners. Aside from honoring transfer projects, recognition is also given in the form of special awards to honor initiatives, services, and achievements that meet the criteria laid down for the transfer process, transfer potential, and transfer success. The winners of awards receive a two-part sculpture and a monetary prize that can be used for future projects with a focus on know-how transfer. The award sculpture, designed by Steinbeis director Prof. Detlef Rahe, symbolizes the underlying idea behind Steinbeis transfer and the unique transfer system offered by Steinbeis.

In this edition of TRANSFER magazine, we look back on 15 successful years of the Steinbeis Foundation Transfer Award – the Löhn Award, discovering “what happened next” to the award-winning transfer initiatives as well as the collaboration between different project partners. A variety of Steinbeis experts also explain how the award opened doors to even more opportunity and describe further projects this resulted in. For an overview of past award winners and projects, you can also go to www.loehn-preis.de.