Frankfurt is an international city, a city full of history, but also a city full of creativity and new ideas. These are not only recognizable in various manufactories or original culinary concepts. Frankfurt is also once again represented in the nominations for this year's award as Cultural and Creative Pilots Germany. Companies, self-employed persons, founders and projects from the cultural and creative industries and their interfaces with other sectors can apply for the award, which is presented every year on behalf of the federal government. 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 the other teams and with experts, as well as the nationwide attention through the title award.
This year, a record result can be reported after the end of the six-week application phase: A total of 1170 applications from all over Germany have been submitted for the award. Frankfurt-based founders, entrepreneurs and start-ups from the cultural and creative scene have also been nominated for the Kultur- und Kreativpiloten Deutschland (Culture and Creative Pilots Germany), the Federal Government's only award for the cultural and creative industries. Those who can convince the jury of their merits are given the opportunity to strengthen their own entrepreneurial skills through an individually tailored, one-year mentoring programme. In addition, the title holders benefit from a far-reaching network of experts from politics, business and culture.
2020: A challenging year that brings forth creative solutions
The record result shows: The cultural and creative industries have kept their courage to invent new things and think differently, even during the crisis. "Numerous applicants* are responding to current challenges with innovative ideas and solutions that will carry society into the future in all areas. At the same time, they reflect the diversity of German entrepreneurship," explains Sylvia Hustedt, who, together with Christoph Backes, is the initiator of the award and managing director of the u-institute.
104 applicants from all over Germany will now meet in digital jury interviews with experts from business, culture and politics, who will then determine 32 title holders. The selection process is unique and already offers the nominees a first framework to sharpen their projects, products and ideas in exchange with the experts. "The decision for the title holders does not follow strictly defined criteria, there is no examination. Rather, the talks are about an exchange at eye level and getting to know each other," says Christoph Backes, describing the special features of the jury talks.
These applicants from Frankfurt am Main introduce themselves to the jury:
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 type industry and type 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. In addition, customers* will also be involved in the creation of the collection, can learn about the use of fonts and make reflective choices for appropriate, contemporary type design each season.
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Sign language as a flip book: 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 daycare center "Grüne Soße" in Frankfurt for a year.
You can find more information HERE
We keep our fingers crossed for the nominees from Frankfurt. You can find all further information about the Kultur- und Kreativpiloten Deutschland at: www.kultur-kreativpiloten.de