Anner Award: the best idea wins!

gepubliceerd : 24 February 2014

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What a great plan! An award for ambitious students with an idea to start a project or an enterprise.  The third edition of the Anner Award was held last Thursday (20-02-2014) in the beautiful Nieuwe Kerk in Groningen. 250 people saw how Anton Antanasov won a check of one thousand euro’s with his device to monitor the quality of water.

The Anner Award is held in honor of the late Anner van der Mheen which seems a little bit heavy, but is actually quite positive. The award is a motivation and a chance for young students to present their original ideas to successful entrepreneurs. The winner will not only be supported by several coaches from the business, but will also get a work office. A nice start for a young entrepreneur!

Anner van der Mheen
Anner was a Dutch student Small Business and Retail Management at the Hanzehogeschool. He died on 8 March 2011 after a lingering disease, but his entrepreneurial drive and positive spirit seem to live on in the Anner Award. Every year the award is becoming more popular and last year a Dutch royalty visited the award – a big honor!

Back to this year’s final. Six semi-finalists were selected out of fifty ideas and plans. These six students got the chance to present their project one more time in order to convince the jury. After an elimination round, three finalists were selected and finally Anton Antanasov was the big winner of the Anner Award 2014. The Bulgarian Antanasov studies at the Hanzehogeschool; University of Technology and his Water Quality Probe is a device which can be implemented immediately, but moreover, it’s forty times cheaper than the current technology!

Participation in the Anner Award seems to be a great stimulant for students with entrepreneurial drive to work out their ideas and to present them to others. Do you think you have a good idea which no one has thought of? Take a seat behind your laptop and write about your idea, preferably in one page, because entries for the Anner Award shouldn’t be more than one page. Send it in, and maybe you’re the new Anton Antanasov in 2015 with one thousand euro’s cash, an office and your own project!