The Goethe-Institut will announce the winners of the Enterprise German competition at an awards ceremony in Melbourne on 9 November. This year, 75 groups of Year 9 and 10 students from 16 schools participated in the Australia-wide competition. In small groups, students learning German worked together to develop an innovative product, service and marketing idea for their partner company.
Anna-Lena Schenck, the Goethe-Institut’s Project Coordinator who organises the competition, is part of the jury who will decide this year’s winners. The jury consists of representatives from the Goethe-Institut, German Embassy, as well as the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
“Enterprise German is designed to promote collaboration between high schools and companies who have a connection to Germany. The competition not only appeals to the creativity and inventiveness of students, it also helps to improve their knowledge of German and gives them insight into the professional world. We are very impressed by the innovative ideas that all the students have developed this year. I’m excited that the winners will finally be announced at the award ceremony next week” said Anna-Lena Schenck.
Michael Pearce SC and Susanne Körber from the German Embassy will be in attendance, as well as representatives from the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The winning group of students will be awarded a $500 first prize, with the second and third placed groups receiving $350 and $150 respectively.
Date: Friday 9 November
Location: Bayview Eden Hotel - 6 Queens Road, Melbourne Victoria
Eva Baker, Deputy Director and Head of Language at the Goethe-Institut, is confident that the Enterprise German competition will continue to be a success in 2019.
“By making the competition fun and interactive, we have found the motivation and engagement levels of all the students involved has been excellent. Next year the competition goes international, with students from Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand and Malaysia competing as well. We look forward to the 2019 competition and continuing to show students that learning German can open up an array of new opportunities, especially in the business world” she said.
Details about the winners and their projects will be available on the Goethe-Institut website from mid November. Information about the 2019 competition is coming soon. To find out more about Enterprise German, visit goethe.de/enterprisegerman