The Award

Purpose

The Award is given to outstanding personalities who are particularly innovative, and who generate and change markets, influence culture and at the same time face up to their responsibility to society.

 

Selection

The winner is selected by the executive board of Axel Springer SE, following suggestions by employees. The prize recognizes what has been achieved and encourages going forward. The Axel Springer Award is a prestige prize without prize money.

Ceremony

 In the spring of 2021, Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin are to be honored with the Axel Springer Award for their life-saving work.

Elon Musk

Elon is the visionary behind Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company, among others. Through his inventive and innovative spirit, Elon has revolutionized several industries, from electric vehicles and battery storage to space travel.

“As one of the most creative entrepreneurs and most brilliant engineers of the digital age, Elon Musk inspires an entire generation. He combines great visions with the indomitable will to achieve them. With PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk has turned entire industries upside down, and his drive is irrepressible. He is motivated by the goal of making life better for humanity. And not in small steps, but by fundamentally turning the way we do things on their head. With incredible success.” 

Mathias Döpfner

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Research for life and for freedom: the 2021 Axel Springer Award goes to BioNTech founders Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin

Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin are being honored for their groundbreaking research and medical entrepreneurship / Award ceremony to take place in the spring of 2021 Their successes in cancer research can help save lives. Not only that, but the BioNTech founders Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin are bringing hope to the world with their […]

“Mission to Mars” – Elon Musk on hand to receive Axel Springer Award

Multimedia award show recognizing the visionary’s life and work / “Don’t Doubt Ur Vibe” in remix by DJ Sven Väth as a souvenir To mark the Axel Springer Award ceremony on December 1, 2020, the Ernst Cramer conference room on the 19th floor of the Axel Springer Building was transformed into a spaceship. “An Evening […]

“Great visions and the indomitable will to achieve them”: The Axel Springer Award goes to Elon Musk

The award ceremony with Elon Musk will be held on December 1, 2020 at the Axel Springer headquarters in Berlin    This year’s Axel Springer award honors Elon Musk. Through his inventive and innovative spirit, Elon has revolutionized several industries, from electric vehicles and battery storage to space travel. Elon will accept the award on December 1, 2020, at the Axel Springer headquarters in Berlin. […]

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