Institute of the Weltethos Foundation
at the University of Tübingen

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Weltethos Pitch Day

“So, as in politics, so in business, I am concerned with an ethos of responsibility that convincingly combines economic strategies and ethical judgment. This new paradigm of business ethics becomes concrete in that it examines economic action – for all the legitimacy of profit – to see whether it violates higher goods or values. Specifically, whether it is socially acceptable, environmentally acceptable, and sustainable.”

Hans Küng in the foreword to “Anständig wirtschaften – Warum Ökonomie Moral braucht” (Doing business decently – Why economics needs morals)

SAVE THE DATE – JUNE 1st, 2 P.M. – 6 P.M.

In connection with Hans Küng’s ideas and on the occasion of our 10th anniversary, the Global Ethic Institute at the University of Tübingen, together with partners from business, science and society, is offering a prize for foundations and start-ups that take on social and ecological responsibility with economically viable ideas.

The prize is awarded as part of the Weltethos Pitch Day and is aimed at young entrepreneurs who have developed a business plan, are already active on the market and have found a fixed form of enterprise (which is confirmed, for example, by an entry in the commercial register). The company should not have been founded before 2017 and not after 2020. All business sectors are eligible.

About the Weltethos Pitch Day

The Global Ethic Pitch Day will take place on June 1, 2022 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Global Ethic Institute in Tübingen. We invite up to six finalists to present their projects and project ideas. In this context, we will award a 1st prize and two additional prizes. In addition, special recognitions are possible.

The finalists will present their start-ups on site to the jury and a group of potential investors. The prize is worth a total of 10,000 euros. An independent jury of experts will decide on the distribution of the prize money to the first three places and on the selection of the prize winners.

The selection criteria for the prize are

  • Contribution to the common good (comprehensible positive ethical, social and/or sustainable impact of the enterprise)
  • Solid economic basis
  • Potential for the further successful development of the company


Please apply with a short and informative presentation of your start-up project and the implementation of your idea with regard to the above criteria.
The application deadline is February 1, 2021. Please send your application documents no later than April 30, 2022 by e-mail in PDF format to:

Award ceremony

The award ceremony will take place on June 1, 2022, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Weltethos-Institut in Tübingen.
Up to six finalist teams will be invited.