Each year, 32 companies are awarded as Culture and Creative Pilots Germany on behalf of the German government. Companies, self-employed persons, founders and projects from the cultural and creative industries and their interfaces to other industries can apply for this award. The award focuses on the entrepreneurial personality. The title holders take part in a one-year, individually tailored mentoring programme. This includes workshops, the support of two coaches, the exchange with other teams and with experts as well as the nationwide attention through the title award.
Even in these difficult times, creativity, innovation and bold ideas are more important than ever. That's why it was a matter of course that cultural and creative pilots would be named again in 2020. And the response was enormous: 1,170 projects from all over Germany applied for the Federal Government's only award for companies in the cultural and creative industries - a record in the award's history so far.
"Especially in challenging times like these, we need the innovative achievements of creative entrepreneurship," says Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. "The 32 entrepreneurs we are awarding as Cultural and Creative Pilots Germany in 2020 impress with high-impact core competencies. Whether as solo self-employed or in an interdisciplinary team, they develop products and realise projects whose interface function between the cultural and creative industries, technology and many other sectors is forward-looking. They are among the most important cross-sectional industries in Germany."
This year's title winners* also include two projects from Frankfurt am Main:
talking hands flipbooks
Sign language as flipbooks: Inclusion and integration of children with Down syndrome and hearing and speech disabilities is more easily accomplished through sign language. Designers Laura Mohn and Maria Möller have developed their flip book to make it easy for everyone to learn: Laura's sister, who has Down syndrome, is the inspiration for it. The prototype of "talking hands" has been delighting parents, educators and children at the integrative "Grüne Soße" daycare center in Frankfurt for a year now. You can find more information HERE
2020 Font Collection
With the Font Collection, artist Harald Geisler wants to design and sell fonts seasonally, similar to fashion - a completely new idea for the font industry and font designers. After all, many typefaces that were once considered revolutionary and are still used today have hardly changed since their creation over decades, instead of being revised or modernized based on contemporary currents and current trends. The 2020 Font Collection is an exploratory journey into a possible future of typeface design. Geisler is concerned with the possibility of offering new designs for typefaces each season that can meet and shape the spirit of the times. You can find more information HERE
Congratulations to Laura Mohn, Maria Möller and Harald Geisler on this award! If you want to learn more about the project and the 32 titleholders*, you can find all further info at: www.kultur-kreativpiloten.en