Recognition for outstanding commitment to university spin-offs.

Antonello Monti Receives UNIPRENEURS Award

Federal Minister for Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, honored, among others, Prof. Antonello Monti with the UNIPRENEURS award yesterday. A total of 20 outstanding professors were recognized out of 700 nominations for their commitment to promoting entrepreneurship in the university and research sector. Prof. Dr. Antonello Monti is the Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems at RWTH Aachen University and heads the field of Energy System Automation at the Fraunhofer Center for Digital Energy.

Prof. Dr. Antonello Monti.

The award ceremony took place on September 6, 2023, at the Allianz Forum near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, with Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Federal Minister for Education and Research, and Anna Christmann, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Startups at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

UNIPRENEURS has the mission of promoting entrepreneurship at German universities. In collaboration with renowned partner organizations such as the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, the Startup Association, Bitkom, and, UNIPRENEURS has launched a unique initiative that recognizes top professors for their outstanding contributions to university spin-offs.

The initiative is supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

The UNIPRENEURS professors are highly respected figures at their respective universities and have made significant contributions toward the transfer of innovations to the business world. These professors represent the highest levels of research achievement in engineering, economics, natural sciences, computer science, and medicine. Some UNIPRENEURS have already been honored with the German Future Prize, the European Inventor Award, and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. Collectively, the UNIPRENEURS have supported over 1,200 startups as mentors, advisors, or investors, with more than half of the recognized professors having their own entrepreneurial ventures.