UW/H post-doc Tobias Lorenz nominated for prestigious award: Deutscher Studienpreis 2012
He researched the role social businesses play in the development aid of the 21st century.
Dr. Tobias Lorenz completed his doctoral studies at Witten/Herdecke University. His thesis on "Steve Jobs meets Gandhi: social entrepreneurship in development aid in the 21st century" has been nominated for the final round of the Deutscher Studienpreis award. He is one of 29 finalists from all over Germany, from a total of 431 entries.
Over the next weeks the finalists will present their research to a jury in Berlin and compete for the three top awards endowed with Euro 30.000 each by the Körber Foundation. Matthias Mayer from the Körber Foundation: "Out of the best doctoral theses completed this year we select those that are most significant; we evaluate subject-related expertise as much as social relevance." Federal President Norbert Lammert as the patron of the initiative will present the awards in Berlin at the premises of Deutsche Parlamentarische Gesellschaft on November 6, 2012.
Dr. Lorenz welcomes his nomination as a way to give the concept of social entrepreneurship the attention it deserves.
Lorenz has more than just theoretical competence in the field of social business and social entrepreneurship. His internet platform Glovico for language courses with native speakers from development countries as instructors has won several awards as a social business and was named a landmark in the "Germany - Land of Ideas" competition 2011.