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Innovation.Funding - 3rd place: "Lokales Crowdfunding für lokale Macher:innen“

Innovation.Funding - 3rd place: "Lokales Crowdfunding für lokale Macher:innen“


The prize for innovations created through the power of the crowd was awarded in three categories: Open.Innovation, Innovation.Funding and Corporate.Innovation. Numerous projects from Germany, Austria and Switzerland applied for the coveted trophies. Three per category were awarded prizes.

The 3rd place in the category Innoation.Funding goes to imGrätzl/WeLocally with the project "Lokales Crowdfunding für lokale Macher:innen“.

imGrä is a local platform in Vienna that offers a variety of services to more than 11,000 users from the self-employed, businesses, associations and art & culture professionals. In addition to providing cost-cutting and resource-enhancing services, the platform also enables collaboration, sharing, swapping and connects like-minded people to foster new forms of collaboration and community.

In addition, imGrätzl/WeLocally was awarded as a lighthouse project in the "Regional.Digital.Innovative" ideas competition and now enables local makers to use crowdfunding tools to finance their projects.

isn Geburtstag
From left to right:
Karoline Perchthaler, CFO isn, Head of Innovation Funding,
Joachim Schwerin, Principal Economist, Unit Digital Transformation of Industry, DG GROW, European Commission, Juror Crowdinnovation Award 2023
Laura Sahin, representative for welocally & imGrätzl
Jens Rockel, Deputy Head of Innovation Financing Fraunhofer Center IMW, supporting partner Crowdinnovation Award 2023

The summary of the jury evaluation

The project deserves third place because of its strong focus on strengthening the local community and promoting microenterprises through crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. The platform offers an innovative solution to generate economic and social benefits and supports a variety of projects with a positive impact on the local community.

Although environmental sustainability is not explicitly addressed, the project has high potential and shows a high degree of maturity in its implementation.

The crowd powered innovation award is an initiative of the European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) Crowd in Motion and the Fraunhofer-Zentrum für Internationales Management und Wissensökonomie (IMW) in Leipzig, Germany.

Impressions of the award ceremony and the isn celebrates 20 + 2 years event were captured in the highlight video of the event.

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