AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen

The “AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen" is accorded to an enterprise, an institution or a person that has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the Aachen Region as a business location.

The Innovation Prize is a tribute for special social or entrepreneurial achievements. It is to encourage enterprise in the Region and underline the Region as an innovative business location on both a national and international Basis. 

The candidates for the AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2019 have been determined

The jury of AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2019 under this year's chairman Georg Beyß, district director (of the district) of Düren, has decided on the winner of the "AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2019" out of five candidates. The candidates are: CL.RICK Produktionsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG from Schleiden, Cognesys GmbH from Aachen, Dialego AG from Aachen, LUNOVU GmbH from Herzogenrath and PL BioScience GmbH from Aachen. 

"The innovative clout of the Aachen region is reflected in the candidates for the AC² Innovation Award Aachen Region 2019. The pitches of the entrepreneurs were very exciting. The jury was faced with a difficult decision and had intensive discussions in order to select a prize winner," said District Director Georg Beyß.

The innovations

Founded in 1873, CL.RICK Produktionsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG is one of the largest manufacturers of disposable tableware as well as packaging and food trays on the German market. The disposable tableware is produced from virgin fibre cardboard and packaging and food trays from pure cellulose cardboard, which comes exclusively from sustainable forestry. In addition, CL. RICK produces temperature-resistant cardboard and paper trays for the food industry. The new products enable production with significantly less basic material and thus reduce a considerable part of the waste produced.

Aachen-based Cognesys GmbH develops solutions for voice and text-based applications with a focus on the service sector in various industries. The special feature of Cognesys Semantic Processes is that the system does not search for keywords as usual, but also understands the context and meaning of what is said or written and can react accordingly. In this way, customer enquiries are automatically interpreted and processed. This results in advantages for the company, such as a drastic shortening of processing times up to real-time processing and thus a reduction of processing costs.          
Dialego AG from Aachen has been active in online research since 1999 and helps companies to involve customers in order to achieve greater market success. Since its foundation, various software innovations have been developed, including the Dialego BrandSculpture. It draws a holistic picture of the network of relationships between consumers and brands or products that provides brand owners with orientation in times of ever faster product and brand launches. The tool makes it possible to locate the position of a brand in the market segment. The results show emotional bonds, purchasing potentials and brand substitution in a vivid representation. 

LUNOVU GmbH from Herzogenrath develops and manufactures laser machine systems for research and industry. In 2018, the standardized eLMD system, which offers the possibility of "printing" 3D metal structures directly onto existing components, was brought to market readiness. A completely new feature is the use of laser scan systems in the machine that capture and digitize existing component geometries. Based on the digitized models, the user can define 3D structures with just a few mouse clicks, for which the system automatically calculates and executes all necessary tool paths.
The Aachen-based biotechnology company PL BioScience GmbH uses the broad potential of human blood platelets, which it further processes through a recycling process: The spin-off of RWTH Aachen University uses unused blood reserves to produce a new, highly efficient medium for cell cultivation, which can replace the previously used fetal calf serum, but is less susceptible and more practical to use.

WWM GmbH & Co. KG - Laureate 2018

The winner of the AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen is WWM GmbH & Co. KG from Monschau! The WWM GmbH & Co. KG received the Innovation Award for its new, digital business model, which optimally complements classic trade fair construction.

WWM GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1977 by Friedhelm Gülz with the business purpose of trade fair construction. In 2005, Christian Coppeneur-Gülz became the new CEO and formulated with the Vision 2020, the leading role in the digitalization of the live communications industry. More than 6,000 users currently use the comprehensive online platform ExpoCloud® to plan, execute and measure trade fair booths and events in a completely digital manner. In the ordering process, based on an online advertisement, the necessary trade fair systems are available free of charge. Using the Event Metrics technology, the managers can analyze the visitor flows at the fair in real time - as in a website analysis - and directly address potential customers via Google and Facebook ads.


Chairmanship* 2019

  • Kreisdirektor Georg Beyß
    District of Düren


  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Marcus Baumann
    Vice chancellor, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Constanze Chwallek
    Faculty of Business Studies, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr. rer. nat. Frank Hees
    Vice deputy head, Cybernetics Lab IMA & IfU, RWTH Aachen University
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt
    Chairman, Forschungszentrum Jülich FZJ
  • Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Stefanie Paluch
    Head of Service and Technology Marketing (STM), RWTH Aachen University
  • Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Frank T. Piller
    Head of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM), RWTH Aachen University
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Ritz 
    Head of mobile media & communication lab, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. mult. Ulrich Rüdiger
    Vice chancellor, RWTH Aachen University


  • Johannes Aretz 
    CEO, Metallbau Aretz GmbH
  • Karl-Heinz Backes 
    CEO, Myrenne GmbH
  • Dipl.-Ing Markus Karbach 
    CEO, Munters Euroform GmbH, Aachen
  • Dr. Michael Klöppels
    Technical Manager, Bösl Medizintechnik GmbH
  • Dipl. Holzbau-Ing. Olaf Korr 
    CEO, Korr GmbH
  • Dipl.-Ing. Gero Kronen
    Vice President Production Consumer Continental, METSÄ TISSUE GmbH
  • Sonja Labitzke
    CEO, Boneguard GmbH
  • Hartwig Marx 
    CEO, Marx Automation GmbH
  • Horst Wilhelm Mewis 
    former CEO, Zuckerfabrik Jülich GmbH
  • Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Schneider
    CEO, NetAachen GmbH, Aachen
  • Wilfried Schneider
    CEO, Schneider Metallbau GmbH & Co. KG
  • Dirk Weber
    Plant manager Aachen, Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH

*The chairmenship of the jury revolves between local authorities. In the following years he is represented by the following representatives:
2020: Landrat Günter Rosenke, District president of the district of Euskirchen
2021: Oberbürgermeister Marcel Philipp, Mayor of the City of Aachen


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  • 2018: WWM GmbH & Co. KG
  • 2017: StreetScooter GmbH
  • 2016: MeteoViva GmbH
  • 2015: Schwartz GmbH, Simmerath
  • 2015 - Special award of the jury: Smurfit Kappa Zülpich Papier GmbH, Zülpich
  • 2014: indurad GmbH, Aachen
  • 2014 - Special award of the jury: FEV GmbH, Aachen
  • 2013: Philips Technologie GmbH – Business Center OLED Lighting, Aachen
  • 2012: Imperia GmbH, Aachen

Excellent innovations in films

In the Aachen Technological Region, the density of innovative companies is enormous. Therefore, it is not surprising that some of them are awarded prestigious prizes such as the Innovationspreis Region Aachen and the NRW.INVEST AWARD. We would like to introduce you to these outstanding companies and their innovations cinematically.

Watch short films from around 1:30 minutes of innovations from regional, excellent companies from industry, services and crafts. All films can be found on our AGIT YouTube-Channel!

The films:

4JET Technologies GmbH, Alsdorf (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2015) >>

4JET Sales+Service GmbH, Alsdorf (Nominiert Kategorie Gründung 2009) >>

Agroisolab GmbH, Jülich (Preisträger Kategorie Wachstum 2008) >>

Agroisolab GmbH, Jülich (Nominiert Kategorie Wachstum 2007) >>

AiNT GmbH (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2018) >>

Airfit GmbH & Co. KG , Nettersheim (Nominiert Kategorie Gründung 2009) >>

aixigo AG, Aachen (Nominiert Kategorie Wachstum 2009) >>

Axino Solutions GmbH (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2018) >>

AIXTRON SE, Herzogenrath (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2015) >>

Amphos GmbH, Aachen (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2012) >>

ANM Adaptive Neuromodulation GmbH, Jülich (Preisträger Kategorie Gründung 2010) >>

antibodies-online GmbH, Aachen (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2014) >>

Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Berbuer Prototypen- und Prüfanlagenbau, Aachen (Nominiert Kategorie Wachstum 2010) >>

Brammertz GmbH, Aachen (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2012) >>

CanControls, Aachen (Nominiert Kategorie Gründung 2007) >>

Circulite GmbH, Aachen (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2013) >>

Continental AG (Preisträger Kategorie Wachstum 2006) >>

DASGIP AG, Jülich (Preisträger Kategorie Wachstum 2010) >>

Deutsche Mechatronics GmbH, Mechernich (Nominiert Kategorie Wachstum 2008) >>

devolo AG, Aachen (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2016) >>

Dialego AG, Aachen (Nominiert Kategorie Wachstum 2006) >>

Dürr Ecoclean GmbH (Nominiert Kategorie Wachstum 2006) >>

EdgeWave GmbH, Würselen (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2013) >>

edudip GmbH  (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2017) >>

Eifel PET GmbH, Kall (Nominiert Kategorie Gründung 2007) >>

Elektro Brings, Zülpich (Nominiert Kategorie Handwerk 2006) >>

ELTEBA GmbH & Co. KG, Heinsberg-Oberbruch (Preisträger Kategorie Handwerk 2010) >>

Essedea GmbH & Co. KG, Wassenberg (Preisträger Kategorie Gründung 2006) >>

EUKALIN Spezial-Klebstoff Fabrik GmbH, Eschweiler (Nominiert Kategorie Wachstum 2009)  >>

EURECERT® Deutschland, Linnich (Nominiert Kategorie Gründung 2010) >>

FEV GmbH, Aachen (Sonderpreis der Jury - AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2014) >>

FWS GmbH (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2018) >>

Orthopädie- & Berufsschuhtechnik Giesa, Aachen (Nominiert Kategorie Handwerk 2010) >>

Orthopädie- & Berufsschuhtechnik Dirk Giesa, Aachen (Nominiert Kategorie Handwerk 2008)>>

Orthopädie- & Berufsschuhtechnik Giesa, Aachen (Nominiert Kategorie Handwerk 2007) >>

GIF - Gesellschaft für Industrieforschung, Alsdorf (Preisträger Kategorie Wachstum 2007) >>

Dr. Hahn GmbH 6 Co. KG (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2017) >>

HEAD acoustics GmbH (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2017) >>

Heinrichs Stahl- und Metallbau GmbH, Simmerath (Nominiert Kategorie Handwerk 2008) >>

Metallguss Herpers GmbH, Aachen (Preisträger Kategorie Handwerk 2006) >>

Hemoteq GmbH, Würselen (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2014) >>

HG Baunach GmbH & Co. KG, Hückelhoven (Nominiert Kategorie Wachstum 2008) >>

Jürgen Hohnen GmbH Wärme-Wasser-Umwelt, Heinsberg (Nominiert Kategorie Handwerk 2010) >>

IA Tech GmbH, Jülich (Nominiert Kategorie Gründung 2010) >>

Imperia GmbH, Aachen (AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen - Preisträger 2012) >>

indurad GmbH, Aachen (Preisträger - AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2014) >>

Innolite GmbH (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2018) >>

Inno-shape GmbH, Aachen (Nominiert Kategorie Gründung 2006) >>

iOpener Media GmbH, Aachen (Preisträger Kategorie Gründung 2008) >>

Jenniches Treppen, Blankenheim (Preisträger Kategorie Handwerk 2007) >>

Optik und Akustik Kaulard, Simmerath (Nominiert Kategorie Handwerk 2009) >>

m2p-labs GmbH, Aachen (Nominiert Kategorie Gründung 2008) >>

Matricel GmbH, Würselen (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2012) >>

Matricel GmbH, Herzogenrath (Nominiert Kategorie Gründung 2006) >>

Mecora Medizintechnik GmbH (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2018) >>

MeteoViva GmbH, Jülich (Preisträger AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2016) >>

Philips Technologie GmbH - Business Center OLED Lighting, Aachen (Preisträger AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2013) >>

Pro 8 Lebensqualität für Menschen GmbH, Erkelenz (Preisträger Kategorie Gründung 2007) >>

QsQ Werkzeug- und Vorrichtungsbau, Erkelenz (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2016) >>

QUIP AG, Baesweiler (Preisträger Kategorie Wachstum 2009) >> 

RedTeam Pentesting GmbH (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2017) >>

Robatex GmbH, Würselen (Nominiert Kategorie Gründung 2008) >>

Schell GmbH, Aachen (Nominiert Kategorie Handwerk 2006) >>

Schröder Motorentechnik GmbH, Heinsberg (Preisträger Kategorie Gründung 2009) >>

Schwartz GmbH, Simmerath (Preisträger AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2015 >>

Sihl GmbH, Düren (Nominiert Kategorie Wachstum 2010) >>

Smurfit Kappa Zülpich Papier GmbH, Zülpich (Preisträger AC²-Sonderpreis der Jury für Innovation 2015) >>

F.Sodermanns Automobile GmbH, Wassenberg (Nominiert Kategorie Handwerk 2007) >>

ssk Dentaltechnik GmbH, Geilenkirchen (Preisträger Kategorie Handwerk 2009) >>

StreetScooter GmbH (Preisträger AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2017) >>

Superwurm e.K. (Anerkennung 2006) >>

Team Steffen AG, Alsdorf (Nominiert Kategorie Handwerk 2009) >>

Waagenbau Dohmen GmbH, Würselen (Preisträger Kategorie Handwerk 2008) >>

Weyergans High Care AG, Düren (Nominiert AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2014) >>

WWM GmbH & Co. KG (Preisträger AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen 2018) >>

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