The Digital Logistics Award 2021 is heading for the grand finale

The application phase for the fifth Digital Logistics Award ended on July 31, 2021, and interest in the award is high:

This year, 49 young companies applied with their innovative ideas and the field of applicants is more international than ever before. For the first time, the majority of applications came from the international arena, and the Digital Hub Logistics received applications from a total of 17 countries.

This year’s special feature: for the first time, a special prize will be awarded as part of the Digital Logistics Awards, which is sponsored by the EU project DIGILOGIC and comes with prize money of 5,000 euros. The opportunity to apply for the special category “Smart Logistics in Africa” was taken by a total of 28 start-ups, mainly from the African region.

A first look at the applications shows one thing above all: the range of innovative ideas is wide. The start-ups, start-ins and idea creators basically deal with all topics and technologies of digital logistics that are currently relevant. The largest proportion enters the race with ideas from the areas of IoT, smart services, platform, big data and artificial intelligence.


Jury selects eight finalists

Now that the application phase is over, it’s up to the jury to review the applications and select from the multitude of companies and ideas those that will move on to the finals of this year’s award.

Similar to this year’s field of applicants, this year’s jury is also more international:


– Malaika Judd of Sendy Ltd.

– Peter Welter of Klöckner & Co. SE

– Olayinka David-West from Lagos Business School

– Robert Bach from Beam GmbH

– Mar Rodriguez from Kaleido, Ideas and Logistics

– Andreas Hoberg from Ingenics AG

– Dr. Stephan Peters from Rhenus SE & Co. KG

– Fernando Liesa from ALICE


More information regarding the individual jury members is summarized here.


“We are pleased to bring together top-class logistics experts with experience for this year’s jury,” says Maria Beck, Manager of Digital Hub Logistics. In a jury meeting on September 2, the panel will decide which eight teams will move on to the finals. “There are a lot of ideas with potential again this year,” says Beck. “With such a wide range of exciting projects, it won’t be easy for the jury to decide.”


Grand finale as part of the Future Congress Logistics 2021

On September 14, the eight finalists will have the opportunity to present themselves and their ideas as a 3-minute pitch to an expert audience and the congress participants as part of the digital Future Congress Logistics 2021. Afterwards, it will be up to the expert jury and the audience to vote for their favorites and thus decide which teams will win the Digital Logistics Award 2021. The winners, who will receive a total of 22,000 euros in prize money, will be selected on the same day and announced in the late afternoon at a special digital awards ceremony.


Don’t want to miss the pitches of the finalists and participate in the decision-making process?

You can register here for the Future Congress Logistics 2021 and be there live.