After unexpectedly winning the Audience Award at the Saxon Founders' Award event in 2019, just a few days before our founding, we took another run at the 20th anniversary of the Saxon Founders' Award in 2020. This year, we wanted to convince not only the audience but also the expert jury of the innovative power of our company and its great market potential. In fact, we made it into the top 15 in the first round of judging with a record participation of 126 start-ups vying for the prize. This gave us the opportunity to present our idea once again in person to the jury, and to shoot an image film.
Then, on July 8, 2020, the Innovation Conference with the awarding of the top 3 took place -- as an online event for the first time, due to Covid-19 -- with only the nominated teams on site. In accordance with our pathologically optimistic attitudes, we took the chance and organized an in-house public viewing event on the occasion of our first Peerox birthday, with all Peers present.
So while Markus and Andre were watching the award ceremony by Martin Dulig (Minister of State for Economy, Labor and Transport of the Free State of Saxony) and Marina Heimann (Managing Director of FutureSax) live at the Dresden Fair, the team of now 11(!) other Peers were preparing a delicious dinner at our Peero in RoboLab and warming up.
So in different places, but still together, we celebrated our young Peerox winning the 3rd place award. Back in the office, everyone celebrated until late into the night and looked back on the crazy last twelve months. A great first year, a great team, and unbroken curiosity make us look forward to the next steps together.