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We’ve made it: in the nationwide competition KfW Award FoundersChampion 2017, we have been awarded as state winners Hamburg! The festive award ceremony took place on October 12th at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy in Berlin. Start-ups from all sectors that started in 2012 could apply for this. The prize winners were selected by a jury with experienced representatives from KfW, funding institutes, business, politics and the media amongst 400 applicants. Our eBlocker convinced the jury with the degree of innovation, creativity and the acceptance of social responsibility.

Christian Bennefeld represented our company and accepted the prize: “In the age of big data and data-driven business models, we users are not the customers but the product of Internet companies. Unfortunately, privacy and data protection are rarely taken into account and are specifically suppressed by the data lounge. Therefore, we are very pleased that kfW has chosen us as the state winner Hamburg and thus strengthens privacy as the foundation of our society. We are very proud of the award and are delighted to continue our mission to monitor the masses of Internet and to return their Internet privacy to users.

Here are a few impressions of the award ceremony:
The award ceremony of the north founding champions.

The proud winners with the earned awards in their hands.


Awarded with certificate and award: That’s what we call a successful evening.

After the award ceremony Bennefeld gave plenty interviews and presented the eBlocker.

Chrisitan Bennefeld together with the state winner from Berlin, Seneit Debese of Greta and Starks.


That’s what a happy winner looks like!


[Video in German] The four northern founding champions introduce themselves (eBlocker starts at 6:20)

[Video in German] Extra: Behind the scenes. Christian Bennefeld in a TV Interview.

Overall it was a successful evening with many exciting discussions. Even the german TV channel nTV broadcasted about the KfW award ceremony. You can watch the german broadcast here.

We would like to thank KfW for the beautiful event and for believing in us and our eBlocker!