Hero*innen Festival 2022 honors social commitment
On October 22, 2022, the three super-heroine teams of the engagement incubator "Helden der Heimat Oberfranken" were awarded in a pitch event.
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Held*innen-Festival2022 honors social commitment of the region
Creating new impact for the region - after the Adalbert-Raps-Stiftung in cooperation with the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the University of Bayreuth had called for the third round of the competition "Heroes of Upper Franconia" in April 2022, nine selected teams went on a hero mission. After an intensive workshop and coaching phase, the time had finally come last Saturday: As part of the Hero Festival, which took place at the German Steam Locomotive Museum in Neuenmarkt, the nine Hero teams had the opportunity to present their projects to a selected jury and to qualify as one of three teams for Phase 2 - Work and Grow of the competition. The project "Lacrima" of the Johanniter Unfallhilfe of the Regionalverband Oberfranken e.V., the "TüftlerTreff" of the Geschwister-Gummi-Stiftung from Kulmbach and the "Makerspace" of the Institut fürinnovative Bildung e.V. from Bamberg were able to convince with their personal as well as with the further development of their offers and can now look forward as super heroine teams not only to another year of coaching, but also to an unconditional heroine money in the amount of 15,000 euros each for the further implementation of their projects. Even though the evening only awarded three winners, there were no losers! All participants and guests benefited from new impressions, lively exchanges and went home with the certainty that they had made an important contribution to the Upper Franconia region.
Held*innen-Festival2022 offers a stage for social commitment
"It is impressive to see the development that the Hero*innen teams have gone through in the past six months!" - With this sentence Yola Klingel, management of the Adalbert Raps Foundation and moderator of the Hero*innen Festival, which took place last Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 3:15 p.m. in the German Steam Locomotive Museum in Neuenmarkt, heralded the announcement of the three Super Hero*innen teams. In addition to six other teams, the project "Lacrima" of the Johanniter Unfallhilfe of the Regionalverband Oberfranken e.V., the "TüftlerTreff" of the Geschwister-Gummi-Stiftung from Kulmbach and the "Makerspace" of the Institut für innovative Bildung e.V. from Bamberg took the opportunity, after an intensive workshop and coaching phase, to present both their personal and the further development of their projects on the stage of the Held*innen-Festival in the context of a pitch to a selected jury and were able to convince them all along the line. Cast with Carsten Lessmann (Hilfswerft gGmbH), Karolina Kraus (iSo - innovative Sozialarbeit e.V.), Dr.Nadine Oeser (KLUGentscheiden!), Frank Kühne (chairman of the foundation board Adalbert-Raps-Stiftung), and Jun. Prof. Dr. Eva Jakob (Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Bayreuth), the five members of the jury were chosen in such a way that they had as close a relationship as possible to the challenges faced by the teams in order to be able to evaluate their proposals with the necessary expertise. Among the 140 guests present were not only the hero teams and their team colleagues, but also cooperation partners, politicians, other funding partners and experts from the field of volunteer management, as well as representatives of the press. In addition to the pitch of the teams, the award ceremony and time for mutual exchange, there was of course also plenty of food and drink.
Work & Grow - what awaits the three super-heroine teams
With the announcement of the Super Hero Teams, the Hero Festival not only marked the end of Phase 1 - Developing and Networking, but also heralded the beginning of Phase 2 - Working and Growing for the three Super Hero Teams.
The project "Lacrima" of the Johanniter Unfallhilfe des Regionalverbands Oberfranken e.V., the "TüftlerTreff" of the Geschwister-Gummi-Stiftung from Kulmbach and the "Makerspace" of the Institut für innovative Bildung e.V. from Bamberg can not only look forward to another year of coaching, but also to an unconditional hero money of 15,000 euros each to further establish their services. The special feature: The three selected teams decide themselves on the amount and type of payment. Conceivable, for example, is a one-time call for donations for a larger investment or monthly recurring payments for the basic financing of the offer. With the "Heroes of Upper Franconia2022" initiative, Adalbert-Raps-Stiftung is releasing a total of 130,000 euros in financial resources to promote social participation in Upper Franconia.
Heroes of the homelandOberfranken demands and promotes social commitment
"Although we were only able to award three of the participating hero teams as super hero teams, there were no losers this evening," said Frank Kühne, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation Adalbert-Raps-Stiftung. Because both the evening, which focused on exchange, networking and mutual inspiration and motivation, and the preceding workshop and coaching phase, offered all participants and ultimately also the Upper Franconia region enormous added value. Unlike previous years, in which existing projects were honored, Initiative 2022, which was launched in April of this year in cooperation with the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Bayreuth, focuses on the development of the participating projects and the organizations behind them. "Observing where the hero teams and their projects were at the beginning of the workshop and coaching phase and where they are today is simply incredible. This applies to both content-related aspects and the skills of the team members themselves. Apart from the fact that ideas and projects have grown and been consolidated, all the teams have also succeeded, for example, in presenting themselves and their project convincingly. This is a skill that will also help them to acquire funding in the future. We are proud to have such committed citizens in Upper Franconia. The hero teams really didn't make the decision easy for us," says Kühne.