History of futureSAX

Successful commitment to innovation and growth in Saxony since 2000

For 20 years, futureSAX has existed as the innovation platform of the Free State of Saxony. As a central contact in the Saxon start-up and innovation ecosystem, the goal of the cross-sector network is to make the innovation actors and the innovation country visible. Through a variety of measures, futureSAX sets growth impulses for sustainable innovations, networks cross-industry innovators from business and science and increases the effectiveness of innovation processes. The futureSAX Innovation Summit is an annual highlight and the meeting place for all players and innovation enthusiasts in the Free State.

The history of futureSAX

2018 - 2020 - futureSAX - consolidated and further developed

2020 - new robe for the 20th anniversary

The futureSAX brand and the Saxon Start-up Award are celebrating their 20th anniversary. This is the occasion to present itself in a new guise in order to do justice to the diversity of Saxon innovations across all target groups. In addition, the activities concerning entrepreneurship in connection with young people will be combined in the independent area NextGen. Due to the corona pandemic, various formats will be held in digital form and the highlight - the futureSAX innovation conference - will be held as a two-part series. In addition, the focus was on strengthening the transfer area - the Saxon Transfer Roadshow and the Saxon Transfer Forum were held for the first time.

2019 - Consistency & Growth

For the 20th time already, futureSAX awarded the winner of the Saxon Innovation Award on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Saxon Start-up Award and the Saxon Transfer Award as well as around 40 events and numerous measures round off the year. A new addition was the organization of the competitive procedure within the framework of the Free State's new start-up support program - InnoStartBonus - as well as the support of the selected recipients. Two calls with a total of 40 founders were the result of the two-year model project.The Saxon Mentoring Network continues to grow. For the first time, all mentors had the opportunity to exchange ideas with each other during the newly established Mentoring Day. The first own video formats, such as "Innovation Meets Investment", were created in order to better pass on the diverse experiences within the founder and innovation ecosystem in addition to the text interviews.

2018 - futureSAX GmbH: Start-up of Saxon Free State

The innovation platform of the Free State of Saxony becomes futureSAX GmbH. What began in 1999 as a business plan competition for the IT industry has successfully established itself as a project under the umbrella of the Ministry of Economics as a cross-industry and cross-technology interface for founders, companies, investors and knowledge and technology transfer actors in Saxony. The shareholders of the new GmbH are the Free State of Saxony and the Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS). The managing director of futureSAX GmbH will be Marina Heimann, a project manager of many years' standing. The new team at futureSAX GmbH is looking forward to continuing, developing and expanding the established formats as well as the comprehensive networking activities in the long term.


2013 - 2017 - futureSAX becomes an Innovation platform

2008 - 2012 - a network of founders is created

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